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Healthy Ramen Noodle Recipes: Living on a College Budget

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While most people are aware of the obesity crisis sweeping our nation, many claim that eating the right foods is too expensive. Ramen noodles have long been known as a cheap and easy meal that can be prepared in as little as minutes. It is likely you have heard of the soup, but too few have given it the credit it deserves. You can get creative with Ramen noodles and prepare three very healthful meals for the entire family to enjoy while sticking to your budget!

1. Green Bean Delight

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 1 package Ramen noodles
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation- Prepare the green beans by cutting off the ends and washing them. Steam them for five minutes or until tender. Combine the oil, the Ramen noodles seasoning packet and the Ramen noodles, crumbled into small pieces, in a large, non-stick frying pan. Coat the noodles in the oil and then add the steamed green beans. On medium heat, stir the mixture occasionally until heated through. Add the almonds and stir over low heat. When almonds are heated, serve immediately, adding salt and pepper to taste.

2. Ramen Noodle Walnut Salad

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 package Rarmen noodles
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 bunch chopped broccoli
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation- Combine walnuts and noodles in a large frying pan and lightly brown with butter. Allow to cool and drain on paper towles. Toss lettuce, broccoli and green onions and set aside. Combine vinegar, oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper to create dressing. Combine all three mixtures together and serve.

3. Ramen Noodles with Beef and Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thinly sliced steak, your choice of cut
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lb aspargus, cut in 2 in pices
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 packages Ramen noodles
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation- Brown steak in a large frying pan with olive oil. Add garlic and allow to cook five additional minutes to release flavor. When steak is cooked through, add water and asparagus. Cook until aspargus is tender. Add Ramen noodles and soy sauce. Cook until noodles are tender. Serve hot.

Eating healthful does not have to be expensive. Ramen noodles offer an excellent alternative to pasta, and, with these three creative recipes, you can save time and money on a meal that not only tastes good, but provides nutrition your body needs.

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7 Ways to Fund a Summer Vacation

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Is your savings account looking a little thin? Summer is already here, and maybe your plan to put 10 percent of each paycheck aside for a summer trip didn’t quite work out. That’s okay, because there are other ways to fund an epic summer adventure, and some of them only take a few minutes. Ready to get the money necessary for a summer vacation that won’t ever be forgotten?

Start by considering ways to cut current budget sucks right now. Every little bit counts, and scoring last-minute deals on airfare and lodging can help get vacationers ahead. Here are seven wacky ways you can potentially fund that summer trip. Try one or try them all; the days are already getting shorter.

1. WWOOF It

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOFers work on farms around the world in exchange for free room, board, and meals. For some, it’s a lifestyle, but for others it’s a last-ditch opportunity to go on vacation with zero budget. Funding isn’t really an issue here, and all it costs is a bus ticket or car share. This is the most budget-friendly approach, but farm work isn’t for everyone.

2. Donate plasma

Blood isn’t worth anything in itself, but plasma donations can earn up to $60 per visit, and most people can donate about three times per week. You need to be healthy, have no recent piercings or tattoos, and weigh at least 120 lbs. in order to donate. There’s always a high need, but there can also be long lines.

3. Get a Craigslist gig

There are always people willing to pay something for just about anything on Craigslist. Whether it’s babysitting, dog walking, being a promotional model, or driving someone to their appointments, Craigslist is a smorgasbord of opportunities. Just be careful and steer clear of anything that seems too good to be true.

4. eBay and garage sales

Summer is the perfect time for a garage sale, so start putting up those cardboard signs and getting rid of things that are no longer useful to you. For items that are worth a bit more, selling them on eBay is a better bet. Most people have at least a few things around the house worth a little money and no longer being used, so use them to fund that summer trip.

5. Look for bank deals

Many local banks offer an incentive for opening a free checking account. For example, Homestreet Bank offers up to $300 for new customers. Requirements may include signing up for direct deposit or cutting up a current debit card (which can be replaced for free). Look around to see what deals are in town.

6. Hit the jackpot

If only it were that easy to win the Powerball! However, going for smaller pools like a local bingo hall or raffle will substantially improve your odds of winning. There’s also such a thing as beginner’s luck, so you could bank on that to fund your vacation. Mobile casinos are another great option, because bets can be low and you don’t have to commute to the casino (which wastes gas).

7. Sublet

For those who have a great home or apartment, consider moving in with family or friends for a month and sublet for a profit. This isn’t always legal, so check with the landlord first, or consider getting a short-term roommate. Rent is often a person’s biggest expense, and even saving one month of it fund a decent trip.

