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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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How to eat better, faster, and not go broke doing it

By Brooke Ward

February 19, 2009 | LOGAN -- Between classes, work, homework and a social life, your time as a student runs pretty slim. Somewhere in that schedule you have to find time to feed yourself.

College students, because of limited time, often resort to toaster pastries, cereal, Ramen noodles or anything ready in under five minutes. It's time for some shortcuts on how to eat good, fast and cheap. No more of this Top Ramen business.

The Food Network , Fitness Magazine and Pioneer Woman Cooking have hundreds of recipes online that students can download for free. The Food Network website has a link designed especially for recipes that are "Quick and Easy." The Fitness Magazine website has a side link called "Smart Shopping Tips to Help You Save Money." Finally, the Pioneer Woman site is great for understanding without problems the instructions for the recipes, including pictures for each step. Each Web site offers ideas for fast and cheap eating, not to mention great food.

It's important to be fed well as a college student. Food gives you energy as well as the ability to think and function as needed. You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen in order to eat a decent meal. All you need are a few ideas to get you started. Recipes on these three sites provide instructions to recipes that take five, ten, twenty minutes and leave you fed well.

Meals such as Lemon Basil Chicken Salad, Simple Enchiladas, and Onion with Spinach Quesadillas are just a few examples of meals from these three sites that are ready in little time.

So, what's something that all students should consider to maintain good eating habits?

Heidi Wengreen, USU assistant professor of nutrition, says to watch your portion sizes and to be more conscious of your food choices. Wengreen also says, "We talk a lot about balance, variety and moderation in nutrition. No food is bad food, but it's important to watch your portion sizes and make good choices. Super-sizing your french fries every time is not a good choice."

Beachbody and USU fitness consultant and instructor Shukria Stewart gives tips on healthy eating habits for students. "Students especially need to find time in their crazy schedules to feed their bodies," she says. "Not eating is the worst thing anyone can do. Starving yourself resorts to storing fat."

Stewart suggests low fat, low sugar and whole grains. Also she recommends that students eat small portioned snacks every two to three hours. Stewart explained that eating small snacks in between meals is an easy way for your metabolism to get going and it is easier for your body to break down the food.

Stewart also says, "Eat breakfast! Even if you are not hungry. Breakfast is what gets your metabolism started on breaking down what you eat throughout the day. Eating breakfast also keeps you alert."

If you're looking for a way to incorporate those whole grains as Stewart suggests, consider a bread-making class right here in Cache Valley. Kitchen Kneads offers a hands-on bread making class each Wednesday at 1 p.m. If bread-making isn't your cup of tea, Kitchen Kneads also offers culinary classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. Anyone is welcome to participate in these classes. Guest cooks, chefs and cookbook authors come to instruct during these classes which last from one to two hours. Kitchen Kneads is at 1211 N. Main St. in Logan or you can call at 435-752-9220 for more information.

Keeping meals fast and cheap while still tasty is easy when you know how to do it. Let these websites and tips make good eating easier on you and your wallet.

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