Staying Healthy (Even in College)

Oh the joys of travel! While spending a day in Phoenix enrolling my favorite 18 year old at the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism, we met four young women also enrolling, but in their case enrolling to study Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at ASU.

Of course I was fascinated to learn what health means to them, why they are so passionate about the subject, and what they do to maintain their own best wellness as they prepare to begin college in the Fall. So I asked! On the video below you will find their answers, some of which are surprising (as in surprisingly simple, wise and everyday inspiring).


Thanks to Morgan Willis for his expert videography. WCBJ is lucky to have him! And ASU is lucky to have Taylor, Sabrina, Charmaine and Destiny. Good luck to all of you.

morgan at asu

If you are a college student or have a child heading off to school soon, here are my top five student-smart, healthy recipes anyone can enjoy any time:

  1. Brahmi Bark
    Brahmi Bark literally makes you smarter. It helps with concentration, memory and focus while offering a healthy way to address chocolate cravings.
  2. Golden Milk
    Full of turmeric, Golden Milk has many health benefits including addressing skin problems that can plague teens. Warm milk also helps with sleep, which is so crucial to good health and a sharp mind.
  3. Primal Pumpkin Coconut Bread
    For a winning after school pick-me-up or a college care package, this is sugar-free, gluten-free, high protein, clean energy at its most sumptuous.
  4. Pistachio Truffles
    Another great one for a care package or quick anytime energy, these truffles are so easy to make, you almost just have to.
  5. Yam Fries
    For students used to fast food, these yam fries could convert them to healthy, whole food in the first bite. Savory and satisfying, they are as simple to make as slicing, spicing and baking.

Aren’t we fortunate to live in a world where so many are coming alive to the delicious benefits of mother nature’s bounty?

What about you? What inspires you? What are your best practices for everyday wellness?


11 thoughts on “Staying Healthy (Even in College)

  1. What a great post! Our 18 year old son is also launching this Fall!
    I will definitely be sharing these tips and treats with him as he begins his big college adventure in upstate NY.
    Your recipes and shares continue to nourish and nurture me and those I care for. Always Grateful!

    1. Oh, Kate! How wonderful that we share this experience simultaneously. Your son is so fortunate to have such a healthy, devoted, loving mother. Good luck to him and all of your family.

  2. Beautiful recipes Laura. I’d have to say that these will also be great recipes and snacks ideas for an “older” child out traveling the globe hoping to stay healthy and mindful. Compassion is my plan and these recipes are both loving for the planet, friends, family and for myself. Because someone taught me awhile ago, while I want to help the planet, I can’t begin until I learn to love myself first. 🙂

    1. Thank you Dani. You are right: even for those of us who are lifelong students, these are great recipes. And they are great tips from the young women for people at every age.

  3. I know I am off subject here, I just have to say Laura your hair looks so beautiful. The color pops and it is soo long soo long 😍

  4. Laura, what a great post, as always!
    Bea is still undecided about what to study at Collage; btw she has two more years of high school.
    Have a nice day

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