How To Add an Image Widget with Link to Your Blog

Happy Tuesday!  Still loving summer break so far up here even though it was a whopping 38 degrees when I woke up.  I THOUGHT THIS WAS MAY?!

Anywho, let’s get to it.  Over the past four years, blogging has made me a better problem solver and more resourceful.  I learn new tricks everyday and last week was no different.

There is this fabulous newsletter called The Skimm that provides a roundup of the news around the world.  I’m a skimmbassador, which means that a) I looooove The Skimm and b) I help share it because I think its the bomb.  Disclaimer: I’m not compensated monetarily for sharing The Skimm OR writing this post.  I simply love that it keeps me in the know and helps me appear smart at happy hour.

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A number of skimm’bassadors are bloggers and so a few weeks ago, Skimm HQ sent out an image for us to display on our blogs.  Only problem for me was that with my generic wordpress theme (I use two thousand eleven), I had only added images by an embed code…meaning that the image was housed on another site and they gave me an html code that would display the image and link back to their site.  Groups like Healthy Living Blogs and Fitfluential do this, when I joined their groups I was given the code and used a text widget to display them.

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But as for sharing The Skimm, I had to figure out how to add an image without an embed code and then how to include a link to a page where a reader could sign up.  After asking a couple questions and the power of the google, I was able to complete the task quickly! Here’s how I did it.

Adding an Image Widget With Link Tutorial

Step one: Go to your plugins and install image widget.  If you search for “image widget” it should be the first one that pops up.  Install and activate the widget.

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Step two: upload the picture you want in the badge/widget to your media (this is just like when you upload your pics to wordpress for a blogpost).  Make sure you edit the picture to resize it to fit your sidebar or where ever you choose to put the badge.  For me, it’s about 190 x 190 pixels-ish to fit my sidebar.

Step three: click on widgets under the “appearance” tab on the left side of your dashboard. You should see your new “image widget” on the list of widgets available. Mine is in the first column on the left in the image below.   Drag the image widget to whichever sidebar or menu you would like to put it on…my “main sidebar” is where I would drag mine to.

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Step four, five, six:  Click on the image widget in your sidebar on the right side of the page. You can now upload your image to the widget.  You should be able to use the image you uploaded to your media. Then add a title if you want.  This should be relevant to your image/link if you do add it. Lastly, add the link you want it to send the reader/clicker.  For the skimm’bassador badge, the link I added was my unique reference code, so that those interested in receiving The Skimm would be referred by me!

imagewidget_tutorial4 Last step: MAKE SURE YOU HIT SAVE!  You should be good to go and see your image/badge on your sidebar or menu now!

Helpful links: WP Beginner

Disclaimer (again): I receive no monetary compensation for being a skimm’bassador or for writing this post.

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5 Minute Taco Dip (for one)

1st things 1st: Big news, More Than Just Dessert finally has it’s own instagram! Appropriate username is: More Than Just Dessert.  From now on, most of blog life will be posted on there instead of my day to day life acct (@emhi10s)

Ok, onto the real deal today. So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  Blog thinking.  It’s no secret I’ve been less frequent on the blogosphere this past year, due to the time demand of being a professor.   The first year was hard and once again, I lost my blogging mojo.  The past week as I’ve started to gain my time back, I thought long and hard about the future of this blog.  Was it even worth it to keep going? What did I want out of this? Does anyone even read what I say? I ended up writing down things that I wanted to see in a blog/website to make ME interested in reading  and one of the things was recipes for only 1 or 2 servings.  It’s just me at my house and I want leftovers for lunch for one day, max.  Last week I was then whipping up an old favorite when I realized, “hey! this is a single serving recipe! and i actually have time to share it!”.

So here we are. First recipe in forevs. Enjoy.

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I’ve been making this dip for about a year now and it is so simple!  I concocted the recipe last fall when I was craving taco dip but unwilling to pay the outrageous prices for pre-made dip from the deli.  My new found love for sour cream/greek yogurt fueled the base and it took off from there!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons light sour cream or plain greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning

2 tablespoons refried beans

1 tablespoon cheese

2 tablespoons shredded lettuce (I usually guess-timate this)

1 tablespoon diced tomato

2 green onions diced

Directions

In a small custard cup or rammekin (I use these pyrex custard cups), mix sour cream and taco seasoning.  On top of the sour cream, layer beans, half the cheese, lettuce, tomato, green onions, and remaining cheese.  Serve with peppers or tortilla chips for dipping!  You can also easily multiply this recipe to make more servings.

