Monday, June 29, 2015

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado and Cumin-Lime Dressing

This is my favorite summer salad....ok, it's an all year round staple in my house!  I found the recipe here and pretty much stick to it.  The only changes I make are the bell peppers - I use whatever I have in my fridge and that's usually a variety.  I also don't necessarily eat this with chips and a beer like suggested in the recipe, although it would be the perfect pairing.  I usually eat mine as a side salad to lunch or dinner.  

If you aren't familiar with quinoa (keen-wah),  it is a protein-packed grain that contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them.

It is naturally gluten-free and is an excellent substitute for rice and pasta.  It can also be ground into a flour and can be used in baking recipes.  
I buy a bag of quinoa from Costco, but you can purchase it at your local grocery store.  It should be with the rice and pasta. 
What makes this recipe is the dressing.  I usually use 2 limes and add an extra dash of cumin :-)  I have just recently starting using doTerra oils so I'm excited to try the Cumin oil next time I make this recipe.....which will probably be next week.  

 I measure my salad, after it's mixed, in a green container and count it as 1 yellow.  If you want to be 100% accurate, keep the ingredients separate and fill your containers and then mix together.  I'm too lazy for that.  The only thing you want to make sure of is that you don't overload on the avocado, if you do, make sure you count a blue.  If you want to keep them separate, make sure you mix the dressing with everything - use some on the veggies and then use some with the quinoa and black beans.

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DISCLAIMER:  I am not a food blogger, so my pictures will not nearly be as amazing as those awesome food bloggers ;-) 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Beast Journey

I started the weight-based program, Body Beast, about 3 weeks ago.  I was on the fence for a while because I don't want to get beastly looking and I thought the program was designed for men.  After doing some research, I quickly realized that this program is designed to help ANYONE build muscle and get beastly or build muscle and become lean. 

As women, we tend to shy away from the weights and gaining muscle because the number on the scale will increase.  I am ok with that.  I am ok with whatever number is on the scale because I know it doesn't define me.  Besides, the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn :-)

My goal is to gain muscle here and there (like everywhere!) and to lower my body fat.  So far, so good.

I'm not trying to compete in any competitions, I'd just like to not jiggle so much ;-)

You do need some equipment for this program.  Dumbbells ranging in weight - I use 3 lbs to 20 lbs weights.  You also need a bench or stability ball, ez bar with weights (I use my bar from Body Pump), and a pull up bar or resistance band.  It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't much.

Ok, maybe it is. 

I'm following the Lean Beast guide and will begin Block 2 on Monday.   5 weeks:  6 days on, 1 day off.   I don't know about you, but I need accountability with all my workouts - running & home workouts.  I have 2 friends who are currently working out with The Beast and there is an amazing group on Facebook that is just for women!  Those ladies are amazingly healthy and ripped!

It's a slow process for me, but I'm getting there.

Can you see that bicep?!?!?!?

I will update you as I continue this fitness journey.  If you'd like to join me, click here.  Let's get ripped together :-)