Category Archives: Beauty & Health

A Dash of Healthy: Turkey Chili

IMG_2386 This weekend, my roommates and I came home after a long drive tired and starving. We walked in the door and the entire apartment smelled spicy and warm and well…amazing. My roommate Lauren had made her mom’s chili recipe, and I can say that I haven’t been that grateful to see a bowl of chili in a looong time. Let’s just say there’s a reason they call it comfort food, and we should all be looking to get comfortable as the weather gets colder.

This chili was so good and so simple that I couldn’t help but share–I’ve made some adjustments to make it a little lighter, but it’s still your classic chili. So cuddle up and dig into a big, warm bowl of this healthy, filling goodness.

Makes two large Tupperware containers full. Continue reading

A College Kid’s Guide to Kicking a Cold

Korch_SickSurvival1 It’s that time of year again – common cold season.  The contagious cold bug seems to infect all college students at one point or another as the weather gets colder, bringing on watery eyes, stuffy noses and achy sinuses.

But the thing about college is that we don’t have time for a cold to set us back. We’ve got places to go, people to see, and no time for an annoying sickness. So how do we combat the common cold and avoid a total shutdown? In the words of Elsa from “Frozen,” “conceal, don’t feel.”

As college students, we’ve developed our own way of pushing through. Valley asked around to find out how our peers kick their colds.

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“If I ever even think for a second that a cold is coming on, I drink Emergen-C,” says junior Haley Altus. “I like to think it helps a lot.”

Emergen-C is a vitamin-filled drink mix that helps to support your immune system at the first sign that it’s failing. Mixed with water, the fizzy, fruit flavored drink tastes… half bad.

“I hate it. It tastes horrible but I just hold my nose and drink,” says Altus.

At the end of the day, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. If you suspect a cold, Altus suggests heading over to CVS or McLanahan’s to pick up a bulk pack. Continue reading

Weighing In: Welcome to the CryoZone

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Sabrina Evans and Emily Keifline will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.

cryozone.sabrinaevans Standing in a small, nitrogen-filled chamber wearing only my bra, underwear and a pair of shoes I’m almost certain I saw my grandma wear to the beach last summer (with probably the same pair of wool socks I have on right now, no less), I feel more like a science experiment than a girl trying out the latest fitness fad.

Introducing the CryoZone – “The next generation of cold therapy,” says Tyler Smith, the owner of Victory Sports and Fitness in State College and one of only two fitness facilities in the state of Pennsylvania to have a cryosauna on site.

The CryoZone uses liquid nitrogen that is warmed until it turns into a gas and pumped into the “cryosauna” – a circular chamber just tall enough to stand in while leaving only your head exposed – where the temperature is lowered to between -170 and -250 degrees.

For years athletes have been using ice baths as a release for tight or sore muscles, but according to Smith, just as the ice bucket challenge slowly made its way out of our newsfeeds, ice baths are set to become a thing of the past.

The CryoZone lowers skin temperature to a cool 32 to 35 degrees whereas an ice bath will only bring your skin down to 50 or 55 degrees, which makes a difference in how your body responds to the cold, says Smith.

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“Physiologically it’s different because in an ice bath your body is trying to push blood to your extremities to keep them warm,” says Smith, “but with [the CryoZone], it’s so cold that your body skips preserving your extremities and goes straight to preserving the vital organs in your core.”

Well, that sounds… intense? Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Vegetarian Lentil Soup

IMG_2344 Dal, or lentil soup, is a traditional Indian dish that’s one of my go-tos for a lot of reasons. First, it’s simple to make. Check. Second, it has a lot to offer in the flavor department. And third, it seems more complicated than it is—and this is the best part.

The most expensive food that you can buy today is back-to-basics food. Organic, farm-to-table restaurants are all the rage, and people are willing to pay out the nose for food that people made when they were impoverished. Seriously, the most expensive restaurants in London right now are the ones serving glamorized traditional English fare—all of the scraps on the butcher’s floor baked into a pie with some carrots. Peasant food is the new rich food.

Dal fits into this category. It’s filling, nutritious and if spiced correctly presents itself as a very fancy meal. But it’s cheap and basically cooks itself. Oh, and it’s vegetarian too.  Wins all around. Continue reading

Skinny Girl Body Shaming

Skinny Girls_JaclynStumm A major push for positive self-image has been made in today’s society, through empowering campaigns and even music.

In Meghan Trainor’s hit song All About That Bass, she sings, “Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two. But I can shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do.” The song continues on to encourage confidence for the curvy girls, saying that you don’t need to be Barbie doll thin in order to be perfect. Many other popular songs have followed this same theme of “don’t let skinny girls make you feel bad about yourself.”

Well, what about the feelings of those skinny girls?

Yes, promoting self-love and positive self-image for women of all shapes and sizes is an incredible step society is taking. But, naturally skinny girls are a size and shape, too. Body shaming is body shaming, regardless of which body type is being ridiculed. Thin girls who are completely healthy shouldn’t be shamed for their figure, just as girls with beautiful curves shouldn’t either.

Junior elementary education major Gabby DeRosa knows what that feels like.

