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Three easy recipes for the LC student athlete to try

After three weeks of the Bon, the food can get a bit tiring. Also, with online classes everyday, who has the energy to make it all the way to the Bon in the freezing rain? These three simple recipes are a way to get nutrients for every meal without leaving the dorm. 

Protein Banana Pancakes: Waking up to a fresh batch of pancakes is unmatched. Now that we have ventured off to college it is time to take over the spatula and make some ourselves. The question then becomes: how can we make a typically nutritionless batch of pancakes healthy? This protein banana pancake recipe is the answer.

There are only five ingredients: two bananas, two eggs, one-half cup choice of protein powder (vanilla whey protein powder works well), fruit or dark chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of butter for the pan (if you are trying to avoid butter, coconut oil is a great substitute). 

First, mash the bananas with a fork until they are nice and smooth. Next, whisk the two eggs, mix them with the mashed banana and add the half cup of protein powder. Then, start the stove and grease the pan with the butter and carefully pour the pancake mixture into the pan size of your choice. Place either the dark chocolate chips or fruit on top of the pancake mixture. Wait until the pancake is lightly browned on the bottom and slightly bubbling on top before flipping. Depending on how hot the pan is, it takes about 1 minute per flip. Do not forget to continue to re-grease the pan in between pancakes and enjoy. 

Tortilla Pizza: If you have been on TikTok in the past three months, you have probably seen the brilliant tortilla hack that has gone viral. This recipe is a healthy substitute for when you are craving pizza. It is important to note that it is also completely adjustable to your taste. 

At the grocery store, pick up tortillas, pizza sauce, mushrooms, green peppers, pepperoni and shredded cheese.

With your tortilla of choice flat on the table, cut it from the center outwards making one simple cut that extends the radius of the tortilla. From here, mentally divide the tortilla into four quarters without making any actual cuts. Place the tortilla so that the radial slice faces towards you.Begin by putting pizza sauce on the entire left half of the tortilla. Next, put the mushrooms in the bottom left quarter and green peppers on the top left quarter. On the right side, put a handful of mozzarella cheese in the upper right quarter and pepperoni in the bottom right quarter. Now it is time to fold the tortilla. Take the bottom left quarter and fold it over the top left quarter. Next, take the recently folded over half and fold it to the right. Finally, fold the three-section stuffed tortilla over the last section downwards. Now, it should look like a triangle with four layers.Throw it into a pan with a little bit of butter to give the tortilla a nice golden brown color on each side. Sandwich or panini presses also work well.

Lemon Blueberry Bark: While it can be difficult to eat healthy, dessert always seems to be the hardest. This quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth contains only four ingredients: 1 cup of plain greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and blueberries. 

First, pour all of the ingredients except for the blueberries into a bowl, and stir until smooth (a fork will work fine to stir). Next, spread the combined ingredients on a piece of parchment paper as thin as you would like, using the back of a spoon. Lastly, sprinkle the blueberries on top. The blueberries can also be substituted for a fruit of your choice, or you can add more than one fruit (raspberries and blueberries work well with the lemon zest). Freeze it overnight and then they are ready to eat.   

Hopefully these three simple and fast recipes satisfy any leftover hunger. Enjoy and stay healthy. 

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