School has started and young, fresh faces are appearing all over university campuses. As new kids on the block looking towards a bright future ahead, you’re pumped to rush Greek life, tailgate football games, and ready to swipe that parent-funded dining dollar card to prime your stomachs for long nights filled with cheap Natty Ice beer pong and good times. You only live once right? Live once, but live well by countering the Freshman 15 with the following desserts with hidden veggies.
Red Velvet Brownies
Next time you need a makeshift birthday cake for the roommate, do your dorm mates a favor by sticking a b-day candle in red velvet brownies instead. This birthday dessert spin is an upgrade from tradition and way better for preventing extra pound gainage. The non-traditional brownie recipe includes oats, cacao powder, coconut oil, black beans, pure maple syrup and vanilla, and is intensified “red” with natural coloring from cooked beetroot. Beets are the perfect college kid super food because they help detox the body to ensure metabolism functions properly after any epic ragers.
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies are mandatory to jam through a group study sess. For the next one, slide in some zucchini chocolate chip cookies. The recipe is standard equipped with chocolate chip cookie essentials but also calls for special ingredients like honey, nutmeg and zucchini. Zucchini, packed with Lutein and Zeaxanthin (a source of vitamin A), promotes healthy eyesight to read through piles of books with ease, plus they’re very low in calories, so your waistline stays trim during times of stress eating.
As you make loads of new friends, get together in your home away from home and host everyone’s first Friends-giving. This means trying to figure out how to roast a giant turkey but relying on potluck items to save the day in the first-timer feast. A surefire hit that’ll solidify your growing friendships is the PHILADELPHIA 3-step pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Aside from the fact that it’s ridiculously easy to make – mix, bake and refrigerate, pumpkins work perfectly to help counter unhealthy habits that come with higher education induction. These orange jacks are stocked with potassium – a major refueling nutrient to boost your workout post-Thanksgiving and post-late night eating, not to mention, they are full of fiber to keep you fuller, longer, and away from eating in excess at buffet-style dining halls.
Banana & Spinach Smoothie
If you’d like to drink something without alcohol for a change, whip up a banana and spinach smoothie. Banana and spinach are blended with skim milk to create this thirst quencher. The spinach packs in the fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels (countering spikes from junk food and partying). It will also regulate digestion so nothing’s too “backed up” in those dreaded communal bathrooms.
When you’re surrounded 24/7 by pasta, pizza, rice, bread, Ben & Jerry’s, Easy Mac and ramen, you start craving starches all the time. A good alternative treat that’ll still give you a carb fix is “rice” pudding – except cauliflower replaces the rice. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor, heat with coconut milk, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon, and whisk in egg yolks to give it body. A mixture of almond milk and cream cheese is then stirred in to sweeten the pot. Cauliflower aids digestion and provides detoxification to support a jam-packed social life. Furthermore, the nutrients found within boost brain health to keep you focused on studies and mentally equipped to fend off poor eating decisions.
Take advantage of a fast metabolism while you still have it but try integrating nutrition into your freshman year diet. With this list of delicious vegetable-infused desserts, you can maintain that bod and give off the best first impression possible at the start of this exciting new chapter in life!