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Colby Triolo

How to Take on Finals Week Like A Boss

how to take on finals week like a boss

Unfortunately, finals week is inevitable. If anyone has figured out a logistical way to avoid it, please enlighten me, enlighten all of us.

I don’t want to take anything away from it because yes finals week is a challenge, but in my opinion it has such a stigma behind it that it ends up being harder than it should. It is so talked up, kind of like Organic Chemistry– is it just my university, or is that course talked up like none other? I am not even in the course and I know when every single exam is because the world seems like it’s ending every time they come around. Yes, I know it is hard, but about 5,000 other courses are just as hard, if not harder.  I just went through a Computer Science course that took on average 40 hours per weekly project, and you don’t see me preaching that to the entire campus.

The point I am making here is that when a course, or an event, is talked up in a negative sense, our perceptions of it change and we make it harder on ourselves. We get so wrapped up in the idea that it is so “supposedly hard” that it actually becomes so. 

How many times have you seen or heard people talk about not showering, or not sleeping during finals week? I’m sorry, but come on, that’s a little ridiculous. You can easily avoid those things. 

If you’ve gotten to that point, you’re not doing something right. That’s what I want to share with you today: my tips to get through finals season feeling confident and (most importantly) without going to those extremes.

1. Make A Schedule

Right now, write down your finals schedule.  Then, go one step farther and make a loose plan on how you plan to spend your studying time. By having scheduled blocks, everything is bound to get done, and you have subject switches to look forward to.

2. Jam Out

Put together a playlist of songs that make you happy and are not distracting so you have something to look forward to and can drown out the chatter and distractions.

3. Move your booty.

Not even with a workout, which I actually do recommend, but simply by moving your studying locale. By varying up your surroundings, you are refreshing your brain and your body.

Library, bakery, Wegmans, cafe, study room… the options are endless.  If you are going to school down south, go OUTSIDE! I slightly envy you.

4. Sleep.

RE: above. I know we all know that sleep is important, but for some reason in college we tend to block out that knowledge.  I promise you that if you stay up all night studying and then attempt to take your exam the next morning, you are going to suffer.  Your brain needs sleep to function.

Also, solid time to throw in the fact that your brain needs food to function too– don’t forget to eat, and don’t forget to eat well. Get those healthy fats, that lean protein, and those occasional treats to make you happy. 

5. Breaks. Take them.

I’ve never preached that, right? Actually, pretty sure I did the other day. Breaks are great. Breaks are wonderful. Breaks refresh. Breaks rejuvenate. Breaks inspire. I don’t care what you do on your breaks, just take them please. I like to workout on mine; here is my CollegeFit workout guide with short, effective workouts.  

6. I want to end with this one: don’t psych yourself out.

You have been learning this material for months, you’ve done problem sets, you’ve had midterms and prelims, you know this material, and you GOT THIS.  Don’t put yourself at a disadvantage by convincing yourself that you aren’t ready. You Make You #amiright?

Now, go kill it!

xoxo Colby

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What Nobody Tells You About Training for a Marathon

Yesterday, I ran my first marathon!

To be completely honest, as weird as is it was, I enjoyed the training 10x more than the actual race. With the combination of the freezing temperature, and 30mph winds it was t.o.u.g.h. I also am fighting a cold, so I had taken Sudafed before running, which left me feeling awfully dizzy at some (OK most) miles (note: don’t ever do that!!).

Despite the unplanned resistance training (credz to @h3ath3rf3ath3r for the term) and my body not cooperating, I am beyond happy for the experience and beyond glad I did it. And I would be amiss if I didn’t mention how blessed I am to have met so many amazing, like-minded individuals… peep Heather and Caroline!

I can truly say that I have grown to love the sport of running, and this definitely won’t be my last marathon. Congratulations to all the runners of the Philly Marathon, especially my friends Ron, Heather, Asja, Ross, Heather, and Caroline!

Finish line!

Finish line!

Now, since I am sure you don’t want a full mile-by-mile recap (and since I spent mile 8-18 thinking about this yesterday), here are a few things that nobody tells you about training for a marathon: 

It hurts. 

It hurts in weird ways.  Parts of your body that you didn’t even know existed will hurt. You may even get a sexy sports bra rash. But, that’s OK, if it didn’t hurt, you would be a super human.

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There will come days, where you will have to hop on a treadmill and run massive amounts of miles.

