Quinoa with Peppers and Onions

This easy recipe let’s you cook some quinoa as the perfect complex carbohydrate side dish.

Ingredients
1 Tsp coconut oil
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
* or you can use the frozen mix available in stores
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp cumin
1/4 Tsp of black pepper
1 cup Quinoa
2 Tb fresh cilantro or 1 Tb of cilantro paste
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable broth

Method

Heat oil on skillet and add onion and pepper mix with garlic, cumin and black pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
Add in quinoa, water and vegetable broth. Stir well and let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add in cilantro and continue to simmer until water has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked throughly.

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My Eating Habits 101

In the last 3 years or so my eating habits have changed dramatically. You can probably tell by the history of recipes in this blog. Little by little I began to change the way I eat as I learned about better food choices for a healthier me. I enjoy to read about food. Knowing the reason for eating it (or avoiding it) and when to eat it is critical to me. I continue this journey as it is not easy…. I choose to eat the way I do because I feel better, with more energy, lighter when exercising and it gives me great satisfaction when I eat something that I know what exactly its ingredients are and how it was cooked. Oh, and looking better helps too! πŸ˜‰

To me, eating whole “real” foods is what it’s all about. Don’t get me wrong, I’m only human and have my cheats like everyone else. But for the majority of the time I focus on eating something that’s natural and may even contain more calories than the processed calorie free alternative. That is what eating healthy is all about for me. I’ve been lucky not to have any major health issues and each year my lab results couldn’t get any better. I believe I owe that to my eating habits. I don’t always enjoy cooking, believe it or not. But it is a necessity. It is the only way I know what goes in my body as we are responsible for how we feed ourselves, look and feel.

So here I found a nice chart of the guidelines I mainly follow. Depending on my training schedule I may increase consumption of complex carbohydrates and add a few gluten-free carbohydrates here and there. For the most part (maybe 90 %), this is how I eat.

Picture by Greatist.com

#Mayfitchallenge Photo-A-Day Week 2

Here’s the photo a day challenge from Instagram.

Day 5-Dumbell used for biceps (at home)

Day 6- Favorite fitness attire (any jungle fitness shirt)

Day 7- Healthy snack (protein shake)

Day 8- Cardio (Did cardio at 5am and didn’t take a pic. It rained all day long not letting me complete round two.)

Day 9- Vitamins

Day 10- Fitness role model (Jan from Jungle Fitness)

Day 11- Pre workout snack (at 5:30 AM)

Chi Chi Chi Chia!

Ha! I can’t say the name without thinking of that silly commercial of the Chia pet! And yes, it’s the same seed I’m about to tell you about. In my search of trying to include more fiber in my diet, I decided to give this natural seed a try.

Chia seeds are tiny dark seeds that are “an excellent source of dense nutrition with their healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants. In fact, chia is so high in essential fatty acids that it contains eight times more omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram. Also full of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make it’s delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Research has linked this valuable food as a being beneficial for many health issues, including diabetes, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, and lowering cholesterol”.

I put them in almond milk yogurt or in my gluten-free oatmeal. I can’t barely taste them but it adds a crunchiness to my food.

I also ran into Hemp seeds and Maca powder. I have included them all in my diet having Maca on a daily basis. My advise is to do your own research! Here’s the page for the products I bought. Hope this helps!

What’s Up, Doc?

So I’ve been MIA for a while now with the hope of getting new content up and then, life happens. Crazy work schedule in March, catching a nasty flu that left me “out of the game” for almost three weeks, and to be honest no wish to cook! Does this happen to any of you??? I’m so good about cooking all my meals and preparing food days in advance… When all of a sudden, I don’t even want to look at the stove or the oven. I just feel exhausted and needed a break. But not to worry, I will be back in my kitchen very soon!

In the past few weeks I’ve completed some events and have tried a couple of things I want to share. I also got a speech from the husband about not keeping up with my blog! So here it is….

On April 1st I completed the Nautica South Beach Triathlon. You probably remember I was raising funds for the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital for this race. I’m happy to report that I completed my first Olympic Triathlon by finishing. However, let’s not even discuss time! haha! I was running a fever for three days just before the race and I decided to do it anyway just with the goal of completion. Wow! I’ve never been so miserable in a race. I could barely breathe and had to swim a mile. Had no energy and had to bike almost 25 miles. Felt exhausted and ran 6.2 miles. I’m glad I did it but will NEVER race while sick again!

Next, I want to share a Paleo delivery meal company I’ve used for almost a month now while I take my break from the kitchen. I researched different ones and decided to try The Paleo Divas. They have different portions and I opted for the smaller one. I do add some veggies to the food sometimes but so far the food has been great.

I also bought coupon deals for Eat Clean RX and I can’t wait to try those!!

Have anyone used any other meal delivery service?? It’s so convenient I’m having a hard time letting go. I receive my meals every morning from the Paleo Divas. When I wake up, I run to my door excited to get my food. πŸ™‚

A Few Proud Moments

Where has my free time gone? Between a crazy month at work and getting in as much training time as I can for my upcoming race I barely have any time for cooking and blogging. 😦 Magazines pile away on my coffee table without getting a chance to glance through them. Forget TV time! By the time I finally hit the couch, I’m out in 5 minutes. But I do have a few things I wanted to share….

First, Spartan race. Yup I survived the Super Spartan race with my Jungle Fitness team! I’m happy to report that over 200 teams participated and we ranked in second place!

Another great moment was when I found I was included in the honorable mentions of the Healthiest Person You know Contest This contest was by nominations only in which my husband wrote the The Best Compliment Ever! I was really surprised and excited about it.

Last but not least, my fund-raising efforts for The Nautica South Beach Triathlon benefiting St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital were outstanding! I reached $1,020!!!!!!! All I can say is THANK YOU to all my friends and family for the support. That surpassed my first goal I couldn’t be happier to help in such a good cause! I will be ready to race on April 1st!