Tasty Low-Calorie Shrimp Tacos

Going out for dinner and margaritas is always a good time, but it can get very expensive. Of course, there are places all around Austin that offer great happy hours and specials, but why not make dinner at home every once in a while. After some trial and error, I finally found a super tasty shrimp taco recipe that is quick and easy to make. They are also low calorie, with about 118 calories per taco. Along with the tacos, I made skinny mango margaritas. Staying in and making your own food not only saves you money but it also can be super fun. Here is the best recipe I found.

What you need:

Tacos:

  • 20 medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Salsa:

  • 1 tomato chopped and seeded
  • 1 avocado peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice  (half a lime)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 6 small flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

 

How to Cook:

Shrimp-

  1. Mix together the garlic, cumin, chili powder, onion salt and olive oil in a bowl. Add shrimp and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes (up to 24 hours).
  2. Heat up a pan on high for two minutes. Lightly cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil and add the shrimp.
  3. Cook the shrimp for 4-6 minutes until cooked through and until the shrimp is pink & crispy.

Salsa-

  1. Mix together the avocado, tomato, lime juice, jalapeno, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover until you are ready to use.

 

Cilantro Sauce-

  1. Place sour cream into a bowl and add in lime juice and cilantro.
  2. Stir until it becomes liquid-like.

 

Finally, warm up the tortillas on a stovetop until they are nice and crunchy. Spoon the salsa into the freshly cooked tortillas, then place three shrimp on top. Finish with a drizzle of Cilantro Sauce.

Now enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Eat Salads, Not Your Feelings

Freedom. You are finally away from your parents, no curfews, no nagging, so what do you do with all this liberty… gain 15 pounds? Not this year. The No. 1 thing college students struggle with is creating a lifestyle with structure. Although Austin is a mecca for foodies, there are countless healthy options that your body will thank you for later. Living a healthy life does not mean you have to cut out the late night snacks and workout every day, but there are a few key things you must do in order to keep your body strong.

1.) Make a calendar and stick to it
People in college spend enormous amounts of time trying to figure out what needs to get done. As a college athlete, I had to balance school, practice, coaches meetings, tutors, etc. I depended on my calendar for everything. Every week I would add everything I needed to do onto the list. By creating a calendar, you make yourself get up and do things rather than sitting around, wasting time. I recommend buying a dry erase calendar, these can be bought for fairly cheap on Amazon, at Staples or any supply store.

2.) Sign up for workout classes
One of the best things about college is that you have free access to a gym, as well as incredible student discounts at workout places around Austin. But the first thing you have to do is SIGN UP for classes in advance. Many times people tell themselves they will work out when it’s convenient, but without signing up for the class, there is no incentive to go. Go online, book a few classes a week, and put them on your calendar! This way you will know exactly when they are, and it will force you to get up and go.

3.) Only drink when it’s worth it
No parents, endless amounts of beer, why wouldn’t you drink your life away in college? Well, the answer to this question is portion control. Not every night in college means you have to go out and consume massive amounts of alcohol. Decide in advance which nights you think are worth drinking. By doing this you will not only feel much better in the morning, but you will save your body. Drinking every night ruins your body’s routine and does not allow you to function at high levels. This being said, it will be much harder to live an active lifestyle if you are drinking every night.

4.) Don’t eat out 24/7
Austin offers a huge variety of food, but for some reason students stick with fast food. Why…? Because it’s cheap. What many people do not realize is that going grocery shopping is actually much cheaper than buying fast food for every meal. Places like Trader Joes and HEB offer premade meals that are many times less than four dollars. These meals are also much better for your body than fast food. With all the alcohol you are consuming, you need to be eating a balanced meal. This will not only keep your weight steady, but it will also make you feel more energized and will allow you to focus better in school.

Once you commit to a healthy lifestyle, your body will get accustomed to it. It will no longer be as hard to get yourself to workout, and you won’t crave all that fast food. By sticking to these four lifestyle tips you will not only look better, but you will feel significantly better.

 

 

Photo by Bella Edwards

Why Walking Away Was The Best Decision

If there is one thing I struggle with in life it is caring too much about what people think of me. I am 19 years old and I am making decisions because they are the “right” decisions according to others around me. After coming to the University of Texas to play for one of the best Volleyball programs in the country, I realized that Volleyball is not my whole life. I was surrounded by unhappy girls who were not satisfied with their lives. Slowly over the course of 365 days, I started to feel the same way. I was no longer playing Volleyball for the love of the game, but merely to get through each day. My attitude changed from determined and hungry to anxious and depressed. What was this all for? – to say I was a collegiate athlete? I was counting down the days until it was over, yet bragging to people that I played for Texas. I was so amused by the title, that my beliefs and livelihood became less important. So I decided that I am done. I am done getting punished. I am done walking on eggshells everywhere I go. And lastly, I am done getting treated with disrespect.

So, after 10 years of playing the sport I truly loved, I quit.

And let me just tell you this was the best decision I ever made. For the first time in my life, I have the option to be spontaneous. In just a few months I will be packing up my things and moving to Europe for the summer. I have four years left before I have to sit behind a desk and answer to my boss, why would I do that now?

From this whole experience, I have learned a huge lesson – get out of toxic situations. Do things that you enjoy. Do things that make you happy. And lastly, wake up each morning excited for the day. Because that’s what I have now, and it rocks.