When I left school to work for a weekend in Baltimore, I ran 15 miles on a treadmill, watched the news loop 3 full times, and had to restart the treadmill 4 times.  It will be rough. But, when you are done you will feel like you can conquer anything, and you CAN.

On the same note, there will be days that you have to  wake up or go to bed at ungodly hours in order to get your miles in.

But, that’s the price we are willing to pay.  You’re whole body and soul needs to be in it.

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Life doesn’t put itself on hold. 

Yeah, maybe you ran 18 miles that morning, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to go to school, or work, and be on your feet all day. But, that’s OK, running a marathon is meant to add to your life, not take away.

You will know everything there is to know about your area, and all the ~cool~ trails, roads, and sites there are to see.

 

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The second day is the worst.

Sure, you may be sore and tired after that long run, but the next day…. that’s when it gets ya. Beware of ~the steps~.  But that’s OK, sore means you pushed yourself.

Your phone, or your ipod, will most likely die at one point when you need it most. 

But, that is also when you will grow the most. There is something beautiful in being so immersed in  the world.

The hunger is real. 

When you rev your metabolism that hard that frequently, you’re going to be hungry, ravenous maybe.  It’s kind of a struggle but at the same time wonderful because your body needs all that good food.

There is a point when the issue isn’t your cardiovascular system being tired, but your mind being tired. 

You will experience some of the mentally toughest hours you ever have, but nothing worth having comes easy. I wrote an article on how to get through those tough long runs if you are interested.

There are times you are going to want to cry and times that you are going to be on top of the world. 

It is a roller coaster, but one worth waiting in line for.

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But, this is all OK, it is not meant to be easy.

It is meant to change you and to challenge you.  It is meant to give you a new perspective on life and your body. 

This is all OK, because the moment you cross that finish line will be one of the best moments of your entire life, and NOTHING can take that away from you.

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YOU MAKE YOU xoox,

Colby

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6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got into Fitness

I love fitness. I look forward to it. I include it in as many aspects of my life as I can. To be honest, fitness is a part of me. It doesn’t define me, but yes—it is a major part of me. Over the past 5 years or so, I have had lots of highs, but also have had my fair share of lows when it comes to my involvement with fitness.

I’ve tried many new things and gone to several extremes; I’ve done many things I am proud of, but also some things I could have easily gone without. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will tell you that where I am now is a place that I love. And, from someone who’s been through it all, I want to share with you the 6 major things I have learned that have gotten me to where I am today.

1. ‘Fitness’ and ‘Health’ do not have set definitions.

They are set by YOU. I started a brand called YouMakeYou® that focuses on this idea. What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. What makes you happy might not make me happy. When it comes to your health, you have to find what works for YOU, figure out what YOU want to do, and go do it. You need to not let what others think steer your decisions, you need to not worry about if you are going against mainstream whatever. You are YOU, and this is YOUR life. Define it.

2. Not everyone will ‘get you.’

Building off of number one, you will have people who question you and try to tell you what to do. Ignore them (unless they are a professional and are helping you or trying to keep you safe). If someone is trying to control how you live your life, you don’t need them in your life.   Don’t ever let your ego get in the way of your happiness. Ignore negativity, but also brush it off. It is not worth your time. Accept that some people just won’t get it.

3. Do it for the right reason.

From experience, I can PROMISE you that being a certain size or a certain shape does not make you happier, or more liked, or more popular. It just doesn’t. Decide to find your fitness because you WANT TO. Find it for personal reasons. If you set out on your journey with the intention of satisfying others, making yourself ‘more appealing’, or fitting a standard—you will not enjoy it, you will get wrapped up in worry and dissatisfaction, and you will most likely fall off the wagon or lose your balance along the way.

4. Have fun with it.

If you aren’t, you’re not doing it right. Yes, fitness is not all fun and games: you will have tough workouts. But everything that’s worth doing gets tough sometimes. Forget about the individual days and lifts and runs. Are you, in the greater scheme of things, having fun with it? If not, don’t be afraid to try something new. Try a new type of workout, switch up your routine (try working out outside!), grab a friend, go to a group fitness class… The list goes on. Think about what I have mentioned in the above bullets too: do you have the right motivation? Are you trying to satisfy others before yourself?

 

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5. Share your journey.

