This season, matcha green tea is taking over the coffee and espresso scene. Matcha is a type of green tea that has been used in Asian ceremonies for centuries, but has only recently taken off in America. It’s a healthy choice because it’s full of antioxidants and vitamins that make it perfect for drinking any time of day. And what’s better than sipping on something warm when the whether gets cooler? The trendy tea is also making waves on pinterest. It seems that almost every “that girl” post or board has a matcha drink in it. Amiright or amiright? Whether iced or hot, make sure to try this trendy and healthy drink at least once!
If you’re human, you’ve most likely ran out of ideas or got tired of the same old dinner recipes, Doordash orders, or take-out you always get. We get it, life gets busy and you can’t always make a variety of gourmet meals on the daily. However if you ever get a chance to decide to spice up your dinner plans with something different, maybe check out this list of trending recipes on google right now. Just glancing over it made our mouths water.
If you live near Boise, ID, one thing you’ll quickly realize is the plethora of coffee shops Boise has to offer. Whether it’s meeting up with a friend, discussing business over coffee, or trying to get some solitude for your studies, finding the right coffee shop is a small factor that can make all the difference in your day. Being both a Boise native and a coffee shop connoisseur, allow me to give you the ultimate guide to the best Boise coffee shops for studying.
Many days it can seem like life bogs us down and depletes our energy — whether it’s from work, school, relationships or other stresses. There can be many ways to cope, and although it may seem strange, one of the best ways is to incorporate healthy snack combinations into your day. It has even been proven by scientists that a person’s gut, which is made up of the foods we eat, dramatically affects both mood and energy for the day. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for ways to boost your energy in your day-to-day life, check out these healthy snack combinations that will give you a boost without the crash that results from coffee!
Seems pretty simple, right? This one is pretty vague but it’s important to remember that there are many nutrient-dense fruits that are perfect healthy snack combinations. Sometimes though fruit can seem bland if it is eaten plain. One of the best ways to make fruit more appetizing as a snack is by cutting or slicing it in a way that makes it look appealing so that it looks and taste good. Some examples include cutting up strawberries, bananas, mangoes, kiwis, or watermelon and combining them for a more flavorful taste pallet. As you keep on reading, you’ll notice that fruit is a common aspect in many other healthy snack combinations.
2. Peaches, Cheese & Crackers
This combination might seem odd at first, but you’ll be drooling after you take your first bite. This snack may be customizable like most, but this healthy snack combination, in particular, is made up of canned peaches combined with a bowl of cottage cheese that is spread on Ritz crackers. This is such a healthy snack because all three components are in different categories of the food pyramid so they each have different nutritional value, yet they also complement each other so well!
3. Wholewheat Bread with Peanut Butter & Bananas
This is a common snack that is often forgotten about. Once again, we have three totally different components making one of the best healthy snack combinations. First, if you choose to use wholewheat bread, it contains a good amount of fiber and vitamins that contribute towards an increase in energy. Next, you might already know that bananas are super nutritious because of their high amounts of potassium and vitamin B6. Last in this trio is peanut butter which contains a good amount of protein. If you have a sweet tooth, you could replace the peanut butter with hazelnut spread and your sweet cravings will be satisfied! Either way, this snack is sure to fill you up and energize you when you need that mid-day boost!
4. Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls are so popular nowadays and one of our favorite healthy snack combinations. Smoothies, in general, are very nutritious, but smoothie bowls are like smoothies on steroids. Some have a preference over the other but both are very nutritious. However, there are specific fruits and add-ins you can use for that energy boost. A couple energy-boosting fruits that you can combine and choose to blend into your smoothie include blueberries, pomegranate, acai, banana, and strawberry. Additionally, there are fresh add-in that can either be blended into the smoothie or added on top of your smoothie bowl. These include almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, matcha green tea, whole grain oats, kale, and peanut butter. These fruits and add-ins are sure to make your smoothie or smoothie bowl a super-food snack that will revitalize your grogginess!
5. Peanut Butter Balls
If you happen to have a jar of peanut butter just sitting in your pantry, this is a great way to effectively use it. Peanut butter balls are a great healthy snack because of their fulfillment of protein. The main ingredients typically include a jar of peanut butter, crushed graham crackers, and sugar to taste. There are some recipes that include adding different things like marshmallows or granola, which makes it all the more nutritious. You can even dip them in melted chocolate, making it a healthy dessert in disguise. Whichever recipe you choose, this is one of our healthy snack combinations that you won’t regret putting effort into. When they are ready, they are conveniently small and can be eaten any time of day for a boost!
