By: Camila Naranjo

Last week I had 3 tests, 1 quiz, 1 paper, and 1 assignment due. You can imagine how stressed out I was.

I know a lot of students are going through the same path since it’s that time of year where homework, tests, papers, and more assignments start to accumulate. That means that as the amount of work starts to grow, so will stress.

Fortunately, there is something that you can do to help alleviate stress: eating the right foods!

Here is a list of the best foods that will help you when stressed out:

  • Blueberries: good source of antioxidants and vitamin C (repairs and protects cells, strengthens the immune system). Consume 1 cup a day. Where to find it on campus: OR
  • Avocado: good source of vitamin B (fights anxiety), healthy fats (nourishes the brain) and potassium (reduces blood pressure). Consume half avocado a day. Where to find it on campus: Farmers Market 
  • Almonds: rich in vitamin B2 and E (boost the immune system, excellent for the skin, nails and hair), healthy fats (nourish the brain). Consume 1/4 cup daily. Where to find it on campus: The Market 
  • OrangeGreat source of vitamin C (reduces blood pressure and hormone cortisol-stress hormone). Consume 1 a day. Where to find it on campus: OR, The Market
  • Asparagus: good source of folic acid (prevents depression). Consume 1 cup a day. Where to find it on campus: OR
  • Oats: great source of fiber (brings a sense ofcalm
    and tranquility and helps digestion). Consume 1 cup a day. Where to find it on campus: The Market
  • Seaweed: good source of magnesium (helps regulate cortisol levels and fights depression). Consume 1 cup a day. Where to find it on campus: Tsunami Sushi
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds: rich source of magnesium (helps regulate cortisol levels and fights depression). Consume 1/4 cup daily. Where to find it on campus: The Market
  • Dark chocolate: rich in antioxidants and serotonin (the happiness hormone), it also reduces levels of cortisol (one of the stress hormones). Consume 1-2 squares of chocolate 100% preferably. Where to find it on campus: The Market 
  •  Water: Take water throughout the day – avoid dehydration that causes more anxiety and stress. Where to find it on campus: Everywhere!

For more information on what Dining Services has to offer, visit our website at loyno.sodexomyway.com.

 

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Recipes From Home has become one of our favorite traditions. Every year students and families share recipes from the heart. This year was no different, with a total of forty entries it was hard to narrow it down to the top three.

Now it’s your turn Loyola to pick the 2017 winner! This recipe will be featured during our Family Weekend Jazz Brunch, and the winning family will win a flight and hotel accommodations for two in New Orleans to join us and their student!

Voting is easy, comment below by the end of the day Thursday, September 7th to share what recipe you think should win.

Recipes:

1. Vanessa B’s Beulah’s Maryland Crab Cakes – “A favorite recipe passed down by my Grandmother. She grew up in West Virginia, but after she married she moved to the western shore of Maryland. Most of their marriage, the only way they could afford crabmeat was if my grandfather had a chance to go crabbing himself on the Chesapeake Bay.”

2. Macey P’s Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues – “Macey’s maternal side of the family is from Pittsburgh. These sandwiches have been a Pittsburgh tradition for decades (1950s), and are often served with potato salad and pickles at Steeler tailgate parties, family reunions, and friend gatherings. Typically people from outside of Pittsburgh are not familiar with this deliciously sweet, tangy barbecue sandwich… that isn’t actually barbecued! But it is a favorite when we gather at our Indiana home and share our Pittsburg tradition.”

3. Jocelyn P’s Panko Crusted Salmon – “This is my favorite salmon recipe! It reminds me of my grandfather because he would bring home salmon after a day of fishing near the Golden Gate bridge in the ocean by the San Francisco Bay. My sister and I insisted on this recipe every time.”

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As the semester ends so does my internship with Sodexo. I get blamed or praised for the ups and downs of the OR from my friends and teammates, but through all the fun and jokes I know that I have played a part in the upcoming of the OR. Through all the student feedback I could possibly gather, the surveys, and keeping my eyes and ears on the ground always, I have seen students grow happier with their campus dining experience. From survey monkey to cheese day, I have learned so much in this internship, different aspects of management and marketing.

Lettuce look back on this semester and be grapeful for it. I loved being able to provide Loyola students with an amazing dining experience with swipe plus events, movie nights in the OR, Sodexo just because, LUDAB, food puns, social media presence, and farmers market! Sodexo is an amazing group of people who want to make your dining experience better, so donut worry just because my amazing cointerns (and Fallon) are off, doesn’t mean that our boss Daniella won’t keep decorating the OR with her unhealthy addiction to large cardboard cutouts or taller-than-the-doorway rabbits hiding eggs around campus. Finally make sure to follow @LoynoDining on all social media platforms so you can Ketchup on all the amazing things that Sodexo does for us!

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As students are heading into finals and the school year comes to an end, it is heartwarming to look back and think about all that we’ve accomplished. As a student intern here at Sodexo, I watched as the community’s voices were heard, and positive changes were made to improve the lives of the student body. From bringing mozzarella sticks back to campus, to the rise in fresh veggies and fruits in the OR, to the various different fun events we held such as Waffle Wednesdays, Elite Dinners, and Intern Cook-Off, its been a productive year. I am proud to say that, even in the smallest ways, I was a part of it. It only feels right that as my time at Sodexo ends, and I move into my next position on campus, the meme-worthy cereal logos I made for the cereal bar were finally replaced by the ones from the real companies.

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The days are getting hotter, finals are near and the eagerness to get out of school is hitting. The Loyola University summer dining hours will be going up soon—be on the lookout! The school year is almost over, and so is my Sodexo Marketing Internship.

I applied in July expecting to increase my social media posting techniques, create flyers on Photoshop and write press releases. What I have gotten from the internship is more than I could have asked for (really, I didn’t know what some of these things were back in July!).

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Mardi Gras Break is right around the corner. Please check for changes in our hours of operations during February 24th, 2017 to March 3rd, 2017.

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Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America affecting 35% of the population?  Because certain risk factors like age, gender, race, and family history can’t be controlled, it’s important to know how to control other risk factors.   Controllable risk factors include cholesterol, blood pressure, and overweight and obesity.  Here are a few tips to keep those three things in check. Continue reading »

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We are constantly grilling up fresh burgers and chicken sandwiches for lunch and dinner in the Orleans Room. Did you know that you could go to the other various stations in the dining hall and combine foods to make your burger the best burger in the world?? Here are some great ways to hack the system…

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Staying Healthy During Carnival Season

Mardi Gras means many things for New Orleans residents, and just like a lot of holidays, food plays a major role in the celebration. From po’boys to moon pies, how can you make healthy choices during this tempting time?

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