Three easy dorm room snacks

Alice Mungyu ’19
Staff Writer

With just a few days left of classes and a dreadfully long finals week ahead, you will most likely need something quick and relaxing to help distract yourself from studying. Here are some easy recipes to give yourself a treat to relieve the stress:

Green Smoothie

1 cup baby kale

1 cup baby spinach

1/2 cup mango

1/4 cup strawberries

1/2 banana

1/2 cup water

Make this easy and healthy smoothie in your room with just a few fresh ingredients (you might even find some of these in the dining hall). Just add all the ingredients together in a blender and blend away! A smoothie is a perfect way to get more greens into your body without having to actually taste it. The mango and strawberries add a nice tartness, but you can also sweeten it up with some yogurt or honey. This nutritious smoothie is the perfect way to start your morning (or late night study session) and get your body in shape!

Nutella Puff Pastry

1 sheet puff pastry

1/4 cup Nutella

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1 egg, whisked

Did someone say “Nutella”? This convenient dessert is easy to throw together using puff pastry and Nutella, everyone’s two favorite ingredients. Preheat toaster oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Cut puff pastry into 9 squares (3 x 3 squares,) spoon about 1 tbsp. of Nutella and place a slice of strawberry in the middle of each square. Next, pinch the two opposite ends of each square and flatten the pinched ends. Brush the dough with the whisked egg. If you like to be fancy, sprinkle some raw brown sugar on top for some added sweetness. Bake this for 12-15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until pastries are deep golden in color. The crunchy exterior and the smooth filling will quickly be your favorite dessert to whip up, but don’t blame me if you get addicted!

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

1/2 cup (60g/2oz.) popcorn kernels

5 tablespoons (2 ½ oz.) butter

½ cup dark (3oz/90g) brown sugar

2 ½ tablespoons (1 ½ oz.) maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

When you think about making popcorn, you usually grab one of those store-bought microwave packets right? But stop right there because you can make caramel popcorn yourself in just three minutes in the microwave.

Put the popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and roll the top of it, closing it tightly. Place the bag upright in the microwave and cook for roughly 1 minute and 35-50 seconds or until the kernels stop popping at the rate of at least 1 per second.

To make the caramel: In a medium bowl add the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup and microwave until it begins to bubble up (one minute and 30 seconds-two minutes). Remove, stir in the baking soda, vanilla extract and salt. Stir until the mixture is foamy and the soda is well dissolved. Pour the syrup over the popped corn in the bag and make sure the caramel is well-distributed throughout the corn. Microwave the popcorn again for one minute, mix and then repeat the microwave process for another 30 seconds. Mixing it really well will prevent your popcorn from burning. Continue for short intervals until you have reached a golden brown caramel color. Whether you are snacking on this to distract yourself from studying or catching up on shows on Netflix, try this easy recipe because you won’t believe the results.

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