Summer vacations are a blast, so get creative in 2013. There are many options out there, and if you’re committed, you can make it happen. Now the only issue is deciding where to go. . . .

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Why Low-Carb Food Is More Popular During the Summer

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Summer brings many of the things we love: long days, pleasant evenings, beach weather, backyard barbecues, and good food. As people’s thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors, low-carb foods become the grub of choice for the season.

Here’s a look at why low-carb food is more popular during the summer, and how to get your low-carb diet started.

Low carbs in the hot summer

As temperatures rise, people are drawn to foods that contain lower carbohydrates. Low-carb foods encourage your body to use naturally stored fats as its main energy source, instead of unhealthier foods that add levels of fat. With the body consuming these stores of fat, people on low-carb diets often see their weight drop fairly quickly.

So, why is this so important during the summer? Given that people tend to spend more time outdoors, wear less clothing, and want to look good for the pool or the beach, low-carb foods are a popular (if short-term) way to slim down without the drudgery of exercise. Once we begin to hide our bodies under layers of clothing as the weather gets cold again, peer pressure to look good recedes, and low-carb foods go on the “good idea, try later” shelf.

This may not even be a conscious decision. Even if people don’t start the summer intending to eat only low-carb food to fit into a bikini or look sharp without a shirt, they unconsciously choose food options they know (or believe) to be healthier because of the vague notion that it’s good for them. They may see other people with perfect summer bodies, and unwittingly alter their diet to reach for their ideal.

So when people go out to eat during the summer, they tend to order lighter, fresh menu dishes. Perhaps, too, as the days get hotter, people swerve away from hearty meals, and more toward the simple and healthier offerings of low-carb foods.

Getting your low-carb diet started

Whether you’re looking to drop some weight and hit the beach, or just want to cool down, here are some options to help you get going on your low-carb diet. Vegetables like sprouts, celery, tomatoes, and eggplants are a start. Throw in some fruits like watermelons, raspberries, and cherries, and meats like ribs, grilled chicken, or shrimp.

You don’t have to scrimp on desserts, either. Strawberry cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter fudge, pumpkin pie, even a (low-carb) chocolate mousse can help you round off a delicious meal without fear of showing a few extra pounds in your swimsuit.

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From Sharks to War Zones – Dangerous Photography Infographic

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Considering becoming an action photographer? Do you laugh in the face of danger and consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Do you have a need for speed, a thirst for adventure and a desire for danger? If so, this could be the job for you. There are a number if skills required in becoming an action photographer, far more than just taking a decent snap. Action photography is definitely not for the feint hearted. Take a look at the check list below and see if you have what it takes.

You must be fluent in the language of every volatile country that is, or is likely to become a war

zone.

You must have experience of working closely with wild animals, preferably in a circus environment.

You should have experience of deep sea diving at a minimum of 200 feet.

You should have lived in a cave at some pint of your life for a period exceeding 18 months.

You should have been struck by lightning at least once.

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Mountain Ranges That Will Kill You!

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The sinewy young Brit clung to the rock face as an unbearable pain seared into his fingertips.

He was covered from head to toe in advanced climbing gear but even with his cutting edge equipment there was no doubt in his mind that this was the most difficult climb he had ever attempted. Trying to ignore the pain he reached up for the next handhold, a particularly tight little pocket he knew to be called a monos, when all of a sudden his mind went blank as the foothold he was so heavily relying on seemed to retreat back into the wall like a turtle into a shell.

In the midst of the panic there was a moment where this naïve man sat in mid-air, frozen in time and in mind, waiting for gravity to wrench him to the floor… and to his death. #

Yes, that was my first attempt at climbing and no it wasn’t to my death, it was into a crash matt a mere six feet below me. As I sat there feeling dejected, the only thing that was going through my mind was how people were able to reach the heady heights of a mountain like Everest. I mean, I couldn’t even scale the twelve foot artificial wall at my local sports hall; so what does it take to reach 8,000 meters? And that piqued my interest. In turn, I’ve decided to put together a list of mountain ranges that are truly phenomenal in their difficulty and in the human spirit it takes to conquer them.

 

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Typically those who survive climbs do so because of a range of things; practice, determination, planning, a bit of madness and they have state of the art camping equipment. Most climbers who attempt climbs over 29,000ft will take a range of tents for each stage. Experts will actually recommend cheap tents for Basecamp and quality brands such as The North Face or Marmot for the higher climbs, although you will see that in some cases the elements simply take over and no amount of training or fancy equipment will help.