6. Fruit Crumble or Pastry with Tea
This is one of our healthy snack combinations that is perfect for when the weather is colder outside. The fruit crumble is the main snack, but adding tea makes the perfect duo. You might be thinking, how can a dessert be healthy? Well in a fruit crumble, the fruit is the main base. So although it may seem like this snack is just a dessert break, you are getting a good amount of nutritional value from the fruit. There are many different kinds of fruit crumbles, but a quick google search will give you the fruit crumble recipe you desire. Furthermore, tea is an amazing substitute for many other hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate. Tea typically contains little to no calories. Not to mention, many also add lemon and honey which make it all the more tasty and nourishing, making this another one of our favorite healthy snack combinations.
7. Beer Battered Asparagus
This healthy snack may sound a bit strange, but it is oh so good! The name speaks for itself, but this snack is made up of asparagus battered in flour and fried in beer. This is such a great savory healthy snack combination. Asparagus is the main component that provides energy— it has many vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E and K. The addition of crispy beer batter makes this snack all the more appetizing!
8. Deviled Eggs
This healthy snack would probably be considered more savory but that doesn’t make it any less nutritious. Eggs, in general, are nutritious because of how much protein they contain. Not to mention all the other vitamins and micronutrients. This snack combination, in particular, includes hard-boiled eggs sliced in half with a touch of mayonnaise on top. Another name for these is often called deviled eggs. Although those may be more complicated to make, they are a great substitution and even more tasty!
9. Yogurt & Granola
This may be one of our simplest healthy snack combinations, but it is still full of flavor! Both of these components have very different but uniquely valuable nutritional benefit. First, often taken for granted, yogurt is an amazing snack by itself because of its rich exuberance of calcium, minerals, and probiotics. These micronutrients aid in a healthy gut, digestion, bone health, and day-to-day body functions. Furthermore, granola also has its benefits of improving heart health, boosting cognitive function and so many more! This duo is sure to leave your body feeling good and your brain alert!
10. Chips & Guacamole
Just thinking about this snack makes me want to drool. When mentioning “chips,” many people automatically put it in the category of junk food, but that is not true at all. This is one of many healthy snack combinations that have healthy benefits. In general, this snack is made up of tortilla chips and avocado spread (guacamole). First, the chips themselves, if eaten in moderation, are not only tasty but also healthy. Corn chips, in general, contain thiamin, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and many other micronutrients. They also contain sodium which regulates the water in our bodies. Furthermore, guacamole contains even more nutritional value. They are made up of avocados which contain high amounts of protein, monosaturated fats, and fiber. They are a great superfood to aid in lowering cholesterol. This quick snack is incredibly healthy!
If there’s something about cold weather that makes you want to curl up in a warm cocoon and binge-watch your favorite show and sip on your favorite drink, we feel ya. Sometimes though you might get tired of drinking the same thing every day – whether it be a certain type of tea, cider, coffee, etc. Here are a few of our favorite hot drink ideas to add some variety to your life as well as to your taste buds!
When someone mentions “comfort foods” I’m sure many people think of similar things; perhaps ramen, chicken noodle soup, brownies or pasta come to mind. These are all indeed some amazing comfort foods. I’m sure the list of comfort foods could go on forever depending on the person, but this short list provides some common and some unique comfort foods that are both healthy and fulfilling. A double whammy, killing two birds with one stone, or whatever else you want to call it! If that’s what you’re looking for then you’ve come to the right place (or perhaps got lucky and somehow stumbled upon this article). Here are 10 comfort foods that you’ll be drooling over when that “Hungry AF” feeling kicks in!
1. Mac n’ Cheese
Okay, I know what you’re thinking- “Umm that’s too easy. I have boxed Mac n’ Cheese that’s been sitting in my pantry for a while now and it doesn’t really sound that appetizing.” Yes, dear reader many could definitely agree with you. Here’s the thing, if you’re running low on time, those boxed mac n’ cheeses will be your lifesavers. Not many people know this, but most boxed macaroni and cheese packets are filled with many micronutrients like protein, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, and calcium. If that sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, the more important thing to know is that those micronutrients contribute towards just a bit more energy and boost the immune system. Who knew something so bland could be so nutritious?! However, for those that simply dread the thought of boxed mac n’ cheese, macaroni is a versatile food and there are definitely ways to make it more appetizing. For a more unique recipe, you can simply try changing the pasta type, the cheese type, and even add some cut up hotdogs or other meat of your choosing. Whether you’re making boxed mac n’ cheese or your own type, both of these are great simple comfort foods.
In a similar category as Mac’n Cheese, Spaghetti is another great option. Many might think that it is only usually eaten for special occasions, but really it can be eaten whenever you’re hungry or simply craving spaghetti. That’s basically the function of comfort foods. It’s a pretty simple food because it’s made from flour and water, which come together to form carbs. This gives a boost to your metabolism. Other kinds of micronutrients include fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Not only does it have basic nutrition for day-to-day life, but spaghetti also gives that “Wow I’m so full I could explode” feeling when we need it! Not to mention, if you also add meatballs, it makes it oh so good! This classic recipe will for sure fill you up!
