For today’s post, I thought I would just share the list of food items that I always have in my dorm room. One of the scariest things about coming to college (at least for me) was that I was going to get sucked in to the late night pizza orders and junk food eating habits of college life. To combat this, I always make sure I have these items on hand to grab whenever I want a healthy snack (at any time of the day). I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any other ideas/staples, share them in the comments below! I’ll try to find links to as many of these as I can.
- Trader Joe’s crunchy, no-stir peanut butter (I could put good old PB on almost anything)
- Justin’s nut butter packets
- Snyder’s pretzels
- Chobani yoghurt (I like making yoghurt bowls using yoghurt, bananas and granola)
- Chobani yoghurt flips (peach cobbler is my favorite!)
- Simply Balanced organic honey almond granola
- Some sort of flavored sparkling water, no calories (I like the grapefruit Ice and La Croix)
- Campbell’s chicken noodle soup
- 3 different types of chili sauce, including sambal for the Singaporean inside of me (I LOVE my spicy)
- Either milk or almond milk (usually unsweetened, vanilla almond milk)
- Instant iced tea and iced coffee mixes (these come in super handy when I’m in a rush to run to class)
- Iced tea: https://www.amazon.com/blendy-stick-flavors-english-20sticks/dp/B00U8NQKYO/ref=sr_1_7_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516706345&sr=1-7&keywords=blendy+stick
- Iced coffee: https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Instant-Coffee-Sweetened-Count/dp/B01LTI9638/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1516706427&sr=8-3&keywords=instant+iced+coffee
- Protein bars (I always have some combination of Cliff bars, Luna bars and the Health Warrior Chia Seed bars on hand)
- Cliff bars: https://www.amazon.com/CLIF-BAR-Energy-Chocolate-Protein/dp/B0054RPY7I/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764164&sr=1-4&keywords=cliff+bars
- Luna bars: https://www.amazon.com/LUNA-Whole-Nutrition-Bar-box/dp/B075M5VNX6/ref=sr_1_27_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764129&sr=1-27&keywords=luna+bars
- Health Warrior: https://www.amazon.com/HEALTH-WARRIOR-Tropical-Variety-Gluten/dp/B00T0NE37O/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516764107&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=health+warrior+chia+bars&psc=1
- Premier chocolate protein shakes (individually packaged)
As the 2017 year comes to a close, I wanted to stop and reflect on the year that has passed. While there is so much hate and negativity going around in the world, when you stop to think about life, you really only remember the good things. Just like anyone, my year had ups and downs, but at this time I am realizing how small and trivial the downs were, and how uplifting and exciting the ups were. These are my top ten moments (in chronological order) of 2017. I hope this inspires you all to think back on your year to remember all the amazing times.
1. February 2017- The last meet of varsity high school swim career was everything and more that I could have asked for. I was the captain of the team and we were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for our conference championships. We had all trained super hard the whole season and were excited to see what we could do as a team. To be honest, I was not confident that we would be able to pull out a win, simply because we had a fairly young and new team. The gold medal came down to the very last relay, in which I was swimming. All we had to do was beat one relay team to snag the championship. As nerve-wracking as it was, it was the most amazing race of my life, full of nothing but excitement and adrenaline. As the anchor of our team touched the wall ahead of the other team, we broke out in tears of immense joy. The absolute highlight of my high school swimming career.
2. February 2017- I always knew that I wanted to travel to New Zealand before I graduated high school, and I got the opportunity to visit the beautiful country on a school trip in February. We spent 8 days doing everything from hiking, camping, luging, white water rafting, and visiting and staying in traditional Maori housing. It was a beyond incredible experience (though I have to admit, mentally challenging at times, especially during the hiking) and I am so lucky to have visited the country. I hope I can visit this amazing country again soon!
3. March 2017- One of my favorite parts about living in South East Asia is being able to travel around easily at a fairly low cost. At least once a year, my family goes on a quick vacation to a SEA beach destination. This year we went back to Phuket, Thailand for spring break and stayed at the Meridien. As usual, the beach was clean and beautiful, perfect for a little getaway. We spent our days lounging on the sand and spent our evenings exploring restaurants throughout the town. This five day trip with my family definitely made it into the top ten moments of this year.
4. June 2017- Of course one of the highlights of this year was this milestone, Graduation! It was a crazy and hectic time of the year, but I was so unbelievably lucky to have so many family and friends around me to celebrate. I was one of those people who just loved high school, so this moment was sad as I was saying goodbye to so many people and places, but also exciting as I started a new journey.
Graduation blog post: https://swimeatlove.com/2017/07/09/a-goodbye-to-high-school/
5. July 2017- Instead of coming back to the US for the summer (like we normally do), my family stayed in Asia and I was able to travel around a bit. My mom had a business trip to Seoul, and since I had never been I decided to tag along. Although we were only there for 3 days, we saw and did so much. From exploring the local malls to going to the Korean spa and eating lots of yummy Korean food, it was a blast.
