Nine delightfully healthy recipes to try over winter break

Photo courtesy of Katrin GIlger, Flickr

Photo courtesy of Katrin GIlger, Flickr

Now that finals are finally over, use winter break to try some healthful recipes. Though many of us have our own kitchens at school, taking the time to cook a recipe from start to finish could seem like a daunting task. Why make a meal when the easiest thing sometimes is just running out with a granola bar before class. During this break, take time 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.

  1. Homemade Acai Bowl

Super easy! Blend together Sambazon acai puree in a blender and add your favorite fruits.

  1. I add bananas, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, half of an avocado, some protein powder, Greek yogurt, almond butter and a little bit of coconut milk.
  2. Top with granola, pomegranates, shaved coconuts, almonds or whatever else you have laying around in your cabinets. Sometimes the best combinations are ones 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 it’s fun to experiment with different mixtures to see what works best.

  1. Coconut Pancakes

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

  1. Eggocado

I love this so much that I make it as often as I can. If you don’t have time, this is a good one to try to make. It is so easy to make and requires only an egg, avocado and an oven.

  1. Carve out a hole in middle of each avocado half with a spoon.
  2. Lay each avocado halves on a baking dish and carefully crack one egg into each avocado. Bake this in an oven for 15 minutes or more depending on how you enjoy your eggs. When it’s ready you can add salt and pepper.

If you’re a fan of poached eggs, I have good news. You can easily poach an egg and add it to the center of the halved avocado instead!

  1. 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.

  1. Peanut (Or Almond) Butter Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

This is another delicious favorite and simple recipe when you have all the ingredients and time.

  1. Melt chocolate in a bowl, cut up a few bananas and add in some almond or peanut butter.
  2. Make a mini sandwich of two slices of banana with the nut butter inside and dip fully in the melted chocolate.
  3. Lay it out on a cookie cutter sheet and put it in the freezer for a few hours. Once they are hardened, take out and enjoy as the perfect indulgence!
  1. Kale Minestrone Soup

Perfect for cold weather, and when you need your balance of veggies.

  1. These Sweet Potato Recipes.  

The orange, delicious potato doesn’t have to just be a Thanksgiving treat.

  1. Good Ol’ Homemade Banana Bread

Make this recipe and curl up next to a nice warm fire with a glass of hot cocoa.

  1. Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Because nothing actually tastes more like home than this.