Snack Attack

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Veggie chips
Rather than stocking up on bags of fried, carbohydrated loaded, artificially flavored potato chips, bake your own abundance of chips for only $9.37. After 20 minutes, you can have a healthy snack serving six people or filling a pantry for days. Unlike fried chips, dill flavored chips provide flavor and minimal saturated fat. So during your next study break make a delicious, non-guilty pleasure that promises to fill a growling stomach.
Ingredients:
-2 tablespoons of cooking oil
-2 cloves of garlic
-1/2 tablespoon of dill weed spice
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-1 lb. of carrots
Directions: Combine oil, garlic, dill weed, and salt in a large bowl. Add carrot slices and toss gently until well coated. Arrange in a single layer on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp and light golden brown.
From The Little Guides: Vegetarian

Roasted pumpkin seeds
Don\’t throw away all those slimy pumpkin seeds after carving your Jack O\’Lantern. The seeds are rich in fiber, and vitamins B and E. You can get creative with seasonings, but here\’s a traditional recipe.
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
-2 tsp. melted butter or oil (olive oil or vegetable oil work well)
-salt to taste
-options to taste:
garlic powder
cayenne pepper
seasoning salt
Cajun seasoning blend
Directions: Preheat oven to 300° F. While it\’s O.K. to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (it adds flavor), clean off any major chunks. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
From fabulousfoods.com

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Her-Sensation

Condom companies are finally asking, what do women want?
[condoms]\”Women are buying condoms at a faster rate and are sharing the responsibility of buying condoms with males,\” said Kimberly Liss, the Durex Condoms brand manager. Liss said she believes the result is from a change in female persona over the past couple of years. “Women have to protect themselves, but they might as well have fun doing it,” she said.
Every year, MSU students walk down Grand River Avenue and receive free giveaways from sponsoring stores and companies. This year, students collected clear plastic bags with aspirin, tea and, of course, condoms. In front of the Student Bookstore at 421 E. Grand River Ave., students received free gender-specified giveaway bags. Males received Trojan ENZ condoms and females received Elexa condoms, which are made by Trojan but marketed for female enjoyment.
“I would say I prefer Elexa,” elementary education junior Jessie Miilu said. “Sex is great for a guy no matter what. You never hear about a guy not being able to climax during sex. Granted it\’s a lot easier without a condom, but still. So if the guy is willing to use a condom directed towards females and it enhances the experience for the female, then I would definitely choose Elexa over Trojan ENZ.”
Despite the recent push in advertising, many consumers are ignorant of the differences designed into the various types of condoms. Condoms like Elexa were created after extensive research and female study groups – the result being a condom made for her. To profit from this newly-popular demand for condoms, Durex has created Her-Sensation condoms. The difference between Her-Sensation condoms and other brands is that the ribs are arranged at the head of the condom in a unique pattern in order to stimulate the clitoris, while most other condoms have evenly arranged ribs. Trojan also produced Her Pleasure condoms that include a bulbous head for him and lubrication to stimulate the female.
And what about that latex smell? Durex Her-Sensation condoms are created to minimize the smell of latex with a scent of berry lubricant made to appeal to women. These condoms are purposely aimed toward a female market and are designed to help women enjoy sex, and – gasp – maybe even orgasm. “I guess as long as there was no difference in protection I would definitely use them,” hospitality business junior Mo Hughes said.
In the past, the subject of sex seemed to have been kept behind locked doors, and it has been argued that sex was for procreation, not for pleasure. In our current day in age, women talk about their good, their bad and their not-so-pretty sexual experiences with friends as if the topic of sex was a delicious recipe. With the sex taboo gradually lifting, women are more compelled to take control of their own sexual lives and safety, including the purchase of their own condoms.
For any men who are embarrassed about buying a box of Her-Sensation condoms, companies like Durex are still attempting to maintain sexual harmony by creating genderless packaging so that men will be able to purchase female directed condoms without blushing.
Women dominate the population, and companies seem to have jumped on the bandwagon to profit from the consumer market. Generation X said that it wasn\’t love without a glove. Generation Y says that glove is best scented and lubricated.

