Surviving Cafeteria Food

If you’re the typical college student, cafeterias are a part of your everyday existence. While definitely not the peak of fine dining, cafeterias do provide a valuable commodity to busy, stressed students: sustenance. Unfortunately, cafeterias seem to value quantity over quality, although they generally have improved since our parents were in college.

Still, some days the chicken pot pie is a little too green, or the pork chops have more in common with hockey pucks than savory protein. But usually there’s something acceptable if you turn your expectations down a notch or two. Cafeterias are part of the college’s draw for current and prospective students, so they try. They really do. And we Millennials expect our comfort food and ethnic cuisine.

Now palatability and healthfulness are two different qualities that, while not mutually exclusive, are difficult to find together in a cafeteria. Thankfully, along with pandering to our tall-white-chocolate-soy-no-whip-double-espresso-mocha-latte sensibilities, cafeterias have also started to reflect the multitudinous trendy diets by catering to vegetarians, gluten-frees, lactose-intolerants, and more. As a nutrition nerd, I’m really excited about the options coming available in cafeterias that can fit into a healthy diet.

While your cafeteria may fall anywhere along the quality spectrum, I have several tips to squeeze out the most nutrition possible:

  • Make half your plate vegetables. This can be an adjustment for anybody, and sometimes the vegetable options in a cafeteria are slim. And then they’re breaded, boiled, or fried beyond recognition. Such is the fate of many cafeteria vegetables. If you can find it, steamed or roasted is the way to go. If you have a salad bar, take advantage of fresh greens, but don’t drown the healthy in cheese and croutons.
  • Fresh is best. In addition to the aforementioned salad bar, keep an eye out for fresh fruit and vegetables whenever you can. If it’s fresh, you know it hasn’t been doused in butter or salt or whatever else they could contrive back in the kitchen to undermine the good nutrition.
  • Find the whole grains. Whole grains are a rare species in the cafeteria. Sometimes you’ll be able to find brown rice or quinoa, but cafeterias like their white hamburger buns and enriched spaghetti. Take what you can get. Look for whole grain breads in the sandwich line or whole grains on the cereal bar.
  • Limit the fried/breaded/greasy stuff. Now I realize that it’s impractical to never eat a French fry ever again. (And I know what you’re thinking, but nice try. French fries don’t count as vegetables). Some days you just need a slice of pizza. Just don’t make it a habit (and this is hard coming from the girl who could eat pizza every meal of the day and snacks in between). Stick to lean meats and good fats, like baked chicken breast and peanut butter. Maybe just not together.
  • Keep the sugary and salty stuff to a minimum. Again, it’s impossible to completely eliminate brownies from your life (and let’s be real, what kind of life would that be without brownies?) It’s hard especially when desserts are at every single meal. But don’t get addicted. Resist temptation!
  • Think about your drinkAlong with endless sweets, soda fountains are a cafeteria staple. Sodas, juices, sports drinks all equal one thing: sugar. Sugar isn’t evil, but too much is, and when it’s in liquid form it’s hard to keep track of how much you’re drinking. Stick to water and milk most of the time.
  • Have a backup plan. Sometimes the cafeteria’s best is just the worst. If this happens, be prepared. Check out my blog post on dorm room meals here.
  • Be the change. Cafeterias have room for improvement. And as the customer, you have first-hand experience with those areas in need of improving. So let them know. Find a comment card, an email address, an online survey, or a dining committee. Just please, be respectful and helpful. You are the customer, and their goal is to keep you satisfied, so they’ll listen. At least in theory.

So those are some hacks to help you get the most out of your cafeteria. Just know it’s about balance, thankfulness, discipline, and glorifying Him.

And just for fun and curiosity’s sake: What was your worst cafeteria experience? Let me know in a comment!

~ Liz

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Stuck on Imperfection

Do you ever get tired of yourself?

You know, when you’re just spinning your wheels, stuck in the rut, digging yourself into a hole, whichever metaphor suits your fancy. You’re getting no where with your life, nothing’s changing, nothing’s improving, and you’re just OVER IT.

