It has been 100000 times more challenging to stay healthy both mentally and physically during the quarantine. Even though we are all doing our best to stay busy and productive, I think we have all found ourselves with way too much free time. A lot of times, this leads to things like eating because we are bored, skipping out on workouts because it's hard to stay motivated, and eating quick food that isn't great for us because we just don't feel like cooking.
Through experimenting, I have really found ways to stay healthy and motivated during these times that I think are worth sharing! Instead of looking at this as something negative for our health, we could also look at it as a positive because we finally have the time to focus on our health, staying active, and cooking whole foods.
With the exception of a few times I have gotten take out food, I have been cooking three meals a day, seven days a week. This is DEFINITELY not what I was doing before the quarantine. I am a person that loves eating out, so this has been a huge shift for me. I have always really enjoyed eating, food, and cooking, so I have used this time to cook recipes that I enjoy making. This is a great time to experiment with food and cooking to find what you're good at cooking and what you enjoy cooking. I am all for quick and easy recipes and the recipes below take no more than 30 minutes to cook.
I have smoothie bowls for breakfast about 90% of the time. I absolutely love them. I keep a huge variety of frozen fruit in the freezer so that I can switch it up every day. I ALWAYS use frozen banana as a base in every smoothie bowl I make. I wait until they are very ripe and then I freeze them. The riper they are, the sweeter and easier to digest they are. I also keep frozen mixed berries, frozen blueberries, frozen mango, and frozen pineapple. Those are pretty much the staples. This bowl was one frozen banana, one cup of frozen mango, one cup of frozen pineapple, one teaspoon of maca powder, and one cup of almond milk. I topped it with coconut flakes, chia seeds, goji berries, and a small tablespoon of peanut butter. The perfect summer smoothie bowl!
I don't always eat salads for lunch, but it usually seems to be the quickest and easiest thing to do for lunch. It's also a great way to make sure you use all of the produce you buy. I always throw in my salad whatever veggies I need to use. On this particular day I made a spinach and kale salad. For the dressing I use half an avocado that I work into the lettuce with my hands. I also add garlic powder, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, etc. to season it. Again, it's different every day. I also made homemade french fries in the air fryer. Tip - if you steam the potatoes first and then air fry them, they turn out much softer and with a way better consistency. I seasoned the fries with a chipotle seasoning I got from Trader Joe's.
Dinner is different every single day depending on how hungry I am and what I'm craving. This day, I wanted something fast and filling so I made zucchini noodles with broccoli, mushrooms, and tempeh. I love zucchini noodles because they are so filling and so healthy. I don't have anything to make the spirals so I buy them frozen and already in spirals from Trader Joe's. I just add everything to a pan and cook on medium heat for about 7 or 8 minutes and then I added a vegan pesto from Trader Joe's. This is such a quick and easy meal, and part of the reason why I love Trader Joe's so much.