Hummus is one of the more underrated snacks in the entire roster of foods. Most people (myself included) serve it with chips or pretzels during gatherings with people, meanwhile, I just buy it because I love it. Just yesterday, I finished devouring the pretzels I had on my kitchen shelf which led me ponder the question: “What should I do with the remaining hummus I have?” So today I fixed up a delicious and healthy homemade tuna salad recipe that I wanted to share with others.
I didn’t take any measurements for this recipe. You can just add the amount of whichever ingredient you like more of. All of the vegetables were diced very thin and in squares, but if you like things on the chunky side, so be it. Here is a list of everything I used and blended together to make this dish:
Starkest canned tuna
A fresh lemon
Cedars original hummus
After making combining the ingredients, I toasted two slices of whole wheat bread and applied the mix after placing a bed of fresh kale underneath. If it really floats your boat, you can use spinach, too. For an extra kick, throw a small dash of paprika on the tuna mixture before placing the other slice of bread on top.
So next time you throw a party and you or a significant other accidentally buys hummus, you can try this recipe instead of throwing the remains away or letting it sit inside of your refrigerator.
This summer has been a total spiral for me. My Twitter account has blown up since the Green Bay Packers started their offseason program, my Milwaukee Bucks coverage continued, and the biggest thing of all, my decision on where I will be attending school next fall has be stalking me non-stop. Today, it’s over. I’ve finally made my decision. I will not be attending Marquette University for the reminder of my college career. I’m going back to the school where I have already made a name for myself…the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
This was one of the hardest decisions of my entire life (hence, why it took so long), and I spoke with over 15 professional journalists about this choice. My whole college life I’ve been bothered by this superstition that I needed to go to journalism school and that in order for me to get a good job, I need a school with a high pedigree. But what really matters in this field of journalism is experience. Period. Instead of wondering what I will do at Marquette, it came to what I have done already at UW-Parkside. I think compared to students around my age, my credentials are pretty damn good. I mean, I was there in St. Francis when the Bucks drafted Jabari Parker. I was there for his press conference on the second-level of the Milwaukee Public Market. I was there when they introduced Jason Kidd in the middle of the BMO Harris Bradley Center floor. I started to notice a trend: Why am I the only college sports journalist in Milwaukee here at all of these events? Where is everybody else from these "journalism" schools? I’ve been doing everything I need to do from the beginning compared to some students who are in journalism schools sitting on the sidelines.
Many of you might not know this, but I’ve been sourced on websites like ProBasketballTalk (NBC) and Fansided (Sports Illustrated), along with other various networks/publications. Google search “Aron Yohannes Bucks” and see what I mean. I gained that credibility not from going to a journalism school, but from experience and naturally understanding how to conduct myself professionally. It's not a widespread amount, but sports fans in Milwaukee actually know who I am. Every journalist has two things in this field: their name, and their credibility. I think I’ve done a really good job at building both already.
There are many students who are stuck in journalism schools around the U.S. losing sleep over the amount of debt they have. I couldn’t afford to put myself in a situation where I’d be 10-13 thousand in debt my first year as a transfer student. Marquette offered me scholarships, but I’d be looking at another two or three years in school at the least before I completed my degree. I didn’t want to add loans on top of loans to bury myself to the core. My degree would be completed when I am approximately 23 or 24-years-old at Marquette. Staying at UW-Parkside will allow me to finish it at 22 (expected graduation: December ‘15). I have nothing bad to say about Marquette, they were very positive and upbeat with me about everything. It just wasn't going to fit right now.
Maybe I won’t get looked at the same by some job recruiters because I didn’t go to a journalism school, or a powerhouse like Auburn or Wisconsin. Fact: I already don’t get looked at the same because I’m African-American. This business is all about who you know, and how talented you actually are. I believe I’m one of the most talented/diverse/mature/creative/hardworking young sports journalists in the entire country that’s still in school and can back it up. I’ve made mistakes like everybody else, but the experience I have been able to gain is what truly matters.
Down the road I’ll consider going to graduate school, but it has to be the right fit financially and academically. That's it. One thing that is different going back to Parkside this time around is that I won’t be living in Kenosha anymore (whew). With classes only being two days a week, along with my father’s recent health scare, I’ll be living at home in Milwaukee. Please spare me with the commuting complaints, the drive is only 20-25 minutes if you don’t catch traffic and drive like a normal person. This will allow me to continue my networking in Milwaukee along with starting my fourth internship.
So while some students wait their turn at their major school newspaper or television station for a small contributing spot, I’m already ahead doing things they haven’t been able to do. Think about it, this coming season will be my THIRD covering an NBA franchise while credentialed. How many students can say that? It’s unfortunate for some that they’ll have to keep sitting on the bench.
I’m already on the floor.
Just last Thursday my life landed back here on earth and became normal once again. OK, jokes aside, my braces were forcefully removed from my teeth and I had the chance to experience dental-trillness for the first time since March of last year.
The journey was very bittersweet. I have gone through the trenches of pain – financially and physically – but the end result has been flawless (I didn’t wake up like this). Throughout the early stages of my life, I never really had the chance to experience semi-decent teeth honestly. Knowing that I can walk around freely and smile at others with a top-notch grill is an amazing feeling.
Two things have already been positively impacted by my braces being removed: my career as journalist and career with women. On the same day my braces were removed, I shot a video stand up while the Milwaukee Bucks held their NBA Draft media session at the Cousins Center in St. Francis. I can’t begin to explain how great it felt to actually smile proudly during my out cue. Don’t get me wrong, I smiled while I had my braces on, but c’mon, it’s not the same. You can put the pieces together yourself on how this has impacted my career with the ladies.
Having braces truly influenced the way I lived my life. Obviously with them on, I couldn’t drink or eat certain foods that I liked (soda, chips, etc.). In the first week alone, I already caved and have fallen victim for the typical junk food most people eat. It’s normal, and I know it’s not a regular habit for me so please don’t go crucify my Twitter mentions. This entire process has also given been a better perspective on dental hygiene. No, I won’t be switching career fields, but the simple things such as flossing and brushing three times a day have become a part of my regular routine now.
In closing, I just would like to thank the great staff of Moles and Ferri Orthodontist here in Wisconsin for their great treatment. Even though those bad boys were scheduled to be removed in February, the longer wait has certainly been worth it. My career with braces was painful, chubby, and wired to say the least, but I don’t have many regrets.
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