Category Archives: Philly Food

HER Campus – Healthy Snacks


Fresh Eats I: Your College Guide to Eating Healthy Snacks

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Late night bites, partying, cafeteria food, and the infamous Philly cheese steaks just add on the calories and the pounds.  And who really wants to gain the “Freshman 15” that just keeps adding on pounds year after year? Not me and I’m sure you don’t either.  While leading a college lifestyle, it is very difficult to eat well and get the proper nutrition. I am here to give you simple tips and recipes that are tasty, healthy, and can fit right into your busy college schedule and small budget.

It is important to put yourself on a schedule when it comes to eating.  Do not just eat to eat.  This is where many college students run into trouble.  There is nothing wrong with having a snack when your stomach starts to growl, but that does not mean you eat an entire large bag of your favorite chips.  Portion sizes are key! When picking out a snack it is important to find one that will give you energy and take away your mid-day tummy rumbles without making you feel guilty.

“If you enjoy a nibble between meals but are afraid that you’re eating too many calories, reduce your portions at mealtime,” says registered dietitian of the American Dietetic Association, M.J. Smith, “that way you can have a snack without the guilt or extra calories.” It is also vital to find a snack that is smart too! Think about munching on a piece of fruit or vegetable with a dip maybe or even a whole wheat cracker. Nuts and popcorn are also healthy options that will fill you up.

Many nutritionists have found that five or six smalls meals and snacks are better for your body and health than simply purging for one or two meals a day. This will ensure to keep your energy level up throughout the day to avoid that sluggish feeling before classroom hypnosis hits you.

Here is a spin on a simple snack that gives you the perfect energizing blend of protein, carbs, and sugar to help you last the day; especially when you feel as though you just can’t keep your eyes open another minute in class.

Trail ReMix:

Your favorite cereal or granola

Your choice of nuts

Dried fruit (mix it up and don’t just use the typical raisins)


M&Ms or other chocolate-y treat

Sunflower or Pumpkin seeds

Keep each ingredient proportionate to the others, but add a little extra nuts and fruit for better nutritional value.  This is a great snack to throw in a small container and take with you to class.

Not only is this remix on the trail mix tasty and a great boost of energy, but it can also be stored for a long while.  So, when preparing the Trail ReMix, make enough to last you a couple of weeks.  However, you must be sure to seal whichever container you place it in well.  I recommend filling up a large ziplock bag and squeezing all of the air out before sealing up the bag.

This great “on the go” snack will keep your eyes peeled and energy levels up to stay alert in class. You’ll be ready to work and not feel fatigued. Just allow yourself to keep everything in proportion and don’t overeat. So, when the snack attack hits you, just be sure to stay smart and you’ll be energized for the day.


The Temple News – Buddakan


Reach Nirvana, and for your wallet, at Buddakan

August 30, 2010 by Chelsea Wargo
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Eat, Food

With the Starr name attached, Buddakan naturally puts a modern twist on Asian cuisine.

Stephen Starr’s Buddakan lures in lovers of Asian cuisine with its modern twist on age-old traditions. From lobster tempura to sesame chicken to fried spiced duck, Buddakan serves a variety of foods to satisfy any craving for a tasty Asian-infused meal.

The Old City restaurant features a giant statue of Buddha as the setting’s focal point and dim lighting, so the mood is set for a dressier occasion. The dishes come family-style and can be a bit pricey, as dinner plates range from $18 to $32.

Lunch, however, is the perfect option for the average money-saving college student. Buddakan offers a slightly different menu during this time, so lunchtime items range from $12 to $18. It is also possible to create a custom three-course meal for lunch, an option not available to dinner guests.

While at Buddakan, be sure to save room for dessert. This restaurant serves mouth-watering sweets that will have some patrons wishing they saved a little more room in their stomachs. Buddakan is known for its Chocolate Bento Box and doughnuts.

If you are looking to experience a modern twist on Asian cuisine during a nice afternoon or night out, check out Buddakan, and you will not go home hungry.

The Temple News – El Vez


Get your ‘feast-esta’ on at El Vez

August 30, 2010 by Chelsea Wargo
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Eat, Food

El Vez executes some traditional, and not so traditional, Mexican dishes with a kick.

Mexico is calling loud and clear at El Vez, Steven Starr’s critically acclaimed Mexican “feast-esta,” with the largest variety of tacos in Philadelphia.

Whether you’re a fan of chicken, beef, pork or seafood, you’ll find flavorful creations at El Vez that will have you asking your friends for a bite of their dishes.

But if tacos aren’t your thing, don’t worry. This eccentric Mexican restaurant also serves large, juicy burgers, plates of zesty nachos that nearly fill the table and many more delicious items.

Considering the food’s high quality and the restaurant’s Center City location, El Vez offers quite a bargain – an average meal costs between $20 and $30.
Not only is the food exceptional, but with the restaurant’s bright lights and casual outdoor seating, El Vez also lures in passersby looking for a good time. Inside, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, decorations cover an entire wall, and other décor pays tribute to the award-winning Latin musician and female actor, Charo.

But El Vez isn’t just about great food: Some go to the restaurant to enjoy a drink at the large center bar, where patrons can soak up the Mexican-American atmosphere.

For those looking to find a place that shouts “fun,” and satisfies their Mexican cravings, El Vez will not disappoint.