**Disclaimer: I swear on my jars of almond butter I am not sharing this point because this is for FitUniversity, a platform for students to share their fitness stories, this a personal view. **

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve spent not only working out alone but also refraining from sharing my beliefs, interests, and journey with anyone. I always thought of myself as someone who loved working out alone and doing my own thing, which is true. On the most basic level, I do love doing just that: I feel like I get an awesome workout in on my own terms, it is my ‘me time’, and I just simply enjoy that experience.

 

before I share this workout I want to say I ordered an #almondmilklatte from @dunkindonuts for the first time && it was litralllllllly #nametheshow the best one ive ever had #NotSponsored #Truth 😍 WORKOUT TIME 👊🏻 #TagYourWorkoutBuddy for this #TuesdayChallenge (TAP FOR SOUND) 👉🏼 Find a set of stairs or a stadium, run up a column, do a strength move, run down, Repeat for 30-40 minutes 👊🏻 end with 2 columns of the end exercises: 3 double step jumps, 3 mountain climbers, 3 step up and kicks each leg ✔ ps thanks @sarahjgaines for being my bangin #workoutbuddy 🔥 . #youmakeyou #StairWorkout #IntenseWorkout #OutdoorWorkout #iamfitu #crossfit #summer #partnerworkouts #fitchick #fitchicks #ibleedred #boston #cornell #ivy #weightloss #hiit #harvard #runnergirl #fitfam

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That being said, everything is better when you have someone to share an experience with. This is completely new to me, but this past summer I have begun doing almost all of my workouts with a partner, or just with someone else beside me doing their own thing. I still get in a #bangin workout and there is the extra umph and accountability that comes from having someone there with me. It adds a really unique dimension to my workouts. Don’t be afraid to try something new and expand your horizons. You will find like-minded people and learn from each other.

 

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6. Be proud and happy with where you are.

You will always want more. You will always want what you don’t have. It’s just the way we are. But I want you to put all of that aside and realize: where you are right now? You are there for a reason. You are meant to be right here, right now. Be happy with where you stand currently and embrace it. Stop criticizing yourself for what you’re not and be proud of everything you are. Be proud of the things you have done, rather than focusing on what you haven’t yet. It is O.K. to want to improve, and in fact I often preach the importance of having goals—hello YouMakeYou®. But I just as often preach embracing each step in the journey, because it is there for a reason.


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Do This 5×5 Workout Challenge for Serious #Gains

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It’s workout time. I challenge YOU to this workout and then I challenge you to challenge a friend. This workout is short, ~relatively~ simple, and a total body cardio and strength torcher.

There are five rounds, and five different exercises.

Modify if needed, stay safe, warmup properly, and GET TO IT!

 

The 5×5 Workout

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8 Important Lessons on Wellness from My Freshman Year

  1. You don’t have to (nay, you are not supposed to) wash your hair every day

(even when you work out) DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TIME AND SANITY THIS HAS SAVED ME?! It is a little weird getting used to at first, but you get over it, and your hair loves you for it.

  1. Let things go. 

I’m stressed, you’re stressed, we are all stressed. Learn when to let things go. But, at the same time know your worth and don’t let people walk all over you.. you are a strong, independent person.

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  1. Say YES!

Some of the best experiences you will have are those that you do on a whim. Don’t be afraid to break away from your routine, or perfectly penciled out schedule. You have the rest of your life to work—enjoy these college experience while they last.

Spontaneous hiking during exam week

Spontaneous hiking during exam week

  1. Don’t go HAM on the school “specialty” items.

Or in my case, the Cornell Dairy. You are in a whole new place, with a whole new atmosphere, a whole new crowd, a whole new everything—your body is in shock, take everything in stride for it to adjust. I, and a lot of people I know, develop food allergies their first year of school because of too much all at once. In my case, Cornell makes their own dairy (hi all you can eat ice cream) and because I wasn’t eating much dairy before coming here, the daily consumption was too much for my body and HELLO SEVERE LACTOSE-INTOLERANCE within 2 months. MODERATION!!!! 

Expedition sundae from Purity.

Expedition sundae from Purity.

  1. Pre-enroll! 

It’s no joke. Figure out when that biz-nitch is. Be on your computer 3 minutes before you need to register for classes. Keep your hands free. And, click your little heart out. Take no prisoners.

Overheard 2 hours after 7am pre-enroll:

“How did pre-enroll go for you?”

Wide eyed and running to the nearest computer: “Pre-enroll?!”

