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Top Snacks For College Students

Snacks are an essential component of the college experience. Whether you have a stash of  Oreos and popcorn or yogurt and almonds in your dorm, I can almost guarantee every college student has their favorite snacks on hand right now. I asked UT students to share their top snacks, and I got a multitude of responses. So, if you’re looking to add some variety to your snack collection, then this is a great place to start!

I was not surprised to discover Oreos, chips, gummy candy and goldfish were popular answers among the students I spoke to. All of these snacks have a wide range of flavors to choose from, which makes them appealing to a larger audience. In addition, these are the types of snacks that never get old because the second you get tired of one flavor, you can switch to the next one.

On the more nutritious side, many students said they keep a healthy supply of Greek yogurt, trail mix and granola bars. Greek yogurt can be more of a hassle to carry around, but trail mix and granola bars are great to take with you on the go. 

Again, depending on your preferences, you can choose different toppings for your yogurt, switch out raisins for m&ms in your trail mix or go for a fruit-filled granola bar instead of your usual chocolate chip and peanut butter combo.

There were definitely some outliers in the responses that are worth an honorable mention. Some people specifically mentioned lucky charms, peanut m&ms, Milano cookies and dried mango slices.

I can’t end the article without sharing some of my own picks for snacks. Of course, I always keep cashews, brookside chocolates and white cheddar popcorn. I’m definitely excited to use my research to diversify my snack selection the next time I’m at Target, though!

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5 Crafts to Try Over Winter Break

Winter break is finally here! After all your hard work this semester, it’s time for some rest and relaxation. A great way to release the stress from the fall semester and get into the holiday spirit is to try out some fun new crafts. Crafts are a great way to get hands-on and let your creative side run free! Here are five different crafts you can make during winter break: 

1. Scrapbooking

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A scrapbook is a great way to put all your favorite mementos in one place! We all love a good photo dump or Instagram layout, but taking your photos from online to on paper can be a sentimental way of having all your memories accessible in one place. You can put anything from pictures and stickers to drawings and ticket stubs in your scrapbook. 

2. Knitting

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Winter is a great time of year to get into knitting. You can turn your new knitting hobby into all the winter essentials of socks, hats, blankets, scarves, and holiday gifts. Pick up some yarn from Walmart or your local craft store, check out a few youtube video tutorials, and craft to your heart’s desire!

3. Painting

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Regardless of your painting skill level, painting is a fun hobby that you don’t necessarily have to be good at to enjoy. You can paint something from a blank canvas or try a paint by numbers kit to form your own masterpiece. Paint alone or invite friends over to paint together. You can even spice things up and have a sip and paint with friends and turn it into a party! 

4. Make Jewelry

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There are so many ways to make different types of jewelry! You can use beads to make bracelets, clay to make earrings, or metal to make rings, to name a few examples. The possibilities are endless when it comes to new pieces of jewelry you can add to your collection or that of a loved one this holiday season. 

5. Clay Crafts

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The beauty of clay crafts is that you can make virtually anything! Some common clay crafts you can make include pottery, jewelry, figurines, decorative trays, and candleholders. You can even make clay yourself or buy premade clay at Walmart or your local craft store. Clay crafts can be a great way to decorate your space, add to your jewelry collection, or make great gifts!

If you’re looking to try something new over the break, the giant world of crafting is for you! In addition to the crafts mentioned in this list, visit your local craft store to check out the wide variety of options of crafts to try out. Social media sites like YouTube, Pinterest, and Tik Tok are also great sources of inspiration that include tutorials on how to get started. This winter break, enjoy yourself and let your creative side run wild!

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5 easy and cheap recipes to sustain broke college kids

As UT classes returned to in-person this fall, students have struggled readjusting to living by themselves. One of the difficulties of living alone is cooking for yourself. Between classes and organizations, many students do not have the means to cook meals everyday. 

Here are five easy and cheap recipes to sustain college kids living alone:

FRIED RICE

Ingredients:

  1. Rice – 2 cups
  2. Mixed vegetables – 1 pre-frozen grocery store packet
  3. Eggs – 2 whole
  4. Garlic – 5 cloves minced
  5. Lemon – ½ squeezed
  6. Salt, pepper, butter – to taste
  7. Choice of protein – 2 cups shredded
  8. Soy sauce – to taste

How to make it:

  1. Boil your rice in water or use a rice cooker and prepare rice until cooked but not soft – about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and toss in minced garlic, lemon, pepper, salt, vegetables and protein (if you want), and toss until protein is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are soft (poke fork through protein and vegetables to see if it’s cooked) – about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk two eggs and scramble over vegetables and protein.
  4. Add rice, add some more salt and let it cook for five minutes before adding in soy sauce.
  5. Enjoy!