“While I’ve always been proud of my body there’s sometimes a feeling that the whole ‘embrace your body’ movement can have a negative outlook on skinny body types because they are what a body could look like when unhealthy,” DeRosa says. “I’ve always been naturally tiny so sometimes I feel like my body type is now considered wrong and unhealthy, when it’s actually perfectly healthy for me.” Continue reading

Weighing In: Cold-Weather Jogging Solutions

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Sabrina Evans and Emily Keifline will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.

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So it’s not exactly a winter wonderland here in Happy Valley quite yet, but the temps have definitely started to dip into “It’s cold out so, oops, looks like I can’t go running today!” territory.

And if you’re using fallen leaves and foggy forecasts as an excuse to go into early hibernation, you’re about to be very resentfu– we mean thankful! Just for you, Valley chatted with Penn State jogging instructor Dr. Andrew Hardyk about how to ditch the excuses and get the most out of your jogging workout, even in the midst of Ugg season.

What to know before you go

You loved jogging (as much as it is possible to love jogging) over the summer, but now that it’s getting a little chillier outside, lacing up your sneakers doesn’t seem quite as alluring.

“There’s no reason not to exercise all year round,” says Hardyk. “Jogging is a great mode of exercise, regardless of the weather. People shouldn’t be put-off by running in the cold.” Continue reading

Happy Valloween from A Dash of Healthy

Welcome to Valley’s newest column, A Dash of Healthy! Columnist Corinne Fierro is a girl on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. She’s here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch Corinne every week for a new healthy recipe, along with her favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.

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PUMPKIN PANCAKES:

When I was thinking about something festive to make I knew it had to be pumpkin flavored–Halloween just isn’t Halloween without pumpkins. And that’s when I remembered: pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin can be mixed with almost anything–risotto, rice pudding, cake, muffins, the list goes on–to make it festive, delicious and moist. Plus, you’re getting some extra veggies without knowing it!

As a loyal pancake lover, I knew that these bad boys were the way to start Halloween off sweet. Continue reading

Weighing In: The Unofficial “Halloweentown” Workout

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Sabrina Evans and Emily Keifline will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.

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‘Tis the season for Halloween movies, and what’s better than reliving your childhood with Disney Halloween specials like Halloweentown? Instead of gorging yourself on candy corn, try this Halloweentown workout to keep in shape this October!

Do 15 jumping jacks every time magic is used. This can be anything from casting simple spells to Aggie’s purse following her down the street. Do five extra jumping jacks every time Marnie tries to use magic but fails.

Do five sets of walking lunges every time something weird happens and they act like it’s completely normal – such as a skeleton driving a taxi or an evil face showing up in a caldron.

Do 10 pushups every time someone says “Cromwell” or “witch.” This usually comes in the form of Marnie telling everyone that she’s a Cromwell, a witch, or both. If someone uses the word “warlock,” do five pushups. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Spicy Veggie Soup

IMG_2280I think I speak for everyone around me when I say I’ve had it up to here with the Penn State plague. Every day I go to sleep hoping that I won’t wake up in the middle of the night coughing, or the next morning with a sore throat. Sadly, hoping has just not done the job. So what does that mean? Oh yes. It’s soup time.

While the traditional go-to is definitely chicken noodle, I’m really not on the chicken-with-broth-and-like-two-vegetable-pieces bandwagon. Really, all it’s really got going for it is the broth and almost every soup’s got that. So this week, I figured I’d go against the grain show you guys a soup recipe that I saw on one of my favorite food blogs — green kitchen stories — with a few adaptations for a college budget. This soup is both savory and delicious and roughly 20 times healthier than the ol’ chicken noodle.

While there are a bunch of variations on the idea — Ireland’s is carrot-heavy and blended to make a purée; Vietnam does it with a light vegetable or chicken broth and broccoli, bean sprouts, and noodles; and the list goes on—this soup is great for the less-than-healthy college student because it’s packed with fresh veggies and has just enough kick to clear your sinuses — plus it’s so easy to make! Continue reading

A Dashy of Healthy: How to Cook Quinoa

Welcome to Valley’s newest column, A Dash of Healthy! Columnist Corinne Fierro is a girl on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. She’s here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch Corinne every week for a new healthy recipe, along with her favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.

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BACK TO BASICS: HOW TO COOK QUINOA

Sometimes the best recipes are the most useful ones. When I talk to people about cooking, nine times out of 10 it’s the daunting task of following recipe techniques that prevents people from trying new things. They look at a recipe and think: “Braise the duck? I don’t even know what braise means.” *Closes book and goes to Chipotle* Even for the adventurous, a recipe can be ruined by overcooked pasta or undercooked rice. My point? The basics are a big deal.

Quinoa has a lot of appeal. Foodies go bananas over quinoa, mainly because it is a superfood that you don’t have to eat a whole ton of to get its benefits. Quinoa, as I’ve said before, has all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. You can sub any meat or tofu for quinoa and still get all the protein you’d need! This makes it a great option for vegetarians or gluten-free dieters who may be lacking in nutrition. Plus, quinoa has a great nutty, mild flavor which makes it an easy swap out for rice.  Continue reading