Make Your Own Fastfood At Home!

Does it annoy you as much as it does to me that those golden arches seem to constantly loom over us at the exact moment our stomachs cry “FEED ME!”?

To help you get started on your road away from edible junk, the following are some homemade fastfood recipes.

1. Homemade Ketchup


2. Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps


3. Homemade English Muffins


4. 100% Pure Homemade Fruit ROLL-UPS


5. Mexican Tortilla Pizza

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6. Super Easy Homemade Wholesome Fried Rice




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What Do We Eat Instead Of Fast Food?


You’re starving. A cheeseburger and fries would be the easy fix. But let’s face it: a Happy Meal isn’t necessarily a Healthy Meal. You need a nutritious meal you can grab fast, whether you’re on the road or have just walked into the house. 

It’s not an impossible dream — at least, not with a little planning and a few essential items in your fridge or pantry. Before you duck into the drive-through, try some of these lightning-fast tricks for healthy meals.

At home, you can assemble a healthy meal in about the time it takes you to scoot through the drive-through.

  1. Convenience foods — anything frozen, canned, pre-cut, pre-washed and pre-bagged — is much healthier than a happy meal. 
  2. If you do decide to purchase a burger, some veggie burgers are good. Avoid turkey/meat burgers unless you have a butcher personally grind the meat for you. Ground turkey generally contains a lot of fat.
  3. Little dippers — what about setting up your own “party tray” of fruits and vegetables? Mix it up with some interesting low-fat dips, including chocolate once in awhile as dessert. 
  4. Quick baked potato — It’s a perfect addition to a healthy meal, and you can get oven-baked taste in less time than you think. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the potato, then microwave on high for about 4 minutes. Rinse it again so it’s wet. Finish baking in oven for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  5. Quick chicken dinner — chicken is a yummy beginning to a nice, lean meal. Skin a whole chicken. Then shake on the spices — lemon pepper, Cajun spice, or paprika. Thyme and rosemary can go into the cavity, if you like. Place chicken in an oven-cooking bag. Then microwave on high for 10 minutes.
  6. Easy Black Bean Soup: Soup is a great filler-upper and can be a very healthy meal. Heat black beans and corn (frozen or canned) in the microwave. Ladle into bowls. Top with any of these: chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, black olives, shredded reduced-fat cheese.
  7. Pasta Pronto: Put any of these over pasta (either regular or whole-wheat, or a mix of both):

    • Mix tomato-based pasta sauce (any brand you like) with frozen or canned shrimp, clams, or oysters.
    • Heat frozen spinach soufflé or creamed spinach, and top with Parmesan cheese.
    • Mix frozen spinach soufflé and Lean Cuisine Fettuccine Alfredo.
  8. Super Salads: Salads can be a healthy meal in themselves. With a bit of crusty bread and a little protein like fish, seafood, beans, or lean meat, you’ve got dinner in a bowl. More ideas:

    • Mix frozen broccoli and corn, chop up red bell pepper, mix with Italian salad dressing, and you’ve got an easy salad.
    • Buy lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes in the grocery’s produce section. At the salad bar, buy all the other stuff. 

Find Out How To Stop Your Procrastineating Habits Here


Like many of you, I turn to food to avoid studying. Sitting on my desk, suffering a severe case of writer’s block, it’s easy to mindlessly consume a second bowl of muesli, another two slices of toast, coffee and copious amounts of peanut butter celery.

Now, the art of Procastineating, according to Urban Dictionary, involves “the act of eating when not hungry in order to avoid doing tasks, e.g. assignments, housework and report writing”.

Some of you can relate, and some of you may reach for fast food / junk food options, which is completely normal behavior in times of exam-stress. Many of us have favorite types of food to turn to for ‘comfort’. For me, they’re anything that’s peanut butter related.

Procrastination and overeating can both be associated with anxiety. Some people who are experiencing significant levels of stress and anxiety may attempt to minimise these feelings by procrastinating and/or eating.

Here are some ways to cut back on procrastineating.


1. Go for a walk! Most of the time, you’re most probably in need of a study break anyway. Go to the beach, head out for a run with some friends. Steer away from your refrigerator. Get some blood pumping!

2. Ask yourself if you’re really hungry. Drink a glass of water before reaching for that packet of chips.

3. Here’s an awesome study tip to prevent you from procrastineating! General rule of thumb is to study every 25 minutes with a short break in between, and a 20 minute break after your third study period.

4. When you catch yourself craving food while studying, get up and run an errand instead! Chances are you’ll forget you were even hungry in the first place after being done with the errand.


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Eating Strategies For Exam-Time


If you’re like me, exam-time eating often sends you into a de-energizing spiral. Your nutrition becomes a nightmare as you increase your intake of junk food and take-away. Controlling your eating during these stressful times is possible.  Read on for some helpful tips on how to overcome these nutritional pitfalls. 

1. Firstly, eat small and frequent meals to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady

2. Now’s the time to have easy, convenient meal-type foods on hand. Avoid living entirely on snack foods! You may opt for more nutritional frozen food packets such as bean soups, peanut butter and cold cut sandwiches and ready-to-eat tuna and chicken salads.

3. Avoid sweets and sugary foods. If you crave sweets, consider a high-nutritional protein bar instead of a candy bar. Choose one that has at least 15 grams of protein. Read the nutritional label properly. 

4. Choose meals and snacks that emphasize protein over carbohydrate. Protein rich foods and snacks keep your energy levels on a keel. Some of my favorite snacks include chickpeas, cheese and eggs.

5. Limit caffeine. Avoid alcohol. Cut back gradually. When humans drink or eat caffeine, it acts as a stimulant. Many people feel that caffeine increases their mental alertness. Higher doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, dizziness, headaches, and the jitters. Caffeine can also interfere with normal sleep and the ability to concentrate and in some cases heart rhythm can be affected.

