Category Archives: Beauty & Health

Straight Hair, Don’t Care: Quick Tips for Daily Heat Styling

StraightHairDontCareQuickTipsForDailyHeatStyling_KiaraKulbingerAt this point in our young-adult lives, most of us are practically professionals when it comes to using a flat iron. But for us curly-haired chicks, the process of straightening our luscious locks isn’t always so simple. For girls with curly hair, this time-consuming process frequently yields fizziness and fried strands of precious hair – and when exposed to humidity, we might as well call it a day.

Valley sat down with Long Island-based cosmetologist Anne Marie Schmitt to talk proper heat styling to achieve smooth, healthy hair.

Start with product

To start, Schmitt suggests finding the right heat-protectant and smoothing product for your hair. While everyone is different, Schmitt recommends Paul Mitchell’s Smoothing Line for its effectiveness. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Anytime Yogurt Parfait

Welcome to Valley’s newest column, A Dash of Healthy! Columnists Carolyn and Corinne are two girls on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. We’re here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch us every week for a new healthy recipe, along with our favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.

IMG_2159Yogurt parfaits in cafés always seem so cute and sweet; you think, “It’s just yogurt and granola and fruit. It HAS to be good for me!” Until you take a look at the nutrition label. 30 grams of sugar and 450 calories?! Hardly a healthy start to your day. But, don’t worry, we’re here to show you how to make a yogurt parfait that won’t do you dirty.

Love Me Some Greek

When you’re talking about yogurt, you should always go greek. Greek yogurt has a crazy amount of protein (usually over 20 grams per serving!), which keeps you full for hours. Also, it’s filled with healthy bacteria to keep your digestive system happy. When considering flavors, it’s best to go with plain 0% for a parfait. You’re already adding sugar from the granola, and the fruit preservatives included in fruit yogurts often have as much sugar as a candy bar—so watch out for that in the future. We love Chobani 0% for a more tangy tart flavor and Fage 0% for a creamer mild flavor.

Granola Goodness

Granola is another seemingly innocent snack that can really mess up your clean eating efforts. Almost every brand of granola has phrases like “All Natural,” “Healthy,” and “Wholesome” covering the label, but have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredient list? Most brands of granola are loaded with sugar and processed grains, so often eating a serving of granola is basically like eating candy. When picking out your granola, you want to look for a brand with a variety of whole grains like oats, quinoa, buckwheat, or chia seeds. These will give you added protein and healthy fiber. Also, keep an eye on the sugar content; ideally, high-processed sugars should be avoided. Instead, try a granola brand made with honey or coconut sugar. While you can make your own granola at home, our favorite pre-made granola is Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain granola; it uses coconut sugar, is loaded with whole grains, and tastes incredible. Plus, the serving is 1/3 cup for 140 calories, instead of 1/4 cup—more to love!

A DASH OF HEALTHY’S ANYTIME YOGURT PARFAIT


IMG_2157What you’ll need:

3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1 serving of your granola of choice
1 cup of your fruit of choice

 

Preparation:

Combine in a bowl and enjoy for a healthy breakfast or snack option!

Photos by Carolyn and Corinne

Unconventional Farmer’s Market Finds

DSC_3467As a Penn State student, you’ve probably passed the farmer’s market, either on your way to class or while shopping downtown. You probably didn’t think twice about it, shrugging it off as just a place to buy fresh fruit and veggies. While this may be true, it’s not your traditional farmer’s market. Apples, peaches, berries, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, celery, squash, corn—you name it, we have seen it. But as the saying goes, there is more than meets the eye and there’s some rather unconventional items waiting to be found.

Plants
Herbs, sunflowers, gladiolus, bonsai, lucky bamboo, cacti, succulent and faerie gardens

Ok, so some of these may not be completely out of the ordinary, but there’s a few that deserve some recognition. Where else in State College can you buy a lucky bamboo plant or an exotic cactus? Continue reading

Weighing In: Stepping Up Your Workout

DSC_0027-3If you’ve been breathing a little heavier since being back on campus, you’re not alone. And no, we’re not talking about seasonal allergies or your uncontrollable (and frankly uncomfortable) reaction to the amount of cute boys per square foot.

Whether you’re walking to the library, class, or just trying to walk back to your room, Penn State is vertically challenged in the worst way possible. That’s right, it’s time to bow our heads for a moment of silence in recognition of the obscene amount of stairs we have to battle on a daily basis. Taking inspiration from Penn State’s seemingly endless flights of stairs, we’re going to talk about taking steps of a slightly different kind. Next time you’re trying to decide on which gym class to attend, Valley challenges you to take a Step, so you never have to fear the stairs again. Continue reading

Beauty Looks From NYFW and How To Recreate Them

You know that summer is officially over when another New York Fashion Week has come and gone. However, there is a lot we can learn from the trends at Fashion Week. That being said, while the week is technically all about fashion, no collection would be complete without a fabulous beauty look to go with it. Designers work specifically with hair and makeup masterminds to create signature looks for the models to accompany their clothes on the runway.

