Exam BOOST!

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On my way to see a friend on campus, I thought about giving a few stressful students hugs and candy cane. A little something to help them stay motivated and get through this exam season.

Having recently graduated, I don’t miss those late night essay writing sessions, catching up on lectures and mandatory class readings. It can be tough being a student. Compelled to do well and to figure out what you want to do after graduation, pressure hits you from so many angles. And that’s not including your mother!

Over the years, I came up with a study routine to help me stay healthy and motivated. Here are my top 5 tips:

  1. SLEEP. I don’t know how many times this has been said to me and I’ve ignored it BUT sleep is an important part of your health AND it will help you retain what you’ve studied
  2. Take breaks. As much as you want to keep studying for hours on end aka cram everything in a couple of days or in one night, you are NOT a robot. And even if you say you can, think about it, robots overheat when they get overloaded with information in short amounts of time
  3. Stay active. Another generic tip but believe me, a short walk around the block or any physical activity during your break makes a huge difference. Staying active helps you unload some of that pressure from studying by diverting your focus on yourself
  4. Keep hydrated. I didn’t know for a long time that dehydration affects your mood and energy
  5. Ask someone for help. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends or your prof for help if there’s a question that you’re have trouble understanding or answering. Also, if you are asking your friends for some study help, make sure that they are not giving you the wrong answers-DOUBLE CHECK! I don’t have to tell you how awesome Google is, do I?
  6. Change your attitude. A bonus tip for those courses you grew to hate over this semester. Think about it this way, you’ll be done with this course after the exam. Take some of the positive aspects of the course, if you can, and focus on those. A bad prof? Boring lectures? Long readings? You can probably name at least one thing that was positive thing if you really looked for it. If not, why did you take that course anyway?

These are some study tips, I’ve used during my undergrad. Though they might sound a tad generic, there’s a reason why you’ve seen or heard these tips before. They actually work! And remember, every student’s learning style is different. I didn’t know I was an auditory learning and a kinetic thinking until my final year of university. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t memorize study notes as well as other students! You might just have a different learning style and studying method. Reach out to your university’s learning centre.

Best of luck ladies and gents! May the force be with you.

 

 

 

Always,

K

 

 

 

Holiday Hacks Series

 

DSC_0141.JPGWith Christmas next week, I wanted to share some holiday hacks with you guys to help prep the meal we all think about all year round. From sweet to savoury and basics to putting together a charcuterie platter, I got you covered!

To start, here’s my super simple Candy Cane Mousse.

Ingredients:

– candy canes

– whipping cream

– ¼ tsp. peppermint extract (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Break the candy canes into smaller pieces then put them in a brown paper bag or a disposable sandwish bag (this will make clean up a lot easier!)
  2. Using a mallet or a rolling pin, crush your candy canes into even smaller pieces. It’s okay to leave some of the candy cane in smaller chunks (it adds a little bit of crunch to the mousse inside)
  3. In a bowl, pour 2 cups of whipping cream (you can increase or decrease the amount depending on how much you want to make)
  4. You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer or you can whip them with your brute muscle force (ya!)
  5. (Optional) Add the peppermint extract in the whipping cream before starting to whip the cream
  6. Once the whipping cream is stiff, fold in the crushed candy canes into the whipping cream (use a spatula to fold the whipped cream)
  7. Transfer the mixture in individual containers or you can put it in one and chill it in your fridge overnight
  8. Enjoy!

I love making different kinds of mousse. Dark chocolate, white chocolate or even avocado for a more exotic taste. A super easy dessert you can make ahead of time! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

 

Always,

K

 

 

 

Ginger Morning Muffins

Untitled design.pngGood morning! I made some ginger muffins perfect with your morning newspaper on-the-go and tea/coffee. I used fresh ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar. A flavourful muffin to add some spice to your Monday morning!

Ingredient:

  • 2 thumb size fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. all spice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. P.C. Greek yoghurt with honey
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  2. Start by getting a large bowl and sifting 2 cups of all-purpose flour in the bowl
  3. Add the baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, all spice, salt and brown sugar in the bowl
  4. Mix the dry ingredients well
  5. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, eggs, water and Greek yoghurt
  6. With a micrograter, grate the fresh ginger into the bowl with wet ingredients
  7. Mix the wet ingredients well
  8. Gradually add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients
  9. Grease your muffin tray or use muffin liners to reduce clean up time before pouring in the muffin mixture
  10. Bake the muffins for 23 minutes
  11. Let them cool before digging in and ENJOY!

This recipe yields 6 large muffins but you can probably make more if you use a smaller medium muffin tray. I love that you can taste and smell the cinnamon and ginger in this muffin. An interesting flavor combination I haven’t tried baking with before but I will now! Give my recipe a try and let me know what you think J

 

Always,

K

Beet Salad Recipe

My kale obsession is gradually being replaced by beets haha. Red, golden/yellow or candy cane beets I’m loving all of them! I made a simple beet salad recipe full of flavour even your vegetable haters won’t be able to resist.

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Ingredients:

-2  red beets

-6 small-medium carrots

-2 apples

-thumb size fresh ginger

-1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I just used about 2 handfuls, no need to be completely exact)

-1 small-medium red onion

– approx. 3 kale leaves (you can add more if you want)

– 1 can chick peas

– 1 lime/lemon

– extra virgin olive oil

– salt & pepper

Procedure:

1.Wash the veggies and kale

2.(Optional) I quick pickled because I don’t like eating raw onions. Totally just a preference, you can add it raw if you like. So for the quick pickle, I sliced the red onions then put them in a small bowl. I then added white vinegar and balsamic vinegar (could use apple cider vinegar instead of using 2 different kinds), salt, pepper and a teaspoon of honey. I mixed the sliced onions around then left them until I was ready to add them to the salad

  1. With a grater or a food processor, grate the red beets, carrots and apples. You will need a large bowl for this
  2. After grating the veggies, chop the kale leaves then add them in the large bowl
  3. Then add the onions
  4. Open a can of chick peas then drain the liquid before adding it in the large bowl
  5. Then add the sunflower seeds
  6. With a mircrograter, grate the fresh ginger on the large bowl (or you can finely chop it)
  7. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper
  8. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil
  9. Squeeze 1 lime/lemon
  10. Using your hands you’re now ready to mix! You will notice that some juices have come out from the apples and beets, that’s totally normal but try not to over mix it because you don’t want mushy salad
  11. Enjoy!

 

This recipe yields 6-8 healthy servings. Definitely a great lunch to bring to work or school!

 

Give my recipe a try and let me know what you think  by leaving a comment below. I’m always open to questions and suggestions.

 

Always,

K