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Thanks, Ma

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!  I have seen many of my friends become mothers over the past few years and it has been such a treat to see their new lives and roles develop.  Please know that you all inspire me everyday!

Most of all, Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Ann.  Last year, I told you what I admired about my mom, this year, we’re changing it up a little!

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Every year, I have come to appreciate more and more about my mom in various aspects of life.   Over the past couple years, I’ve watched my mom provide for our entire family…taking care of my dad by herself during his continuing health battles, but also still being there for my sister and I.   I was amazed at the strength she showed when walking through fire.

This past year, I began to see my mom in an even different light than before.  One of the things that really stuck out for me in what I appreciate about my mom came from my own experiences.  I just finished my first year as a professor and essentially, this was my first real job.  It was fun to trade teaching stories this past year with my mom, who is a high school business teacher.  It was also necessary and nice for both of us to have someone to rant to that understood the struggles educators go through.

I won’t lie to you, there were days during this first year that I was so stressed out I could barely take care of myself.  And it’s just me living in my house…unlike so many other women who have others they are responsible for!  I constantly asked myself , “How the heck do the profs with kids do this when I can barely do this alone? How did my mom dedicate so much time to being a good teacher and still have the energy to be a good mom?”   This year I’ve been in awe of how much my mom accomplished in her career all while raising kids.  She picked her battles. She asked for help when she needed it.  She always stuck to her guns.  She has knocked being a working mother out of the park and dedicating herself to the things she loves.  I hope to gain your perseverance and patience as an educator, but also as a mom if I do decide that’s what I want some day.

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I know a lot of us will be saying thank you to our mom’s today, so here are just a few things I’d like to thank my mom for.

Thanks, mom…

…For being a mom instead of trying to be my best friend.  (I loved this article!)

…For supporting my love of travel and even joining in a few times over the past few years! And always helping me make it work so I can learn about the world first-hand for myself.

…For the fabulous text messages, sometimes even complete with emojis!

…For not leaving me at the mall after I threw fits in Abercrombie and Fitch during my teenage years when you wouldn’t buy me everything in the store because you thought that store was ridiculous.  I will publicly admit here that you were right. :)

…For being my harshest critic, yet biggest fan.

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…For when I brought home my first B midterm grade  in high school and was distraught, that you weren’t upset, you just thought I could do better.  That simple conversation has stuck with me til today, as I ask myself in many situations, can I do better?

…For never ever pushing me too hard and forcing me to do anything I didn’t want to do so I didn’t burn out.

…For reminding me that marriage is a big freakin’ deal without even having to say anything.  Through sickness and health? For better for worse? You never formally refer to those, but I see you live out those vows everyday and especially being dad’s sole caregiver over the past couple years.  You set a great example of what it really means to be a partner in a relationship.

…For still sending me $10 on Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Because it’s the little things. :)

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…For the 2,304,476 times you turned out the lights in rooms in our house after I left them because I didn’t.  Also I apologize for the thousands of dollars that probs cost you in bills. :)

…For financially helping me out during college and graduate school, yet still holding me responsible for part of it.  You knew I would eventually be successful, yet it would be a journey to get there.  So you did whatever you could to help me….I am forever thankful.

…For always being up for a chocolate martini!!

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…For being a fantastic role model.

…For surrounding me with other strong women my entire life.

 

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Thanks for everything mom, I am so lucky you are mine!

Touring The Jack Daniels Distillery

Hello hello!

Has everyone recovered from Cinco De Mayo? There wasn’t much celebration for myself…I spent most of the day prepping for finals, having my annual prof eval, and going on a long glorious bike ride with my new bike! While most of you still might have tequila on the brain, we are switching gears quickly…to whiskey.

I always thought I hated whiskey until a couple years ago when a friend ordered me a whiskey ginger (whiskey + ginger beer + lime) and it was, uh, DELICIOUS.  I’ve been a fan ever since and can even shoot it straight!  (when celebrating sparingly, of course).   When my sister and I were in Nashville (see the Nashville sights recap here), we learned we were only an hour and a half from Lynchburg, TN…home of the Jack Daniels Distillery.  Liz was down for a day trip and tour and off we went!

