In a previous post, I talked of healthy recipes for college students. It is entirely vital that we, in our youth, take care of our bodies as much as we can, so that our older, more feeble bodies, aren’t as feeble as they could be. In trying to avoid the Freshman 15, as well as just keeping our bodies healthy in day to day life, we need to understand the importance of a healthy diet.
1. Cold Pizza
Nope, not full of calories! With one whole-grain bread, with two tablespoons of ricotta, some basil, 2 tomato slices, olive oil, and salt and pepper, this “pizza” will surely be satisfying.
2. Two Ingredient Cookies
All you need is a banana and rolled oats. You can either bake them in the oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes (standard cookie baking time) – or microwave for a minute on each side. I like to add agave nectar, peanut butter, or chocolate chips.
3. Stuffed Bell Pepper
Instead of using ground beef, opt for ground turkey – which is the healthier, leaner option. Also – instead of using white rice, use quinoa. The protein from both the turkey and the quinoa will fill you up! Plus, if you’re on the go, the bell pepper acts as a cup. Yum!
4. Chocolate Banana
At under 100 calories, half of a frozen banana dipped in two squares of melted dark chocolate sounds like one of the best and easiest recipes out there. Frankly, having the whole banana with four squares of melted dark chocolate for under 200 calories doesn’t sound too bad either.
5. Banana Chips
Also under 100 calories, slicing a banana into thin strips, coating them in lemon juice, and then baking them at 350 for 20 minutes isn’t exactly the worst idea. Banana chips can easily be taken on the go – in the car, in class, at home, wherever!
Technically not a recipe, but worth noting – about 25 pistachios equate to about 100 calories. And my, oh my, pistachios are so delicious!
7. Spinach and Feta Egg-White Scramble
For under one hundred calories as well, all you have to do is combine three egg-whites, mixed with half a cup of raw spinach, and a tbsp of feta cheese. If you don’t mind going over one hundred calories, try buttering a piece of bread and then “halfing” the sandwhich with the spinach and feta egg-white scramble. It fills me up and is assuredly under 250 calories!
8. Two Ingredient Pancakes
All you need is two eggs and a banana. Mash it together and form it into pancakes, then proceed to cook them as regular pancakes! Also feel free to make it three or four ingredient pancakes – you can add fruits, chocolate, among other things that all contribute to the greatness that is the two ingredient pancake.
9. “Fried Calamari”
The thing is, there is always a way around bad food. You don’t have to fry, nor do you have to use oil. In this recipe, by Hungry Girl, fried calamari is simply crushed Fiber One cereal. Here’s the recipe.
For between 100-125 calories, this one ingredient ice cream will blow your mind. What do you do? Simply cut up a banana, place it into a freezer, blend or use a food processor, and have yourself homemade one ingredient ice cream. Not a big fan of a banana flavor? Incorporate peanut butter, vanilla extract, coconut extract, among other options that you can think of to change the flavor without a great caloric value!