Too School for Cool: Is North Korea making you fat?

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Apr 262013

Author: Allison LeCain

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently watched a documentary called Hungry for Change. It’s a film about healthy, natural eating and what effects it can have on a person’s lifestyle.

I’d like to start by saying that my friends and I watch a lot of documentaries, like A LOT. If you have Netflix, you’ll understand. Over my many viewings I’ve learned various things about the film industry, sushi, war, and food, but Hungry for Change is the first documentary that has truly inspired me to make a change in my life.

I’m not an unhealthy person – I’m not overweight, I don’t eat a lot of junk food or sugar, and soda is not a part of my diet. The lifestyle change outlined in the film isn’t about weight for me. It’s about putting things in my body that will help my energy, skin, and organs in the long-run.

The diet idea that the film presents is that people should not eat any foods that have additives and chemicals. All foods we consume should be found naturally in the wild. If there’s an ingredient you can’t pronounce, it doesn’t belong in your body. This is how our bodies were made to eat, so why shouldn’t we honor that?

Hungry for Change reveals secrets that the food industry doesn’t want you to know, such as addictive food additives. Many people crave sugar or salt on a weekly, or even daily, basis. That’s because some companies put in artificial ingredients that act like nicotine to make you want more. The reality is, if we stop eating those foods, our body will quickly learn to live without them and we will stop craving them.

The film interviews people who have survived cancer and obesity due to changing their diet. As I said before, I’m not unhealthy, but I do get frequent headaches and bouts of stress. The documentary explains that when people are stressed, they tend to eat. That is the opposite of what a person should do to control stress levels.

The fact is, there are a lot of stresses in our world today. Our country is in constant fear of being bombed, our economy is still at a halt, and school work piles up to an uncontrollable level. In our world today, stress is all around us. By eating natural, organic foods, you can be sure that whatever you’re putting into your body is helping your overall health and wellbeing.


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Students work at the Aspen Grille to gain experience

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Nov 272012

Author: Katie Spencer


CSU student Ashley Wray is gaining life experience through working at the Aspen Grille. She works every position from waitress to chef. Getting to know people while gaining experience, Wray said, is the best part.

Too School for Cool: Unconventional uses for condiments

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Nov 092012

Author: Allison LeCain

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Heinz Tomato Ketchup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look inside your fridge. I bet you have all the basic condiments – ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.  While these are great for barbecuing, they serve many other purposes.

With just these three condiments, normally made for consumption, you can have a spa day or clean your house.


This condiment, most commonly used on French fries, contains a high amount of sodium, making it great for shinning pots, pans and auto parts.

It can also be used to correct the green highlights that blondes can get in their hair from spending a lot of time in chlorinated water.  Just wash your hair with ketchup instead of shampoo next time you shower.

If you’re out of shaving cream, you can use ketchup as a replacement. Just be sure to throw out the razor once you’re finished.


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English: 48-ounce (1.42 l) jar of Duke’s Mayonnaise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Mayo is packed with fatty oils, which can be good for your skin and hair or removing sticky stuff.

If you have dry, brittle hair, try moisturizing it will mayo as a cheap alternative to hair products. Comb about a tablespoon of mayo through your scalp and leave it in for one hour. Wash it out with only a little bit of shampoo, as to not strip your hair of the moisture the mayo added.

You can also exfoliate your dry skin with mayonnaise. Put it on wherever necessary and let it sit for 10 minutes. Mayonnaise will also strengthen fingernails, making you hang-nail-free.

Mayo has the power to clean crayon marks off of walls and floors, as well as removing stickers and glue.  It will even clean water rings off wooden tables, so you can say bye-bye to the coasters.


Plain yellow mustard has medicinal properties in it that can heal muscles and aches, as well as getting rid of bad smells.

A bottle of French's Classic Yellow Mustard

A bottle of French’s Classic Yellow Mustard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mustard can be used to deodorize water bottles. Simply mix a little mustard with hot water, swoosh it around in the bottle, and rinse clean. This miracle condiment will also get rid of skunk stench.

Adding mustard into a warm bath can soothe sore muscles. The same affect applies to healing headaches through soaking your feet in warm mustard water for 15 minutes.