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Lynchburg is about an hour and a half south east of Nashville, only 30 miles north of Alabama.  It’s located in Moore County…fun fact, is that Moore County is actually a dry county now!  Only the distillery is allowed to sell alcohol. We pulled up in tiny Lynchburg and were met by the most goregous welcome center!

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The grounds around the distillery are beautiful!  As for touring, a tour of the grounds is free and you can add in a sampling tour for $10.  Obvi, we sampled.

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On the tour, we were able to see the whiskey distillation and again process from the very beginning.  A brief (BRIEF) overview of Whiskey production:  Whiskey starts out as a grain…so corn, rye, barley.
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The grain is heated in this huge pot (like the size of a garage) and then is distilled/filtered over charcoal (this is a super brief explanation). We weren’t allowed to take pictures in these buildings, but we could see where the charcoal was burned before it was used to give whiskey some of it’s flavor!

After Jack Daniels whiskey has been distilled, it is then aged in a barrel.  Jack Daniels makes their own barrels and it was cool to see how they were made…did you know, there are no screws or nails holding those barrels together? They are fit and fired together to hold the liquid. Depending on what type of Jack Daniels you consume, the aging time is a little different for all.

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We then saw the bottling and distributing room. Yes, its just a big room. The day we were, they were bottling to ship to France!

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We were able to sample 3 whiskeys…gentlemen jack, tenessee honey, and single barrel. The single barrel was the most expensive sold and it was definitely the most delicious. While you only get a small amount to “sample”, I hadn’t had any of the three varieties and thought it was a great way to cap off the tour.

We then visited historic downtown Lynchburg and headed to Barrelhouse BBQ for their famous “Grilled Cheese on Crack”.
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The grilled cheese on crack is an oozing grilled cheese with pulled pork. All of my favorites combined! I could eat it everyday!
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We then headed back to Nashville. Other than the Bluebird open mic night,this was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip!

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Curious about my other travels?  Visit w/ me on instagram (@emhi10s).

Disclaimer: I wasn’t compensated for this post, or the tour, and all opinions are my own.

3 Days in Nashville: The Sights for Country Music Fans!

Ok, so this post is uber late. But the semester is winding down (HAPPY FINALS WEEK!) and I am finally having time to talk about some travels! This past spring break, my sister and I took a road trip to Nashville, TN for some country music lovin’ and southern foodie finds!

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Here are a few of the sights we sought out and were not disappointed with!

Country Music Hall of Fame
The mecca of my favorite music genre!

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At the hall of fame, you’ll find awesome artifacts…like the actual lyrics to Taylor Swift songs! Above is the notebook paper she wrote “Tim McGraw” on! Unfortunately I didn’t take many pics because I was so busy looking at all the exhibits! There is a good mix of the history/roots of country music, but also a lot of cool artifacts from the more modern era.

RCA studio B

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To tour studio B, you must purchase a combo ticket at the hall of fame. Historic Studio B is where many country legends, include Elvis Presley, recorded their hits! If you like old school country, definitely check this out!

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This was the studio Elvis recorded in!
 
Open Mic Night @ The Bluebird Cafe
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Ok, so this was my absolute FAVORITE thing we did in Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe is one of the music cafes known for giving country stars their start. Both Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks played there before they made it big. On Monday nights, they have Open Mic night where aspiring artists can come and sign their original songs…and the talent is UNREAL! There are old men, college students, even a doctor who came after his shift at a clinic! I just can’t get over how talented they all were and I can’t wait until one of them is famous someday and I can say I heard them when they were unknown!
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Some tips for going to the Bluebird: It is in a small building and you cannot park in the parking lot. They hire security to tell you can’t do this, and you can be towed if you park at nearby businesses. Your best bet is the free mall lot about 6 blocks away and walk. Doors open at 6 pm and you can’t be on the property til 4:30 pm…show up close to 4:30! You wait in line whether or not you are performing or listening and it lengthens quickly! They usually let in 90-100 people for the show…we got there at 4:45 and we were 40th in line!
 

Grand Ole Opry

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Our last night (and my sister’s birthday night) we headed to the Grand Ole Opry. There are usually 5-6 nights/performance at the Opry and it is a good mix of old school country and modern country. We loved that Lonestar was one of the performers the night we went…we belted out “Amazed” like it was 2000. Spend the money and hit up the Opry, it’s fantastic.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay tuned, later this week I’m recapping our trip to the Jack Daniels Distillery!
 
