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Illini 4000 prepares to bike across the country

Illini 4000 members will bike through 13 states on their 4,519.1 mile journey starting May 23.

By Brittney Nadler

April 29, 2015

They end at the Golden Gate Bridge, weave past accident-prone casual bikers, and glide down one final hill before reuniting with their families on a beach after 73 days apart. They are Illini 4000, a registered nonprofit and Registered Student Organization that raises money for cancer research, patient supp...

Layalina Mediterranean Grill

The Layalina Mixed Grill from Layalina Mediterranean Grill, with hummus, pita bread, and the stuffed falafel.

April 15, 2014

Sitting on the corner of First Street and Springfield Avenue, Layalina Mediterranean Grill does not overtly demand attention, yet it is inviting nonetheless. The interior is dimly lit with wooden tables and booths filling the open room and Middle Eastern decorations lining the walls. A popular menu item...

Cookie dough balls made healthy

These vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls not only taste great and satisfy that sweet tooth, but they are also packed with protein and serve as a healthy alternative to store-bought, highly-processed cookie dough.

By Elizabeth Dye

March 17, 2014

Cookie dough is arguably every woman’s best friend — and immortal enemy. While cookie dough can provide a world of comfort for a stressed student during midterm week, once that first bite is taken, it can be difficult to ever stop. And, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrit...

Dish of the Week: Colorful edamame salad

Colorful edamame salad, a recipe from the University of Illinois Wellness Center’s Recipe Box, is a healthy dish to try during March, which is Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month.

By Stephanie Kim

March 3, 2014

With shredded carrots, spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes and more, this colorful edamame salad will give you a fresh start to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month.   It may even revive short-lived New Year’s resolutions related to healthy eating. Whatever the case may be, one thing...

Find a taste of Ireland in Dublin O’Neil’s Pub Burger

Find a taste of Ireland in Dublin O’Neil’s Pub Burger

By Raymond Sobczak

February 26, 2014

While walking down Neil Street in downtown Champaign, I could see a diverse mix of eclectic restaurants and shops. Hidden among the many eateries is an Irish gem: Dublin O’Neil’s. The Irish pub and grill may appear small from the curb, but it makes up for its meager size on the inside, with its o...

Dish of the Week: Crepes from Pekara Bakery and Bistro

The Nutella served with Banana and Walnuts is one of Pekara Bistro and Bakery's top-selling sweet crepes. The warm tortilla is filled with Nutella and cream cheese and topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar and walnuts.

February 19, 2014

Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, Pekara Bakery and Bistro specializes in making fresh and organic foods. “We have a bake house on First Street that we use for our baked goods, and none of our breads have preservatives or artificial flavoring,” said Ryan Schwartz, a Pekara’s kitchen staff emplo...

Dish of the Week: Rediscovered pizza recipe makes for a tasty reunion, newfound tradition

Pictured is a completed homemade pizza made with the recipe. Writer Stephanie Kim chose green peppers, pepperoni and mushrooms as toppings to complete this traditional recipe 

By Stephanie Kim

February 10, 2014

Last November, after reading my Dish of the Week article about Antonio’s Pesto Tortellini Pizza, alumnus Paul Jarosz emailed me with one request: to find a deep-dish pizza recipe that he had lost, but that had been printed in the Daily Illini during the early ‘70s. Thanks to technology, I was abl...

Dish of the Week: Green Smoothie

 Anna’s green smoothie is a quick and easy way to add a serving of vegetables to students’ daily diets.

By Anna Hecht

February 3, 2014

What’s green, tasty and surprisingly sweet? It’s my go-to, grab-and-go breakfast smoothie, of course. Packed with nutrients, this satisfying smoothie is easy to make and is a lifesaver for students — like myself — who are not exactly morning people.  For those who have seen me slurping down a ...

Dish of the Week: Four-ingredient Saltine Toffee Crisps

Consisting of four ingredients, Saltine Toffee Crisps are simple and delicious treats that satisfy both one’s sweet and salty cravings.

By Alice Smelyansky

January 28, 2014

When the wind chill hovers around minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit and walking to class becomes a serious workout, it’s perfectly normal to find yourself in hibernation mode. If the idea of leaving a source of heat to brave the icy weather gives you actual chills, then make use of your time and treat you...

Dish of the Week: One-ingredient banana purée ice cream

Banana purée ice cream serves as a healthy alternative to sweet, sugary desserts. The dish only requires three frozen bananas and a blender or food processor.

By Anna Hecht

January 21, 2014

Delectable ice cream made from a single ingredient, and it’s healthy? I didn’t believe it either — until I tried it for myself. To make one-ingredient banana purée ice cream, all you need is three frozen bananas, a blender or food processor and an insatiable appetite. Now, I’m not saying that...

Christmas chocolate balls serve as a healthy alternative to traditional holiday sweets

Christmas chocolate balls are a healthy substitute to processed, calorie-heavy treats. They are made with walnuts, shredded coconut, vanilla, raw cacao and pitted dates

By Mikayla Ostendorf

December 10, 2013

Attention, sweet-tooth victims: The holiday season has arrived. There will be parties, and those parties will have more delicious desserts than your mind could ever dream up. For those wanting to avoid processed, calorie-heavy treats, Christmas chocolate balls serves as a healthy alternative. Christ...

Dish of the Week: Spaghetti Squash

Topped with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, spaghetti squash contains a quarter of the calories of its pasta counterpart. 

By Elizabeth Dye

December 4, 2013

As Thanksgiving break has come to a close, students may have noticed their jeans fitting a bit more snuggly than usual and their belts needing to be buckled notch or two looser. While the surplus of unhealthy yet delicious homemade dishes served during the holidays might have contributed to this weight ...

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