By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
No, you didn’t read that title wrong. If you’ve ever heard of an American breakfast, it usually consists of fried eggs, sausage and pancakes. Fortunately, under the right circumstances, those pancakes can actually be healthy for you!
Whole wheat pancakes that are made with fruit or nuts can give you a dose of fiber and healthy carbs to help fuel you throughout your day.
Don’t go crazy yet though — pancakes made with white flour and sugary add-ins like chocolate chips or sprinkles are not so good for you. Because of the sugar content, those puppies will give you a blood sugar spike followed by a crash soon after.
Pancakes made with whole wheat flour, however, have a different effect. First, they won’t cause your blood sugar to spike and later crash.
Second, the slow-digesting carbs mean they won’t digest at rapid fire, giving you a good level of energy to start out your day. And third, the dietary fiber in whole wheat pancakes will keep you full and help your tummy digest your food.
Whole wheat pancakes also contain B vitamins and minerals. All of these nutritional benefits work together to keep you lean and healthy.
One important thing to be wary of when eating pancakes is the syrup — the stuff is pure sugar, and adding globs of it onto your breakfast is not going to do you any favors. Next time, forgo the syrup and choose healthier toppings like peanut butter, fruit preserves and fruit!
Avoid the processed, from-the-freezer white pancakes and join the whole wheat revolution! Want to know how to do it in the dining hall? Here’s a recipe I use whenever they are serving up a batch of pancakes:
1 whole wheat pancake (can be plain, blueberry or apple)
1 tablespoon of organic peanut butter
Once you’ve got the pancake, top it with a tablespoon of peanut butter (I swear, it’s actually really good!) and toss some cinnamon on top for good measure. Last, go by the waffle station and add some frozen blueberries for some extra fiber and sweetness. Bon appétit!
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
Whether it’s eaten plain, with fruit, or even in a lasagna, cottage cheese is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of protein without all the fat. Though some people shun dairy products because they’re thought to be too high in sugar and not easily digestible, fat-free cottage cheese is unique because it is low in sugars, high in protein, and contains calcium for strong and healthy bones.
A creamy and delicious cup of the stuff only carries about 160 calories, a scant seven grams of sugar (natural sugars that dairy produces) and up to 30 grams of protein, making it a staple for people trying to get healthy or stay fit.
As a breakfast meal, cottage cheese can replace greasy omelets, high-sugar yogurts (yes, even plain!), and deceptive granola parfaits. Cottage cheese is not just for breakfast though! Because of its versatility, it can be used in a number of dishes, including casseroles and even stuffed chicken.
Fortunately, you can find fat-free cottage cheese every morning in the BU dining halls. Here’s my favorite way to make it:
Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl
Roughly 1 cup cottage cheese
1 heaping ladle of frozen blueberries
3-4 shakes of cinnamon from the shaker (about 2 teaspoons, more or less to taste)
Add the cottage cheese and cinnamon into a bowl and mix together. Next, spoon in the blueberries, and you’re good to go!
What are some of your favorite cottage cheese recipes? Let us know in the comments.
By Erica Schwartz
Occasionally, we are put into unpleasant situations wherein following our regularly, healthy routines becomes slightly more complicated. Here, I answer some some common scenarios to get you back on track.
Q. Which is better? To skip breakfast or eat an unhealthy one, when there’s nothing else?
A. Eat an unhealthy one. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it is essential for boosting your metabolism. I never skip breakfast, no matter how late I wake up.
My rule is to eat a little something every two to three hours, so skipping breakfast is a big no-no. If put into this situation, eat a smaller breakfast of a little bit unhealthier foods and just tone down the grams of fat and sugar later that day. And don’t worry, tomorrow a better breakfast awaits!
Q. To work out or heal first while sick?
A. Depends. There’s a rule I follow: if you’re sick with a cold, or anything sinus and/or throat-related, go for it. But take a rain check if anything more pressing. When throat-related or sinus-related, working out can actually help energize you back to health. The flu has been invading BU campus the last couple of weeks and, I for one can vouch that kickboxing worked magic on me.
