December 2, 2015

Yummy Recipes To Try Over Winter Break!

By Brittany Fleck, USC Student and Be Well blogger

304969Even though many of us have our own kitchens at school, taking the time to cook a recipe start to finish sometimes seems like a daunting task. Why make a meal when the easiest thing sometimes is just running out with a granola bar before class. With the much needed winter break just a few weeks away, take time for yourself to gather delicious, fresh and healthy ingredients and make something special that you can enjoy. Here are a few recipes that I have made or have been dying to try to make and just needed the time and resources.

Homemade Acai Bowl
Super EASY!! Blend together Sambazon acai puree in a blender and add your favorite fruits. I add: bananas, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, half of an avocado, some protein powder, greek yogurt, almond butter and a little bit of coconut milk. Top with granola, pomegranates, shaved coconuts, almonds or whatever else you have lying around in your cabinets. Sometimes the best combinations you didn’t mean to throw together.

You can make a smoothie bowl with ANY fruit, it doesn’t have to be based with just acai. Check out some of these other smoothie bowl recipes. The hardest part is making it a thick consistency, but its fun to experiment with different mixtures to see what works best.

Coconut Pancakes
Pancakes are my guilty pleasure breakfast food of choice, yet it is always a hassle for me to get all of the ingredients together and whip out a batch. These pancakes are just the right amount of sweet and taste amazing with adding fruits on top.

I love this so much, I make it as often as I can. But if you don’t have time, this is a good one to try over break. It is so easy to create and requires only an egg, avocado and an oven. Carve out a hole in the middle of each avocado half with a spoon. Lay each of the avocado halves on a baking dish and carefully crack 1 egg into each avocado. Bake this in an oven for 15 minutes or more depending on how cooked you enjoy your eggs. When it’s ready you can add salt and pepper. Also, if you are a fan of poached eggs, you can easily poach an egg and then add it to the cut center of the avocado!

No Bake Energy Bars
My mom sends me these in the mail at school because I never have all of the ingredients or the time!! They are so delicious and an easy snack.

Peanut (Or Almond) Butter Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
Another delicious favorite and a simple recipe when you have all the ingredients and time. Melt chocolate in a bowl, cut up a few bananas and have your jar of nut butter. Make a mini sandwich of two slices of banana with the nut butter inside and dip fully in the melted chocolate. Lay out on a cookie cutter sheet and put it in the freezer for a few hours. When they are hard take out and enjoy as the perfect indulgence!

Kale Minestrone Soup
Perfect for the cold weather and a when you need your balance of veggies.

These Recipes with Sweet Potato’s
The orange, delicious, potato doesn’t have to only be enjoyed around thanksgiving.

Good Home Made Banana Bread
Make this recipe and curl up next to a nice warm fire with a glass of hot coco.

A healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Because nothing actually tastes like home than this.