Everest – Lives Taken: around 230 (41 bodies on the left side)

Height (feet): 29,029

First Climbed: 1922

Location: Nepal

First Life Taken: Sherpa called Temba, British India killed in Avalanche

Everest is the daddy. It’s the highest mountain in the world and of course that’s the reason why everyone wants to climb it. There have been as many as 50 people reaching the summit on a single day and approximately 5,104 successful attempts ever since: achieved by 3,142 climbers overall.

Like all 8,000+ metre summits climbers enter into the “death zone” when they go over 8,000 meters and that proposes significant survival challenges to all who reach that dizzying height; Drastic drops in temperature can cause frostbite to any areas of exposed skin, frozen snow can easily send a climber skidding to their death and low atmospheric pressure means that there is only about a third as much oxygen as you would find at sea level. If you were not acclimatised to these conditions a regular person would lose consciousness in as little as three minutes.

 

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If you were unlucky enough to encounter one of these problems and were unable to walk off the mountain yourself then there would be little chance of rescue or survival. In turn, many people who actually climb Everest are likely to come across the frozen corpse of some other unlucky mountaineer. It is estimated that there are around 150 unclaimed bodies just sitting on the mountain, frozen in time.

Denali – Lives Taken: 120 (44 bodies remain on summit)

Height (feet): 20,327

First Climbed: 1913

Location: Alaska

First Lives Taken: 1984 climber Naomi Uemura died on the descent

 

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Mount McKinley (or Denali) is the highest mountain in Alaska. It isn’t anywhere near as high as the mountains in the Himalayas but at a staggering 6,184m it is no easy climb. What makes it particularly difficult, mind you, is the combination of altitude and extreme latitude making it one of the most oxygen deficient climbs around. There have been 44 deaths in McKinley’s history and, unfortunately, there are sure to be many more.

 

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K2 – Lives Taken: 81

Height (feet): 28,250

First Climbed: 1939

Location: Karakoram China-Pakistan

First Life Taken: Dudley Wolfe from the USA died of altitude sickness and dehydration

K2 may not be the largest mountain but it is certainly regarded to be one of the toughest to climb; tougher even than Everest itself. You see the weather is far harder to judge and when it hits you it is said to be colder than on Everest. There are a few routes to take but the easiest one is said to include treacherous ice pillars that are prone to collapse at any moment as well as glaciers which are notoriously dangerous to climb.

 

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K2 was first ascended in 1954 by Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni – you were always going to do something good with a name like that – and there has only been a mere 200-ish summits ever since. When you compare that to Everest’s 5,104, by about 3,142 climbers, you begin to get a picture of how difficult it is.

Also, if you are a woman don’t even consider climbing K2 as it is said to be cursed. Of the five women that have reached the summit three have died on the descent and the two incredible women that made it died on other 8000m climbs.

 

Nanga Parbat – Lives Taken: 68

Height (feet): 26,660

First Climbed: 1953

Location: Pakistan

First Life Taken: 1895 – Goman Singh Ghurka from Nepal killed in an avalanche

 

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The name literally means ‘Naked Mountain’ but aside from the name there is nothing funny about Nanga Parbat, it is not only the 9th highest mountain on earth but it’s other name is ‘Killer Mountain’ due to it taking over 60 mountaineers lives since the 1950’s. It boasts almost sheer vertical slopes on all sides and to its South side is said to have the highest mountain face in the world.

 

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Annapurna I – Lives Taken: 68

Height (feet): 26,545

First Climbed: 1950

Location: Nepal

First Life Taken: Ian Clough from the UK

 

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The Annapurna I is based in the North Central section of Himalayas and is amongst the 13th highest mountain on earth. Its name is Sanskrit for ‘full of food’ relating more to its female deity status. The mountain has shrines dotted along the climb of which Kashi is the most popular, possibly as it lies on the banks of the river Ganga allowing the mountain to actually give back to its visitors. However from the image below, we see that the mountain goddess also takes life.

 

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Gasherbrum I – Lives Taken: 24

Height (feet): 26,509

First Climbed: 1958

Location: Pakistan

First Life Taken: Slovakian Drago Bregar

Also known as Hidden Peak or K5 Gasherbrum I is the 11th highest peak in the world and has an elevation of 26,509ft which makes it only a hair’s breadth smaller than K2. The reason I’ve included it in this list is because of its immense inclination. Just look at the thing; it’s like a towering, jagged, and filled with pyramids of death. The rock faces are sheer and there is constant risk of avalanche.

 

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Gasherbrum is commonly thought to mean “K5”, perhaps in reference to its height.

The first successful ascent of Gasherbrum was achieved in 1934 as part of a large international expedition by the Swiss climber Günter Dyhrenfurth but they only reach 6,300ft. The first men to reach the summit were Americans Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman in 1958.

