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Quinoa Fruit Salad

5 Mar

Don’t worry we won’t judge you if you can’t pronounce quinoa. We’ve heard a lot of different ways how to say this indescribable grain and honestly, it doesn’t really matter how you say it. Just walk on over to the bulk foods section of your grocery store, grab a scoop and start emptying quinoa into a small bag. We recommend getting between a quarter pound to a half a pound of quinoa, (there should be a scale in this section). If you’re grocery store doesn’t have a bulk section, then maybe a local co-op will have quinoa in bulk. We encourage you to try this new food out if you haven’t already because it’s definitely good for you and seriously easy to make.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1/4 cup of quinoa

1/2 cup of water

4 strawberries

1/2 an apple

1 cutie or half of an orange

Directions

1. Empty water into a small or medium sized pot and put the stove on high. Let the water boil and while you wait for this to happen start rinsing and then cutting up the fruit into small pieces.

2. Once the water has boiled, lower the heat to medium low and empty the quinoa into the pot. Place a cover on top or just let it sit for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the bottom doesn’t become burned.

3. After it’s cooked all the way, empty the quinoa into a bowl and add your fruit into the bowl as well. You can use your hands or a fork to move the fruit around and then place in the refrigerator.

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I really prefer this salad cold but you can try it warm as well. You may need to leave it in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. When I made this salad the first time, I made it about 3 hours before our meal and left it in the fridge for awhile. Before dinner I took the salad out of the fridge and presented it for one of our family dinners one night and it was really an unexpected hit. Try out this recipe and let us know what you think! Also, let us know if you substituted any of the fruit listed above for something else!

Up for a Challenge? Winner Gets Skinny and Healthy!

20 Feb

In addition to providing you with lots of easy and healthy recipes we also want to share the latest information about nutrition with you. We have the tendency of sticking to the same old boring food choices (ex: broccoli and chicken) but we recently learned about some “exotic” foods that provide an efficient way to get all of the necessary nutrients without eating 6 servings of broccoli.

So our challenge to you and to ourselves is to try and create a meal with at least one of the following ingredients.  We hope to share some of your ideas as well as ours in the coming weeks. Trust us we are just as skeptical/scared as you are. Some of these ingredients we admit sound absolutely awful but hey no one said being skinny would taste good.

1. Kale – one of the world’s top sources of Vitamin A, also good source of Fiber and Vitamin C

2. Sardines – we know this sounds gross but they are one of the best sources for mood-boosting omega-3 fats

3. Pomegranate – full of antioxidants that can help fight of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer

4. Oatmeal – 4 grams of fiber per cup and is a “slow-releasing” carbohydrate…in English this means that if you eat oatmeal a couple of hours before you work out you will burn more fat

5. Quinoa – loaded with fiber and protein which the combination of this makes you feel fuller longer

6. Kefir – great for your immune system and comes in many different fruit flavors

7. Lentils – may sound boring but goes great with any dinner and your BUDGET!! Also loaded with protein and fiber

It is important to remember that we not only want to watch our calories but we want to make sure that our bodies are getting all of the vitamins and nutrition they need! Start your cooking and don’t forget to share your recipes and pictures! Grub Healthy