Anyone else been to Nashville? What are some of your Nashville faves?

Diet Pepsi will STILL have sweeteners, just not Aspartame (Did You Know Friday)

Happy Did You Know Friday! AND HAPPY LAST DAY OF CLASS TO ME! Let’s get to it, cause I have some celebratin’ to do.

If you’ve been around the interwebs this week, I’m sure you’ve seen Diet Pepsi’s big news:

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Background:  Diet soda has lower amounts of calories than regular pop because they replace some or all of the sugar with artificial sweeteners.  Sugar is a carbohydrate that has calories.  Most artificial sweeteners do not contain calories, so by swapping them, diet pop/soda is able to lower the calorie count.

The current artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi is aspartame.  Starting in August, Pepsi will be adding Sucralose (AKA Splenda).  Their reasoning is a little unclear, but the company states that removing aspartame is the #1 request from customers (see here).

While the request to remove aspartame may be popular, the reasoning behind it isn’t clear.   There have been reports that aspartame leads to headaches, nausea, and dizziness, but the interesting thing about those claims is that nowhere can you find how much aspartame was consumed before those symptoms occurred.  This started in the 1980’s and a study was launched to investigate and is detailed on the CDC website here.  It found no overwhelming causation from aspartame consumption and those unpleasant symptoms.  There are other reviews, such as this one, that also have found no long-term harm in aspartame consumption, as long as it was below the recommended amount of intake (Magnuson, 2007).

One should also know that research has been conducted to determine how much aspartame is safe to consume daily, and to exceed this amount you would need to drink 19 cans of diet soda (source).  An additional thought on the symptoms claims is that although aspartame could be the culprit, It’s hard to believe that there isn’t some other nutrient or chemical that couldn’t be causing symptoms as those, also. Soda has a lot of ingredients!

So back to Pepsi.  So aspartame will be removed.  But aspartame is a key ingredient for taste, just like sugar is for regular soda, so they had to add in something else.

Diet Pepsi will replace aspartame with sucralose, which is most consumers know as Splenda.  Splenda is 3x sweeter than aspartame, so I would think that in order to keep the taste of Diet Pepsi the same, they would be able to add less Splenda than Aspartame…which someday may be beneficial, but as of now, it seems to not pend much difference in safety…

Research has showed that consuming below the “estimated or acceptable daily intake” AKA recommended amount of sucralose/Splenda, produced no ill or harmful effects in humans and animals (Baird et al., 2000), so this is considered an equal alternative….so far.

Bottom Line:  If you don’t want to drink soda with chemical synthesized/altered sweeteners, choose regular soda that uses sugar (beware of HFCS).  If you want to consume diet soda, in particular Diet Pepsi, removing aspartame isn’t removing some big bad molecule.  Beware of how much diet soda/Pepsi you drink AND consume from other foods in your diet, because if you are an avid consumer, you may be consuming more than the acceptable daily intake the “big bad effects” could stem from HOW MUCH you consume.

Other things to think about:  Playing devils advocate here (the best science always does): Sweeteners are relatively new and there aren’t a ton of long term (think 10-20 year) consumption studies…this could change in the next 20 years.

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My Go-To Road Trip Snack Lately: Blue-Diamond Almonds

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  I received a free jar of almonds in exchange for a post, but no other compensation.

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It’s no secret that I am on the road…a lot.  It’s just always been that way.  The past few weekends have been no exception as I’ve been traveling back to Iowa.

So with all this time in the car, ya know I’m going to get hungry.  I also get super bored with all the driving, so having snacks to eat is essential!  I’ve tried to do a better job over the past couple  years with keeping decent snacks in the car to prevent binging on sugar or emergency fast-food stops.   One of the secret snack weapons I like to keep in the car is almonds!  I LOVE the Honey Vanilla Almonds by Blue Diamond, so when they offered me the chance to try the Honey Cinnamon, I had to jump at the chance!

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The thing I love the most about almonds is that a small amount is enough to keep me full, so while they aren’t the lowest calorie snack, a little bit goes a long way and they are so filling! They are also easy to transport and consume without distracting me!  The honey cinnamon almonds were delicious, but I still think that the honey vanilla are my favorite.   I also tried the honey-dijon and am looking forward to using them in a homemade chex mix recipe this weekend!

Looking ahead, I am pumped to say that I don’t have any big road trips in the near future…buuuuut I’m pretty sure I will still be consuming those almonds like it’s my job. :)

Tell me: What are your favorite road trip snacks?

