Staying healthy during the summer can be a challenge, especially on a tight budget. Because the thought of cooking your own food can be daunting, here are three easy recipes for any hungry student who knows how to calculate the standard deviation of a population, but can’t make anything more gourmet than a package of instant noodles topped with dehydrated peas and corn.

 

 

Avocado & Eggs on Toast (1 serving)poached-egg-and-avocado-toast-horizontal

When you can balance a chequebook, but can’t maintain a balanced diet.

Approximate Cost: $1.20

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread (toasted)

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiled, place egg in water and cover pot with lid. After five minutes, remove egg and run under cold water.
  2. Mash avocado with fork and spread evenly on toast.
  3. Remove shell from egg and cut egg in half before placing on prepared avocado toast.

 

 

Fresh Peach Green Tea (1 serving)tea-green-peach

To cool down on a hot summer day.

Approximate Cost: $1.00

Ingredients:

  • 1 green tea bag
  • ½ peach
  • white sugar to sweeten (optional)

Directions:

  1. Steep green tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes, or by instructions on package.  
  2. Wash, peel, and slice peach. Put slices in blender until puréed. Strain purée into green tea and cool in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Sweeten with sugar to your liking.

 

 

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Cookies (6 servings)2 ingredient cookie

Perfect for last minute picnic desserts!

Approximate Cost: $1.00 (without mix-in)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of oats
  • ½ cup of your favorite mix-in (e.g. chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease one baking sheet.
  2. Chop oats into coarse crumbs. Mash banana fully. Mix together with favourite mix-in until well blended.
  3. Divide batter into six portions. Drop batter onto baking sheet and bake for approximately 12 minutes.  
  4. Cool and enjoy.