ALFREDO PASTA

Ingredients:

  1. Choice of pasta – 2 cups
  2. Heavy cream – 2 cups
  3. Grated parmesan cheese – 3 cups
  4. Garlic – 6 cloves minced
  5. Basil – a handful chopped
  6. Butter – 1 cup
  7. Salt & pepper – to taste
  8. Choice of protein (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Boil pasta with salt, water and a spoonful of olive oil for 15 minutes.
  2. When the pasta is almost done boiling, heat a pan with butter until it melts. Add in garlic until fragrant.
  3. Put in all the heavy cream and stir for five minutes..
  4. Put in parmesan cheese, basil, salt and pepper and stir until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  5. Add in pasta and protein if you choose and cook for five more minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

TOMATO SOUP

Ingredients: 

  1. Tomatoes – 6, split in half
  2. Garlic – 1 whole knob, cut in half
  3. Onion – 1 whole, cut into cubes
  4. Salt & pepper – to taste
  5. Olive oil – to taste
  6. Chilli peppers – 2 whole
  7. Heavy cream – ½ cup

How to make it:

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and put in a big pot or baking pan. Add garlic and onion in the pan and season with salt, pepper and olive oil. 
  2. Cook for 40 minutes.
  3. When tomatoes and garlic are fragrant, put in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add cream and blend again.
  5. Heat it up in the microwave and serve fresh with bread.

STIR FRY

Ingredients:

  1. Mixed vegetables – 1 pre-frozen grocery store packet
  2. Garlic – 5 cloves minced
  3. Lime – ½ squeezed
  4. Soy sauce – ½ cup
  5. Honey – 3 tablespoons
  6. Salt & pepper – to taste
  7. Protein of choice – optional
  8. White rice – optional

How to make it:

  1. Heat a pan with olive oil and butter if you have it. Add garlic and saute until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add in vegetables and protein if you want and cook until almost crispy (about 10 minutes).
  3. Mix together lime, honey and soy sauce. Add to the vegetables and let it cook for five more minutes until the sauce coats the vegetables. 
  4. Serve with white rice or leftover rice and enjoy!

LOADED OMELETTE & SKILLET ROASTED POTATOES

Ingredients;

Loaded Omelette – 

  1. Eggs – 3 whole
  2. Vegetables of choice – eyeball it
  3. Protein of choice – 1 cup
  4. Salt & pepper – to taste
  5. Cheese – optional

Roasted Potatoes – 

  1. Red potatoes – 5 whole
  2. Garlic – 1 whole, minced
  3. Onion – ½ diced
  4. Lime – ½ squeezed
  5. Honey – 1 teaspoon
  6. Salt & pepper – to taste

How to make it:

Omelette – 

  1. Whisk egg with salt and pepper. Heat a pan with minimal oil and pour in the egg mixture. Let it cook until almost crispy.
  2. Add in vegetables, protein and cheese on one half of the omelette and fold the other half over. Let everything cook for 10 more minutes.

Roasted Potatoes – 

  1. Cut potatoes into medium sized pieces. Put pieces in a bowl with water and salt. Microwave the potatoes for seven to eight minutes until soft. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic. Add in potatoes, seasoned with lime, honey, salt and pepper. Stir for 10 more minutes until dark brown. 
  3. Serve with omelette and enjoy! 

All of the recipes above require minimal cooking skills and can be made in less than an hour. Most of the ingredients overlap as well, so one trip to H-E-B can sustain a college student for at least three weeks, or at least until they discover another easy recipe. 

Austin Drives to Leave Your Worries Behind

Usually driving around Austin is stressful, but at night the white lines and rolling asphalt can provide solace to the soul. Listed below are four great routes to stack some miles and vibe to your favorite nighttime playlist.

WARNING: Be cautious driving past midnight on the weekends, drunk drivers may be on the road.

1. Capital of Texas Highway | Loop 360

Photo by Joshua Kennedy Davis

Drivers familiar with the area will recognize this four-lane loop that cuts through the granite and limestone hills of West Austin. Others may recognize Loop 360 as the home of Pennybacker Bridge, a through-arch bridge popular for the nearby scenic views. No matter how you know Loop 360, or if you even know it at all, it’s a fantastic place to ride out your worries.

Starting at the intersection of Loop 1 and Loop 360,near Barton Creek Square Mall, make your way north. About halfway down the route and just to the north of Pascal Lane, you will run into a scenic overlook with a distanced view of Downtown Austin. Pull into the overlook, shift into park and chill out!

2. RM 2222

Photo by Joshua Kennedy Davis

If you are looking for a more low-key route to take, Ranch to Market 2222 is the way to go. This dark, two-lane road briefly strokes the edge of Cat Mountain before descending into the Colorado river basin. Just west of Loop 360 there is a sizable incline that will make your ears pop. 

  1. Spicewood Springs Blvd
Photo by Joshua Kennedy Davis

If you enjoy using your high beams, Spicewood Springs is the road for you. A myriad of wildlife can be encountered along this road including deers, coyotes and feral hogs. Rolling down your windows while cutting through the corridors of live oaks is highly recommended. This is a pretty short route—lonely but intimate. 

4. The Long Haul 

Photo by Joshua Kennedy Davis

This is a mashup of all the routes above. Every form of driving Austin has to offer is encompassed here. Highway cruising, residential driving and rural wayfaring all wrapped up in an hour drive. 

These routes are also great, if not better, just before sunset. The warm sky and long shadows bring out a great amount of depth that is lost at night. There are additional things you can bring along to make the trip even more enjoyable. A beverage of some sort— non-alcoholic of course— is essential to stave off roadside cottonmouth. In addition, friends with gripping horror stories will add that extra spice to keep your hands firmly gripped to the steering wheel. So with that, fill up your tank and go hit the road!