Healthy eating in quarantine


The Fruit Bowl and Cinnamon Sugar Dried Apples. These snacks can be made quickly with common household ingredients.

photo by Mardi Pfeifer

With these current circumstances created by COVID-19, it seems as if most people are bored all the time, and as most people know, boredom usually results in hunger. These long and lazy days usually lead to unhealthy eating habits, habits that can be easily avoided with easy-to-make and healthy foods.

Fruit Bowl

Sure, this sounds basic, but it is the perfect snack. Packed with nutrients and vitamins, a bowl of your favorite fruits can fill you up until your next meal. If you are feeling as if you want your bowl to be a bit sweeter, just top it with honey, or even better; agave.

With the arrival of springtime and warm weather comes the harvest of many fruits. Grapefruit, pineapple, apricots, navel oranges and strawberries are just a few of the perfectly ripe and ready to eat fruit from around this time of the year.

Bell Pepper Sandwich

photo by Kayla Dyck

This bread-free alternative is a perfect go-to. Fill a half of a bell pepper with sprouts, lettuce, and other delicious vegetables and you will have a healthy, colorful and delicious snack or meal. If you are in the mood for a bit more of a flavor variation, add humus. Switching bread to a more nourishing alternative will be sure to make you and your stomach happy. 

Cinnamon Sugar Dried Apples

This addicting snack will be sure to leave you satisfied. Simply slice apples into thin pieces, place them on a cookie tray and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Let them cook for about an hour and a half on 250 degree heat and enjoy!

A snack like this is perfect because of its versatility, as it can be eaten fresh or saved in a tupperware. This recipe can be made in quantities as large as you please and can last for a few days if kept in a proper container. Whenever you feel hungry for a snack, you can grab your apple chips from the pantry, rather than a Pop Tart or Cheetos. 

¨Pickled¨ Cucumbers

photo by Sydney Lasensky

Do you ever want to make pickles but you don’t feel like waiting a literal two weeks? Well, here is the perfect solution. All you need are sliced cucumbers, a plastic bag, lemon juice and Trader Joe’s´ Everything but the Bagel seasoning and garlic salt. Just mix the seasoning together and shake the cucumber up inside the bag and ta-dah! You have a super fresh snack that was made in minutes!

Avocado Toast

photo by Mardi Pfeifer

Known as an absolute classic for all SoCal residents, this perfect combination of fresh produce and warm bread is the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack. Merely mash half of an avocado into a small bowl and mix with a pinch of salt. Spread onto toasted bread, add toppings of your choice and enjoy. Whether you want sunny-side-up eggs, tomatoes, pesto, strawberries or even turkey bacon, just know that the flavor combinations are endless!

Each one of these recipes has ingredients that can be found at your local farmers market! I encourage you to shop there, as the produce is always so delicious and ripe. Now that you have read these recipes, I hope that you try them out the next time you feel like binging on junk food! Stay safe and stay healthy, Lancers!

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