One potato, sweet potato

I’m just going to post a pic of the tastiness here…

sweet potato chips and salmon

Visit Jenerally Fit for the actual recipe. It looks fabulous!

In case salmon is out of the budget, you can fill up on that sweet potato with this budget-friendly recipe from the College recipe cafe


Chocolate chia seed pudding

What do PhD’s do in their spare time? In Jenna’s case, it’s helping other people get healthy and fit. She just started her own site at: and has posted some fabulous recipes.

This looks ridiculously tasty: Chocolate Chia Seed pudding

This pudding is rich and creamy and only takes a few minutes of prep time. Chia seeds (yes, like from the Chia Pet!) can absorb up to 12 times their own weight in water, which helps keep you hydrated and feeling fuller longer. They’re also a great source of protein, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Here is the recipe:

  • 2 oz Chia seeds
  • 8 oz almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Stevia to taste

Mix together ingredients and let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to overnight. The longer it sits the thicker it will get. Makes 2 servings at around 180 calories per serving. You can definitely mix it up by using your favorite milk (coconut, skim) and/or sweetener (honey, agave). If you’re not in the mood for chocolate you can add almond or vanilla extract with cinnamon and raisins instead of cocoa power for an easy rice pudding. Top with your favorite fruit and enjoy for a healthy breakfast or dessert.

Chocolate Chia Seed pudding courtesy of JenerallyFit

One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done

It’s sad how some people spend thriftily and still struggle to put enough food on the table, when there’s so much of it getting tossed in the dump. Thank goodness for food banks which have helped to get food where it best belongs–into the mouths of people!

Excerpt from: One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done.

It’s lettuce season in the Salinas Valley, a carrot-shaped lowland in the central California region that produces about 70 percent of the leafy greens sold in U.S. retail markets. On a typically foggy morning, tractor trailers stuffed with salad stream from valley processing plants to points north, south, and east.

Meanwhile, a single roll-off truck trundles into the Sun Street Transfer Station, not far from downtown Salinas. The driver pauses atop a scale, then positions his battered Dumpster over a concrete pad. A flick of a lever, a pneumatic whoosh, and 20 cubic yards of lettuce and spinach tumble onto the ground. Packaged in plastic boxes and bags, the greens—piled seven feet high—appear to be in the pink of health: dewy, crisp, and unblemished. The misdemeanor for which they’ll soon be consigned to a landfill? Their containers have been improperly filled, labeled, sealed, or cut. Continue reading.

Hopefully the veggies dumped in this case went to the part of the landfill where greenery is dumped for composting. At least then, the wasted goods will be put back to use instead of just taking up space.

Neat Science Thursday – Perpetuating Pseudoscience

The myths touched on in a previous Thursday post are extremely persistent, but aren’t usually very harmful. In contrast, the pseudoscience perpetuated by many supplement peddlers, like Dr. Oz, can have serious adverse effects. Hence it was no surprise that many in the scientific community applauded the congressional grilling of Dr. Oz, and John Oliver’s informative yet bleakly entertaining follow up.

While John Oliver did an excellent job highlighting the issue, no one actually believed that something would be done about the use of pseudoscience in selling dubious dietary supplements.

Proving everyone right, Business Insider just published an article on a new trendy supplement–Activated Charcoal:
With the change of the seasons (in this case, summer to fall), it always seems like people feel the need to detox their bodies.

A lot of the recent detox buzz is around activated charcoal. Charcoal, however, isn’t really new – it’s been around since long before the 19th century, when both the ancient Egyptians and Greeks used it as a multi-purpose poison and disease antidote.

Today, it’s most commonly used in emergency settings to treat accidental poisonings or drug overdoses. Well, that’s until someone decided it would make a great supplement for a detox program, anyway.

Seriously? Activated Charcoal as a dietary supplement? Disturbing. And just when you though the pseudoscience nonsense can’t get any worse, it turns out that Consumer Reports has may be pandering to Dr. Oz too, adding to existing concerns about Consumer Reports steady slide into promoting pseudoscience.

The Genetic Literacy project received a memo regarding Dr. Oz’s visit to Consumer Reports from a former senior editor who parted ways with CR after getting “fed up with the woo”. ‘Woo’ refers to pseudoscience, magical thinking, or quackery.

Stipend ready meals- beans, beans, they’re good for your heart

…the more you eat them, the more you…will truly appreciate how nutritious and ridiculously inexpensive they are. Not only can beans be used for hearty chili recipes that will fill you up quickly, but they can also make great salad/cold dishes which don’t need re-heating to enjoy. Dried, many varieties of beans cost less than a dollar a pound if you purchase them either at the 99c store, or in the bulk aisle of a grocery store like Sprouts. A friend of mine makes beautiful chili by the gallons because it’s cheap and easy. If you like chili, an easy way to prep it is to throw the dried beans in a crockpot or slow cook and leave it overnight or while you’re at work. Alternatively, you can used canned beans (about 2 cans/$1 on sale) to make a fast chili or an easy bean salad for a quick and very cheap meal. If cooking with dried beans, be careful as some varieties need to be boiled first to remove/degrade toxins and the slow cook may not reach the temperatures needed to degrade the toxin.

Easy 5-ingredient chili modified from


    • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey (or you can just use Costco $5 chicken adding it in later)
    • 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
    • 2 (15 oz.) cans beans, drained (black beans, kidney beans, a combo, or whatever you like)
    • 1 small white onion, diced
    • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
    • (optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, cilantro, etc.)

    In a large stockpot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the onion is cooked and softened.

For a crockpot/slow cook chili, visit

And of course, let’s not forget the bean salad…the one from is really tasty, even if you just use your favorite dressing instead of the ‘from-scratch’ version on the site.

That’s the last of the cost-effective, stipend-ready fillers. Enjoy!