Me too. I was on a walk with a friend the other day, enjoying the nice, crisp fall weather, and discussing this very real problem. We both have things that we want to do, to achieve, to become, but we can’t seem to make any progress. For me, I really want to spend time in God’s word throughout the day, not just in my morning devotional. But it just hasn’t happened. And guys, this has been going on for months. That is the definition of no progress. You can probably come up some similar things in your own life.

Now I realize that just because I haven’t achieved this doesn’t mean I’m a failure (see my blog post about that here). I’m not giving up because I know it’s a good thing to spend more time in His word, and I really want to do it. But you know what, I’d really like to see some results by now. So what gives?

Well, guess what. We’re not perfect. Surprise! Sorry for the disappointing news. And actually, it’s through our imperfections that we know we’re not perfect.

On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet. And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead.

Romans 7:7b-8 HCSB

It’s unfortunate that because we know what we should be, we can’t be that. And because we all have a conscience, we all know that we’re imperfect. Makes sense. If I didn’t know that I needed to spend more time in His word, I wouldn’t realize that I don’t.

For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do.

Romans 7:18-19 HCSB

That’s the bad news. Even though we know what we should do, we can’t. We’re imperfect, and we can’t be perfect. I know I should be more patient, or tithe consistently, or not eat all the pumpkin spice Cheerios in the box (true story), but I’m never going to attain perfection.

“Great,” you say, “thanks for that.”

You’re welcome. Because now we have some good news:

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 8:1-2 HCSB

Guess what? We don’t have to try be perfect. We couldn’t do that anyway. Instead, He gives us an out. Through His Spirit, we can be free of the law, the law that causes us to sin and rubs our imperfections in our face. Of course, we have to accept our imperfections, our helplessness. Not fun, but only then can we accept His Spirit, who sets us free from sin and death (also known as spinning your wheels).

For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 

Romans 8:5-6 HCSB

If those are the two options, I’m choosing life and peace. It’s nice, really. Rather than trying to fix our imperfections ourselves, the Spirit offers to bring us peace and life.

Unfortunately, we still have sin that will be holding us back, at least while we’re still alive. But we’re not stuck anymore. We need to stop trying to get over our imperfections on our own strength and instead rely on His Spirit.

Which apparently I haven’t been doing. So you know what I’m going to be working on this week (and a few weeks after that, because let’s be real).

How do you feel stuck? Let me know in the comments! And if you get a chance, read Romans 7-8. It’s full of good stuff. I hope this is encouraging!

~ Liz

Late-Night Snacking: Good, Bad, or Meh?

So you’re up late, working on that paper, binging that Netflix show, studying for that test. The clock says 10PM, and you’re no where close to being finished. You’re going to need something to give you that jolt to get you through till the end. Looks like it’s time for a late-night run through the closest drive-thru for a energy boost, right?

Wrong.

Late-night snacking is something we all do. We live in a 24 hour culture, so staying up late is normal, even part of social survival. Snacking is also a big part of our culture. Grazing has become the norm for most people. Snacking is part of a constantly on-the-go lifestyle.

I’m not here to bash snacking. But eating all the time isn’t good for our bodies. Just like we have a circadian rhythm that moderates our sleep-wake cycle, we have a feeding-fasting rhythm. Actually, they’re interlinked. Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism when you wake up, and eating throughout the day keeps you energized and builds up back-up energy (this is when any excess energy starts to move towards storage as fat tissue). Night is when the body starts to slow up, breaking down energy stores.

But when we eat snacks at night, it throws everything off. Our bodies don’t know how to handle it and they get confused. Our metabolism has shifted away from energy input, so it isn’t ready for your late-night snacks. As you can imagine, a confused metabolism isn’t helpful for good health. It actually puts you at risk for developing all kinds of fun diseases.