6. July 2017- Every summer my family and I go to our lake cabin in Northern Japan for a few weeks to hang and spend time with family. Last year, we discovered what I like to call a hidden gem of the Tokyo area, Karuizawa. Mainly known for it’s outlet shopping mall, the beautiful suburb is filled with secret spots that are amazing. This year we took a day off from lake life and spent the day shopping, going to the hot springs, and visiting the cutest little vintage shops. Definitely a day well spent.
7. July 2017- Although this was an extremely sad time, it was also a very memorable time. After 18 years of living in Singapore, it was time for me to say goodbye (more like see you soon!) to my beautiful little island. As most of you probably know, I have so much love in my heart for this country. It was fun for me to spend time really appreciating all the things I love about Singapore and doing a little bit of exploring at home. The last week spend at home was full of family, friends, laughs and of course some Din Tai Fung and a Tiger beer for the road:)
8. August 2017- One of my biggest dreams came true this year not only as I started college in LA, but also as I began my career as a collegiate athlete. There have been so many “pinch me” moments these last few months as I’ve experienced things I’ve never dreamed of doing. From my first collegiate swim practice and swim meet to living the LA life, college has been everything and more I ever wished for.
9. October 2017- While being away from home was hard, I was lucky enough to have my dad visit me for a week in early October. We spent the weekend hanging around Downtown LA and Santa Monica, eating to our hearts content. As a foodie, it was a much needed break from the college food scene (though I have to admit, our school has really good food). We found amazing eateries everywhere from Santa Monica Boulevard to Sunset. It was such a fun weekend with my dad, and I was lucky to have him with me.
10. December 2017- After the first semester in college, it was so nice to be home with my family for the holidays. I had counted down the days, and it was definitely one of the best holiday seasons yet. I was lucky to have 2 1/2 weeks at home and spent so much of that time with my mom, dad, little sister and doggy. There was lot’s of Christmas shopping, yummy food, cooking, cheers-ing and laughter. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the year.
Here’s to an amazing 2017 and an even better 2018!
Happy new year!
I know I’m not just speaking for myself when I say that homework and studying can be MISERABLE. Most of the time, the only thing that can help me focus and write a paper or study is a really good playlist. Here are some of my favorite songs to listen to to keep me on task and motivated. What are your study songs? Comment them down below!
Rise Up- Andra Day
Slow Hands- Niall Horan
Waiting on the World to Change- John Mayer
Yours- Russell Dickerson
Growing Up- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Ed Sheeran)
Better Man- Little Big Town
Carry On- Fun
My Wish- Rascal Flatts
Terrified- Katherine McPhee
In Case You Didn’t Know- Brett Young
For Her- Chris Lane
Last Name- Carrie Underwood
Here I Go Again- Whitesnake
Can’t Get You Out of My Head- Kylie Minogue
Shoutout to my Ex- Little Mix
Underage- Kelsea Ballerini
Perfect Strangers- Jonas Blue
Love- Jana Kramer
Think of You- Chris Young (ft. Cassadee Pope)
Back Home- Andy Grammar
Life is a Highway- Rascal Flatts
Hold it Against Me- Britney Spears
One of my biggest fears going into college was food. Not necessarily how good it was going to be (though that was something this foodie worried about), but how hard it was going to be to eat healthy. I had heard so much about “freshman 15” and seen so many friends come back from their first year having gained a lot of weight. Once I got to college, I scoped out the food situation and quickly figured out how to eat healthy and clean. I wrote down everything I ate for 3 days, and have it all down below for you to reference. Please keep in mind that on all three of these days, I had 3- 3 1/2 hours of hard workouts, so the calories (though I don’t count them) and quantity may seem a little high. I hope this helps and gives you some ideas about how to eat healthy in college!
2 hour swim
2 eggs over easy with Sriracha
Bagel with cream cheese
Half a cup of coffee w/milk
1 rice cracker
1 banana with peanut butter
1 bag Skinny Pop (100 kcal)
1 hour weights
1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha
Celery and peanut butter
1 grilled chicken breast with grilled asparagus and zucchini
2 hour swim
1/2 avocado and 2 eggs on 1 English muffin with Sriracha
1 cup coffee w/ milk
1 rice cake
1/4 cup granola
1 1/2 hour weights
Tomato and veggie soup (from Pacific)
Hummus and pita
2 eggs over easy on 1 piece of rye toast with Sriracha
1/2 cup coffee
Egg salad sandwich
1 hour weights
Small chia seed bar
1 packet of Trader Joe’s peanut trail mix
2 hour swim
1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha
Grilled chicken with whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and kale
1 rice cake