Exercise Alleviates Depression

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Over the past few weeks, I have been extremely busy.  I was working double shifts at my first job on some nights but would still have to go to job # 2 on other nights.  It was grueling.  I had little sleep on some days, but knew that I still had to get my exercise in, because without exercise, I always seem to feel a little “off.”  So, I got on the treadmill and continued with my routine, no matter how late I got home.  However, my poor best friend Kasper (above) was not so lucky.  I had to have my mom and dad pick him up and take care of him since I was gone for so many hours.  He also missed out on his walks, which I am sure he was not happy about.  I noticed that the poor guy just wasn’t as happy as he usually is, as you can see in the picture above.  It was interesting to see that lack of exercise seemed to have affected my dog the same way it affects me.  So, the moral of the story is that exercise is a very important “mood booster.”  Actually, it is now a recognized form of therapy for depression.  So, keep on exercising because it not only makes your heart happy, but it is also important for our mental health!

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Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Thank you to Annie at An Unrefined Vegan for organizing this event! 🙂

A refreshing, quick and easy meal. Serves four:

Sesame Tofu Steak Ingredients:

  • 1 medium firm block of tofu (Drained)
  • 1 Tbsp. of sesame seeds
  • 1Tbsp. sesame oil for earthy taste (canola or olive oil may be substituted)
  • ¼ cup of Mitsukan – Ajipon (Citrus Seasoned Soy Sauce or low-sodium with some citrus juice may be substituted)

Lemon/Ginger Kale Ingredients:

  • 2 large bunches of fresh kale (stems removed and chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. of fresh ginger (finely chopped)
  • 1 small clove of garlic (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium size white onion (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation and Cooking Instructions:

Sesame Tofu Steak:

  • slice the tofu block length wise into 4 slices
  • marinate with citrus seasoned soy sauce for 30 t0 60 minutes before cooking (save the soy sauce for later)
  • heat sesame oil in large pan on medium heat and add tofu slices and brown on both sides while cooking the lemon/ginger kale, (see cooking instructions below)

Lemon/Ginger Kale

  • in a wok or large sauté pan, heat olive oil on medium heat and then add garlic and ginger.
  • sauté for few minutes and add onion, followed by the kale: add the juice of the lemon and toss as you sauté the ingredients until the kale and the onion are soft; salt and pepper to taste.
  • place the lemon/ginger kale on a plate; place a tofu steak on top, sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • deglaze the sesame tofu pan with the saved soy sauce and pour over the top of tofu steaks.



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My Recipe for a Great Salad

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

When I make salads for the family, I like to make a salad bar type of scenario so everyone can be happy.  Here’s what I prepared for an early Mother’s Day celebration:

Mixed greens and spinach

Chopped boiled eggs

Sautéed vegetables (I used zucchini, red, yellow, and green bell peppers, green onions, and sliced mushrooms)


Chopped tomatoes

Green peas


Chopped carrots

Tortilla strips

Chicken breast strips

Tofu (recipe from the tofu sandwiches a couple of weeks ago)

2 types of salad dressings (I used one homemade salad dressing and one balsamic vinegar spray dressing from the store)


Directions:  prepare the ingredients above and let everyone serve themselves! 🙂

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My 4th WIAW – Finals Week Edition!

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Hello, everyone. Happy Wednesday! This is my forth WIAW and I am having so much fun joining in. Finals week is finally here and I am happy I was able to get this post together. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the party!

This is what I ate:


Breakfast (6:45 am)

I had my usual coffee with hazelnut milk and stevia (and I actually had 2 cups, it is finals week after all), with a few slices of yummy homemade banana bread and blueberries. I received the banana bread from my friend Rosanne as part of a finals week care package.  Thank you Rosanne 🙂

Mid-Morning Snack (9:30 am)

A NuGo Dark –chocolate Chip Protein bar. I really like these bars for a quick snack.

Lunch (12:30 pm)

Miso Ramen Soup, while I was out running a few errands.

Mid-Afternoon Snack (3:00 pm)

Roasted Golden Beets. I love these from the farmers market.

Dinner (5:45 pm)

Homemade Potato Enchiladas with Beans. Super tasty and also part of my finals care package from Rosanne.

Dessert (7:00 pm)

My homemade “almost” ice cream. It is just blended bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder put in the freezer for about an hour.

Thank you for joining me! I hope your day is full of healthy meals! 🙂

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May 6th – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student) 


5/6/12            Off 

5/7/12            Off 

5/8/12            Walk 2 miles, Weight-Training 30 minutes 

5/9/12            Off 

5/10/12            Walk 2 miles, Weight-Training 30 minutes 

5/11/12            Off 

5/12/12            Tennis 1 ½ hour class 

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Health Benefits of Korean Cuisine

Yummy Korean dishes I had at my friend Soo’s house!  🙂

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Korean food is becoming increasingly popular.  I remember when the Korean Taco truck came into popularity.  I think it made more people aware of what Korean cuisine had to offer.  What some people don’t realize is that the typical Korean meal is not only varied and exciting due to including so many different dishes, but also contributes an abundance of health benefits.  Here are just a few:

  • Kimchi (cabbage pickled with garlic, chile pepper, and scallions) may help to protect blood vessels and may be associated with lowering cancer risk
  • Most Korean meals include some type of soup full of tofu and vegetables which contributes to satiety and nutrient density, not calories
  • Heart healthy seafood is also a very important part of their cuisine.  It’s not just beef, like some Korean BBQ restaurant fans may think
  • I think the best part of the Korean diet is their love of fresh fruit.  Every meal is finished off by a huge plate of a variety of fresh fruit. If you have ever visited a Korean market, you know that these markets are the best places to buy fruit.  Since Koreans love fruit so much, the quality is top notch.  Most of the fruit is bought by the case!

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My 3rd WIAW!

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Hi everyone! Happy WIAW! I cannot believe this will be my third WIAW already. This week is crazy busy for me with finals next week. Right now, I am trying for healthy and simple. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting.


This is what I ate:

Pre-Breakfast (6:30 am)

Coffee with hazelnut milk and stevia in my new “special mug.” I swear everything in this mug tastes better. 🙂 I am a huge anglophile, ever since I spent a semester in England years ago.

Breakfast (7:30 am)

Uncle Sam Cereal with slivered almonds, agave nectar, and hazelnut milk. I love this cereal, it reminds me of my grandmother. It was a special treat at her house.

Mid-Morning Snack (9:00 am)

Red grapes with raw cashews.

 Lunch (1:00 pm)

Spinach and mushroom enchiladas with refried beans and rice. Sorry this picture is so dark, we were in a very dark corner. I had lunch with my parents after my mother’s eye surgery.

Mid-Afternoon Snack (3:00 pm)

Decaf ice blended vanilla with soy milk from Coffee Bean.

My afternoon pick me up!


Dinner (5:30 pm)

Semi-homemade whole-wheat pizza with roasted zucchini, roasted mushrooms, and Daiya mozzarella topped with a green salad. I used Trader Joe’s pizza dough; I think it is pretty good for a quick meal.

Thank you for joining me this WIAW! I hope your day is full of healthy meals. 🙂

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