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Her-Sensation

Condom companies are finally asking, what do women want?
[sex]\”Women are buying condoms at a faster rate and are sharing the responsibility of buying condoms with males,\” said Kimberly Liss, the Durex Condoms brand manager. Liss said she believes the result is from a change in female persona over the past couple of years. “Women have to protect themselves, but they might as well have fun doing it,” she said.
Every year, MSU students walk down Grand River Avenue and receive free giveaways from sponsoring stores and companies. This year, students collected clear plastic bags with aspirin, tea and, of course, condoms. In front of the Student Bookstore at 421 E. Grand River Ave., students received free gender-specified giveaway bags. Males received Trojan ENZ condoms and females received Elexa condoms, which are made by Trojan but marketed for female enjoyment.
“I would say I prefer Elexa,” elementary education junior Jessie Miilu said. “Sex is great for a guy no matter what. You never hear about a guy not being able to climax during sex. Granted it\’s a lot easier without a condom, but still. So if the guy is willing to use a condom directed towards females and it enhances the experience for the female, then I would definitely choose Elexa over Trojan ENZ.”
[sidebar2]Despite the recent push in advertising, many consumers are ignorant of the differences designed into the various types of condoms. Condoms like Elexa were created after extensive research and female study groups – the result being a condom made for her. To profit from this newly-popular demand for condoms, Durex has created Her-Sensation condoms. The difference between Her-Sensation condoms and other brands is that the ribs are arranged at the head of the condom in a unique pattern in order to stimulate the clitoris, while most other condoms have evenly arranged ribs. Trojan also produced Her Pleasure condoms that include a bulbous head for him and lubrication to stimulate the female.
And what about that latex smell? Durex Her-Sensation condoms are created to minimize the smell of latex with a scent of berry lubricant made to appeal to women. These condoms are purposely aimed toward a female market and are designed to help women enjoy sex, and – gasp – maybe even orgasm. “I guess as long as there was no difference in protection I would definitely use them,” hospitality business junior Mo Hughes said.
In the past, the subject of sex seemed to have been kept behind locked doors, and it has been argued that sex was for procreation, not for pleasure. In our current day in age, women talk about their good, their bad and their not-so-pretty sexual experiences with friends as if the topic of sex was a delicious recipe. With the sex taboo gradually lifting, women are more compelled to take control of their own sexual lives and safety, including the purchase of their own condoms.
For any men who are embarrassed about buying a box of Her-Sensation condoms, companies like Durex are still attempting to maintain sexual harmony by creating genderless packaging so that men will be able to purchase female directed condoms without blushing.
Women dominate the population, and companies seem to have jumped on the bandwagon to profit from the consumer market. Generation X said that it wasn\’t love without a glove. Generation Y says that glove is best scented and lubricated.

