Archive for November, 2016

Five Power Snacks for Busy Students

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

hummusThe life of a student is filled with studying, long hours, and multi-tasking. With that said, the long hours can start to take a toll and leave you feeling a bit drained. So what can you do? Well we’ve put together a list of power snacks meant for busy students like you that will help you stay awake and alert while you work on your online business administration degree.

Crackers and Hummus
If you don’t have a lot of time to put a snack together, then this one is for you. Hummus spread on whole grain crackers provides you with a huge boost of energy. What’s also great is that the hummus is a good source of fiber, which keeps you feeling full for long periods of time. You can either make your own hummus or pick up a container of store-bought that you can keep in the fridge. Suddenly those long hours studying for your online bachelors in business will seem much more tolerable!

Fruit and Protein
Not only does this combination provide you with a boost of energy, it’s also very quick and easy to put together. Opt for a tablespoon of peanut butter that is known for protein, and spread it on either a sliced apple or banana. This combination tastes great, is quick to eat, and the boost will hit you pretty fast. The sugar that is found in fruit takes longer for your body to actually metabolize, which means the effects will last longer than if you were to snack on processed sugars.

Hard Boiled Egg
This is a great snack that you can pre-make. Pick up a dozen eggs and boil them, then store them in your fridge. You can then grab one whenever you feel you need that boost of energy. One hard-boiled egg has six grams of protein. It also contains a great amount of B6 and B12, which provide you with energy.

Homemade Trail Mix
Here’s a snack that is great any time of day or night, and because it’s portable you can also throw a baggie of it in your backpack. In a reusable container or jar mix up a variety of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and even a bit of dark chocolate. Opt for such items as peanuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax. Make sure the ingredients are unsalted. Once you’ve got all of your ingredients together, toss them in the container and it’s ready to be enjoyed whenever you like. Making your own is usually more cost-effective, and it allows you to customize it.

Who doesn’t love a great bowl of popcorn? Well here’s a fun fact, not only is popcorn delicious it’s also a very healthy and energy boosting snack. Steer away from the butter soaked varieties and add your own toppings instead. Air popped kernels are also the best option.

Remember to Feed Your Brain
These snacks are obviously great for providing you with energy when you need it, but they also help to feed your brain, allowing you to absorb and learn that much easier.

Brought to you by our friend, Carol.

Why Not Make Another Change?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

hotel-roomSeeing that title, readers may wonder what exactly I’m changing at PeKu now. The good news for our loyal readers is that there have been no new changes to PeKu. However, there has been another set of changes in my personal life, which does affect PeKu in some form or fashion.

To review, there have been a number of changes for PeKu and me in the last three months:

  • In August I downsized PeKu and let go of my entire writing team in an attempt to revive its future.
  • In September my husband and I became empty nesters.
  • In October I decided that PeKu should focus solely on Think Tasty, including giving it my own personal voice.

Yeah, there’s been a little bit going on in my life on both personal and professional levels (and that list doesn’t even include my work with Wasabi Ventures Academy). However, I like to be busy and keep my calendar full. So, why not put our house on the market and see if we can find a better sized home- one that works well for two most of the time but still has room for kids who are home for the summer and holidays? So, we did that and closed on the sale of our home last week.

This was an exciting development, with one hitch. The sale happened quickly, and we hadn’t found our next place to live. So, with a contract signed we began a search for our next place and found one quickly. (Phew!) Of course, finding a place quickly doesn’t mean moving there quickly. The exact place we want isn’t available until early December. Let’s do a little math. House closes in early November. New place is ready in early December. Yep, there’s a month without a home.

It’s only the two of us for the bulk of that month, so there was an easy solution- live in a hotel. Now, that may sound like something out of storybooks or tv shows, and it kind of is. It’s nice not having to vacuum the bedroom or clean my breakfast dishes. Plus, it’s a nice setup with a good fitness center, indoor pool, and a welcoming staff. However, as someone who not only loves to work with food, but also builds part of her career around food, it makes things a bit tricky. I have done some hotel room cooking, as you’ll see on Think Tasty in a few weeks, but I miss having my whole array of kitchen tools and appliances.

I’m keeping in mind that this transition period is short and will make me appreciate our new home even more. In the meanwhile I’ll be crafting as many microwave-only meals as I can. And trying not to get used to clean towels that appear magically every day.

Setting PeKu’s Direction

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

apron-next-to-a-baking-projectOver the last couple months I have worked on PeKu in a two-pronged attack. My first goal was to keep a couple of the publications live, filling both with new articles written by me. The second goal was to determine what PeKu will look like moving forward. As I mentioned in September I’m not ready to let this business fade into oblivion, but I also can’t run it in the same way as a team of one.

As I thought about the future of PeKu, I focused on what I do well and what could work well for PeKu. This brought me back to the very reason that I built PeKu- cooking and writing. One of my favorite things to do is to work in the kitchen. Whether it’s making an appetizer for a party, baking a batch of cookies for a care package, or creating a menu for Tapas Monday, I love spending time working with food. I also enjoy writing. This is why I built Think Tasty over nine years ago.

However, since then I have learned so much. Publishing schedules, self-promotion, social media, WordPress, photography, I’ve gained skills in all of these areas. What is even better is that I now have these skills and experiences, plus I get to use them focusing solely on Think Tasty.

In addition, I have decided that although PeKu is a professional publishing company, I need to give Think Tasty a more personal feel. There are so many excellent food websites out there; mine is simply one tiny fish in a very big pond. Adding my own personal touch will help make it special. As part of this, I have taken over all articles at Think Tasty. Although I let go of my team, I had continued to work with a PR firm to provide recipes. Yes, it was handy to have one delicious recipe pre-written every week, but that doesn’t grow the brand of me.

Finally, throughout the last nine years, I have published behind the moniker Think Tasty. Those days are over. I am the author of all future Think Tasty articles. If I happen not to be, you’ll see that also.

Yes, PeKu is much smaller than it was a few months ago, but this change fills a bigger place in my heart. I truly am excited to shape the future of PeKu.