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Outsmarting the Freshman 15 on a Budget

Outsmarting the Freshman 15 on a Budget

With many students headed off to college this fall, they may be worried about gaining the "freshman 15." Nutritional consultant, Gabrielle Welch, shares secrets on how to avoid those extra pounds while staying on a budget.

Here are her tips and suggestions for snacks and meals you can keep and make in your dorm room: College-friendly, mini-fridge snacks:
  • Hormone and antibiotic cheese sticks
  • Unsweetened peanut butter
  • Hummus
  • Crunchy snacks (celery, carrots, organic peppers)
  • Greek yogurt
Dorm room microwavable meals:
  • Organic breakfast burritos
  • Oatmeal
  • Packets of quinoa
Grab-and-go snacks:
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain pita chips
  • Canned vegetables
  • Prepackaged snack mix
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dry fruits
  • Protein bars
Gabrielle also shared a great dinner recipe you can make in the slow-cooker: sweet potato quinoa chili. Put it together in the morning and enjoy it when you get home from classes at the end of the day! Get her recipe for it here:

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

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DIY Shutters, Thrift-Store Wardrobe, Save on E-Books, Beat the Freshman 15, Warehouse vs. Grocery Store Prices

Other segments featured on this episode of Deals:

DIY Window Shutters for your Home
DIY Window Shutters for your Home
Update the look of your home instantly with brand new shutters. Crafter Adeina Anderson shows us how to make our own for under $15 a shutter.
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Get an Entire Wardrobe for Under $100
Get an Entire Wardrobe for Under $100
If you're looking to maximize your closet on a minimum budget, these bloggers are here to teach you how. See their tips for creating an entire wardrobe out of finds from the thrift store, choosing a few pieces you can mix and match make dozens of stylish outfits.
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Saving Money at the Warehouse vs. the Grocery Store
Saving Money at the Warehouse vs. the Grocery Store
Ever wondered if you're really saving by buying in bulk at those warehouse stores? One money-saving mom compares prices at the warehouse store and grocery store and shows what to buy where to save the most money.
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Save on E-Books
Save on E-Books
If you're spending more than you'd like on e-books for your tablet or e-reader, consider a subscription service, which could offer you unlimited books for as little as $8.99 a month.
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