Another thing that isn’t so great about late-night snacks is their nutrition content. Usually when we eat a snack after dinner, it’s not very high in all things good and wholesome. If you’re anything like me, the late-night cravings are usually for some thing sweet or salty and sadly lacking in vitamins and minerals. But hey, maybe you’re the one person who decides they need a carrot stick at 11PM. Not you? Ok, keep reading.

Now I realize not everyone has the same sleep schedule. Not all of us are super chirpy in the mornings, and not all of us can handle the night life. I get that. Everyone has their own normal sleep times. But here’s what research says: the important thing for everyone is take a 12 hour break from eating each night

So let’s do some simple math. If the last time you eat is at 7PM, you should eat breakfast no earlier than 7AM. Or if you have that snack at 10PM, 10AM is your breakfast appointment. Each day is a little different because life happens, but try to be consistent so your body can settle in to a routine. Also, it tends to be easier to have your 12 hour cut-off be earlier in the day, especially if you wake up at 7AM and don’t want to wait three hours for breakfast. (Side note: breakfast is good for you. You should eat it. See my post here about it).

But how do we keep the hunger monster at bay during those 12 hours? Here’s a few weapons to keep handy:

  • Stay hydrated. So many times we get a pang that we translate as hunger, but actually our brain is trying to tell us that we’re thirsty. One reason could be that the hunger center is right next to the thirst center in our brains, so our wires get crossed. And because most of us have snacks easily available, our first thought is food. Instead, try for water first, and wait a few minutes.
  • Eat a good evening mealAnd by good, I mean filling, wholesome, unprocessed, real food. Think of your food groups, and make up a plate that has them: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein. If your body gets a satisfying meal, it’s less likely to start asking for snacks later.
  • Sleep. Sleep has so many health benefits and just feels amazing, so it’s sad that many of us don’t take more advantage of it. And of course, it’s easier not to eat for 12 hours when you spend 7-8 of those hours sleeping. Unless you sleep-eat. Then I can’t help you.

So there’s the scoop on late-night snacking! I hope you learned something and that you can train your body to take a break from the munchies. It may take some practice, but your body will thank you!

What foods do you find trip you up late at night? Share with me!

~ Liz

Just Do It for Him

You’ve probably heard many reasons why you should get fit and eat well. More energy. Better sleep. Sharper thinking. Less depression or anxiety. Clearer skin. More productivity and job satisfaction. Stronger hair and nails. Decreased medical expenses. So on and so forth.

Nothing in that list sounds bad to me. In fact, it sounds great. I’m making it my career to help people experience those benefits by improving their diets. But what is the point of all that? Yes, it makes us feel better, it makes us stronger, it makes us more productive, but what is it all for? That’s a whole lot of us, and not nearly enough of Him.

 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)

Although this verse specifically mentions food and drink, it says everything should be for His glory. So, using our brains,  we  can conclude that that includes everything to do with living healthy, too. The reasons we try to improve our physical bodies are mostly the physical benefits. That’s fine, unless they’re the primary reasons. Fitness, because it is so physical, can easily become very selfish.

I find that selfish fitness can lead show up in a few different ways. One way I often notice my self-centeredness is discouragement. I set goals like improving my mile time or eating less sugar because I want lose weight or get stronger. But when I don’t see results, I feel discouraged, useless, and weak. If I’m doing it for myself, then all my effort and training was for nothing.

At the other end of the spectrum, fitness for selfish reasons can lead to pride. The ability to do things others can’t, whether that be running a seven minute mile (which I definitely can’t by the way), doing the splits, or eating an organic diet, can foster a sense of pride. Or even if it’s not pride stemming from superiority, it can be as simple as pride in accomplishment.

This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (HCSB)

Remember who it’s all for, and make it your first priority to glorify Him through your fitness. Here’s some practical tips to help you focus on Him.