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DON’T LET THIS BE YOU ^^ I don’t even want to imagine what her schedule looks like.

  1. You are either going to love, or hate your roommate.

There is not much of an in-between. If it’s love, YAY!! If it is hate, it is no big deal–all you have to do is sleep there, you will have tons of other places and people to hang out and have fun.

  1. You do not need dessert every night.

Yes the freshman 15 is real. But from what I have seen it comes from 1) Alcohol and 2) Dining halls. Just because dining halls are all-you-can-eat, does not mean you have to eat more than you normally would. And, there WILL be dessert at every meal, treat yourself every once in a while, but if you were at home, would you be eating dessert all the time?!

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  1. Happiness is everywhere.

I currently have 2 roommates, and we are all COMPLETELY different people, but at the same time, we are all COMPLETELY happy. There is something for everyone and you will find it, just follow your heart and do what YOU want to do. If that isn’t partying, then DO NOT feel the need to do that. #YouMakeYou

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When Fitness Stopped Ruling My Life

It is so easy to get wrapped up in fitness, but I gained my life back (I’m about to go all engineer on you, so get ready).

Scientifically, it makes perfectly good sense. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people… don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t. (Catch my reference?) 😀

In all serious-ness though, exercise does release endorphins, and these endorphins make us feel good after we work out. And what’s wrong with feeling good, right?!

At least that’s what I thought. However, these endorphins can easily cause our brains to make the jump from thinking of exercise as a joyful pastime to developing a full-blown obsession. And that’s when it can get out of hand. No addiction is good — no matter what that addiction is.

The hard part about this particular kind of addiction is that most people (including myself) do not even realize it’s a problem.

After all, we’ve been taught over and over again that exercise is good! Any way you can get in a workout is positive. Exercise is achievement, success, a goal to consistently be striving for, more and more and more… and when we get caught up in the hype and the high, we neglect to realize:

We are REVOLVING our days around working out…

We are devoting a huge amount of energy to planning our workouts…

We get legitimately upset when something, or someone, interferes with our plans…

Missing a day is simply UNTHINKABLE …

We unknowingly cancel plans to make it to the gym…

The first thing that comes into our mind when someone asks us to do something is “Will that fit with my workout schedule?” …

If we are not working out, we are constantly thinking about our workouts and weaving it into every part of our day…

We are missing out on LIFE….

We do not realize these things. And life passes us by.

I was one of these people. I took pride in my fitness, too. I was the “girl in amazing shape,” the “girl who had the perfect body.” and the “girl who was bad-ass and confident in the gym.” But that’s only what I was on the outside. It’s what people didn’t see that counts. Nobody knew how addicted I was, how my drive for fitness was hurting me. I don’t even think I knew what was going on until I wasn’t that girl anymore. Sure, maybe I was all of those things, but what did that even mean? What did that do for me? Nothing.

I cannot even count the number of times I would look at “normal” people around me and think to myself:

“These people are not torturing themselves to make time in their hectic schedule everyday to crank out an intense session at the gym, and they look completely and utterly fine. They look so happy and at peace. Why can’t I do that? Better yet, they look HAPPY. Why can’t I live like that?”

I would ask myself this alllll of the time, but I would never change anything about what I was doing. Why not? It’s simple: I was scared. Fitness was my “thing,” it made me look good, it made me… me. I loved it, I really did. I thought that because I was training so much and so intensely, that if I slowed down… I guess I didn’t know what would happen.

Social media was also impacting my situation — you see, I’m “Instagram famous” (@colbytriolo_youmakeyou hit a sister uppp), so I felt that if I “let the fitness side of me slip” all 30k people “watching me” would be disappointed.

Fitness was me. Yes, it was stressful — but that comes along with putting your life out there.

(Side note: if anyone reading this is going through the same thing, know that you are actually more successful when you are doing the things you love, so I promise you will not lose followers and people will not think differently of you if you start following your heart).

But one day, a flip switched. Fitness had taken my life hostage, and I wanted it back. I honestly don’t know what flipped the switch in my head; maybe my threshold had finally been reached, or maybe I had just gone away to college and for the first time saw everything I had been missing out on. But really it doesn’t matter what caused it to happen. What mattered was the fact that it did.

Looking back now, I can’t even really tell you why or when it happened. All I can tell you is that whatever did happen gave me my life back. The craziest part? I didn’t even realize I’d lost it until I had it back.

