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

Illini 4000 prepares to bike across the country

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...

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

Layalina Mediterranean Grill

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...

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.

Cookie dough balls made healthy

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,...

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.

Dish of the Week: Colorful edamame salad

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...

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...

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

Dish of the Week: Crepes from Pekara Bakery and Bistro

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...

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 

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

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...

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

Dish of the Week: Green Smoothie

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...

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

Dish of the Week: Four-ingredient Saltine Toffee Crisps

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...

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.

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

Dish of the Week: Spaghetti Squash

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...

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