  • Remember that it’s not yours. None of it. Everything you have belongs to Him, your health, your body, your mind. It’s just on loan. Take care of them, not for yourself, but Him, and let that motivate you
  • Thank Him and give Him the credit for what you are able to do, whether that’s doing fifty push-ups, eating a salad, or getting out of bed each morning
  • Use your blessings to bless others. Every gift you have can be used in humble service of others, if you’re willing to take the time and effort to apply it. Cook them a healthy meal. Rake their yard. Put others first, even if it means cutting your workout short to spend time with them or compromising your no-dessert streak by splitting a snickerdoodle

So there it is. Fitness shouldn’t be selfish, but it so often is. How do you see that selfishness affecting you? How do you deal with it? I’d love to hear. Happy Fall!

~ Liz

How to Survive Without a Kitchen: Healthy Cooking in Your Dorm Room

I’ve lived in a dorm room for the past three years. While I don’t ask for much in life, I really do miss having a kitchen. For someone like me who loves cooking – the smells, the colors, the flavors – it’s been a major adjustment to rely on the cafeteria for most of my meals. And sometimes mass-produced food just doesn’t cut it for me.

So what do you do when you need that home-cooked fix but lack the facilities to make it happen? I’m going to give you my top recommendations for appliances and a list of essential groceries to keep on hand to turn your dorm room into a 5-star gourmet kitchen (okay, slight exaggeration).

Essential Dorm Room Appliances

  1. Microwave: If you want to cook something, you have to have heat. Enter microwave. It’s also necessary for reheating leftovers. While microwaves can be used in preparing unhealthy snacks from the frozen aisle, it can just as easily be used to make nutritious options like…
    • Oatmeal
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Mug cakes
    • Hot water for tea
  2. Mini-Fridge: Even better if it has a freezer! Perfect for stocking up on perishables like milk, eggs, yogurt, fresh produce, frozen fruit, the occasional pint of ice cream, and so much more!
  3. Slow Cooker: This is your key to all things warm and comforting. Think beans and rice, soups, and chili.
  4. Blender: One word: smoothies. Green smoothies. Fruit smoothies. Chocolate smoothies. Smoothies could really be their own food group for all of the possible combinations.
  5. Waffle Iron: Obviously they’re good for making waffles, but they can also be used for paninis, quesadillas, or grilled cheese sandwiches.

It’s also a good idea to have some simple utensils and dishes to mix and store your cooking creations.

A Dorm Room Grocery List

  • Oatmeal, tortillas, brown rice
  • Bananas, apples, frozen fruit
  • Spinach, carrots, peppers
  • Lentils, variety of beans, hummus
  • Eggs, milk (plant-based or otherwise), yogurt
  • Salsa, peanut butter, honey
  • Cocoa powder, waffle mix
  • Garlic powder, cinnamon, chili powder, salt, pepper
  • Tea, coffee

Using these basics, you should be able to feed yourself fairly well. Of course, you know what you want to eat so it’s up to you! But I won’t leave you without one of my favorite warm, comforting dorm room meals, perfect for fall weather:

Hearty Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos

Adapted from a recipe by Melaniemakes.com

  • 1c lentils
  • 1/2c brown rice
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2T chili powder
  • 1T garlic powder
  • 2t cumin
  • 1t salt
  • 1/2t black pepper

Add everything to your slow cooker and stir. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, stirring once at 3 hours. Serve on warm corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.

Serves 5-6 meals. Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Let me know if you try the recipe, and tell me your essential dorm groceries and favorite recipes!

~ Liz

Stop Trying to Live Better

Do you ever feel like a failure? If you say no, you’re either lying, or you’re not human. Everyone has things they aspire to do or be, but somehow it just doesn’t work out that way. I wish I’d eat a salad every day for lunch. I wish I’d read my Bible every morning. I wish I’d run fifteen miles a week. Do these things happen? Sadly, no. I don’t seem to have enough mental will power to make these things happen.

But I’ll keep trying. I’ll set up goals and expectations for myself, and when I fail, I feel discouraged. It seems like I can’t do what I want to do, no matter how much I try or want it. Sound familiar?

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Romans 7:15 (ESV)

Raise your hand if you can relate! At least it’s comforting to know that someone like Paul, an apostle of Christ and the writer of this passage, also tried and tried to keep the rules and regulations but just couldn’t. It seems like perfection is unattainable, so all we can do is throw a pity party about our failings.

