Monthly Archives: April 2016

Super Food – Quinoa Bites Recipe

The detox has been done for about a week now. I’ve been much more mindful about what I’ve been eating and feel just as great as I did doing the detox. I’ve been noticing the best way to stay on track is talking about it. I’m surprised by how many people have been thinking about the food they eat and their health. I’ve been encouraging them to consider their food as fuel, notice how it makes them feel and always aim to feel good.

I used to hate grocery shopping and even sometimes now I try to make it as quick as possible. It all comes down to mindset and how much time I feel I have, which is a whole other conversation. I took the time to read labels and educate myself on different food products, I’ve built a foundation for quick grocery shopping and solid health. I think about super foods, I want foods that are nutrient rich and make me feel energized and vibrant. That is always my goal when it comes to my health, feeling vibrant. Super foods will do that.

I’ve been talking a lot about quinoa this week. I had a cooking with quinoa cooking class and a seminar on the core principles of a healthy diet, which foods that make you feel good kept coming up. Quinoa is a super food, it is high in protein, fibre, and essential nutrients. It is also an anti inflammatory, a healthy source of fat, and gluten free. It’s why the Food and Agricultural Organization of the Untied Nations declared is as food of the year in 2013. If you want to read up on the benefits yourself click here.

I’m surprised by how little I knew about quinoa and other super foods before studying nutrition. It’s great to know the benefits, but what’s more important is how to cook and enjoy eating it. It’s super simple to cook, much like rice. I’ll share a recipe and if you want more super food recipes join my community and get my free 7 super food recipes made with a blender ebook. If you want more click here!

Quinoa Bites: makes 12 muffin size quinoa bites
Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Directions:
In a pot add the quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil on high heat. Lower to medium heat once beginning to boil, add the broccoli and let simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is soaked up by the quinoa. Set oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with muffin liners. Spoon the cooked quinoa and broccoli into the muffin liners. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top, bake for 7 minutes until cheese is melted. Let cool and enjoy.

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Day 5 of the Sugar Detox

We’ve reached the half way point of the 10 day sugar detox. I’m feeling awake, energized, and clear minded. I have the focus to pour myself into my work. Last night I hosted a smoothie party and had a lot of fun talking about food and nutrition. It may sound really nerdy, but I get excited talking about the core principle of “you are what you eat.”

What I love most about doing this detox is feeling first hand the influence food has on the way I feel. My partner Scott and I had a good chat this morning about the detox we are doing and he continued about how good he’s feeling he wants to keep eating this way when it’s over. Essentially we are following a paleo diet, I hate to put a label on it, but it’s making us feel really great.

We also discussed our struggles and cravings. The funny thing is we are not craving sugar and don’t even miss it. Scott is a big double double coffee drinker. This detox is also about making it your own. My confession, I haven’t entirely given up caffeine, I have one black coffee in the morning. Scott drinks two coffee’s a day, which is really cutting back for him, but he doesn’t include any sugar and claims he has no intention of going back to putting sugar in his coffee when this is over. I miss cheese the most, he missed bread. We will treat these items as rare treats after the detox is over and rid our house completely of all granulated sugar.

Just as I suspected the first three days were the hardest and now we’ve gotten into a routine of avoiding sugar, wheat, grain, dairy, beans, alcohol, and caffeine. It no longer feels like a struggle or an extra stress. It almost seems like a mental block more than a physical one when you make the decision to not allow yourself to eat certain things. Scott and I experienced some tense moments at the beginning, that this was going to be difficult. In a way he expressed some resentment towards me starting this detox, and this morning he couldn’t stop going on and on about how good he was feeling in his body that he never wants to stop eating this way and how happy he was that we are doing this detox. It was funny.

We’ve been having the most fun experimenting with smoothies in the morning with enough protein to get us feeling good and satisfied all the way to a late lunch. I had the most amazing smoothie this morning, I added a dash of cocoa powder. Loved that chocolate taste and no sugar!

I recommend everyone try this out. It’s not too late to join. Get the quick start guide by clicking here.