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29 Food You Didn’t Know You Could DIY

Homemade Tater Tots

Hard to say exactly what it is about pellet-shaped hash browns, but gosh, aren’t they magical? Try the basic recipe first and then play around with cool flavors and dipping sauces.

Homemade Magic Shell

Real witchery: Melted chocolate + coconut oil turns solid when it hits cold ice cream. Get the recipe.

Homemade Klondike Bars

The ultimate application of the aforementioned magic shell. Get the recipe.

Homemade English Muffins

Once you make your own crannies, you’ll never go back. Get the recipe.

Homemade Greek Yogurt

Or regular yogurt, if you prefer; just leave out the final step of straining. Get the recipe.

Homemade Sesame Sticks

Bad news for incurable snackers. Get the recipe.

Homemade Marshmallow Creme

Fluffernutter sandwich, here I come! Get the recipe.

Homemade Raisins

One of those things that you obviously don’t need to make yourself, but should probably try just because it’s so neat. Get the recipe.

Homemade Mustard

Nice and spicy and, more importantly, very easy. Get the recipe.

Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch

There’s nothing like eating what are essentially sugar-covered squares of pastry dough for breakfast. Get the recipe.

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Easiest Ways to Improve Your Diet

Eat at Home

Eating your meals at home will make a big difference in your waistline and your wallet! Eating out at fast food restaurants might seem harmless, but even one burger can set you back from your heath goals. If you absolutely must eat fast food, stick to grilled chicken or completely plain hamburgers. By eating at home instead, you can control all the ingredients that go into your meal. You’ll know exactly how many calories you’re downing, and it’s even cheaper than ordering off of the value menu!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth 

A lot of people eventually end up indulging on sweets if they’ve been starving themselves on a diet. Rather than going cold-turkey on those cookies and cakes, you need to satisfy your sweet tooth regularly in healthy ways. Keep low-fat pudding or dark chocolate handy for dessert and moments of weakness. It’s even better if these sweets are pre-portioned, so that it’s harder to eat more than one serving at a time.

Drink More Water 

Drinking water instead of pop, juice, or beer does wonders for your diet. It not only keeps you hydrated, but it also allows the body to do a number of helpful things. Drinking more water:

  • Makes you feel more full
  • Improves digestion
  • Decreases the amount of water held in the body (water weight)

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Malaysian artist Hong Yi is known as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’. She has experimented with a variety of different media to create artwork, which include coffee stains, sunflower seeds, chilli paste, and basketballs.

In a recent project, she challenged herself to create a new piece of food art everyday for a month, and share the results on Instagram. Only food can be used, and the creations are placed on a white plate backdrop.

See her creative works of food art here.

19 Food Hacks for Cafeterias

Turn hard-boiled eggs into deviled eggs.


Peel the eggs, take the yolks out, mix with mayo, mustard, relish, and salt and pepper. Put back in the eggs. Throw some salad-bar bacon bits on that business. BLACK MAGIC.

Soft-serve ice cream, meet cereal bar.


This particular high-low combo is olive oil (it’s really good on ice cream, trust) and Rice Krispies. Could also imagine Cocoa Puffs doing something very special here.

Make boring baked potatoes awesome by twice-“baking” them in the microwave.


Mash up the insides with a fork, mix in cheese and anything else you like from the salad bar (scallions, bacon bits, etc.), and microwave for a minute to help everything meld.

Collect ingredients to make your own trail mix.


Chocolate and nuts from the ice cream toppings, dried fruit and sunflower seeds from the salad bar, plus whatever cereal makes your heart sing.

Bring a ziplock bag to the dining hall and take it with you for snacking between classes (or in them).

Steam your own veggies in the microwave.


Instead of dealing with whatever limp, gray vegetal matter is awaiting you in a steam tray, cook raw veggies from the salad bar (broccoli, carrots, peppers, etc) by microwaving them in a bowl with a little water until they’re crunchy-tender. Then you can dress them with olive oil, salt, and maybe a little lemon from the drinks station (if you’re feeling frisky). 

If there’s chili, layer it with lettuce, tortilla chips, cheese, tomatoes, etc., to make taco salad.


Microwave a toasted bagel with sauce from the pasta line and cheese from the salad bar. Pizza bagel!


Mix peanut butter, soy sauce, and Sriracha to make Thai-style sauce for chicken.


Guaranteed to perk up even the sorriest industrial chicken chunks.

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