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Fun and Foodie Welcomes You!

Hello!! Welcome to my site, Fun and Foodie!  I want to thank you first for visiting my site, whether it was just an accident or you were recommended by a friend I am pleased!  Just a little bit of background on my site before you explore all that I have worked so hard on!

My name is Haley, you can read more about me in the “About Page” and I am really interested in health and nutrition.  As a college student I recognized the struggles that I and fellow students experience because of the limited resources available for creating healthy meals and snacks. I am big on snacking so I spend a lot of my time looking up healthy snacks in the internet.  I have created this site so I can share all this information to anyone that is also struggling with finding the appropriate resources to stay healthy!

Feel free to roam around my site!  Enjoy and please let me know if you have any recommendations or would like me to make a specific snack.

 

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Yogurt Healthy Granola Breakfast Blueberries Food: (Photo)

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Avery of My Plantiful Life: Guest Post

Hi Everyone!  To get you guys more involved in my collaboration project I am sharing a guest post of my fellow collaborator, Avery, of My Plantiful Life.  She has constructed an awesome video, which she explains in more detail below.  Avery promotes Wholesome Wave in a great way by bringing awareness to a local restaurant that makes their meals with fresh and local produce.  We have worked very hard on this project and we hope to increase health awareness in the Rutgers area, as well as promoting the inspiring work done by the amazing non-profit organization, Wholesome Wave.

“HI guys its me Avery from myplantifullifeblog.com! My blog is based all around eating a healthy and balanced plant-based diet. I love food, and so do my partners Haley and Elle. Throughout these past few months we have been working along with the organization Wholesome Wave. Wholesome Wave is an organization created to help under-served consumers make better choices. We came to the realization that Rutgers does not have the healthiest options when it comes to food, so we thought that we could show our viewers some better options. In my video I decided to go to a new restaurant on campus Honeygrow which offers stir fry, salads, and fruit cups. This restaurant also focuses on eating local just like the organization Wholesome Wave, and plant-based eating just like my blog. I showed what I eat when I go to Honeygrowfocusing on remaining plant-based while still getting something that is really delicious! I wanted to inspire Rutgers students to tryout Honeygrow and show them that it is a really good restaurant. I included rice, tofu, broccoli, mushrooms, kale, and peppers. I also showed my viewers my favorite sauce, because I really think the sauce makes the stir fry. This also related to Haley’s blog about healthier alternatives to good food because I am showing you something you can get at Rutgers University that is not completely awful for you. It also related to Elle’s topic because her blog is related to what people are eating at and around Rutgers University, and Honeygrow is a restaurant on campus. It is important to show healthy options available here at Rutgers University to coincide with Wholesome Wave! Since New Brunswick is 13% poverty it is important for organizations like Wholesome Wave to help here to help those in need get local fruits and vegetables. I just wanted to say thank you to Haley for collaborating with me and posting my video to her blog! Again, please take some time to check out an amazing organization Wholesome Wave at wholesomewave.org! Also make sure you check out my partners Haley and Elle!”

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Healthy Options Are All Around Us!: Collaboration Project

Hi everyone, it’s Haley!  As I mentioned before I will be creating a collaboration project with Avery of My Plantiful Life and Elle of What RU Eating.  Since all of our blogs relate to the topic of food we have created video projects promoting the importance of healthy foods.  We are working with the non-profit organization Wholesome Wave.  Wholesome Wave’s mission is “Wholesome Wave empowers under-served consumers to make better food choices by increasing affordable access to healthy produce,”(wholesomewave.org).  To summarize the main purpose of this organization they work to make it feasible to low-income families in America to purchase fresh foods.  They recognized that a lot of illnesses are related to diet issues.  Specifically, children are likely to live shorter lives than their parents because “1 in 10 American children eat enough fruits and vegetables,”(wholesomewave.org).  I discuss the purpose of Wholesome Wave in more depth in my video.

Although all of our websites share the similar topic of “food”, we needed to come up with a innovative way to connect all of our sites to each other.  The main purpose of Fun and Foodie is to provide information on healthy snacks that do not require a lot of maintenance so college students can make them.  Elle’s site What RU Eating,  is mainly about food creations that can be made in Rutgers dining halls or any locations around Rutgers.  Avery’s site is about living a balanced lifestyle while focusing on a plant based diet.

In order to incorporate all of this into my video I included one of the most popular food spots at Rutgers, “RU Hungry”.  This closely relates to Elle’s topic because it involves a food spot at Rutgers.  To bring health into the project I shared a how-to tutorial on creating a sandwich that includes a lot of ingredients, like a fat sandwich.  But, instead of putting mozzarella sticks and fries in my sandwich I added things like fresh avocado, turkey, lettuce, and more.  Additionally, to relate to both of my partners projects I included a section at the end of my video that shares information on restaurants around Rutgers, and specifically vegetarian and vegan options to relate to Avery’s topic.

Following this post, I will be sharing a guest post from Avery discussing her part of the collaborative project.  Stay tuned!