The ease I feel now is unspeakably amazing. When I let go of my obsession, a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

To anyone that is suffering (or maybe doesn’t know that they are) from letting fitness control his or her life, listen:

It is okay to miss a workout.

Or cut one short.

It is OKAY to say yes to dinner with a friend instead of your typical 6pm spin class.

A skipped session will NOT ruin you. In fact, it will build your heart up.

You do not HAVE to clock in an hour of uninterrupted time at the gym to consider yourself working out.

It is OKAY to laugh your heart out while eating a cone of ice cream and call that your abs workout.

It is OKAY to sub sprinting your guts out on the treadmill for going on a leisurely hike with your significant other.

Its OKAY to stay up till 4am gossiping with your friends and eating Oreos, completely disregarding how you planned on working out before classes at 8am.

It is OKAY to walk into the gym and do whatever your heart desires because, honestly, why is there even a right or wrong? Why is it SO important that you do a certain “thing?”

In fact, it is more than OKAY, it is LIFE. You weren’t put here to work out all the time, you were brought here to LIVE.

I want you to realize that.

Fitness is not about putting yourself through intense and strenuous workouts everyday. It is about keeping your body and mind happy. Once more, that’s your body and mind.

Please, next time you’re forcing yourself to go to the gym because you feel like you “have to,” realize that you really don’t!

YES — staying active is important, and I’m not saying you should never workout. What I am asking you to do is to take a step back and assess yourself. See that if your body is saying no, your mind needs to say no. Ask yourself: “What am I training for?”. If it’s not for something special, then why on earth are you putting all that negative pressure on yourself? Fitness is more than just a body game. If your mind isn’t happy as well as your body, that takes away half of the health you’re striving to attain.  

Like I have said, I’ve been working out for years, to a point where it’s more than just a habit. It wasn’t something I really looked forward to, and instead it became just something I “had to do ”.

The day that changed my life came when I said f*** it, and hopped on the treadmill, popped up ‘Friends’ on my phone, cranked up the speed to a leisurely jog (I couldn’t even tell you the mph I was jogging at, because for once I not only didn’t know but I also didn’t care), and jogged it out until I decided I felt like I was finished, cleaned off my treadmill, and walked calmly out. No abs workout to finish, no dumbbells lifted, no extra anything. I just went, did what I wanted to do, and then I left.

THAT. That right there is what I’d wanted to do at the gym for years, but just didn’t have the courage to do. And it felt amazing. It was pure joy, pure happiness, pure mind and body fitness. It might seem cliché, but I was on top of the world that day, and radiating happiness for days after. I began training to my heart, not my head. I am sharing this with you (whoever has the heart in them to read this far on my babble) because I so wish I had someone push me to try this years ago. I so wish I had broken free of the fitness prison I had put myself in sooner.

Really, what is the point of keeping yourself on such a strict regimen when you aren’t training for something? Yes, sure — you are “training for life” — I’ve told myself that, too. But why is such stress on the body, and such strict regimen in your days “training for life?”

Why should “training for life” CONSUME your life?

Even training for a race doesn’t consume your life, there are breaks built into that. More importantly, why give up your life for this “training for life?”

The day I became free is the day I started laughing for real, the day I started feeling alive again.

It was the day I started enjoying the random things in my daily life. And, most importantly, having life experiences.

Like getting dairy-free ice cream with my best friend at odd, random hours. Like laying in bed watching Netflix all day because I just wanted to. Like leisurely strolling around outside in the middle of a sunny day because I wasn’t on a time-table to make it to the gym. Like staying up way past 11pm because I didn’t care if I was well-rested for another forced morning workout. Like going out to brunch, or lunch, or ANYTHING because time wasn’t a factor.

These are the experiences that life is meant for — not for saying no to all of these things for your “fitness,” AKA just so you can make it to the gym.  

Because when I am 80 and looking back, I want important things to remember. I want to see more than a life that entirely revolved around working out.

It makes me sad to think about all the years and memories I threw away because I was so obsessed with something as simple as getting to the gym. And, writing this out for the first time makes it seem so ridiculous and controllable, but I’m writing this because it’s not.

I did not see the happiness and joy I was missing out on. I did not realize I had a problem. I did not see it in the least bit, and that’s scary to me.. That is what I want to prevent in even just one person’s life.

What I want to leave you with is this:

Let fitness be a part of your life. Not your ENTIRE life. Because that isn’t what’s really and truly healthy in the end.

Fit but empty happiness:

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The look of true happiness (don’t mind my friend falling behind me):

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10 Genius Ways to Use Your Microwave

One of the most frequent emails/DM’s I receive is: “Colby, how on earth do you survive in college, in a tiny room, without access to typical appliances or any time!?”

OK, that may not be exactly how urgently I’m usually asked, but the general idea. I am here to share with you my passion for one of the most important inventions of all time. Yes: it might even beat sliced bread (mostly because when that sliced bread goes stale, BOOM this invention fixes it). Drumroll please….

THE MICROWAVE!

Yes, you can make oatmeal in it, you can heat up leftovers, you can heat your dorm with it…? (JK, please don’t try that, no matter how cold it gets in there) But there is SO MUCH MORE that that magic machine can do.

I am about to share with you some of the top hacks I’ve discovered using your microwave that basically make healthy living in college a breeze.

1. UNSTALE BREAD

I know how hard it is to find time to go grocery shopping between classes, clubs, etc., so I’m sure there was at least one time when that old loaf of bread sitting on your desk has gone stale. Well, don’t throw it away! Instead, wrap it in some wet paper towels and microwave it in a few 10-second bursts. #MONEYSAVED #PBJTIME

2. HEATING PADS

For all those muscle aches and pains that just always seem to happen on the worst days. Wet a small bathroom towel, fold it up, and microwave for a few minutes until whatever desired temperature is reached. Place your towel in a plastic bag to use, or press directly onto sore area.

3. STEAM VEGGIES

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Sometimes, oily dining hall veggies just don’t cut it anymore. Place some fresh veggies (farmers markets are a great place to get quality veggies really cheap!) in a microwave safe bowl with a dash of water, salt, and pepper. Cover loosely with a lid, or saran wrap, and microwave for 2-3 minutes (time will vary depending on vegetable).

4. SWEET POTATOES IN A FLASH

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Cooking a sweet potato takes: 1. An oven and 2. 30-45 minutes… But living in a dorm, who has either of those?! No one. To the rescue: you guessed it. Your microwave. Use a fork to poke a few holes in your sweet potato, wrap it in damp paper towel, and microwave for 3-5 minutes depending on the size. Bam. Cooked sweet potato. Stuff it, season it, or just eat it plain.

5. EGGS

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Oatmeal is a classic quick microwave breakfast, but did you ever think about making eggs for breakfast instead? Whisk eggs with a bit of milk and spices in a microwave safe mug. Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, stirring halfway. For a mug omelet, add in some veggies and/or cheese before cooking!

6. MUGCAKES

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Have a sweet tooth? Stir together 1-2 T coconut flour, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 egg white, and about ¼ c almond milk in a microwave safe bowl (or mug) and microwave for about 1-2 minutes, or until fully cooked. It’s a piece of cake! (Literally.)

7. COOKIES

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If you’re ever in need of an indulgent treat…(treat yo’self 🙂 ) I often buy premade cookie dough that I store in my fridge for just that occasion. Take out single servings as desired and microwave for about 45 sec-1 minute. The microwave will bake you a perfect little cookie.

8. HOT CHOCOLATE

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This may be one of my favorites, especially in the wintertime. So simple. So necessary. Microwave milk or a milk substitute (almond milk is my preference) in a mug for about 2-3 minutes until it is warmed up completely. Remove and immediately drop in a square of dark chocolate. Stir until it melts, and VOILA!

9. MICROWAVE LATTE

microwaveThis one is really just for fun. Make foamy milk for your coffee like a Starbucks barista using only your new favorite appliance. Pour your choice of milk (in whatever amount you would normally put into your coffee) into a mason jar or other lidded container, put lid on and shake for about 30 seconds, remove lid and microwave for 30 seconds. Hold back foam with your spoon while you pour the milk into your coffee. Then, spoon the remaining foam on top.

10. QUICK QUINOA

I always have either quinoa or rice prepped in my fridge for quick meal making. But unfortunately, these both take quite some time to cool on the stove top. Instead… microwave. In a microwave-safe bowl, add 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. Cover with lid, or plate, and cook for about 6 minutes (for 1 cup quinoa), remove and stir. Microwave for 2 more minutes, remove and allow to sit covered to steam for about 5-10 more minutes.