Quarantine is the perfect time to try new recipes with random things around the house! With the high difficulty of finding in-stock items it gives us a chance to play around with ingredients we already have in the house and try new recipes.
- No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
These were a hit in my house! Super easy to make and full of protein, it is a great snack to grab in between zoom classes. There are only four ingredients needed which are old fashioned oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips, honey, and creamy peanut butter. An optional ingredient is a type of seeds to help with digestion. All you need is ⅔ cup of creamy peanut butter, ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup of old fashioned oats, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix them together, then put in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes. Take them out and roll into balls! Now you have a quick and easy snack that is very filling and healthy.
- Avocado Toast
The next snack I recommend for quarantine is avocado toast. For me, we have been getting a lot of avocados since there is a minimum we need to order so I have been discovering new ways to use them. One way I have found I really like is to mash the avocado and put it on a piece of whole grain toast. Then I cut some tomatoes to put on top and drizzle with balsamic dressing!! This is very filling and healthy and could be eaten as a snack or a meal!
- Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great snack for on the go or to eat during zoom classes. You can buy premade trail mixes (some of my favorites are from Target and Trader Joes), however you can also make your own! Add some nuts you have on hand, maybe some chocolate chips or M&M’s for a sweet touch, and dried fruit if you have on hand! You can really customize this to your liking and it holds you over for a while.
It is important to still be getting enough vitamins and nutrients during quarantine. This includes eating lots of fruits and veggies. Order some fruit from a local farm, if possible, and eat fruit. It is good for your digestive system and a bowl of fresh fruit if always refreshing and mood boosting. I have particularly been enjoying raspberries, bananas, clementines, and strawberries.
- Banana Bread
You may have seen memes about everyone making banana bread during quarantine. This is a great option because it requires some ripe bananas and other common household ingredients. You can try to make a healthier version with ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, honey, and cinnamon. There are tons of recipes online so feel free to pick one which fits you best and what you have on hand! It is great to snack on during the day for something a bit sweet but not too unhealthy. Additionally, this is great if you have too many bananas and want to mix it up instead of just eating the plain bananas.
These are all great options to snack on during quarantine instead of chips or ice cream. Take this time to try new recipes and clear out some soon-to-be expired ingredients in your pantry. I have been mixing all types of ingredients for snacks and meals to give my taste buds something new and interesting. Let me know if you tried any of these recipes and comment below what you have been snacking on!