Naturally, we couldn’t help but want to recreate some of them. So, we chose two dramatically different, but equally stunning beauty looks from the runway and chatted with Looks makeup artist, Kayla Damron, to get the scoop on how to achieve these looks at home. Without further ado…

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Photo credit: Instagram, @emgaynor

House of Herrera

The models at House of Herrera rocked fierce red lips, lightly lined eyes, and slightly disheveled brows. Continue reading

Face Mask Heaven

SiruWen.Face_Care_Prep“Summer.

Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker.

Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder.

Music gets louder. Nights get longer.

Life gets better” (tumblr.com).

Summer only lasts about three and a half to four months. In the abrupt transition from summer to the school year, life takes a major turn. Hair gets dry and brittle merely from the thought of the workload ahead. Skin absorbs all—old makeup, dirt and even the late night pizza grease from Tuesday’s study session. Drinks get hotter, meaning coffee is all you drink for the next nine months. Music is played only through headphones in the library. Nights turn into mornings when cramming for a test. Life…gets worse. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Introduction to Fish Preparation Methods

Welcome to Valley’s newest column, A Dash of Healthy! Columnists Carolyn and Corinne are two girls on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. We’re here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch us every week for a new healthy recipe, along with our favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.

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FISH101  Introduction to Fish Preparation Methods. 

Yes, we wish this were a real class at Penn State, but sadly it’s not. Lucky for you, A Dash of Healthy is here to teach you the basics, as a part of our Kitchen101 series: a step-by-step guide to cooking your basic college eats.

We’ll begin our lesson with a baking technique called the “tinfoil teepee.” The “tinfoil teepee” combines the heat of your oven with the steaming powers of a tinfoil (aluminum foil) pocket to create a perfectly cooked filet, using less than 5 ingredients. Although fish can be prepared a number of different ways, including: broiling, grilling and sautéing, the “tinfoil teepee” method requires minimal time and effort— perfect for collegiates on the go.

So why should you eat fish? True, it’s more expensive than chicken—we won’t lie—but its nutritional benefits make it worth the extra cost. Continue reading

A Girl’s Guide to Fighting Sweat

IMG_0942Sweating, perspiring, dripping, whatever you call it, you hate it, it’s horrible. Whether you’re walking from Willard to Thomas, dancing in a packed frat or bar, or sitting in a stuffy classroom, you’re probably sweating everywhere. It is obvious that no amount of deodorant or perfume can disguise your sweaty body parts, but don’t worry. There are some awesome new ways to fight back against this body function we all wish never existed.

Hairspray Face Mask

Girls spend a pretty good amount of time putting on makeup. That is why it’s so depressing watching our eye shadow and foundation slowly run down our faces throughout the day due to profuse sweating. Next time, use hairspray to set your makeup. Spray the hairspray away from your face and walk through it. There are also professional brands you can use to set your makeup that are better for your skin but hairspray is a great improvisation. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Spiced Chicken Power Bowl

Welcome to Valley’s newest column, A Dash of Healthy! Columnists Carolyn and Corinne are two girls on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. We’re here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch us every week for a new healthy recipe, along with our favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.

photo 3-3SPICED CHICKEN POWER BOWL

Clean, gluten-free, all natural

(Makes 2 servings)

Change how you see chicken with our Spiced Chicken Power Bowl. Each serving is a complete meal, packed with 35 grams of protein from whole grains and lean meat. Quinoa, one of the main ingredients, is a go-to power food. While it’s often labeled as a grain it’s actually a seed, made up of all 8 essential amino acids. In college-speak this means you can count on quinoa as a complete source of protein— it’s got your back.

The flavorful mix of spices and yogurt creates a bold marinade for the chicken, which can be a nice change from your typical college faire. With absolutely no setting time, it’s a quick and easy way to break out of a baked chicken rut—just pop it into the oven and go. Continue reading

Weighing In: Smart Snacking

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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Fall semester has officially begun, and so has the endless studying and snacking. While chowing down on Wings Over every night is tempting, it’s important to eat healthy to keep yourself energized and your mind sharp. But fear not, this doesn’t mean you have to snack on lettuce 24/7. Making small substitutions can make a huge difference in your health.

Stacy Jones, registered dietician and community health educator here at Penn State recommends making healthier substitutions while cooking or baking. Some of her favorites swaps are greek yogurt instead of mayo when making things such as tuna salad and dips, and apple sauce for oil when making cakes and cookies. These easy subs will still taste great in recipes but will decrease the overall calories and increase the nutritional value of your meals.

Swapping ingredients in recipes is great, but what happens when you have those late night cravings? Put down the Ben and Jerry’s, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading