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Good Morning!

Lately I’ve been adding more healthy grains into my diet…I feel like they keep me full longer and give me a push throughout the day.  I’ve been eating more oats for breakfast, Ezekiel bread, brown rice, and QUINOA!  I try to get the right amount of carbs, proteins, and fats so I can maintain a proper balance, that just right for me.

I haven’t made quinoa in a while and the other night I was doing a little bit of prep work in the kitchen when I realized quinoa was actually easier to make than brown rice.  You don’t have to do much except for rinse if needed, boil, and fluff with a fork 🙂  I love the flavor too.


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“Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah” is broadly referred to as a grain, although technically, it isn’t one.  Quinoa is what one would call a “pseudo-cereal,” because it is eaten and cooked like a grain and has similar nutritive properties, though it is not a true member of the true grass family. The quinoa plant is actually in the same family as beets, Swiss chard, and spinach.  Quinoa may be having an identity crisis, but its remarkable nutrient density puts many grains to shame, specifically in terms of protein, fat, and mineral content.  ”


Quinoa is so versatile because it can be eaten hot or cold, and it blends well with so many ingredients!

Here is a simple recipe using tons of super foods that I literally made in ten minutes since I already had my quinoa made and ready to go!

Quinoa Energy Bowl — Recipe Adapted from Trajer Joe’s Website

quinoa bowl

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 Gala Apple- chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado- cubed
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Splash of Lemon Juice


  1. Prepare edamame and quinoa in separate pots according to instructions.  This is where the cooked quinoa comes into play making this super fast and easy to put together.
  2. Chop apple and avocado.
  3. Now, Add all ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Lastly, add salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice to taste.
  5. Chill and serve!
  6. Top with sliced almonds if desired.

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This should make 2-3 servings depending on if you are making it for a meal or a side dish.  I think it would taste awesome with some tuna mixed in for even more protein!

How many times do you think the word quinoa was used in this post!?  🙂

I worked 10 hours yesterday so I took my breakfast to work to eat it.

Breakfast: Overnight Oats

I didn’t have a picture since I was at work in a hurry 😦 It kind of looked like this though:

I also didn’t have chia seeds- I heard that’s the key 🙂


1/2 cup plain oats

1 cup almond milk cinnamon to taste

1 tsp brown sugar

In the morning add:

raisins, almond slices, 2 tbsp honey almond flax cereal for crunch


Snack was a Banana


Lunch was leftovers from dinner last night:

Coconut chicken with quinoa- I added 1/2 of an avocado with S&P to taste

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With a Greek Yogurt:

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Snack was an apple with peanut butter!


My plan after work was to do Pure Barre! I thought I was going to be late since this is what the traffic looked like!

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But I made it on time!

We did the “pretzel” again on the floor. That was really a challenge! I don’t think my “seat” was working right last night!

Working the thighs!

I definitely broke a sweat last night!

For dinner I planned on having Laura’s Lean chili but I wasn’t in the mood after working out. So I made scrambled eggs with chicken apple sausage.

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I added some cheese too!

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I also had a chocolate peanut butter protein shake. Yum!

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I added PB2  to my Beverly International chocolate protein which only has 45 calories in 2 tbsp and 6 grams of protein!  It’s a powder so you can easily add it to your protein.

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After dinner we drank egg nog for the “24 Days of Togetherness”

It tasted like bubble gum but I didn’t like it so Alec finished mine.

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I hope everyone has a great week.  Don’t forget to tweet if you’re doing the “24 Days of Togetherness”!

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