3. Spinach Dip
If you’ve never been to Applebee’s or aren’t familiar with dips, you might have no idea what spinach dip is. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s delish AF and will fill you up when you’re hungry AF! Some might put this into the category of appetizers rather than comfort foods, but it really depends on the person. Spinach dip can be eaten as an appetizer with chips before a meal, or it can be eaten with slices of bread, salads, pasta, or meat. Unless you’re super hungry, you most likely won’t eat it by itself, but just thinking about eating spinach dip with chips or bread can make your mouth water. This appetizing dip is a must-try!
4. Cheeseburger Quesadillas
When hearing the term “quesadilla,” the Mexican cuisine might come to mind, which has a plethora of comfort foods that I suggest looking up in your free time. Cheeseburger quesadillas are quite possibly one of the best comfort foods out there that not everyone is familiar with. Whether bought at a fast-food chain or made at home, they are quick to make, simple, and deliciously appetizing. This recipe is one of the simplest and a classic!
5. Croissant Sandwich
I’m sure you’ve heard of this one, or at least someone annoyingly mispronouncing the french-deriving word “croissant.” Croissant sandwiches are actually not only tasty but also very nutrient-dense. Comfort foods are often thought to be bland, but croissant sandwiches are filled with yummy condiments and fillings like turkey, ham, cheese, tomatoes, and other fresh produce. There are also different kinds; breakfast, BLT, dessert, etc. This recipe, in particular, has a good chunk of fillings that will make you drool just looking at it, crave more after the first bite and feel satisfied after eating one (or two if you’re THAT hungry). It’s also a free country so feel free to substitute or add whatever you want, like bacon or your favorite sauce. Yum!
6. Pierogies (Dumplings)
Popular in the Slavic cuisine, pierogies may seem alien to those familiar with common comfort foods. This dish is versatile, in that it may be savory or sweet. It is made of unleavened dough that is typically wrapped around homemade cheese, potatoes, fruit, or basically whatever else you can think of that fits in that little pocket! That being said, the health benefits vary with what is in them, but they are definitely a nice addition to your meal. With their typical exuberance of protein and carbs, you could possibly feel full just after eating a few. They are typically eaten with sour cream for a better taste. There are a plethora of different recipes, but this one is one of the more fulfilling types. If you don’t feel like making these or buying them at a local Russian or ethnic store, hopefully one of your Russian friends will invite you over the next time they eat them. Pierogies are a must-try comfort food!
7. Zesty Avacado Pasta
Doesn’t that name just make you wanna have this dish right in front of you right now?! I guess it depends on what your tastes and preferences are, but this recipe is one of many flavorful pasta combinations that will have your stomach asking for more. Pasta is probably one of the more common types of comfort foods, but it is also very versatile. There are many things you can add to pasta to make it “your own,” even the pasta shape, so that is totally up to you. This recipe in particular though is a pasta dish that is so delicious you’ll be asking for seconds. With its fillings of zucchini, avocado, and other healthy addons, you’ll not only feel full but also have a nutritious boost. Who doesn’t love food that makes them feel good?!
8. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
You could think of this as the American version of cheeseburger quesadillas, but this one definitely has to go in the category of comfort foods. The texture of warm toast and melted cheese combined with the fulfilling meat of your choice will leave both your stomach and taste buds feeling satisfied. A grilled cheese sandwich is such a simple comfort food that is often forgotten. Once again, another versatile food that can be changed based on your preference for bread, meat, cheese, etc. Here is a tasty tuna grilled cheese sandwich recipe in case your imagination is running low today. A grilled cheese sandwich will never disappoint!
9. Biscuits And Gravy
This is a must-have when looking for comfort foods. When someone mentions “biscuits and gravy,” you might imagine eating this on a Saturday morning when spending the weekend at your grandparents’ house. That’s why this kind of meal fits perfectly in comfort foods-it truly gives you that homey family feeling (ya know, that same feeling you get at Thanksgiving and Christmas time). Just thinking about those buttery flaky biscuits with savory gravy and sausage can make your mouth water. The name speaks for itself so usually, recipes are not necessary. If this is your first time making homemade biscuits however, here is a simple delicious recipe you could try. Of all comfort foods in this list, this one will probably make you want to unwind and take a blissful nap after, or perhaps take a break from life and watch a few episodes of your favorite show!
Last but definitely not least on our list of comfort foods is Borscht. You might be wondering what the heck this is. Borscht is a popular Ukrainian dish with a beet soup base. This dish is more intermediate or advanced in terms of difficulty but it is oh so worth it! This beet soup contains hearty flavors of potatoes, carrots, cabbage, beef, and other flavorful add-ons. If you have an inner-cook with a burning desire to try something new, this is an impressive and delicious dish to try out or make for the family. Here is a classic borscht recipe if you’re up for it. Though it might not be common, Borscht is without a doubt one of the best comfort foods!