Thinking Out Loud: Buying Your First Road Bike is Ridiculously Overwhelming

I’m in a love hate relationship with this week.

Monday I said goodbye to my family who came to visit for Easter…it was so great to see them and not have to drive to Iowa!  I also had Monday off from work! I LOVED having a weekday off to get stuff done.  Grading, quiz writing, lecture planning…I felt like I was much more prepared to tackle my professional life this week with that extra day.

So can we lobby for this to happen every week? Yes? K.

My badgers lost and I got last in every, single, freaking march madness pool I participated in. Tuesday morning wasn’t a pretty sight.

Anyway. Now to the point of this rambling!

I am a newbie triathlete.  I ran my first triathlon (with no training, bad move…but classic Emily) last summer and LOVED IT.  I bought a wetsuit to help with the swim, which is my favorite event.  I always have running shoes, so that wasn’t a big investment either.

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But I wanted to make sure I enjoyed doing triathlons before I invested in a decent roadbike.  I rode that first triathlon with my hybrid bike, which is actually too small for me.  I HATED THE ENTIRE BIKE EVENT.

After loving the triathlon as a whole, I decided that it was time to invest in a road bike…and a decent one at that, because I have some big goals coming up in the next two years triathlon-wise and I don’t want to have to buy more than one bike.

So for most organized people, the smart thing would have been to visit bike shops in late fall/early winter of last year and look for older models on clearance.  To ride different bikes to get a feel for which brand suits you best.

Well, life happened to me, and here I am in April just now trying to make a decision.  Where the time went, is beyond me, but there’s nothing we can do about that now. I started seriously looking for road bikes a couple months ago.  I googled FOREVER, asked my bff who is training for her 2nd ironman, asked my other fellow MN Tri Guru Katie,  and got some advice through some facebook groups and my multisport groups.  While everyone who has given me advice has been incredibly nice and helpful…THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS AND I AM IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION.

Before I fall asleep at night these are the questions running through my head:

All aluminum body & carbon fork   OR  all carbon body?

Shimano 105 or Shimano Tiagra?  Am i willing to pay for upgrades?  DO I EVEN NEED THOSE UPGRADES?

Different sizing among different bikes– Oh, you’re a 55 cm frame on this bike…and a M/L frame on this other brand. WHY IS IT ALL DIFFERENT.

The biggest piece of advice I have been given is to make sure and test ride the bikes so that they “feel right”.  This Minnesota whether has not been conducive to test-riding bikes, but I have been bundling up and trying them out.  It’s hard as a newbie who has never had a roadbike to know what “feels right”.

So here’s what I’ve been doing to narrow down my choices…

I ask a ton of questions– to both the person selling me the bike AND to my triathlon gurus AND to my facebook groups.  As a newbie, customer service is HUGE because I’m going to be asking a lot of questions…the more time a shop is willing to spend with me to get me the right fit, the more likely I am to choose that bike even if i am a little unsure about what “feels right”.  I have learned that different shops with different brands of bikes are going to size you a little different and it’s ok to be honest about what you’ve found out at other shops.    But I also still ask a ton of questions to my experienced friends because I know that a) there were in my shoes once and b) they have my best interest in mind.

I look at what other people my height/build are riding.  This is a huge perk of being a member of facebook groups and multisport groups!  I have benefitted from being a part of the Women For Tri facebook group and it is basically like my triathlon bible.

I go with my gut.  Something of concern to me is safety on the bike…because I am new to biking, I worry about crashing/colliding.  While an all-carbon bike might be lighter and faster, an aluminum frame bike is more durable.  I’ve been leaning towards aluminum frame bikes (but with a carbon fork) because they will be more durable…and they are cheaper. :)

I have narrowed down to 4-5 choices and am hoping to pick a bike within the next weekend so I can get to trainin’ on that sucka’!  I JUST WANNA RIDEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

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I’m scared to ask but….do YOU have any advice on buying a road bike?

Linking up with Amanda from Running With Spoons.

8 Reasons To Cheer For the Wisconsin Badgers in the National Championship

Happy Monday.

More like, Happy National Championship Monday!  If you’re new to the blog (welcome!), allow me to explain…and if you’ve been reading for a couple years, please don’t roll your eyes because you know what’s coming.

