August 2016 - Simply Samantha

The First Day Of College Classes | As told in GIF's |

7:00 AM

This week is my first week back in the swing of college classes. I take my classes online now (I used to commute to campus) but I still know and have the same "first day feelings". I think we can all relate no matter what your college situation is!

Here are some of my thoughts, as told in GIF's.

Setting the alarm for the earliest time you've woken up all summerNickelodeon no nope the loud house loud house

"When your alarm goes off and you realize it's the first day of school"
morning tired smash bill murray alarm

Commuting to class and driving behind all the slow drivers
A24 tom hardy driving locke

When class start's and the first thing the teacher ask's is "did anyone look over the syllabus yet?"
sigh shrug shrugging movies maria
(side note for all freshmen. The syllabus is always same with only a few exceptions, so by your junior year you are VERY tired of them) 

Then the professor proceeds to read over the syllabus 
frustrated zootopia headdesk head desk

Then they finally get to the important parts. Due Dates and Major Assignments.
writing noted a strongly worded letter jimmy fallon note

How you feel after the first lecture? 
what arrested development jason bateman no

Required reading?? 
Victoria's Secret PINK school college tired sleep

Off to the next class to learn more about THE SYLLABUSnickelodeon bored spongebob spongebob squarepants class

When the hunger strikes during the lecture ( aka a stomach growl)class stomach

Then the first day is finally over and (if you are lucky)
 the school load is light and you can enjoy your day.
happy reactions excited yay minions

Happy Fall Semester Friends! 


5 Ways To Stay Healthy In College

7:30 AM

Let's face it college friends, it is hard to stay healthy during the semester.
For many reasons. If you are on campus, you find yourself going from class to class with not a lot of time in-between. This only leaves you enough time to swing by the nearest vending machine or coffee kiosk to get something to get your through the next hour and half lecture.

Or if you are like me and a majority of your classes are online, you find yourself constantly nibbling on snacks in the house or getting sucked into the work that you forget to keep yourself nourished.

I've been in both situations and I think I have some great tips to help you out as we all get ready to get back into the swing of college, lectures, and class work.

1. Coffee can be your friend AND your foe.
Oh coffee.. a college students best friend. Just remember to always hydrate in-between the cups of coffee. Water is always beneficial and will keep you feeling hydrated and alert. Opt for a non-dairy creamer for a lower sugar intake and you might even find yourself feeling better after those morning cups! (I know I did when I switched to coconut creamer)

2. Protein, Protein, Protein!
I am slowly learning how majorly important protein is! Especially from "non-meat" sources. Protein will help with those afternoon sugar craving attacks. I encourage you to check out Dr. Hymans video with a TON of ideas for great protein filled snacks.

3. Get Creative....With SALADS!
Ok this is a biased tip, but I LOVE salads! And I think it's a great daily lunch. I eat a salad every day for lunch, but I mix it up, adding bits of things here and there! Beans, veggies, even lunch meat can help spice up your salad! A salad is easy to pack up a bring with you if you commute to campus (Mason jars are the best for salads on the go). And I know on campus that there is always salad options in the cafeteria. Basically, salads for life!

4. Supplements
It's SO important to include some type of supplements in your day to day life. It will help your immune system fight off those germs all around your school. I suggest taking a multi-vitamin, echinacea (great immune booster), and calcium. Make sure to stay away from supplements with dyes and unnecessary ingredients!
Also they may not be supplements but seriously consider using essential oils! Especially diffusing them! They are so beneficial.

5. Prep
Now, for those on campus or those that commute, this is easier said then done. I know when I was commuting to campus I wasn't a big fan of prepping and packing food because it meant walking out to the car and getting a possibly lukewarm snack since the icepack in the cooler I packed it in did NOTHING.
But, there are also other ways to prep. Find snacks/food that don't need a cooler or can fit easily in your bag. I kept snack bars or dried fruit in my bag when I was on campus.
Now at home, I keep pre-cut fruit and veggies in easy reach and LARA bars in my purse/backpack at all times.
If you have the time, think ahead and prep!

Do you have any tips?? I'd love to hear them! 


Gluten Free Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

7:30 AM

This recipe was so good that I don't care that the photos are not up to par! I just had to share it with you guys!
I've been on a "skillet meal" kick lately. Mostly because it's just been so dang hot here in Florida. Our tiny little old house that heats up like an oven 95% of the time. So cooking meals on the stove is easier than running the oven and heating up the house even more.

I love anything by Skinny Taste! Her recipes are just genius! I put my own gluten free spin on this one and I will also share how you can make it dairy free as well!

3-4 thin boneless, skinless cutlets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I use Bobs Red Mill)
1/2 teaspoon butter (I used earth balance)
 Olive oil
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3-4 thin slices low sodium deli ham ( I don't eat pork so I used Turkey)
3-4 slices light Swiss Cheese

Salt and pepper you chicken than lightly dredge the chicken with flour on both sides. Make sure to set aside 1 teaspoon of flour for the next part.

In another bowl combine chicken broth, lemon juice, dijon mustard and the teaspoon of flour. Whisk until smooth.

Heat up a large skillet, melt your butter and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Once melted add your chicken. Cook approximately 4 minuets on each side until slightly golden than transfer to a dish.

Reduce the heat and add you chicken broth mixture. Whisk and than simmer 2 minutes to reduce slightly.

Return the chicken and top with ham (or in my case turkey), and the swiss. 

Cover the skillet and let the cheese melt. About 3-4 minutes. 

Once melted you can top it with the sauce left in the pan! 

*To make this dish dairy free use a dairy free butter and top with a dairy free slice cheese. Go Veggie has some great options. *

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A Cut Above

July Favorites

7:00 AM

Mason Jar Snacks
I saw someone do this on Instagram and I was inspired! It's so simple to do! Just some cut up vegetables and hummus! And I mean, doesn't everything look better in a mason jar?

Online Boutique Shopping:
I've become slightly obsessed with boutique shopping online! Especially ones that offer free shipping and great discounts! I HATE paying for shipping. Anyone else?? Plus the more local the boutique the better!
Here are a few of my favorites!
A Cut Above : I love this one because its local and supplies all my University of Florida needs! 
I can't get enough!
: Sophie and Trey : Also another great local shop with a ton of innovatory! 
I love this game day shirt here!
Impressions : this shop has the BEST selection of dresses! 
They have great sales that I keep an eye out for every year.

Sun Tea:
Friends! This is the EASIEST way to make sweet/unsweet tea. Especially in the south where it is horribly hot all day, making sun tea takes like 30 minutes top! I just followed this recipe here!

Silk Dairy Free Yogurt
I LOVE finding great tasting dairy free foods. While I don't really have any real issue with dairy (other then bloated-ness), I try to stay as dairy free as possible. These yogurts are a gift sent from heaven! They are my go to afternoon snack because they are packed with protein to help me get through those horrible afternoon sweet cravings.

Side Note: I'm kind of upset my local grocery store doesn't have the Black Cherry or Tropical flavor! 
I need these, and the 24oz containers, in my life! 

Honorable Mentions
To Read: The Wrath of Dawn
To Watch: The Shannara Chronicals (netflix)
Recipe: Pad Thai