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‘Balance Your Life’ Blog Suggests Smoothies for a Nutritional Summer Drink

Balance Your Life (BYL) is a healthy lifestyle campaign from the Department of Health Education at Tufts. Thanks to the Balance Your Life blog, managed by soon-to-be double jumbo, Kate Sweeney (A’05, N’11), Tufts students and beyond have access to ample information about the aspects of healthy living on a college campus.

Most recently, the advice has been regarding what you could replace your coffee or tea with as the weather gets warmer. For a more summer-inspired drink that is cool and refreshing, Sweeney recommends a chilled smoothie. A smoothie is not only easy and fast to make in the dorms, but it can be taken on-the-go, and can be made with healthful ingredients.

There are many different foods you can put into a smoothie, from carrots, to pineapple, to yogurt. Some of Sweeney’s favorite are those that also have nutritional benefits, like the chopped carrot and banana smoothie, full of fiber and anti-oxidants, or the peanut butter and chocolate smoothie, giving you mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. Head over to the BYL blog to find Sweeney’s favorite smoothie recipes.

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Stress at Tufts

In a recent post from the Tufts Balance Your Life blog, an interview with a staff clinician from the Counseling and Mental Health Services Center offers valuable insight into how to effectively manage stress.

An excerpt from the post reads:

Stress suppression is anything that avoids stress, but doesn’t change our condition. For instance, playing a video game, watching TV, surfing the web, and even working out (if our minds are still churning) can all be stress suppression techniques. These activities put what we are stressed about on the back burner, and we might feel more relaxed. However, we aren’t dealing with the stress, and it will resurface after that activity is over.

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