With spring finally here and the snow hopefully melted where you are, it’s time again for running/outdoor exercise season. You need snacks that are portable, tasty, and provide some serious fuel – which means energy bars for most people. Those are healthy, right?
I decided to do another ricotta quinoa bowl because I loved the Crispy Pancetta Quinoa Bowl that I made last week. And, frankly, I still had some ricotta cheese left. And some mint and some peas I’d been dying to use, and an excitement for the spring equinox this weekend.
When I first started noticing labels like “No genetically modified ingredients” or “Non-GMO Project Verified” on products at the grocery store a few years ago, I had no idea what that meant. I was like, “No genetically modified organisms? Ok, great.” I didn’t think much about what that was implying about the other foods sold there without that label.
Originally when I conceived this recipe, I envisioned using whole-wheat pasta instead of quinoa. But then when I got ready to make it, I was at a point of being O.D.’ed on pasta, having just made a large batch of it and eaten it over the course of several days. So I decided, why not try this with quinoa?
Last week, I had a few of my girls over (to watch Girls, incidentally), which gave me a chance to try out the cheesy chicken burritos and sangria recipes I’d recently dreamed up. I picked Mexican food because it’s a) pretty hard to mess up (when in doubt, add more cheese!), b) something even the picky eaters I know typically enjoy, and c) frickin’ delicious.
One of the first things I did last year after reading the amazing book, The Sugar Smart Diet, was to eliminate packaged cereal from my diet. I had known for a long time that the great majority of cereals – even the supposedly healthy ones – were chock-full of sugar, but I had pushed this uneasy knowledge aside, not wanting to have to consider ways to change.
A big part of eating more whole is, obviously, weaning yourself off of processed/packaged meals. Frozen foods make up a huge part of these already-prepared meals – your frozen burritos and pizza rolls and those little diet meals that cram the freezer of the refrigerator of your office break room.
Happy Valentine’s Day! We all know that today is not just about giving love to special family and friends, but to ourselves, too. Self-love is a big deal these days, and it should be: when you’ve fully taken care of yourself, then you will have the energy and peace of mind to take care of others. In honor of that spirit of self-love, I’m writing about five simple upgrades that you can make to your diet today to make it more healthy and whole.
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