Posts by Andrea Cooley

Go ride a bike!

Des Moines is making headlines again, this time with the launch of Bcycle. Right now the only other two cities with this are Denver and Chicago. Way to go Des Moines for embracing bike culture early on! The business model is based on the idea of  bike sharing. You can rent a bike from convenient […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: wheat berry salad

One of my healthy-eating goals is to experiment with whole grains. I’ve started using brown rice instead of white and have made quinoa (which is supposed to be the most complete protein). This wheat berry salad is next on my list. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen wheat berries at Gateway Market or Campbell’s Nutrition and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: chocolate souffle

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? The best things about this recipe from Cooking Light is that is makes two individual servings and it’s under 200 calories. Don’t be intimidated by the word souffle. Read the directions, it’s actually a pretty simple recipe. Chocolate souffle Cooking spray 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup […]

— Andrea Cooley

Des Moines dining

If you consider yourself a foodie or just love a good deal, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ 3rd annual restaurant week, August 20-29. Chefs at 39 local restaurants are offering fixed menu dinners or two lunches for $25 featuring special menus. This is a great excuse to try a new restaurant or order […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: black bean burger

I used to always have Morningstar Farms black bean burgers in the freezer for a back-up dinner. Then I discovered this recipe in an old issue of Better Homes and Gardens and realized I can make burgers that are even better. I still can’t get my husband to eat these, so I freeze the extras. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: blackberry-peach smoothie

I love fruit smoothies, especially after a workout. I’m hoping to get peaches at the farmer’s market this weekend to make this smoothie. The green monster is still my go-to smoothie, but this one’s pretty good! Blackberry-peach smoothie 4-5 ice cubes 2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and quartered 1/4 cu) blackberries 1/2 cup fat-free skim […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: gazpacho

The tomatoes in my garden aren’t quite ripe yet, but when they are I’m going to be making lots of this gazpacho and every other tomato recipe I can get my hands on. When it’s cold out, I love a big bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich, but when it’s hot out, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Welcome to Des Moines!

Orientation for osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, anatomy and biomedical science students starts August 3, and the physician assistant students have been in class since the beginning of June, so campus is starting to get busy! If you are just moving to Des Moines and getting settled into a new city, here are some […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: zucchini cakes

I have a vegetable garden for the first time this year and so far the main thing I’ve harvested is zucchini. I eat it raw on salads, roasted or sauteed, in muffins or cake and now even in pancake form! My only disclaimer on this recipe, is that depending on how much oil you use […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: pesto

It’s way too hot to think about cooking anything, so this week’s recipe doesn’t involve the oven. I love pesto on just about anything: sandwiches, pasta, bread, even pizza. I especially love making it with fresh basil from my herb garden. I’ve heard that you can leave out the cheese and freeze prepared pesto in […]

— Andrea Cooley

Med school sneak peak

The DMU Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program welcomes 10 undergrad students to campus for the next 3 weeks. They will be learning what it’s like to be a student of osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy or physician assistant studies at Des Moines University. During their time at DMU, students will hear lectures, tour […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Mediterranean tuna salad

If you’ve read many of my recipe posts, you know I’m a big fan of tuna. Tuna salad sandwiches and tuna casserole are two of my favorites. This tuna recipe is perfect for a hot day. It’s cold, light and refreshing. I’m having leftovers for lunch today! This is another recipe from EatingWell, part of […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: sweet potato fries

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe yet. It’s super simple and one of my favorites. I love sweet potatoes, especially since they are high in vitamins A and B6. And who doesn’t love a “healthy” French fry? Sweet potato fries 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into wedges 2 teaspoons canola oil […]

— Andrea Cooley

Educating primary care physicians

Health care reform continues to be a hot topic and a recent article in the Business Record addresses the shortages of primary care physicians and how federal investments are aimed to help this. DMU is doing its part by educating doctors and physician assistants to meet the growing needs of Iowans and Americans. As the […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: frozen yogurt pops

I have a new favorite source for healthy recipes: Eating Well. How have I not heard about this magazine/website? I pride myself on being in the loop when it comes to magazines, but somehow this one slipped through my radar. Now that I’ve discovered it, I have some catching up to do! It’s been steamy […]

— Andrea Cooley

Podiatry preview

If you’re interested in applying to medical school or pursuing a career in health care the best way to get a feel for a school or program is to visit the campus and ask a lot of questions. For the next 2 days, Des Moines University is hosting 8 undergraduate students for the 2nd annual […]

— Andrea Cooley

Happy summer!

Today is officially the first day of summer! June 21 is the summer solstice, the day when the earth is tilted closest to the sun. That means it is also the longest day of the year with 15 hours of daylight. To kick off the next 3 months here’s a list of 10 things to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: light potato salad

Potato salad is a staple at summer picnics, but I’m not a fan of gloppy potato salad. So I went looking for a lighter version that would satisfy my husband’s request for creamy and my desire for lower calories. This recipe meets both demands with extra veggies and light ranch dressing for a tangy zip. […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the road

Whether you are a long-time runner or have a goal to run your first 5K this summer, Des Moines and the surrounding areas have plenty of road races to choose–including DMU’s 3rd annual Run-Day-Voo, August 14. Here are some of our favorites. For a complete list of races, check out Fitness Sports (visit the store […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a spin around the Des Moines

Now you don’t have to own a bike to enjoy the trails throughout the city. This summer for the first time, Des Moines Parks and Recreation teamed up with Bike World to offer bike rentals at the concession stand at Gray’s Lake Park. You can choose from hybrid, mountain or road bikes in adult and […]

— Andrea Cooley