In this first week of the New Year, like a lot of people, I’ve decided to focus my energy on adopting a healthy lifestyle. I always start out with the best of intentions, but, also like a lot of people, by February everything is back to where I started. This happens not because we didn’t try our hardest, but usually because we didn’t make a plan. Sounds pretty elementary, but most of us (including me) tend to forget that step. I want to give you easy recipes for eating healthy in the New Year, and also help you create a plan of action. On top of that, I want to make sure to help you step out of the ordinary diet box.
As a coincidence, I found out this week through various media channels that this year we are all supposed to celebrate quinoa. Now to be completely honest, my first thought was …ummm what’s quinoa and how do I say it? Of course, I’ve heard of it through the hip foodie groups but I couldn’t for the life of me describe to you what it is (or pronounce it). I figure I can’t be the only person in the world asking this question so here is the breakdown.
Quinoa (pron.: /ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
Now that we have that out of the way, how do we make it delicious? I am all for trying new things but the rest of my family…not so much. I spent last week scouring the recipes on Keyingredient.com (of course) and I found a hit that everyone enjoyed… Quinoa-Chia Energy Bars!
I’ll be the first to admit that there is nothing that makes me happier than when I can actually make an easy and healthy energy bar instead of buying one. On top of that, all the necessary ingredients are easy to find at your local organic store (I used Sprouts), and hunting for the different nuts is actually a learning experience.
Finally, you can re-use all the ingredients in your quest for health in the New Year. I plan to use the walnuts and pistachios left over for my salads, and the remaining quinoa instead of rice! You can also take this recipe and change it up with different types of nuts or maybe adding some honey.
I am Emilie, I have always been lover of food and travel, but just starting out when it comes to being a genius cook. I have always had fantasies of becoming a great cook, but usually stopped myself with excuses like, I don’t have a pasty cutter! But no more excuses! 2013 is my year to try new things…no matter how intimidating and unnerving!
This is my journey on what can be seen as trials and tribulations of food exploration and other fun key ingredient adventures. With the help of Key Ingredient (including the homepage, the app, and of course the amazing reader!) I will explore healthier ways to eat all the while pushing out of my comfort zone when it comes to ingredients and new tricks. These recipes and ideas will not only help you become a healthier person this year, but also hopefully help you impress your loved ones. Let’s get cooking!