Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a whole grain with origins in South America. We have combined it in this recipe with black beans, savory vegetables, and spices for a cold or warm salad that is light and refreshing. This salad is high in protein and can be served as a main with your favorite seafood, or side dish.
Man, what a savory side dish! Quinoa I like to describe it as “its own little ecosystem, containing all of the essential amino acids that we must obtain through the diet.” This dish’s texture provides interesting mouth feel and layers of flavors (citrus, mint, cumin, coriander) that will excite the taste buds and making you want more!
As a personal trainer I hear the excuse, “I don’t have time” at least several times a day, and almost all of my in home personal training and gym clients lead highly busy lifestyles that can make it difficult at times to choose healthy foods. Fortunately, many clean, healthy foods are easy to fit into your diet with the added bonus of being delicious.
A common concern with my in home personal training along with my gym clients that are either vegetarian or vegan’s is, “Am I getting enough sufficient protein”. Many experts agree that a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet can provide you with all the nutrients you need. That said, certain plant foods contain significantly more protein than others. And higher-protein diets can promote muscle strength, filling, and weight loss.
If you are like most supermarket shoppers grain products have become very confusing. With varying labels, titles, and logos it is confusing on what option is the best for you. I explain the difference to all of my in home personal training clients when we discuss nutrition and rearrange their pantry in our now famous “pantry raid”! Here’s a simple and quick breakdown for you.
Okay, so you want to eat healthy and you read about all these “superfoods” wild-caught Alaskan salmon, fresh organic blueberries, pomegranate seeds, quinoa, and açai berry juice. All are amazing superfoods, right? Yes . . . and they also are amazingly expensive. And for many people that part is not so super. I tackle this subject from my in home personal training and gym clients weekly, and even though I cannot legally write meal plans as a personal trainer, I can offer healthier options and suggestions.
Protein is the most beloved macronutrient by people losing weight. Foods rich in protein are in high demand and rightfully so: protein helps keep you satiated and helps muscles grow. The top sources of protein in the American diet are from meat and poultry. Even though I am a carnivore at heart there are more people wanting to or who are switching to non-meat diets, or reducing their meat intake, they are concerned that they won’t be able to get adequate protein to maintain their diet. This is a common mistake. We at Cronus Health & Fitness do give our in home personal training clients options to fit their lifestyle. As you can see from the long list below, there are many excellent protein sources that are either entirely plant based or vegetarian:
As you know, a food dollar doesn’t stretch nearly as far as it used to. Being a personal trainer many of our clients with our in home personal training are eager and wanting to learn how to eat a clean diet might find themselves increasingly hemming and hawing over which healthy foods to toss into their grocery carts and which to leave behind. The more nutritious choice isn’t always obvious. Apple or pear? Chicken breast or turkey breast? Well, let’s get ready to rumble. I decided on sending similar edibles into the ring to duke it out so we can crown nutrition’s heavyweight champs.
This recipe is a masterpiece you can show off to your friends. It fits perfectly into our Metabolic Jump Start Program. They will say WOW! A few of these ingredients may not be in your pantry, but you can find them in your local grocery store, without having to find an Asian market.
I was generous with the serving size too, so really you could probably get 6 to 8 servings out of this dish, especially if you serve it with rice or quinoa. With only 432 calories it is perfect for our 400 – 600 calorie meal plan.
Your best intentions for healthy eating during the week can be easily derailed if you haven’t thought through a plan. While it’s not always possible to anticipate every curve ball that might get hurled your way, with our in home personal training we talk nutrition every chance we get! A solid healthy lifestyle is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, not the reverse like you might think. I have included a few simple strategies that take only 8 minutes of focused time each week to get you on the right track and make things easier and less time consuming.