Scones and Muffins

Coconut Date Scones

I stumbled upon this recipe on my friends site, So Yum So Fun.  According to Rachel it is an easy recipe and tastes delicious!  She created her own version of the Coconut Date Scones from candacekumai.com   Try it out:

Ingredients:

Gluten free flour

Butter

Dates

Walnut halves

Unsweetened Coconut flakes

Baking Soda

Sea salt

100 % organic maple syrup

Egg + 1 egg white

Unsweetened apple sauce

Here are directions found on candacekumai.com

“Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil and nonstick spray.
Mix together flour, unsweetened coconut, baking soda, and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter or rub in with your fingers, until mixture has a coarse mealy texture.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together lemon juice, egg, applesauce, and brown rice syrup. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, carefully mixing until incorporated. Gently fold the chopped dates into the mixture, and lightly toss a bit of flour to keep hands from sticking.
Turn out dough onto a floured work surface, and gently knead dough just to incorporate flour. Mold dough into a 2-inch-thick round disc. Cut into 8-12 wedges, (like a pie) depending on the size of scone you’d like.
Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle the reserved coconut and raw turbinado sugar, if desired. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 12-14 minutes on the middle rack.” (candacekumai.com).
photo from Creative Commons:
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What Do You Mean Vegetables Are Healthy?!

What do you mean vegetables are healthy?!? I chose this meme because it relates to the topic of health and food.  I like this meme because it shows a naive baby questioning that vegetables are healthy. This pokes fun at the fact that good tasting foods cannot be healthy.  The baby plays a role because they eat vegetables frequently being unaware of the health benefits.  This relates closely to the topic of fun and foodie because healthy foods can in fact taste good!

This meme is known as “Skeptical Baby” because all memes associated with this image involve a baby questioning life.  To explain in more depth, “The captions usually begin with the rhetorical setup ‘You mean to tell me…’ out of disbelief and describe various realizations about life that one acquires upon entering preadolescence, including basic social responsibilities and ‘white lies’ that are told by parents,”(knowyourmeme.com).  This meme spreads because it incorporates humor into innocent, everyday questions.  This meme in particular spread relatively quickly.  To be precise, “Within eight days of creation, the Quickmeme[6] page accumulated 1146 upcoming instances…”(knowyourmeme.com).

The next meme that I chose was:

I chose this meme because it is cute and funny and relates to the topic of food.  I want Fun and Foodie to portray a humorous tone and I believe this meme doest exactly that.  Fun and Foodie focuses on healthy food but also a healthy lifestyle.  Although this picture portrays the little girl holding french fries I think we can all relate to what is known as “hangry”  This meme exemplifies how important food is in our lives.  It not only tastes good but it can control our emotions.  I want the recipes that I post to make my audience this happy.

This meme is likely to have a high spread because it involves a cute little girl but it is also funny.  This is not the only meme that involves a child crying and then smiling when they finally get what they want.

Lastly, I chose this meme:

I like this meme because it mentions a “diet”.  This meme is funny like the other two that I mentioned, however, I like it because it makes fun of the term, “diet”.  In my opinion there is no such thing as a diet.  It is better to just eat as healthy as you can and treat yourself when you need it, not restricting and starving yourself!  This meme also emphasizes the love for food!

All of these memes seem as though they are user-made content.

Sources:

http://www.memes.com/searchresults/healthy%20food/1227022 posted by: “Honey Tees”

http://www.memes.com/searchresults/healthy%20food/1439061 posted by: “Max”, source memes.com/generator

http://www.memes.com/searchresults/healthy%20food/1239391 posted by “Luke”, source, memes.com/generator

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Collaboration Milestones!

Thus far the collaboration project has been a great learning experience.  I have learned great communication skills, and efficiency.  Our group has accomplished many things in the time that we have worked together.  All three of us get along well, there has not been any conflict between us.  In the past I have had school group projects where conflict arose because of differing opinions.  We were able to split up the final paper very efficiently and equally.  Each of us chose two sections and everyone was fine with the two that they ended up with.  I chose to do the first two sections problem and rationale, and data and software, Elle chose to do data, and people, and Avery chose to do procedures and policies, and feedback.  Another accomplishment that we achieved was that we all decided to make videos for the final project.  I think that all of us presenting videos will show consistency and organization when we are all sharing our final projects on each others sites.

Even though we have been able to accomplish these goals there are still things that I hope to improve on among our group.  One of the things that has been a recent problem is communication.  Our group has an iMessage group chat that was active up until a week ago.  There were a few communication errors because not everyone in the group was responding.  This lead to some issues with the rough draft because some of us were unsure which parts were completed.  This being said it was not a huge set back and our group will still be able to be successful in the end.   Another goal that I hope to accomplish is that we include a sufficient amount of scholarly sources in our final draft.  So far we do not have any sources in our rough draft and our goal is to have at least 2 in every section.

We are going to utilize the skills that we have learned about technology to create our videos and edit them so they look as professional as possible.  Additionally, I will most likely take a screen cast at one point in my video which is a specific skill I learned from this class.

 

Photo found on Creative Commons, Google Images, Pexels:

Photo source: Stokpic

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.5 (Macintosh)

Photographer: Ed Gregory

Photographed at: Oct 25, 2014

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Important Announcement!!!!

Hello everyone! It’s Haley Meier, the author of Fun and Foodie. I am very excited to announce that I will working with Avery Czernikowski of My Plantiful Life and Elle Jung of What Ru Eating for a collaborative campaign. Since all of our sites address some form of food related topic we will be producing videos that provide tutorials, reviews, and information about eating healthily at Rutgers. I will be making a video including information on what restaurants around Rutgers offer healthy options, and how to create healthy versions of popular foods you would find around Rutgers. We hope that this content will promote Wholesome Wave‘s message to “empower under-served consumers to make better food choices by increasing affordable access to healthy produce.” Stay tuned to Fun and Foodie, My Plantiful Life, and What Ru Eating and visit the Center for a Livable Future to learn about all of their projects.