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12 Can’t-Miss Quinoa Recipes

12 Can’t-Miss Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is one of those in vogue super foods that seem to be everywhere at the moment. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is incredibly healthy and super tasty. Unfortunately, a lot of quinoa on the market is unethically sourced from South America where farmers aren’t necessarily paid a fare wage for their crops. With that in mind, make sure you buy fair trade quinoa, and then try some of these amazing quinoa recipes.

1. Mango and Quinoa Parfait

    I believe in getting excited about my breakfast. As someone who used to frequently skip the first meal of the day, I found this didn’t happen once I was enthusiastic about the food in question. This parfait would certainly inspire even the most fervent non-breakfast eater to partake.

    2. Quinoa Porridge

      The perfect winter staple, particularly for anyone that can’t have traditional porridge due to gluten intolerance or the like.

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      3. Vegan Quinoa Mac N Cheese

        This recipe is a fantastic alternative for those of us who are health conscious or vegan.

        4. Salmon with Moroccan Quinoa and Quail Eggs

          This is a bit on the fancy side, which makes it perfect for dinner parties or special occasions.

          5. Walnut Pear Salad with Quinoa and Sweet Potato

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            This salad combines incredibly delicious flavours with simplicity. The dressing is made from an easy combination of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar–each of these ingredients add to the general healthiness of the salad itself. Great for a quiet lunch or to take to a dinner party.

            6. Quinoa Crusted Chicken Fingers

              This recipe is great for adults and kids alike. It’s also good for people who have a gluten intolerances and don’t want to miss out on the tastiness that is chicken fingers–simply leave out the breadcrumbs. To make it healthier, use cold pressed olive oil or simply bake them in the oven instead.

              7. Squash Boats with Quinoa Filling

                I adore this recipe because it allows me to indulge in something that’s still relatively uncommon in Australia–using squash/pumpkins in sweet recipes. This is incredibly filling, so I definitely recommend sharing.

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                8. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

                  I love this breakfast bowl because it’s incredibly versatile. You can remove the egg if you prefer it to be vegan, or add bacon if you’re pro eating meat. You can do whatever you want with this and it will still be delish.

                  9. Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

                    Who said that pancakes must be unhealthy? You can make these even healthier by substituting the flour for almond meal and the sugar for honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Or simply add berries to the mixture to naturally sweeten them.

                    10. Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie

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                      I love smoothies. You can’t really go wrong by combining banana and strawberry. Quinoa helps to make it all the more filling.

                      11. Quinoa and Cauliflower Patties

                        These vegetarian-friendly patties make for a lovely lunch on a bed of salad, or even on a burger bun if you’re after something a little bit more substantial. I’d recommend pairing it with tzatziki.

                        12. Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

                          I know that none of us really think ‘healthy’ when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, but considering this recipe. The ingredients used here are as healthy as you can make them. Besides, we all need to live just a little.

                          Featured photo credit: Quinoa via alterecofoods.com

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                          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                          1. Exercise Daily

                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                          • Eat more veggies
                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                            6. Start Slow

                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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