I’m sorry I have been quiet for so long, let’s just say summer has definitely gotten the best of me! But I’m back! For the past weeks, I have been on the island of Marthas Vineyard. My family has been coming here since I was little and I absolutely love it. The island is full of home grown veggies, beautiful sunsets, and quiet picturesque beaches.
It’s my little paradise!
Over the past few weeks, I have had a few friends come visit me! I LOVE playing tour guide and showing them all of my favorite parts around the island.
Last week my friend Sally visited me for 6 days and we had a blast! the week was full of sandy feet, tummies full of ice cream and a few sunburns. Sally had never been to the vineyard so everything was a new adventure for her!
This weekend my friend Allie came to visit so I got to play tour guide all over again. Allie had been to the vineyard, but never had been up-island to Chilmark where we live. So I was able to show her all of my favorite places.
If any of you have ever been the vineyard then you understand everything I am talking about, but if you have not ever been to the vineyard then jump on a plane, get in your car and then hop on a ferry and get here!
While there is so much to do on the island I have picked my favorite things to do out of all of them!
Ok, so I know this isn’t a necessarily “healthy” food item but every once in a while you need to have a few indulgences! These macaroons are definitely worth the splurge!
Many of you may think these cookies are hard to make, but I promise you these are extremely simple to make! The only bummer is that they do take a long time, so make sure you are not in a rush when you decide to make them!
When we decided to make these macaroons we made both a fruit preserve one and a chocolate with a chocolate ganache. I am only going to share the recipe for the chocolate ones for now because I am still perfecting the strawberry preserve one!
What you need:
For The Macaron:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup almond flour or almond meal
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch cream of tartar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
For the ganache filling:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), at room temperature and cut into cubes
What to do:
For The Macaron:
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners
Put powdered sugar, almond flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and pulse several until ingredients are combined into a fine powder
Now it is time to make the meringue! Put egg whites in an electric mixer with a whisk attachment (I used my kitchen aid) Beat on medium speed until opaque and foamy, about 30 seconds. Then add the cream of tartar, and increase the speed to medium high. Beat until the egg whites are white in color and hold line of the whisk
Slowly add the granulated sugar, until it is all combined. To know if it is done look to see if the meringue forms a peak, and the whites are shiny. Then transfer the meringue to a large bowl.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the dry mixture into the egg whites in four batches until the dry ingredients are just combined. (The meringue will deflate.)
Transfer the batter to the pastry bag. Pipe out 1-1/4-inch rounds about 1 inch apart onto the baking sheets, about 25 per sheet. Pick up the baking sheets and bang them against the work surface to help create the macaron base, or foot. Let the rounds sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to dry the tops and ensure even cooking.
To test if they are dry tap the tops and if the appear stiff then you are good to go!
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Bake the macarons one sheet at a time for 7 minutes. Rotate the sheet and cook for 7 minutes more. Transfer the sheet to a rack to cool complete
For the ganache filling:
Chop the chocolate then place it in a large bowl
Warm the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to boil. Stir it into the chocolate without creating bubbles. Let sit for 1 minute. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until thickened but still spreadable, about 30 minutes.
For me when I walk into the dining hall I get an overwhelming amount of cravings, many of them are NOT healthy. But I have learned how to try to crush those cravings.
I am not someone who can survive of lettuce for every meal! I need variety and excitement in my diet. So here is one of my favorite go-to meals in the dining hall. Ok, so many of you may think stir-fry is so fattening with all the oils and noodles and rice. Which technically is true but there are plenty of ways to get around that.
Step 1: Fill your bowl with veggies and even a few fruits
step 2: Ask them to make it with just water! Without the oil, your veggies will be steamed.
step 3: Avoid the sauces! While they may taste soo good, they are not necessary. The vegetables have enough flavor as it is. If you need to sprinkle some salt and pepper on it!
I am so sorry I have been posting so sporadically lately! My second semester is off to a good start but is keeping me super busy!! So as I said a few posts back, I would share with you how I survive eating healthy on a SMALL college campus.
In this post, you will discover how I am able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while living in a dorm.
As some of you may know I am a freshmen at Furman University, a small college in Greenville South Carolina. Because our campus is so small we don’t have many eating options other than our Dinning Hall. So with such few options, you have to become a bit creative. But I don’t mind, I love to be challenged, and see what my little culinary mind can come up with.
Here are my 5 rules for surviving the dining hall:
AVOID dessert at all cost!! I know this can be very hard, especially when there are Furman’s famous chocolate chip cookies involved. Suppress your sugar craving with a piece of fruit or a handful of chocolate chips.
ALWAYS drink water!! Yes, I know many of us easily go for the soda or other sugary drinks because they are easier and provide the sugar we want. But restrain yourself! Your body can always use more water to stay active and healthy.
No fried food! I know I am a huge sucker for french fries and chicken fingers. But there are so many healthier options. Opt for grilled chicken and roasted potatoes instead.
Although it is hard to say to cut all gluten out of your diet, try to limit it!
To add a little adventure into your diet, and experiment! I often get sick of the salad bar due to its limit in variety, so I have learned how to get my veggies different ways! I often eat sauteed veggies or eat carrots and hummus or even make a lettuce wrap sandwich.
While theses are only a few things I do to keep a healthy diet in the dining hall, I hope they inspire you to become creative and try new things. Check back every week for a new DH meal hack!
I am so sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I started my freshmen year at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Freshman year has definitely kept me very busy! New School, new state, new everything. While the work has been very hard, it has also been hard trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a college budget (time and money wise).
I have managed to master eating healthily in the dining hall. I also have learned to suppress those midnight pizza orders! While sometimes it can be tough it is definitely doable! A huge party of my daily routine now is a trip to the gym. I watch one episode of tv while working out, to relieve stress and to be able to leave room for a few splurges. There was no freshmen 15 for me (at least not this semester!)
I hope in the next few weeks while I have some free time to be able to post my go to healthy meals, as well as my dining hall survival guide!