Tag: quinoa

No Groceries? Make A Pantry Meal!

Look for no salt added.
It always seems to happen at the end of traveling. Alex and I return home, jet-lagged and exhausted, to an empty refrigerator. The last thing on earth we feel like doing is going to the grocery store. Or ordering in (as we’ve usually just spent an exorbitant amount of money on hotels and restaurant food).... Read more »

What's For Dinner: Chickpeas With Spinach, Tomatoes, and Quinoa

So many days, we have the best intentions for dinner. You think about what you’re going to make, but when you get home, cooking is the last thing on your mind. A few tips: always choose meals during the week that take 20 minutes or less to cook, and make cooking enjoyable. I guarantee if... Read more »

Beat the Holiday Blues (and Inflammation) with Quinoa Cakes!

This morning, I awoke before my alarm, padding out into the soft morning light. The Christmas tree still sat in the corner, unlit, both of us not yet wanting to take it down. Every year, I get a little “blue” after the holidays, saying goodbye to my parents and letting that natural high from the... Read more »

Mexican Quinoa!

Quinoa is a wonderfully diverse grain that packs in much more fiber and protein than brown rice. Altering its flavors with spices can give you a tasty side dish to your proteins, or even act as the star player. Top with a chicken breast (optional) and enjoy!  Mexican Quinoa Ingredients: 4 cups water 2 cups... Read more »

What's For Lunch: Vegetarian Muscle Meal!

During my monthly perusal of Oxygen magazine, I found this great recipe which packs 13 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein into each serving. A huge fan of quinoa, it’s easy to make the night before, so you can portion it up, pack it into tupperware and take it to work. The leftovers... Read more »

5 Quick, Healthy Breakfast Options!

If you want to eat clean in the morning, egg whites and oatmeal are the obvious choice. But you can only eat egg whites and oatmeal (or oatmeal pancakes) so many times before you’re craving something different. Below are 5 quick, healthy breakfasts with just as much protein and complex carbs as the number one... Read more »

Snack Right: Chocolate Quinoa Protein Bars!

As I squeezed through the massive crowds yesterday, watching people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and ages run around this city for the Chicago marathon, I was inspired. How all of these people, so different in their everyday lives, came together for one singular purpose: to run. With the spiked temperatures, the pain on many... Read more »

Best Pre-Marathon Meal!

Tonight, it will be no surprise as Italian restaurants sport long, winding lines and impossible wait times. Marathoners will be feasting on bottomless bowls of pasta. But, is this the best bet? “Carb-loading” isn’t always the best idea in terms of endurance events. Eating healthy carbs with each meal, several days to weeks in advance... Read more »

Quinoa: 5 Delicious Breakfasts!

Grains are an important part of any diet. There are differences, however. Choosing brown grains over white is one easy choice, but stepping outside of the box and substituting quinoa for brown rice, oatmeal or couscous can make significant strides in your diet.  Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a seed originally from South America. It has a... Read more »

I Have A Gluten Allergy!

Food allergies can strike at any time. Blame it on the environment, the additives and preservatives in food, an unhealthy lifestyle, genetics or mother nature, but having food allergies can make it hard to eat in restaurants (or even at home).  Gluten allergies are becoming more common, but it is one of the easiest ingredients... Read more »