Stay healthy this season! Right now is better than ever to stay focused on living a healthy lifestyle. Use your free time to learn how to create all kinds of new recipes. Try ingredients you never thought you’d like, and see what kind of meals you can create with them. Eating healthy is important during such unusual and uncertain times as it will leave you feeling good and help you stay productive and keep your mind on track. Plus, it’ll keep you strong and healthy so your body can help fight off illnesses. Check out some delicious healthy meals you can make while you’re stuck at home!
Smoothie bowls are so refreshing and so delicious. Start by creating your favorite smoothie, whether it’s with bananas, berries, spinach, mangos, etc. Make sure to blend it to a thicker consistency so that you need to use a spoon instead of a straw. Dish it into a bowl and throw granola, berries, coconut shavings, chocolate chips, or honey on top to create your version of a smoothie bowl. These are sure to impress your taste buds and leave your stomach full! For great smoothie bowl recipes, click here!
Ah, my favorite lunch. Digging into giant homemade deli sandwiches is my favorite way to satisfy my stomach. Start by toasting whole wheat bread. Pick a protein of your choice, whether it’s turkey, chicken, or ham, or maybe even a little of each if you’re feeling really hungry. Make sure to load up on veggies. I try to incorporate veggies into every single meal of mine, whether it’s carrots on the side of my meal or extra spinach and broccoli in my eggs. Some great healthy additions to your sandwiches include spinach, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, or avocado. Try to include two or three of these to each sandwich! For taste, spread on light mayo or your favorite salad dressings.
Topped Rice Cakes
These are my go-to when I start to feel hungry between lunch and dinner. Rice cakes with creative toppings are so delicious and give you an option to get creative with your food! I prefer using multigrain or brown-rice rice cakes. There are so many different directions you can go with this idea. For a sweet taste, throw on some berries and Nutella. If you’re a peanut butter lover, spread some on and top it with banana slices and cinnamon. One of my favorite ideas is topping a rice cake with tuna fish or chicken salad. Having two or three of these with a side of veggies or fruit is a perfect idea for a light lunch or snack! For more creative topping ideas, click here!
Oats are one of the healthiest grains for you. They’re a great source of protein and fiber and will leave you feeling full much longer than usual. Let’s be honest, nobody likes a plain boring ol’ bowl of oatmeal. Like most healthy foods, you need to get creative! One of my favorite ways to eat oatmeal is mixed in a bowl with a variety of toppings. These toppings can include but are not limited to peanut or almond butter, bananas, berries, granola, chia seeds, coconut shavings, chocolate chips, nuts, honey, or cinnamon. What will your oatmeal bowl look like?
Banana Oat Pancakes
Who doesn’t love waking up and indulging in a hot stack of pancakes? Did you know that you can cook up pancakes that are healthy for you? These three-ingredient pancakes are so simple to make. All you need is oat flour, plant-based milk, and banana. These are both gluten-free and vegan friendly, so they’re fit for anyone to enjoy! In just around 20 minutes, these pancakes will be steaming on your plate. Top them with bananas, berries, sugar-free syrup or nuts and you have yourself a delicious breakfast! Click here for the full recipe.
Zucchini brownies? Huh? Yeah, we had the same thoughts at first, but they’re surprisingly delicious. Get all the benefits of eating healthy, but with the same mouth-watering brownie taste. Some ingredients you’ll need include zucchini (of course), ground oats, cocoa powder, nut butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, and plant-based milk. These super moist brownies are gluten-free and vegan yet still taste so rich and chocolatey. For the full list of ingredients and recipe, click here. These are a great healthy option for any movie/game night you have while stuck at home!
If I had the option to eat these every day, I would. I go out of my way to buy these at coffee shops for around two dollars per ball! That’s crazy expensive, and now that we’re all stuck at home, it’s time to switch over and create them ourselves. Energy balls are so tasty and a great treat to kick off the day. The basic ingredients for these balls include oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut shavings. Depending on which ball you make, whether it’s the Sweet and Salty, Monster Cookie, Oatmeal Cookie or Chocolate Banana, you’re sure to become obsessed. The recipe is super easy and involves no baking whatsoever! For the full recipe for each of these energy balls, click here.
Cook up your own breakfast burritos right from home! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So why not spend a little extra time creating yours? Breakfast burritos are so tasty and can be healthy when done right. Make sure to use a whole wheat wrap for the outside, rather than a flour one. Scramble up two eggs if using the entire egg, or three if using just the whites. Pack your scramble with peppers, onions, tomatoes, fat-free cheese, and a meat of your choice, such as sausage, ham or bacon. Stuff your egg scramble into the wrap and serve with a side of fruit or avocado. These burritos will taste as if they were restaurant-made!
Cobb salads are packed with delicious meats and veggies. To create a five-start tasting salad, you’ll need avocado, tomato, cucumber, onion, hard-boiled egg, grilled chicken, bacon and bleu cheese. If you have all these ingredients at home, you’re set up for the best salad you’ve ever made. If not, feel free to get creative with what you have in the fridge! Even if it’s not Cobb, a fresh veggie salad is always a tasty way to make sure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need. Top with any low-calorie dressing of your choice.
Tomato Chicken Spinach Spaghetti
Spaghetti is my favorite dinner option. Instead of regular spaghetti, try to use whole wheat or veggie spaghetti. Another great idea is using zucchini noodles to completely replace spaghetti in the recipe. After boiling the pasta, mix it in a pan with diced tomatoes, spinach, and mouth-watering chicken. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and dig in! You’re sure to love this healthy at-home meal. For the full recipe, click here!
Which healthy meals will you be trying first? Let us know your favorite recipes to make at-home in the comments below!
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Kenley Stevenson grew up on Long Island, New York. Being a short train ride from New York City, opportunities for her to create and grow were endless. Now, she is currently a junior English/Journalism major at the University of New Hampshire. On top of Society19, she also write articles for Trill! Magazine. She has a huge passion for food, fashion, and anything related to today’s pop culture, and hopes to spend her future writing about it.