Though please understand that, if you feel like you’re on your deathbed, puking up piles of blood or feeling very dizzy with a fever or something extreme then definitely skip the gym and get yourself to a doctor.
Q. To weigh-in or give it a week after binge eating the night before?
A. Give it a week. We are only human! Every once in a while and unexpectedly, it’ll be hard to pass up on that double burger topped with queso, onions, bacon and jalapeños (sadly, this is an actual dish at Pluckers restaurant).
As long as it is ONLY every once in awhile, you’ll survive, I promise. Just remember not step on the scale that week. Wait until the following week to weigh-in.
Binge eating, especially binge eating on foods high in carbohydrates, causes your body to have extra water retention, making it look like you’re an extra three to seven pounds or so for the next couple of days. Fortunately, as long as you only overeat one day that week and then bounce back into routine immediately following, it’s safe to say that you won’t have to go up a pants size quite yet. It takes a person eating 3,500 extra calories in one day to gain a pound so quickly, so cool your jets.
We all go through tough situations where the right answers seem a little harder to come by. Just remember, it’s one day. As long as these occasional situations don’t turn into everyday situations then you’re fine. Note that the fact that you are even worrying about these situations is already one step ahead of those people who don’t even have the motivation to respect and love their bodies and self.
So keep working at it and I’ll continue to answer more of these common scenarios in the future!
By Nolan Young, Staff Writer
Located along the bustling streets of Allston, @Union is a restaurant as tasty as it is unique.
With its murals, stainless-steel appliances, fresh coffee and delicious food, @Union’s environment is as aesthetically pleasing as the food is appetizing. The menu is diverse, offering a wide array of options for breakfast and lunch that range from creamy scrambled eggs to succulent burgers. The atmosphere is youthful and lively. Music plays overhead, usually to the tune of Mumford and Sons on Pandora. Most notably, the vibrant interior mirrors the eclectic Allston community it serves.
Let’s get back to food though. Two words: eggs benedict. Always perfectly poached, the eggs mix delightfully with the delicious Canadian bacon, hollandaise sauce, and English muffin. The side of home fries is a worthy compliment, the onions and garlic abundant. All for around $10, the dish is easy on the wallet as well. A bit more pricy ($12), the lobster benedict is a great choice for the seafood fan looking for a treat. The lusciousness of the lobster is a sure-fire way to relieve any Sunday morning funk.
In a world filled with Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s always a treat to find a more personalized cup of joe – and as you walk into @Union, the sweet, intoxicating aroma of home-brewed coffee immediately greets you. @Union takes pride in its coffee, brewing their very own dark and medium roast blends in addition to a home brew that is always fresh and adds to the restaurant’s humble, neighborhood character.
It doesn’t stop at coffee though; the restaurant also serves up a large selection of different lattes, cappuccinos, and other caffeine packed drinks that are perfect for jump-starting your day.
And if you’re not a coffee person? The drink menu includes fresh fruit smoothies, juices, Italian sodas, teas and a particularly good hot chocolate.
Although the food is sensational, what makes @Union special is the ambiance. The restaurant is routinely filled with students, Allston residents and a young, enthusiastic wait staff (although service can be a little slow when the restaurant is busy).
What’s more, the crowds mix about in front of a distinctive backdrop: beautiful murals by local artist Taylor M’Leigh that catch your eye as soon as you enter. The artwork’s strong character makes @Union’s atmosphere extremely unique; the murals are as essential to the restaurant as the food and coffee.
@Union does a tremendous job of being an active part of the Allston community. Dozens of local businesses advertise in the restaurant, leaving their business cards and flyers by the exit. Local bands, event holders and venues post there as well. In an attempt to broaden its horizons, @Union has also begun to host live musicians and cater to events and parties. And by offering free Wi-Fi, breakfast all day and Facebook raffles to win free food, the restaurant is clearly in touch with the young, student-oriented neighborhood around it.
It would be hard to find an establishment that embodies its community more than @Union. With its great food, attentive wait staff, and keen ability to produce a vivacious, dynamic atmosphere, @Union is definitely a ‘must visit’ when in Allston.