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Squashing Borders

Americans have imported wonders like Chinese orange chicken, the infamous Macarena dance, and California’s governor. In a country where football and baseball dominate the screens of sports bars, foreign sports are often ignored leaving sports like curling, broomball, and squash which hail from Great Britain and Canada off off of ESPN or ESPN2. These sports are the foundation of many American pastimes, yet are excluded from national television.
But college campuses like ours accept international sports as intramural clubs and sports. Students who do not take an active role in the games, however, understand little about the athletic origins or rules of .
Sophomore nursing major, Carolyn Mergos, when asked to name a rule of broomball replied, “You can’t hit anyone with your broom?” The same question was asked to freshmen nutrition major, Carrie Banner. Banner simply replied with a chuckle and a “no.”
Curling, broomball, and squash have all the essential elements to becoming a popular activity, but just haven’t made the cut in the United States. With lingo like “hog line” or “swingy ice,” how could people not want to tune in to some curling? Broomball is famous for its interesting team names and the history of squash would be enough for anyone to pick up a stick. Is the American public just not ready for these internationally renowned British or Canadian sports to replace the violent arena football blaring from our TV screens?
If so, college campuses are making the first strides in integrating such athletics into our lifestyle. MSU offers these sports as intramural activities. The MSU curling, broomball, and squash clubs all serve as athletic endeavors for students who want a taste of the international sports scenes.
The state of Michigan is actually home to the first American Curling Club. In 1832, men from the heart of Scotland left their homeland to come to America. The Scottish natives found the good life on Orchard Lake, in Oakland County, northwest of Detroit. Orchard Lake became the home of the Orchard Lake Curling Club where the men introduced the sport of curling to the United States.
Curling is foremost a game of etiquette. A curling game always begins with a handshake and the phrase “good curling.” The players then proceed to the ice to line up in their allotted positions. There are four positions in curling: the skip, the vice-skip, the second, and the lead. Similar to baseball innings, curling is played in a series of eight games. Each game ends with a humble victory. To be a successful curling player, one must understand that it is better to lose than win as a cheater.
Andrew Ogden, a member of the MSU Curling Club, began his curling career by watching the Winter Olympics. Ogden has the role of the skipper, who “calls the shots and the weight of the ice.”
Similar to curling, broomball is also played on ice. Broomball originated in Canada in the early 1900s and is played competitively on campuses nationwide. The game involves a lot of padding, skid-free shoes and a broom-like stick. Miami Ohio University currently has 6,000 students involved in the broomball program. Michigan State has 200, but the number of competitors is increasing every semester. Brad Priebe, the creator of the Michigan State Broomball League said, “Ideally we would like to grow to the size of Miami Ohio.”
Priebe began his broomball career as a freshman in Case Hall. A year later, he became a mentor and decided that broomball would be a fun activity for students all over campus. He believes the interest in broomball comes from the fact that anyone— male or female, short or tall— can play.
On April 16, MSU will take the team to Miami Ohio to play in an intercollegiate tournament. MSU and other colleges are taking an obscure Canadian sport and turning it into a competitive event.
Squash is a simple game that has evolved into an Olympic game and an intramural club at here at MSU. The game originated in the Fleet Prison in London. The inmates used rackets to hit a ball against a cell wall. Through time, the sport sailed across the Atlantic and landed in Canada. Then James P. Conover, a headmaster of St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire saw a game of squash in Montreal, Canada. Conover thought that the game would be fun for the boys, and today it is played in well over 100 countries.
International sports are fun, exciting, and interesting to watch. Squash, curling and broomball are only a small taste of the variety of sports and activities out there for those interested in trying something new. So the next time that WWE is on and you find yourself half-heartedly watching Kurt Angle wrestle Stone Cold Steve Austin, go pick up a broom, find yourself a lake, and play a match of broomball, eh?

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An Italien Thanksgiving

Christopher Columbus discovered America, whether by fluke, by luck, or by navigational talent. Columbus’s lineage is debatable but the majority of historians believe he was Italian. When the Pilgrims and the Native Americans ate the Thanksgiving feast, according to legend they enjoyed a hearty meal and shared their thanks at the dinner table.
Turkey is traditionally the main centerpiece of the table. This year instead of spending hours slaving away in the kitchen roasting, basting, and cooking a large bird why not make a meal honoring Christopher Columbus and his Italian heritage.

Instead of turkey make a steamy Spaghetti Carbonara:

Ingredients:
– 1 lb. spaghetti pasta
-4 slices bacon
-2 egg yolks
-2 Tbsp. milk
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:
Cook the bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Set bacon aside. Cook the pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks, milk, and garlic in a medium bowl and beat until well blended. When the pasta is cooked, drain and immediately return to the pot. Stir in the egg mixture and toss thoroughly until combined. Add the bacon and cheese and toss again to coat.

