Team Slender Meatless Monday: Black Bean & Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Cara of Team Slender and Caramelized Touch is here today to share with you a portable Meatless Monday lunch. With the fresh veggies, plant-based protein from the black beans, and healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from the avocado, these wraps are definitely Slender Student approved.


Team Slender Meatless Monday: Black Bean & Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Black Bean & Avocado Lettuce Wraps
Makes: 4 servings | Calories per serving: 180
Fat: 5.9 g (Sat Fat: 1 g) | Carbohydrate: 25.1 g | Fiber: 10.2 g | Protein: 8.8 g

2 C black beans, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small tomato
4 large butter lettuce leaves
½ avocado
1 t olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, sauté garlic a drizzle of olive oil. Add black beans and stir to warm. Use a fork to slightly mash beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Place ½ C black bean on each lettuce leaf. Top each with a slice of tomato, two small slices of avocado, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Wrap the leaves into tight rolls and slice in half, if desired. Enjoy right away or pack yours in a tupperware for a tasty lunch on campus!

Team Slender Meatless Monday: Black Bean & Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Recipe adapted from Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth

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Slender Sororities

After a week off from blogging and a weekend off from slender eating thanks to Moms’ Weekend, I’m so happy to be back with a a full arsenal of posts that I think you’re all going to love.
UT AEPhi gets slender! | The Slender Student The girls of UT AEPhi take Bar Method classes together, listen to a talk on portion control from yours truly, snack on slender alternatives, and team up for a mud run!

Healthy tips from Melissa, a freshman Alpha Phi | The Slender Student Melissa, a freshman Alpha Phi at Wash U, shares her tips for staying slender and how her sorority helps her do it!
UGA Chi O stays slender post-workout | The Slender Student

Some UGA freshmen Chi Os making slender post-workout choices in their dining hall!

UT KKG after a class at The Bar Method! | The Slender Student

Texas KKGs post-Bar Method burn!

Advice from Victoria, a freshman Pi Phi at Vanderbilt! | The Slender Student

Victoria, a freshman Pi Phi at Vanderbilt, on slender sorority bonding.Tulane Chi O throws it back to Jazzercise! | The Slender StudentTulane Chi O throws it back to Jazzercise!

Thank you to all the slender sorority girls who sent in their photos and tips. Way to rep ya crew. If your girls weren’t featured today, please feel free to send in how y’all stay slender and I’ll be sure to put you in the next Slender Sorority post! Also, a big thanks to the always awesome girls of Team Slender (Nicole, Alexis, and Cara) for helping me put this together!

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Team Slender: Zucchini Fries

Today Cara, our Team Slender junior, is here to share a side dish recipe that’ll have you questioning all of your foundational food beliefs– Are vegetables boring or awesome? Can I bread something other than chicken? I don’t have to fry my food to make it hot and crispy and sexy and delicious? Team Slender, blowin’ ya mind.

Oh, and after you get your on head straight, be sure to come back tomorrow for a cilantro ranch dressing recipe that’s perfect for dippin’ these fries into.


Zucchini Fries from Cara of Team Slender | The Slender Student

Zucchini Oven Fries
Makes: 4-6 servings | Calories per serving: 85
Fat: 3.5 g (Sat Fat: 1.0 g) | Carbohydrate: 9.0 g | Fiber: 2.0 g| Protein: 5.0 g

2 (12 oz.) zucchini, cut into 3-inch sticks
1/2 C panko bread crumbs
1/4 C shredded Parmesan
1/8 t ground cumin
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried oregano
1/4 t paprika
1 t kosher salt
2 t olive oil
2 egg whites

1. Preheat your oven to 450°
2. In a bowl, mix together panko bread crumbs, Parmesan, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, paprika and salt.
3. Add olive oil and mix with fingertips until well combined
4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until frothy.  Toss in zucchini sticks and coat with egg whites.
5. Transfer sticks to bread crumb mixture, press crumbs onto zucchini and place on a baking sheet.
6. Bake until golden and just tender, about 12 min.  Serve immediately as an appetizer with marinara dipping sauce, tomorrow’s dressing recipe, or serve with an all-star burger!

adapted from Ladies’ Home Journal magazine


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Team Slender: Daring in the Dining Hall

Did you miss last week’s giveaway? It closes today at 3 pm CST! And if you live in Austin, come out to CYC tomorrow night to meet chef/author Nisa Burns and I for a cooking demo and tasting!