If you have a cold, mix a squirt of mustard, lemon juice and honey in a glass of warm water to sooth a sore throat. You can also apply mustard to your chest and place a hot towel over it to ease chest decongestion.

Best of CSU: Hungry students flock to Spoons

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Nov 032012

Author: Jack Krause

The Spoons located in Lory Student Center. Photo by Khristian Gilham

It’s been a long day of classes and you’re starving. Where do you go? What do you eat? The walk to the dorms is too long and arduous. Suddenly it begins to rain. There is a place that will cater to your exact needs.

Walk into the Lory Student Center food court, and you’ll see the Valhalla to your hungry stomach: Spoons. Spoons is a soup and salad express restaurant that offers an expansive list of food goods that your taste buds will thank you for.

Manager Rebecca Carleson said that one of the reasons she thinks Spoons won Best of CSU is the delicious food.

“The quality of it is chef made,”  Carleson said. “It’s excellent soup, excellent salads and sandwiches.”

Carleson said the quick speed and friendly customer service also helps them be the best place on campus to eat.

“The line looks intimidating, but usually you’re through it in five to ten minutes at most,” Carleson said. “We try to really focus mainly on costumer service, and then speed and quality kind of follow after that, but we feel like that if you’re nice to people, and give 100 percent of your costumer service, they will keep coming back.”

Spoons seems to have a majority of positive opinions from CSU students. Many students, when asked, would pick Spoons over the other food court options and even the dining halls.

“[I like eating at Spoons] because it’s really good and a friendly environment,” CSU freshman Autumn Shaklee said. “The people there are really nice.”

A great place to eat, and a great place to relax, Spoons has taken the student population by storm and earned its title as the best place to eat on campus. The green chile soup and the Caesar salad seems to be everyone’s recommendation, so go ahead and get yourself stuffed with some amazing food served by some of the nicest people.


The mighty microwave: Cooking without fire

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Aug 242012

Author: John Sheesley

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Putting raisins in a microwave oven produces large quantities of smoke. Don’t do it.

Some would say that life in the dorms is easy. There are hot showers, warm beds, plenty of food, and friends all around. But anyone who has eaten three meals a day in the university dining halls knows that both vitamins and variety are lacking. But eating at restaurants all the time gets  expensive fast, and cooking in the dorms is very hard due to a pesky rule about no open coils or hot plates (something about preventing fires, it seems). So what can those without a stove top do? Turn to the almighty microwave.

Though we often think of it as only for reheating three-day-old cheeseburgers and making popcorn, the microwave was originally invented to act as a very fast, compact oven. It happens to do this very well.

Before we jump right into the exciting microwave recipes there are a few safety tips we have to cover. Like with any oven, be careful not to burn yourself, as food will be hot. Never use grocery bags, newspaper, metal, or foil in the microwave. Oven cooking bags, parchment paper and white microwave paper towels are safe for microwave use, as are glass and ceramics. Don’t microwave food in Tupperware or Styrofoam. Because microwaves vary, times are not precise, so be careful to make sure food is fully cooked.

Now that we have that straight, lets go through a day of microwave meals, made hot and fresh in the comfort of your own room with only the finest ingredients from your local grocery store.

For for a nutritious breakfast in minutes, why not try an egg sandwich. Crack an egg, or two if you’re really hungry, in a ceramic coffee mug and scramble them well with a fork, then microwave on high one minute for each egg or until fully cooked. Place the egg(s) on an English muffin with a slice of cheese and a slice of ham or turkey.

Alternatively,  make an omelet by scrambling a couple of eggs in a mug and adding some cut veggies, meat, and cheese. Microwave for two to three minutes or until done.

When lunchtime rolls around and the energy from your deliciously eggy breakfast begins to wear off, recharge with an ear of corn. Simply wrap the peeled ear of corn in a damp paper towel and microwave for about five minutes. Add a bit of butter and salt and its ready to devour.

If corn isn’t your style try an inside-out pizza. Slip some pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings between two tortillas and microwave until the cheese is a gooey, delicious mess. If you are feeling generous you can cut it like a pizza and share with your roommate. Or not.

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Hard-shell taco with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Taco! Taco! Taco!