Instead of biscuits make healthy herb pull-apart bread:

Ingredients:
-1 can refrigerated soft breadstick dough
-2 Tbsp. butter, melted
-1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate dough into 8 rounds but do not unroll. Place rounds on a cookie sheet, slightly overlapping dough, in 2 rows of 4. In a small bowl, combine butter and herbs and mix well.
Brush this mixture over top of rolls, using all of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Instead of the mundane pumpkin pie make:

Ingredients:
-1 can refrigerated soft breadstick dough
-2 Tbsp. butter, melted
-1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate dough into 8 rounds but do not unroll. Place rounds on a cookie sheet, slightly overlapping dough, in 2 rows of 4. In a small bowl, combine butter and herbs and mix well. Brush this mixture over top of rolls, using all of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

This year doesn’t have to be conventional; make a meal in honor of the Italian heritage of the founder of the United States.

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Sweet Prevention for Heart Disease.

With a prescription of utterly delectable heart disease prevention who wouldn’t want to take their daily medicine?
It produces the serotonin inside the brain. It triggers the dopamine release inside the brain. And now, researchers have discovered it is a rich source of flavonoids and gallic acids, ingredients assisting the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Yep, it’s dark chocolate.
Earlier this month, researchers at John Hopkins University looked at how long it took participants’ platelets to clot. A platelet is a small blood cell needed for normal blood clotting. The results were tasty, proving the platelets of chocoholics clump up seven seconds slower than that of those who steer away from indulging in the substance.
So who were the lucky folks who got to participate in this research?
John Hopkins scientists initially set up an investigation of the side effects of aspirin on the miniscule solid particles in blood, more commonly known as platelets. However, 139 of the 1,200 participants couldn’t kick their chocolate habits. Consequently, they were thrown off the study.
These chocoholics formed the second test group researching the speed of platelet clumping. Clumping is a result from a low count of platelets. The platelets of the chocolate-lovers clumped within 130 seconds, rather than the 123 seconds of others. These slower-clotting platelets have the ability to avoid heart attacks and stroke.
Platelets are important for wound healing, as well as clotting the blood at the site of an injury. In the lining of the endothelium (a layer of cells lining the interior surface of blood vessels), platelets can clump and adhere to the site of an injury and subsequently contribute to the development of abnormal cells and lipids along artery walls. A decrease in platelet activity is favorable to overall cardiovascular health.
John Hopkins University researchers aren’t the only one finding dark chocolate to be highly beneficial. In Chicago, on November 15th 2006, the American Heart Association agreed with JHU findings. Lead scientist of the study, Diane Becker, recommends ingesting two tablespoons of dark chocolate a day for the beneficial effect.
Some MSU students have already caught on to the phenomenon of dark chocolate. Political science senior Alessa Thomas has favored the substance since becoming accustomed at an early age.
“My mom used to buy dark chocolate chips instead of regular ones. She’s a chemistry teacher, so she knows how that goes,” Thomas said. “It grows on you.”
In high school, Thomas studied the mental and physical health effects of dark chocolate. Although she preferred dark chocolate before the presentation, since then she makes sure to eat a miniature piece of dark chocolate daily.
But doesn’t chocolate make us fat? Two-thirds of the fat in chocolate come in the forms of saturated fat called stearic acid. However, unlike most saturated fats, stearic acids do not raise the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. LDL has been commonly called “the bad cholesterol,” as it is often linked to heart disease. Eating relatively large amounts of dark chocolate could even lower LDL levels. Dark chocolate just keeps getting better and better.
Of course, there is the adverse of this technique. Many nutritionists have the concern that even though dark chocolate may assist in the prevention of some cardiovascular issues, the amount needed to receive the benefits would provide a relatively high quantity of calories. Obesity would ultimately be a product of this factor, resulting in cardiovascular problems.
But dark chocolate does more than preventing heart attacks. In a research done by The FASEB Journal, ten participants had a severe cough. They were given theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate. The results concluded theobromine to be one-third more effective than codeine, the leading cough medicine.
“When my boyfriend and I first started dating, I was sick,” Thomas said. “He bought me a big bag of Hershey’s kisses.”
Unfortunately, chocolate hasn’t yet been given the go-ahead to completely reduce the risk of heart disease. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and little fat or sugar is the way to go.
But let’s be honest… chocolate tastes much better.

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