 

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Great Trango Tower – Lives Taken: (unsure)

Height (feet): 20,623

First Climbed: 1977

Location: Pakistan

First Life’s Taken: Norwegians Hans Christian Doseth and Finn Dæhli

 

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Last but not least the Great Trango Tower is considered to be one of the most difficult climbs in the world. That’s because this one actually requires a lot of rock climbing as opposed to mountaineering. The combination of altitude, steepness and total distance it takes to climb makes it the hardest big-wall climb around.

 

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The first successful summit, up the West Side, was achieved by John Roskelley, Kim Schmitz, Jim Morrisset, Dennis Hennek and Galen Towell in 1977. The first successful ascent of the East side was achieved in 1984 by Norwegians Hans Doseth and Finn Daehli both of whom died on the descent. It wasn’t until 1992 that the east summit was successfully climbed without death by expert climbers Xaver Bongard and John Middendorf but the exact route that extinguished Doseth and Daehli is still up for grabs.

And there you have it: Seven Mountain Rages That Will Kill You. Well, they’d at least they’ll defeat me. Just like my Everest: That damned 12 foot artificial climbing wall.  If you’ve climbed any of these incredible mountains we’d LOVE to hear from you. Failing that just sign up, sign in and let us know what you think of these amazing accomplishments.

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New And Boozy—Rum You Can Dip Into

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Check out these hilarious videos featuring RumChata, the new cream and cinnamon infused rum that will have you dipping, licking and tasting all sorts of things…

A college girl comes home to an unexpected surprise:

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New Refrigerator Magnet Lets You Order Pizza

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Many Americans embrace laziness, or at least I do. That’s why it’s an absolute shame our country couldn’t be the first to come up with this new product; a refrigerator magnet that orders pizza. Red Tomato Pizza in Dubai created the device many college kids wished they would have thought of. With just the push of a button, you can order pizza directly from the store. It’s like having your own Easy Button from Staples that actually works.

By pushing the VIP Fridge Magnet, you’re instantly connected to the Dubai pizza store through the Internet via Bluetooth connection. It works similar to the Dominos Pizza app only that’s on your smartphone. Here we’re talking about a refrigerator magnet thats prior purpose was to hang coupons, (which nobody ever seems to remember having) or menu’s from the cheapest restaurants on campus. Instead that magnet is now ordering you food after a case of the munchies. Red Tomato Pizza sends a confirmation text, delivers the pizza, and next thing you know you’re enjoying food without ever leaving the couch. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me.

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We Love Ramen. College’s Favorite 4th Meal (Infographic)

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Ahhh Ramen Noodles. Depending on where you go to school, Ramen is like a gourmet meal compared to the slop they serve at the dining halls (Sure as hell was at Albany). All you need is $2 (if that) and some boiling water, and you get a full meal — Broth, noodles, veggies, meat, the works.

So if you love Ramen as much as we do, check out the following infographic from HackCollege.com. All you ever wanted to know about everyone’s favorite instant dinner, including recipes. Enjoy and eat up. Because who knows what the “meat” in Meatloaf is referring to?

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French Hotel Uses Graffiti Artist As Interior Decorator

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I hate to say this, but this may be the year of the French. Tony Parker is quietly having an MVP type season, leading the San Antonio Spurs to the second best record in the West. Jean Dujardin beat out heartthrob George Clooney for the Oscar. His silent movie, The Artist, then proceeded to win the Academy Award for Best Movie of the Year.

Now French graffiti artist Tilt has designed this Half-White, Half-Graffati hotel room, and it is awesome. Take a look at some of the most amazing hotel room photos you will ever see.

 

 

 

 

 

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NYU Chick-Fil-A Almost Gets Kicked Off Campus

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Chick-Fil-A is not a fan of the gay community. Well, at least that’s what one student at NYU claimed, after hearing that the fast food chain apparently did not support same-sex marriages. A student, during the fall semester, approached the Student Senators Council (SSC) proposing to ban Chick-Fil-A on campus and a recent vote was actually taken on the matter (See below). With no evidence, the SSC obviously ruled in favor of Chick-Fil-A continuing be a part of the campus. Luckily, they made the right decision because otherwise thousands of students would have had a much more valid protest.

Historically, Chick-Fil-A has been known for its Southern Baptist roots which is why the restaurant is closed on Sundays. This doesn’t mean though that Chick-Fil-A openly discriminates against homosexuals like the student tried to argue. If a student wants to make a political stand by boycotting Chick-Fil-A, more power to them. To the rest of us though, this seems more than extreme. Students should never be denied the “Home of the original chicken sandwich.”

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