5 Healthy Quarantine SnacksMay 15, 2020
On behalf the entire True Blue team, we hope everyone is staying healthy and well. In light of COVID-19 and the Shelter-in-Place mandates, many of us are spending a lot more time indoors and at home. That also means that more and more of us are cooking for ourselves!
Nutrition as Self-Care
An essential part of self-care during this time (take a look at our quarantine self-care tips, too!) is healthy nutrition. While it can be tempting to fill up on junk food and sugar while in quarantine, which, by the way, is absolutely acceptable from time to time, finding healthy snacks will have us feeling healthier, happier, and more energized.
#1 Caprese Salad!
This delicious dish consisting of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella can second as a lunch or dinner salad but is also a fabulous – and nutritious! – snack.
You get lots of Vitamin C and protein, plus this classic Italian salad is one of our favorites. The key is to purchase fresh mozzarella (or mozzarella balls); yummy!
Ingredients needed are:
- Fresh mozzarella
- Fresh basil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
You can add bread to the side, if you’d like to, too. Check out this full recipe from The Food Network (image below also courtesy of Food Network Kitchen).
#2 Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Craving something sweet and savory? We’ve got you covered. This 3-ingredient peanut butter dip from Life Made Simple is quick and healthy. Pair it with veggies, banana, pretzels, and voila! You’ve got one deliciously healthy snack.
All you need is 5 minutes and:
- Yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt; try vanilla for added sweetness)
- Peanut butter
- Honey or maple syrup
View the full recipe here.
#3 Hummus and Veggies
Looking for a fun way to eat veggies? Grab your carrots, celery sticks, and cucumbers, let’s enjoy some tasty dip! Hummus is a fabulous source of protein, and you can either make it at home or buy it from a store. There are so many different varieties, too: from original to garlic to sundried tomato.
If you want to make your own hummus, we love this easy 10-minute recipe from Inspired Taste.
Another important part of self-care is staying hydrated. Looking for a tasty way to satisfy your sweet tooth and quench your thirst? Try a smoothie! Check out our blog for 3 delicious smoothie recipes, including watermelon, green, and tropical themed elixirs!
#5 Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are an incredible source of protein, and are a great go-to between meals to keep your hunger satiated. Try making a larger batch and keeping them in your fridge for a week! We love to sprinkle a little salt and pepper on our hard-boiled eggs, or you can try a little bit of mustard. Pair with some almonds or maybe a handful of blueberries, and you’ve got a deliciously nutritious and satisfying snack.
& finally: dessert! Healthy Applesauce Blondies!
We found a fantastic diabetic-friendly recipe for Applesauce Blondies; and they’re healthy, too!
A diabetic-friendly recipe
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter
- 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 3–4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Combine applesauce, almond or cashew butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, and apple pie spice in a large bowl, stirring until smooth.
- Transfer into prepared baking pan and press dough evenly into the pan.
- Bake 30 minutes until golden.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
Makes 16 servings
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