As a part of my last college “hoorah” before entering the real world I am trying to really do what’s best for me and my health (because I know I might not have time for those kinds of luxuries come graduation…). One part of this campaign is to try to drink more water. I already drink a ton of water (a good habit I picked up during my freshman year of college. Also, fun fact: I didn’t like fruit until my freshman year of college either — guess it wasn’t all bad!), but I wanted to pay extra attention to the amount I was drinking and make sure that I was drinking enough water each and every day. My solution was to buy a very lovely Union College Nalgene water bottle. My goal is to drink at least two 32oz bottles of water each day. Any more is bonus. I’ve read that you are supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day, so this is about right for me. Of course, if you are exercising you should expect to drink more. I’ve also found that I drink a lot more if I have seltzer water on hand. And increased hydration is supposed to have so many wonderful health benefits: your immune system is stronger, your skin is clearer, and you are less sluggish, just to name a few. So, who else wants to take the water challenge with me?
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I’ve shared with you before about Boba tea here, but a few months ago when I was in Southern California I had SoCal bubble tea for the first time since March and it was heaven. Nowhere else can you find such a wide selection of flavors, so many fresh ingredients, so many ways to taylor your drink to the exact way you want it, or (best of all) the most amazing, soft, warm, perfect tapioca balls in the entire nation. Bubble tea in the Northeast is to bubble tea in L.A. as a cruddy pot of old coffee at a ho-hum car repair shop is to a hand made cappuccino with soy milk and brown sugar at a local cafe with live musicians — it’s just not even on the same level. I wish my sister could ship the stuff to me instantaneously on the East Coast… here’s to dreaming!
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It’s officially winter time. You know what that means: HOT CHOCOLATE. While you could simply boil water and throw in a packet of hot chocolate mix, why not mix it up this season and add a little finesse to your holiday classic? Here’s my little sister’s secret to scrumptious hot cocoa:
– hot chocolate mix
– half & half
– mini marshmallows
– chocolate syrup
– candy cane
DIRECTIONS: Bring water to a boil. Add boiling water to hot chocolate mix in a mug and stir in a splash of half and half. Gently arrange a layer of mini marshmallows on top and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Let marshmallows melt slightly and use candy cane to stir. Sip and smile!
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The first time I tasted bubble tea I had to spit it up into a garbage can. The Taiwanese tea-based drink is also known as “pearl milk tea” or “boba milk tea” and usually contains some mixture of ice, tea, milk, flavoring, and tapioca balls. The tapioca balls or “pearls” (or, most endearingly, “boba”) are what will really get you the first time, but now I love them! The perfect tapioca balls sit at the bottom of your bubble tea, a little warm, soft and chewy on the outside, and a little dense at the core. I like to describe them to boba new-bees as gummy-bear-like treats. The only place to get good bubble tea around here is from Yo. D.serT in Crossgates Mall, but it can in no way compare to the bubble tea you can get in L.A. (see the obsession here and here); SoCal bubble tea is incredible and I can’t wait to visit my sister and indulge. YUM!
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