6. Water, water, water! Keep a cup of water and a liter of ice with you on your desk to help maintain your energy. Consume at least that  amount of water for every two hours of studying.

7. Get up to snack! Don’t make your desk a place to snack, instead only consume snacks in the kitchen or in another part of your room, away from the desk. 

8. Stock up on healthier snacks. Some ideas include nuts, raisins, cheese sticks, low-fat yogurt, crunchy fresh fruits and veggies.

9. Remember, thirst can be confused with hunger! Try drinking a glass of water or a cup of hot herbal tea if you are unsure of the origins of your hunger. 

10. Only eat when you are physically hungry, not because you are in need of a study break. When heading for the pantry, look for true hunger signals, like stomach pangs/twinges, to be sure you’re physically hungry. If you’re not hungry but still desire to eat, take a 10-minute time out and try to figure out what you really need (i.e. study break, stress relief, pep talk, etc). Try to get those met without using food. Do something physical to get the blood circulating to the brain. 

6 Of The Greatest Homemade Fries Recipes

Instead of purchasing fries from McDonald’s, I normally opt for ‘healthier’ options such as those from fast casual restaurants like Randwick’s Streetsoul Burger Bar (Rosemary-Thyme Seasoned Fries!) or I would bake my own!

Not only is this a healthier alternative, but it’s a great way to have a break from your studies.

Here are some of my favorite homemade fries recipes:

1. Easy Oven-Baked Garlic Fries


2. Rosemary and Romano Oven-Baked Fries


3. Oven Baked Cornmeal Crusted Avocado Fries


4. Taro Fries with Sriracha Ketchup


5. Oven Baked Carrot and Sweet Potato Fries

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6. Sweet Potato Fries

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There Are 17 Foul Ingredients In McDonald’s French Fries

428x390xmcdonaldsf9new2.jpg.pagespeed.ic.nacBgRze9CThe transparency campaign initiated by McDonald’s last year was aimed at marketing a more health conscious image of McDonald’s Corp. Their effective utilization of social media was intended to build positive connections with fans, however the hashtag became a forum for people to talk about how disgusting they believe their food to be. The ingredients of their french fries went viral. Instead of the basic two ingredients – potatoes and oil, consumers found out McDonald’s uses 17 different ingredients in their french fries.

The following is a breakdown of the ingredients:

Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent) and cooked in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with THBQ, citric acid and dimethylpolysiloxane) and salt (silicoaluminate, dextrose, potassium iodide).

What do those words even mean? What are we actually putting in our bodies by eating their fries?! Who will ever know!

Apparently once their potatoes have been washed, peeled and cut, they’re additionally blanched to remove natural sugars that would cause colour variations, then soaked in dextrose for an even colour. There is also an ingredient that prevents greying, which is added before drying to remove excess moisture, followed with a quick-fry for 45 to 60 seconds before the fries are frozen for shipping.

How many people do you think were aware that McDonald’s french fries contained that many ingredients? Thanks for the transparency McDonald’s, we hope people continue making more informed choices about their fast-food purchasing habits, and can tell between your artificial ‘food’ and real food.

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Read This For Some Healthy Fast-food Ideas!


So we now know what’s really in our Chicken McNuggets (bone, nerves, connective tissue and chemicals), and if reading the previous blog article was enough to make you say sayanora to fast-food altogether (yay!), here are some equally quick and healthier alternatives:



Grocery stores are generally in the same vicinity of fast-food joints. Instead of reaching out for a typical high-fat, sugary fast-food meal, perhaps opt for a salad with roasted chicken, or even better yet – pick up a roasted chicken at your local supermarket and call it a day. 

Most chains have prepared food sections, with ready-to-eat options like chilled vegetables, roasted chicken mixes, tabouli salads, baby carrots, hummus, banana chips and nuts. Of course this is only a fraction of what’s normally available. The good news is, it’s often equally cheap to the food we get in typical fast-food joints (sometimes even cheaper)!



The concept of Fast Casual is ‘fresh food fast’, and establishments that fit the bill in Australia include Sumo Salad, Guzman Y Gomez, Streetsoul Burger Bar, Grill’d and Yuumba. Many of these organisations serve up freshly prepared dishes, made-in-house with ingredients that don’t cause as much harm to our health as those used in typical fast-food joints. 

For example, Streetsoul Burger Bar at Randwick ensures to only utilise animal products that have been ethically farmed.



Invest in an insulated lunch pack and toss in a meal you can whip up in a jiffy! For example, in a sealable container, combine a few handfuls of veggies; like grapes, roasted tomatoes, chopped red onion, baby spinach leaves, and sliced mushrooms, and a small scoop each of quinoa and chickpeas. Sprinkle with Italian herb seasoning, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, close the lid, give it a shake, and toss it in the bag. Easy peasy.



Smoothies aren’t just for breakfast, purchase a bottle and whip up your favourite mix of fruit smoothies and bring it out with you. This can be a great way to sidestep processed alternatives. 

How about reaching out for some frozen fruits and a handful of leafy greens; organic skim milk or almond milk, and if you’re feeling adventurous, why not add flavor, aroma and an extra dose of antioxidants by seasoning your smoothies with spices (cinnamon), or ginger? 



Many university students struggle to find time to cook during the week, but typically have time to do so during the weekends. Take some time off your next Sunday night and whip up a “homemade frozen dinner” to rationalize out throughout the following week. This can then be re-heated when needed, and will prevent you from the temptation of grabbing fast-food or ordering take-out Monday through Friday. 

Some ideas include chilli, stews, soup or stuffed peppers.