But I don’t want to keep failing, so something’s got to change. Let me suggest something subtle, yet radical: a change of terms. What if instead of trying to maintain discipline (and failing), we should be training in discipline?

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

Paul doesn’t say that the athletes kept trying, but that they were training for the competition. They weren’t trying over and over again to be the best in their sport, they were training, disciplining themselves little by little to improve. Did they have set-backs? Probably. Did they have bad days? More than likely. But does that mean they had failed? No, it meant that they picked up where they left off and continued training.

Training is not a pass/fail grade. Doing daily devotions is not a pass/fail grade. Eating fewer sweets is not a pass/fail grade. Running four times a week is not a pass/fail grade. It’s a process, a continuous effort to improve and overcome.

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:25-26 (ESV)

Ever heard of sanctification? It’s the process of becoming holy, set apart from the rest so God will be glorified. It doesn’t happen overnight. Neither does discipline. Only by relying on His strength are we able to become better. So instead of trying over and over again to change ourselves and failing, let’s ask Him for strength to train and discipline ourselves.

Does the difference between trying and training help you when thinking about your physical and spiritual discipline? Let me know!

~ Liz

An Ode to Breakfast

I’m just going to come out and say it: I love breakfast. I relish the moment every morning. But I find that there’s two camps when it comes to breakfast. Some people are breakfast evangelists, while others just feel meh about the first meal of the day.

Now to be clear, I’m not talking about breakfast foods. Who doesn’t like fluffy waffles and creamy quiche and crispy hash browns? No, I’m talking about the meal that typically happens between 6am and 9am, that early morning fuel-up to get you through the day. (Sorry, but Pop-Tarts and breakfast shakes don’t count).

I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While I generally agree with this statement, the actual research is spotty because it’s hard to study something so broad as “breakfast” and come up with a definitive conclusion. But here are some things we do know for sure:

Eating breakfast…

  • helps you stay focused and perform better
  • helps you maintain body weight
  • keeps cravings under control
  • keeps your metabolism going
  • energizes you for your day

If you think about it, those five facts make sense. By giving something to your body right away, you’re kicking it out of its overnight starvation mindset. Your body sees breakfast as assurance that it can focus on helping you do life, rather than panicking and going into energy-saving mode.

So now that I’ve (hopefully) converted you into a breakfast eater, I’m going to give you some quick and easy options for a great kick-starter (because remember, Pop-Tarts don’t count)! Some of these can be prepped the night before, while others can be quickly thrown together in the morning.

  1. Overnight Oats: 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup milk (or plant-based alternative), and your choice of toppings in a small jar or storage container, shake and store in the fridge overnight. My favorite combination is banana, cocoa powder, and peanut butter, but you can do whatever strikes your fancy. Think fruits, nut butters, yogurt, protein powder, spices… the options are literally endless.
  2. Yogurt Parfaits: Make the night before with layers of unsweetened yogurt, fruit, nuts… simple but nutritious!
  3. Avocado Toast: just what it sounds like. Toast your favorite whole-grain bread, schmear with mashed avocado, sprinkle with salt. Another great option is peanut butter toast.
  4. Blend-and-Go Smoothies: prep these the night before by freezing the fruit (about 1 cup), then just add milk (enough to cover) and extras like nut butters, yogurt, greens, avocado, or protein powder before blending in the morning.
  5. Scrambled Eggs: Whisk a couple eggs and add a bit of water or milk, (and if you have time, add chopped green onions, peppers, spinach…) before pouring into a non-stick frying pan on medium-high. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Make it a meal by serving on warm corn tortillas with salsa or on a whole-grain English muffin as a breakfast sandwich.

I hope that I’ve inspired you to take advantage of the joy that is breakfast. Let me know what you do for breakfast in the comments, and share with others who need a breakfast pep talk. Remember to glorify Him with everything, including your breakfast!

