Friday, June 17, 2016

Quinoa Breakfast Scramble

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. For a long time I was only having a protein shake with protein powder, oatmeal and flax milk for breakfast. This was a good and nutritious breakfast but it was not enough food to fuel my body for the hard workouts I am doing. 

I have been eating this quinoa breakfast scramble for breakfast for a week now and can already tell a difference in my energy levels and I am not as hungry at night. 

Here is the recipe for this easy and nutritious breakfast. 


1/4 cup cooked quinoa

1 eggs, scrambled

½ avocado, cubed

1 tablespoon salsa

½ teaspoon lemon pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic salt


Place quinoa in a serving bowl

Top with eggs and avocado.

Top with salsa and sprinkle with lemon pepper and garlic salt.
Ever wonder what makes quinoa a nutritious superfoods. Here are seven health benefits that quinoa has. 

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.

2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. 

4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Finishing Up My Name Is Lucy Barton & Starting The Deep

My Name is Lucy Barton was a sweet book. I liked the idea and thought it was laid out nicely. But, I did get kind of bored after a while. I felt like it never really all came together. It was just a bunch of little stories put into a book. 

What did you think of the book. Here are a couple questions about the reading.
  1. Lucy’s husband asked her mother to visit her in the hospital, and paid for her trip. Do you think that was a gesture of love on his part?
  2. What role does the gossip Lucy and her mother share play in the book?
  3. Do you think Lucy blames her mother for the more painful parts of her childhood? Could her mother have done better?
  4. What did Sarah Payne mean, when she said to Lucy: “We only have one story”?
Our next book is The Deep by Nick Cutter. We will be starting it Wednesday June 15th and ending on Friday July 1st. 
Synopsis From Goodreads: A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

Lets Get Reading! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Finishing Up This Census-Taker & Starting My Name Is Lucy Barton

I thought that This Census-Taker was kind of an odd book. But, I did enjoy it. It was way different than what I was expecting.

What did you think about This Census-Taker?

Was it what you were expecting?
Our next book is My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. We will be starting it Wednesday June 1st and ending on Wednesday June 15th.

Synopsis From Goodreads: Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

Lets Get Reading!