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  • Sun 20 Apr 2014 23:19

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    Does Abstract Maths (MA103) feel, well, too abstract? Do you need a friendly push to help you prepare yourself for the upcoming examinations in Summer Term? Drop by next Tuesday (29 April) for the LSESU Actuarial Society’s second MA103 Help Session!

    The help session will be coordinated by former president of the society, Run Xian Tan. In the session, he will be covering past-year papers (specifically Year 2013), while providing some problem-solving techniques that will definitely give you an edge in answering examination questions.

    Do sign up for this help session by filling up your details at this Google Form here as soon as possible to avoid letdowns, as we have LIMITED spaces! It’s free-of-charge for LSESU Actuarial Society members, but there’ll be a small charge of £1 for non-members.

    P/S: Run Xian scored a whopping 99 for his MA103 last year, so yeah, rest assured you’ll be in safe hands during this session :).

    Links:
    Facebook Event Page
    Sign-up link (in case you missed the one above)

  • Sat 19 Apr 2014 14:01

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    It’s really hard to eat healthy, particularly when unhealthy foods are so cheap and frequently discounted. But I promise you, you’ll feel a lot better if you make some simple snack replacements in your diet. You’ll thank yourself later when you’ve gotten a bunch of work done, your stomach is satisfied, and your energy levels haven’t crashed. Here are a few of my personal favorite snack replacements ideas from a really great Buzzfeed article I recently came across.

    1. Swap your sodium-filled Pret wrap with “Banana Dog Bites

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    Don’t get me wrong, Pret isn’t as bad as a lot of other prepared foods, but it’s not all that healthy either. If you’re just looking for a snack, try putting some peanut butter on a whole wheat wrap and putting a banana in the middle. On top of being a cute, easy snack, it’s also bound to be delicious. And I’m not just saying that because I’m kind of obsessed with peanut butter. 

    2. Instead of that tub of ice cream, make a delicious yogurt parfait with fruit and granola 

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    Ice cream is pretty tempting, especially now that it’s getting warmer, but there are lots of other foods to enjoy that will keep you feeling refreshed. Try mixing some low-fat yogurt with fresh fruits and granola bits. The recipe recommends also adding agave nectar, but you can make the parfait without it to cut costs and keep it healthier. All of the ingredients should be available at your local grocery store, and you’ll probably end up with enough materials to make it several times. To cut costs even more, try buying frozen fruits to mix with your fresh yogurt. 

    3. Switch any form of chocolate with “Nutella Energy Bites

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    Chocolate is super hard to resist, but you don’t necessarily have to avoid it entirely when it’s featured in so many healthy(ish) snacks. The ingredient list for this delicious dish is a little complicated, and it requires a food processor (sorry!) but it could be a great thing to do on a study break! If this is a little too complicated, remember what I said about dark chocolate in my last post (it’s not really so horrible). 

    4. Avoid that bag of ultra processed crisps and prepare some crisp vegetables with creamy hummus dip

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    When I was first introduced to hummus, I was a little skeptical. I’ve since decided it’s not so bad, but I know a lot of people who really enjoy it, and it’s definitely a very creamy, rich dip. You can get it for fairly cheap at the supermarket, and a lot of times at least one of the brands is discounted. Next time you’re craving crisps, try and grab a bit of hummus and some vegetables instead. You’ll find that it’s really satisfying and it won’t make you feel awful about yourself. To cut costs, try buying a bunch of celery and/or some whole carrots. It takes very little time to prepare the vegetables for dipping instead of buying them precut, so you’ll save money with fairly little effort. 

    Here’s my last blog post for more ideas:

    Studying? Reach for Healthy Foods, Not Crisps (blog)

    And check out the original article for this post here:

    17 Power Snacks for Studying (Buzzfeed)

    *All images in this post are from the above article

  • Thu 17 Apr 2014 15:30

    Below are 10 reasons why I think everyone should be drinking green smoothies. It’s my hope you join the green smoothie lifestyle to fuel your body with nutritious foods so you feel better every day.

    1. FUELS YOUR BODY WITH NUTRITION FROM THE MOMENT YOU WAKE UP

    I used to feel guilty because I didn’t eat a bunch of fruit and veggies. It just wasn’t what I craved—and I know it has a lot to do with that big bowl of cereal I would have for breakfast (there’s not much nutrition in that). Now I pack my blender with fresh fruits, leafy greens and lot of liquid to create a fast and nutritious breakfast. It’s like having a salad for breakfast (but it actually tastes really good!). When I start the day with a green smoothie my body thanks me by being a little more forgiving if I indulge a bit for lunch. Plus, I don’t feel so guilty.

    2. TAKES LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO MAKE

    Switching to the green smoothie lifestyle was easy. We already had an inexpensive blender when I moved into an apartment with my friends, and it added zero time to my morning routine. It never takes more than five minutes to blend a green smoothie, and you can bring them with you if you commute to uni! I suppose the only people negatively affected were our sleeping neighbours next door…

    3. FILLS YOU UP MUCH MORE THAN “JUICING”

    I’ve tried using juices as meal replacements several times, and it usually didn’t work out well. I’ve got nothing against the juicing movement, but I love green smoothies more because I drink the whole fruit—including all the fibrous parts that are filling and great for digestion. I drink a green smoothie almost every morning and always feel content up until lunchtime.

    4. BOOSTS ENERGY WITHOUT THE CRASH

    This is true! The fiber in green smoothies helps to slow the absorption of sugar, which gives your body a steady dose of energy without feeling withdrawals. Who knew?

    5. REDUCES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

    Green smoothies are a healthy alternative to food and drink options, but they can help lower the risk of some of the biggest health issues that adults deal with—one of the biggest being high blood pressure. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is one the top ways to lower blood pressure, and we’ve heard countless stories from people in our community who have seen their numbers go way down after a period of drinking green smoothies.

    6. THEY’RE A GREAT POST-WORKOUT POWER SNACK

    Do you ever feel like eating a giant steak after a work out? Probably not the best idea… Making green smoothies a post-workout habit will help you to stay fit and replenish your body with nutrients it needs, instead of giving your stomach what it craves. Leafy greens, like spinach and kale, are filled with protein, and you can even add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds or hemp protein powder if you’re looking for a bit more.

    7. HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT

    For the normal person, simply replacing one meal a day with a green smoothie can help lose a bit of weight. It’s always a positive thing when you give your body a healthy dose of fruit, veggies, and leafy greens as a meal instead of wings and rings. 

    8. IT’LL MAKE YOU HAPPY

    Don’t ask me why, but the smiles that normally emerge from tasting the perfectly smooth mix of fruit as it forms a creamy layer over your tongue is destined to make even the most miserable person to momentarily forget their troubles in the world. You won’t know until you’ve experienced it…

    9. QUENCHES YOUR TASTE BUDS

    The first time I ever drank a green smoothie, it didn’t even taste like it had handfuls of spinach in it. Whenever I introduce a person to green smoothies, they agree. So, as long as you blend a good combination of fruits (and sometimes vegetables) together, you’re probably gonna like what you’re drinking.

    10. AFFORDABLE WAY TO EAT HEALTHY

    This is a no brainer! Make your way to an Icelands, Tesco or Asda a stock up on your frozen fruit and veg in bulk. It’ll save you a fortune.

    For a great video on the making of a smoothie in real life – click on the link below. Video