Healthy meals can be hard to find and being trapped in the house makes eating seem that much more fun. Everyone has different tastes, and the recipes listed below are hopefully compatible with everyone’s likes and dislikes! Tune in to all the healthy meals that will keep you from gaining weight while being stuck in the house. Whether you are vegan or a carnivore, we will promise to have something for you below!
1. Spinach And Mushroom Quiche
I have a soft spot for quiche. I absolutely love this meal, and I love how it can be eaten at really any time of the day. Perfectly paired with a garden salad, this meal is both healthy and delicious. The protein from the eggs will keep you feeling full, the spinach has energizing properties that will fuel your brain for nourishment.
The best thing about eating a quiche is that it is light enough, so you don’t have that dreaded full, tired, lethargic feeling after eating. Another side dish that is perfectly paired with quiche is fruit. Grapes, pineapple, and strawberries are some of my favorite fruit salads. If you want, you can even skip the dairy in the quiche. There are plenty of recipes on Pinterest! Check them out!
2. Taco Salad With Lime
This can either be made with beef or chicken and compares to a burrito bowl from a Mexican restaurant. You’ll need lettuce, beans, salsa, the meat of your choice, cheese, and (optional) rice. Using lime for added flavor, squirt on to the bowl for a perfect finishing touch. Salt and pepper to top it off!
Making healthy meals can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! This taco salad recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner! Serve with tortilla chips or as is.
3. Acai Bowls
Acai bowls are fresh and delicious! Get creative with the many different flavors and fruit that you can add to this recipe. Acai bowls put simply are blended smoothie topped with fruit, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and more. My favorite acai bowl is a blended smoothie with banana, blueberries, almond milk, and peanut butter. Once this is blended, pour into a bowl and top it with the fruit of your choice, along with chia seeds and coconut flakes. This recipe is delicious and refreshing and can be made with many other flavors too!
4. Baby Carrots And Hummus
This may not be a meal, but it does count as a delicious appetizer. Cut up celery and set aside fresh baby carrots for a delicious and healthy snack! Hummus is a fancy word for ground chickpeas, also vegan, and super nutritious. I eat baby carrots and hummus all the time! This is a healthier spin on chips and dip, and you won’t feel gross after eating it. Give yourself some energy with this snack. I always remember my doctor telling me to ‘eat like a rainbow’, and she is right, most of the healthier foods are of brighter colors, like oranges, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, grapes, apples, blueberries, and so on. Have you ever seen something rainbow colored that isn’t healthy?
5. Caesar Salad
This is one of my favorite recipes. Nothing beats a chicken caesar salad or a chicken caesar wrap. Healthy, appetizing, and covering all the food groups, these meals will keep you satisfied! Throw together romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, parmesan cheese, and croutons, and you have got a perfect meal in just a few minutes! One of the best things about a caesar salad is how easy and quick it is to make! For a lighter salad dressing, you can use salt and pepper with olive oil. Not everyone is a fan of the creamy caesar dressing, and that’s ok!
Burritos are a classic! Not only are they delicious, but they also provide some of your essential nutrients. The meat and beans in a burrito is a great source of protein, making you feel full for longer. The veggies and rice in a burrito cancel each other out, meaning the carbohydrates and vegetables perfectly go together, making it a balanced meal. I may have cheated on this one and purchased one from a take out restaurant, but either way, super satisfying! I definetly have a soft spot for Mexican food, if you can’t tell.
7. Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is the best to add to a salad and has a very neutral taste. Most vegans enjoy quinoa-based meals, it is a healthy alternative as opposed to rice. This meal requires a typical salad, plus your choice of meat. Red and yellow bell pepper, chopped romaine, olives, cauliflower, chopped carrot, and quinoa! Salt, pepper, and olive oil make for a great homemade dressing. Enjoy! Quinoa is a great source of whole grains, and it doesn’t have the gross after feeling of rice. Grains such as rice were intended to be a side dish, and eaten in moderation. I hope you enjoy it!
8. Kale Soup
Kale soup is one of my favorites. Many people don’t realize it, but kale is a superfood and is one of the best things you can do for your body. A classic kale soup recipe is with kale, kidney beans, potato, and linguica. I love this recipe, but you can alter it to your liking. This is healthy, delicious and super satisfying!
9. Three Bean Dip
If you are anything like me, you love dips. I love the three-layer bean dip, not only is it vegan friendly, but you can also use it as a spread, on wraps and or sandwiches. Use baby carrots, celery, cucumber, and crackers as an assortment and enjoy this snack! Use as an appetizer before a meal, or a mid-study session snack.
Being trapped in the house is never fun, but with a few of these healthy recipes not only will it give you something to do, but they are also nutritious! I hope everyone enjoyed reading this article! Which recipe was your favorite? Comment below!
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