It is no secret that I love the state of Wisconsin, the city of Madison, the Green Bay Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers.  I received my Ph.D. in Nutrition from there last year (so yes, I did go there for those of sports fans you who get antsy about those things).

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So to say I am elated that the Badgers are playing for the NCAA National Title tonight is an understatement.  I was once Sam Dekker’s TA (he should know his nutrition!) and I am just an overall sports nut.  I have loved (and hated) watching this team play this year.  I love how fun the personalities are of the players.  And I love how they have been able to make big plays in tough situations to win games over and over.

But for fun, in case you don’t bleed red and white, I tried to put together some reasons that might sway your heart to cheer on Bucky tonight.  Enjoy!

8 Reasons To Cheer on The Badgers Against Duke Tonight:

1. Nigel Hayes has probably made you laugh at least once in the last 2 weeks.


2. Because Kentucky is now 38-1.
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3.Because this throwback is a) genius and b) now stuck in your heads for days.

4. Because Jump Around is the greatest college sporting traditions.

Yes I still get goosebumps when I heard that song, no matter where I am.

5. Because the last time Wisconsin won a national championship….was in 1941. IT’S TIME.

6. Because we all love an underdog.
Wisconsin barely squeezed in to the tourney as a #1 seed. Heck, I was even questioning their #1 seed! I have read many articles written by sports analysts over the past few weeks and it was clear that many believed they were the underdog in the last two games.  Anyone going up against Kentucky was an underdog this season and the badgers were the only team to beat them.  Same applies to tonight.  Duke is a nationally recognized powerhouse and they have been playing SO well lately.  I love an underdog story, don’t you?

7. Because Bo Knows
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Image Source: (SBNATION).  I’ve always appreciated how Bo develops players rather than going after a lot of the nationally recognized big star recruits.  Seems to work out well for him!

8. Because Wisconsin is the home of great cheese and spotted cow. End of story.

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Win or lose, still proud to be a badger.  On Wisconsin!

Did You Know Friday– Egg Yolks are More Than Just Protein & Fat

Happy Good Friday!  I’m blogging from my bed this morning and it is fabulous.  After a whirlwind week in Boston for the Experimental Biology Conference (nerd fest) and teaching a few days, I was more than ready for another break.  Hard to believe we only have a month left in the semester.

Alas, it is also the first Friday of April, so that means it’s Did You Know Friday! didyouknownutritionlinkupbutton.jpg

Remember how this works?  First friday of the month, Sinful Nutrition, Semi Health Nut, and I bring you a short but sweet nutrition/fitness blogpost…and we want to hear about what you’ve been writing about too!  Make sure to check out some of the other posts and linkup with us!

Soooo lets get to it. If you’ve turned on any news channel or read any popular health/fitness magazine in the past couple years, I’m sure you’ve seen a controversial article regarding egg yolks that argues both for and against consuming them.

Egg yolks are full of cholesterol, don’t eat them! Egg yolks are full of saturated fat, only eat the whites! 

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You need the fat in egg yolks, eat them!  Egg yolks are high in protein, eat them!

It’s confusing.  But today’s post is not regarding that.   I want you guys to know that yes, egg yolks are a good source of protein, fat, and cholesterol…but there are also some vitamins and minerals that egg yolks, not egg whites provide.

Vitamins and Minerals Found in Egg Yolks (from USDA Nutrient Database):

Calcium.   I tend to be a bad nutritionist and focus on obtaining calcium from dairy products in my own diet.   Egg yolks, however, also contain calcium!  Much more calcium than egg whites.

Iron.  Again, like calcium, we tend to associate iron with meat, beans, and nuts.  While meat products have a much higher concentration

Vitamin B-12.  We typically associate vitamins with fruits and vegetables, but vitamin B-12 is special because it’s predominantly found in animal products!  Egg yolks definitely contain a small amount of B-12.

Fat Soluble Vitamins.  These are vitamins A,D,E,K.  Vitamin D & A are probably the most important.  We need vitamin A for our eyesight (especially at night) and reproductive health.  We need vitamin D for strong bones and brain health.  If you cook a whole egg, practically all of your fat soluble vitamins come from the egg yolk…there is zero Vitamin A,D,or E available in egg whites!

So when you’re at your family’s Easter brunch this weekend, you can wow them with your nutrition knowledge about your grandma’s egg casserole…they’ll think you’re so smart. :)

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend, hug your parents and link up with us below!