The end of Halloween and Thanksgiving means that the season of food is descending upon us. Family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, and activities all seem to revolve around food. And not just any food; indulgent foods!
There can be so many holiday-filled and food-filled activities throughout the season. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact of just how much we’re indulging. Those food-splurging single days can turn into weeks or months. As we always say, beach bodies are made all year, especially in winter.
So make it a holiday not a holimonth.
A warm meal can be suitable for the colder seasons and doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Here’s a recipe that’s tried and true at my house. It’s delicious and healthy.
Delicious and Filling Breakfast When I make this for myself for breakfast I make extra quinoa for another meal (or two). It is filling, loaded with protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fat. Even my children like it.
Vegetarian Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (See Vegan Option)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (you can use red wine as well)
1/4 teaspoon salt (I use Himalayan
1 cup hot cooked tricolor quinoa (or regular if you don’t have tricolor)
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup cooked zucchini (or cucumber works well if you don’t want to cook zucchini)
1/2 cup canned unsalted black beans, rinsed, drained
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, basil or parsley
2 Eggs (cooked to your liking, I love sunny side up) (omit for Vegan option) 1/2 cup of black beans Optional (Vegan Option)
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
Cook the quinoa as per the package directions typically (2 C liquid to 1 C quinoa=2 servings).
Divide all ingredients into two bowls.
Add egg/beans and avocado to the top and enjoy.
Optional I top mine with a bit of hot sauce.
Yield: two generous servings
Keep in mind that it’s okay to indulge a little bit sometimes! There’s no rule that says you can’t partake in some seasonal treats. However, it is important to keep an eye on just how much of what types of foods you’re eating. You could try reducing sugar and adding seasonal spices to almost any dish.
We hope this helps you enjoy your holiday treats and enjoy spending time with family and friends. If you would like more information about staying fit through the holidays, contact us!