Tag Archives: quinoa

Did you Know? About Red Meat and Gestational Diabetes…

27 Feb

Animal vs Plant

Did you know that a recent study reports that eating animal protein increases the risk for gestational diabetes, while eating plant protein lowers it?

Shocking but true! This is now another reason to start eating healthier and wiser… Try adding nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa, brown rice and lentils to your diet, these are all packed with proteins.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

9 Oct

Bad carbs make you fat! But good carbs can make you lose weight.

Avoid these carbohydrates in your diet:

  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Bread
  • Sugar
  • Refined grains
  • Pizza
  • Almost all processed foods
  • White rice
  • Pasta
  • Cereals

Make sure to include these carbs in your diet, these are good for you and help you either lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Don’t be scared of these carbs, it’s a myth that they’ll make you fat.

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Whole grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes

Remember Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

The Famous Lentil Salad

13 Jul

Hello everyone! The famous lentil recipe is here!

Just remember the most important part of the recipe is to chop all the ingredients into tiny pieces (except for the asparagus). Here it goes…

Serves 4

2 cups cooked black beluga lentils

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 tomato (remove seeds) chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

1/2 seedless cucumber chopped

1/4 cup chives chopped

10 mint leaves chopped

1 steamed maitake mushroom chopped

5 steamed asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces

1/4 cup scallions finely cut

10 lemons

1 bunch cilantro

Sea salt and pepper

In a large bowl mix lentils, quinoa and vegetables, except for the scallions. Squeeze the juice from the 10 lemons into a blender and add the cilantro, salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth. Transfer to a cooking pot, cover and boil for 10 minutes. Wait until cooled and add to the lentils. Add the scallions at the end.

You will love this healthy and delicious lentil recipe, let me know what you think!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Quinoa

3 Apr

Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein, like meat, milk, eggs, soy  or fish. It is the most nutritious of all the grains and has a delicious nutty taste. It was the staple food of the Incas and it’s considered a superfood due to it’s nutritional properties.

Quinoa is rich in calcium, iron and magnesium, high in vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, folate, copper, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.

The nutrients in quinoa are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Quinoa also helps reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

Fresh quinoa must be soaked in water for at least 2 hours, to remove compounds known as saponins that give quinoa a bitter taste. I usually soak it for longer to let it sprout.

Quinoa Salad

(Serves 2)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Cilantro, mint, salt and pepper

After soaking the quinoa, rinse carefully and add to a pot with the water. Add sea salt or Kombu and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, add salt and pepper as desired. When the quinoa is cooked add and mix with the rest of the ingredients, serve and enjoy!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Fresh Quinoa Salad

6 Jan

The weather is beautiful here in LA and I’m craving a healthy quinoa salad.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Cilantro, mint, salt and pepper

Wash the quinoa, then soak for at least an hour (I let it soak overnight if possible. I always let it sprout), rinse carefully and add to a pot with the water. Add sea salt or Kombu and then bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, add salt and pepper as desired. When the quinoa is cooked add and mix with the rest of the ingredients, serve and enjoy!