Our Team Slender freshman, Nicole, is here today talking about how to avoid the dining hall snoozefest that can halt your journey to slenderhood! Your girl’s got some easy and simple ideas that will keep you on the straight and narrow and out of the on campus fast food traps.


Choices to make in the dining hall to keep things interesting AND slender! | The Slender Student

As a college freshman, my meal plan kicks me every time I even think about thinking about buying meals outside the dining hall. Let’s be honest, how many plain, three-ingredient salads can you eat (because it’s the only healthy option) before you turn into a rabbit? So, this is my guide to spicing up the dining hall, so you don’t have to feel the guilt of letting your meal plan go by unused. By spending on just a few extra items, you can dress up your meal into a deliciously healthy meal without needing to venture outside of the campus cafeteria.

  1. Keep the boring staple deli meats, but try using your own bread. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask the chefs to prepare your sandwich with your own personal bread stash. Invest in a few 100-calorie flatbreads (Flat Out, Pepperidge Farms, Thomas’) to use on your sandwich instead of wasting your calories on Wonder Bread.
  2. Use your own salad dressing! Cutting back to a low-fat or fat-free dressing can cut out hundreds of unnecessary calories. Walden Farms makes 20 different fat free flavors of salad dressing that will make you think you’re eating a restaurant-style Caesar Salad.
  3. Say cheese! Reduced fat cheese, that is. Reduced fat shredded cheese is a perfect topping to your sandwich thins (try it with some tomato sauce for some homemade pizza) and a great substitute for the standard dining hall cheese that’s high in saturated fat. Try putting feta on top of your dining hall salad, or American cheese over a (bunless?) burger. Low fat cheese can make your meal more exciting without the burden of packing on the pounds!
  4. Spice up…everything! I have started to put hot sauce on almost everything I eat. Franks happens to be my favorite. This zero guilt topping gives my eggs, sandwiches, meats, and vegetables a kick when I’m getting bored of my routine meals.


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Team Slender: A half that makes you whole.

Did you miss yesterday’s giveaway? It’s not too late to enter!

Thank goodness for Cara from Team Slender. She’s here today with her half marathon training guide, something that this self-proclaimed non-runner is unlikely to ever commit to… Though after this post, I’m giving it a second thought.


A half marathon training guide from Cara of Team Slender! | The Slender Student

Last August, I registered for the Livestrong Austin Marathon, uncertain of my abilities and merely in the shadow of my pro-runner father. He signed up for the race as his “sweet sixteen”—16th full, 26.2 mile marathon—and at that point, I could attempt to run approximately one mile before huffing and puffing in exhaustion.

My goal? To finish. I knew that once I crossed that finish line, my world would be transformed. And that feeling is what pushed me to get out of bed every morning, put on my running shoes and step outside.

Living in Austin, I found that the city’s grid-like foundation allows easy mileage tracking—the street’s stoplights are almost perfect mile markers. I also used RunKeeper, a free iPhone app that uses GPS to track your mileage, routes, pace, calories and time. Download it right now.

I molded my personal plan from Shape’s guide, which I found very practical. Many publish 10- to 12-week plans, but I believe that the acclimation process to a running lifestyle is easier if you begin earlier.

My key focus is consistency. Stay true to your final mileage every single day. When I first decided to take running seriously, I couldn’t run a 5K. Instead, I would walk and run a total of those 3.1 miles. I wouldn’t let myself go back home until I completed the 5K. After a few weeks, I ran a 5K at a steady 10-minute mile pace without hesitation; and once I reached that comfort level, I could move on to mastering further distances.

{Hint: Self motivation requires some self reward. After mastering your first 5K, 10K or 10 mile run, pick out a new running accessory at Lululemon. You’ll know that you deserved it!}

After four challenging months of training, questioning my intentions, many pep talks from friends and family and too many trips to Lululemon for the perfect running outfit (oops), I was ready.

The triumph in training for and finishing a half marathon is enough to prove that self-motivation is sufficient, that consistency is key, that completion is glorious, that passion is everything.

So, I’m telling you—you can do it. Your passion will move you through training and toward the finish line. You can certainly run 13.1 miles, a half that will make you whole—mentally, physically, and spiritually.

A half marathon training guide from Cara of Team Slender! | The Slender Student


Amazing, right?! Don’t forget to check out Cara’s blog!

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