For dinner, lets go all out and make some microwave tacos. This one is best to make for a few people (the recipe serves about 4) but it can be scaled down very easily. First get three of your closest friends and neighbors to go to the grocery store with you, since you’re cooking, maybe you can even convince them to buy the food! Get a half pound of ground beef, some chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cheese, onion, lettuce, and salsa. To make your tacos, crumble the beef into a bowl and cover it with a plate. Microwave it for about five minutes on high, then stir in about 3/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Add some water if it looks dry and cook it covered for another three to four minutes or until there is no pink left in the meat. Dice the onion and shred cheese and the lettuce, a cheese grater works well for both. Fill your tacos with the beef, veggies, cheese, and salsa and enjoy.

Whether you use your new mastery of the microwave to eat healthier, show off to your roommates, or impress the cutie down the hall, remember to always make sure food is thoroughly cooked, and it will be thoroughly delicious. For some more great microwave recipes, be sure to check out

Too School for Cool: Let the Fun Begin

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Aug 202012

Author: Allison LeCain

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi there! I’m Allison LeCain. I’m very excited to be coming at you with a college humor column this year,
but before you begin to enjoy them I thought I’d tell you some tid-bits about myself. I’ve been writing
for College Avenue since I was a freshman, which has pretty much made writing my life. I’m a senior
journalism major with a business administration minor. When I’m not writing or in class, I enjoy drinking
beer, roasting marshmallows, and spending time with my crazy roommates, (you’ll hear a lot about
them, just wait). Throughout the year I’ll be opening up about a range of topics that hopefully all of you
can relate to. For best results, sit in a comfy chair and wear a fluffy hat while reading all my columns.

Miracle Fruit: Flavor tripping trend

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Jul 102012

Author: Allison LeCain


The 21st century has unveiled many interesting trends.  Some slightly strange, such as planking. Others were not for everyone, such as jeggings, but there’s one that will leave your taste buds speechless.

A new food trend, referred to as “flavor tripping,” involves dissolving a small tablet on the tongue that alters the way taste buds react to sour foods.  These tablets are made from Miracle Berries.  Once dissolved, all bitter and sour foods will taste sweet. Lemon juice becomes lemonade and tequila no longer has that bitter aftertaste of alcohol.

Kendall Greenwood, 21-year-old junior journalism student, and Kole Kostelic, 20-year-old junior fine arts student at Colorado State University, tried the Miracle Berry tablets and described their experiences.  Lime and grapefruit were no longer sour. Dark chocolate became sweet like milk chocolate, and even cheap beer tasted better.

“It was kind of mind blowing because you take this pill thing and then you go to eat a lime and you think it’s going to be really sour, but it tastes really good,” Greenwood said.  “That’s the first time I’ve ever enjoyed eating a lime, lemon or grapefruit.”

While the tablet is altering taste buds, it does not change the way the user’s tongue feels.  The affects aren’t noticeable until consumption of food.

Garrett Christensen, 21-year-old junior fine arts student at CSU, experienced flavor tripping while sampling just about everything in his refrigerator.  He said oranges and apples tasted amazing, cheddar cheese tasted like cheesecake, and hot sauce tasted like syrup.

While the tablets change the way the tongue experiences food, the user will still feel the traditional tingle from sour food on the lips and the inside of their cheeks.  Nonetheless, one Miracle Berry tablet provides a flavor-tripping experience that will last about an hour.

“When you taste the things you had after the effect’s worn off, then you really notice the difference it makes,” Christensen said.


How it works

Synsepalum dulcificum, more commonly known as the Miracle Fruit Plant, was first discovered in 1725 in West Africa.  The plant has berries that contain a common sugar substitute, miraculin.  When eaten, the miraculin molecule sticks to taste buds, which is what causes any sour food to taste sweet.  While the reason for this response is not known for sure, it is thought that the miraculin in the berry distorts receptors in taste buds, acting as a sweetness inducer to acidic foods, according to The New York Times. Naturally in the form of a small, red berry, Miracle Fruit itself is perishable.  Products such as “Miracle Frooties” have been made by drying the pulp of the fruit to create a tablet that dissolves, according to the production company, Miracle Fruit World.  “Miracle Frooties” can be purchased in a box of 10 on for $13.95.

“It’s crazy that something that naturally comes from the earth can inhibit your senses,” Kostelic said.


Note: Garrett Christensen is a designer for College Avenue Magazine.