~Liz

The Questionable Morality of Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s that mid-afternoon slump. I feel drained from a day of classes and friends. I start searching for a snack, just something to get me through till supper. So I look in my fruit basket and find a green apple, perfect, light, and full of nutrients. But then I remember the cookies in the drawer. Before I realize it , I’m already fantasizing about the brown sugar and butter goodness on my tongue, the chocolate chips melting in my mouth. 

The cookies are there to be eaten. If I don’t, someone else will. Or they’ll turn as hard as hockey pucks and get thrown in the trash. If I have a cookie now, I’ll just have a salad for supper. So I eat the cookie. 

Is it wrong to eat a cookie? While not everyone struggles with post-indulgence guilt, I often regret my poor food choices. watch others eat chewy brownies, fizzy sodas, and cheesy crackers, and I wonder if they feel the same guilt that I do. If they don’t, should they? Is there something outside of ourselves that dictates what we should and should not eat?

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)

Well, so much for deep dish pizza and pumpkin spice mochas. Looks like it’s cucumbers and flaxseed for the rest of our lives. I mean, our body is a temple. That’s serious stuff. It looks like we should all train for marathons and have green smoothies for breakfast, never compromising our health with a chocolate chip cookie ever again. Right?

Therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

Here’s the problem. Food is not just fuel for the body; it’s also a part of community. We celebrate birthdays with cake. We organize potlucks at church. We order pizza with friends. One of my first memories is making cookie dough with my aunt. Is it glorifying to God to refuse a meal that someone’s prepared for you because it’s a creamy casserole loaded with unhealthy heart-attack inducing fats? No. Be kind, be loving, and glorify God in everything that you do. Don’t get so focused on your health that you forget to love others.

So, is it wrong to eat a chocolate chip cookie? Nope. Take a smaller portion of the casserole. Order the veggie lover’s pizza. Use a healthier recipe for your cookies. Occasionally, turn down that slice of birthday cake. Learn to glorify God in what you eat and don’t eat. And when you decide to eat that chocolate chip cookie, thank Him for it.

~ Liz

On Peppers and Avocados (and Guacamole)

I love avocados.

Green, creamy, full of good fats and vitamins. They’re good sweet or savory. They’re delicious with sprinkled with salt, mashed for guacamole, or blended into smoothies.

Are you ready for a weird analogy? Here we go…

Have you tried finding a perfect avocado? It’s not that easy. The peel on the outside might have brown spots or unusual bumps, the flesh inside may be bruised or overripe, or (most tragically) the flavor may be bland. Avocados are a finicky fruit. Although I’ve come across a few outstanding specimens in my lifetime, they’re never quite as perfect as a stock photo.

In contrast, I find that bell peppers rarely disappoint. Crisp and sweet, their smooth skin practically glows. Unlike avocados, perfect peppers are a common occurrence.

I’m not perfect. I fail every day in so many ways: with my friends, my schoolwork, my health, and my walk with God. I want to do better, but I come up short of my goals every time. I try to hide my imperfections from my friends, subconsciously assuming that everyone else has their life together.

Not true. None of us are perfect peppers. We are imperfect avocados. But because of God’s mercy, we can still be a part of something wonderful. Only by His strength can we live as He has called us to, doing everything – eating, working out, talking, studying – for His glory.

Don’t try for perfection. Acknowledge your imperfection, and give it to God. It’s not easy, but we’re all imperfect avocados together. Through this blog, I want to explore how to live a healthy lifestyle as an imperfect follower of Christ. I hope to share with you some practical nutrition, some simple recipes, and maybe some small wisdom.

And now for some fun. Here’s my aunt’s recipe for guacamole. It’s so simple, and it’s almost a meal in itself.

Alicia’s Chunky Guacamole

  • 5-6 avocados, cubed
  • 1 (16oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (reduced sodium preferred)
  • 1 (16oz) can corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all the ingredients and stir together. Serve with tortilla chips, and enjoy!

Thanks for putting up with my weird analogy. Let me know if you’ve tried the guacamole, and comment your favorite way to eat avocados!

~ Liz