I am sharing something POSITIVE with you today to distract you from all of the chaos that is going on this world – even if it is just for a few minutes. I want to share some meals and snacks that a 10th grade class created during this pandemic. They were given an assignment by their health teacher to create a healthy meal or snack for themselves or their families ONLY using what they could find in the kitchen (they were not allowed to run out to the store for ingredients). I provided them with some tips and ideas on how to create balanced snacks and meals with common staples BUT they went above and beyond to create amazing dishes! I was very impressed and inspired by all of the images I received from these students! It goes to show that even in these stressful times of social isolation, you can still make healthy food choices for yourself and your family!
Now is the perfect time to get your hands dirty in the kitchen and try new recipes. Get the entire family involved in meal planning and preparation. As you can see from the images, teenagers can prepare healthy meals for the family too. Enjoy the extra time that you have with your family during this pandemic and use family meal times as a way to unwind and converse. Fill your plates with colorful vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains. Boosting your nutrition will also boost your immunity and energy levels, which is especially important during COVID-19. We will all be back in the real world at some point – take the time now to create healthy habits for your entire family that will last a lifetime. Enjoy these images!
oatmeal with blueberries and bananas
homemade blueberry bar
colorful fruit salad
shrimp and vegetables rolls
vegetable focaccia bread
brussel sprouts and tofu
chicken club sandwich with vegetables and potatoes
asparagus and seafood
ramen noodle bowl
chicken and vegetable stir-fry
Dairy free and gluten free lasagna with pesto, dairy free creamy sauce, ground chicken, zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, eggplant, and an egg on top. Nutritional yeast sprinkled on the top for a “cheesy” flavor.
avocado toast, eggs, and oranges
oatmeal with blueberries and coconut
chickpea salad with feta, cucumbers and tomatoes
oatmeal bowl with egg, spinach and siracha
gluten-free pasta with chicken sausage
grilled chicken salad
Joanne Gibson, RDN, LDN, CLT
Nutrition and Wellness, LLC