Delightful Summer Salad

To look at me, you wouldn’t think I enjoy food, but I do!  Today I tried a new Quinoa Chickpea and Avocado Salad recipe.  It was delightful!! My mouth is watering again, just thinking about it.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, which brings me to the main point of this post.  If you are serious (not just giving lip service) about getting on track to eating better, there is no magic formula.

Allow yourself to be free to try to acquire a taste for new foods. I perfectly understand being squeamish about eating delicacies of foreign origin.  But how can you turn your nose up to natural foods that grow from God’s soil?

Many of the foods I eat today, I was not exposed to as a child.  Some I more recently started eating and did so only out of a want to appreciate and to make healthier food choices, such as eating avocados.

I thought avocados were the ugliest foods. Even the shade of green is ugly! With a nickname, “Alligator Pear,” who would want to eat that?   That is until it’ sliced open. Then the beauty is exposed by the vibrant lime green and odd round wood like seed.

The first time I ate an avocado, it was blah… eh… okay, but nothing to brag about. After reading about all the benefits of Avocados, I was determined to find a way to include them in my diet and I did!!!

Okay so enough rambling.  The recipe is courtesy of skinnytaste.com  You have to try it!

Quinoa Chickpea and Avocado Salad Skinnytaste.com Servings: 4 • Size: 1 1/4 cups  • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts Calories: 248 • Fat: 7 g • Carb: 41 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 9 g • Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 403 mg (without salt)

Ingredients

tomatoe

It was hard not to eat the tomatoes and not put them in the recipe. Lol!!

beans

Quinoa

I did cook the Quinoa. I just wanted you (if you’ve never brought it) to see what it looks like packaged.

onion

The recipe called for red onion, but I had a bunch of Vidalia onions, so I substituted. They are sweet onions and tasted just fine.

cilantro lime]

How could anyone like “green” foods?  The Cilantro’s scent is as strong as its flavor. Mmm..

cucumber

I know I should have sliced the cucumber, but I was in a hurry. 🙂

salt

I don’t usually cook with salt, but I did use a little of this good stuff.

avocado

Gorgeous! Lol!

Directions: Combine all the ingredients except for avocado and cucumber, season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Just before serving, add cucumber and avocado. Makes 5 cups.

Qsalad

The finished product!  OMG!! You gotta try this!  Scrumptious!! Thank you sknnytaste.com!

Give it a try!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Enjoy your weekend!  🙂

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Blessed And Refreshed

Happy Independence Day! I know, today is Monday. During the post, an error occurred and this post didn’t publish correctly. Hubby and I decided to escape for the holiday weekend.

The hotel’s gym has real equipment. Most hotel’s idea of a gym is one treadmill and a few other pieces of equipment, but not this one; it’s the real deal. Yay!!!

I hit some weights this morning and now I am enjoying a delicious quinoa salad on the beach.

For the natural chica’s, to protect my hair from the salt water, I saturated it with my favorite conditioner, VO5 Herbal Escapes.

As I write this post on the beach, I am feeling blessed and refreshed!

Have a fabulous Day!!

🙂

 

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 Above the clouds is so magical.

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 Sitting on the plane before take off in Atlantic City.

 

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Free weights at a hotel gym!  Now that I know it’s possible, I’ll have to add this to my list of necessary hotel amenities.

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I brought this tasty quinoa salad at Starbucks.  This salad was the bomb!  Fresh lettuce,cherry tomatoes, and chicken!  It’s nice to eat healthy on the beach.

 

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What’s better than an ocean front view?  An ocean front view that can be enjoyed from the shower!  Awesome!

 

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I had fun trying to figure out how many different exercises I could do on this baby! Cool!

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After a brief rain, this lovely rainbow brightened the sky.  So pretty. 🙂

 

This little monkey was one of nearly a dozen strolling around the rental agency's parking lot.

This little monkey was one of nearly a dozen strolling around the rental agency’s parking lot.  I’d expect to see monkeys strolling around in another country, but not in Florida.

July 4, 2014 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Having a blast on the beach.

 

IMG_6832I love palm trees. I want one in our backyard.  Umm… not in Jersey though.  :0(

 

IMG_0356Selfies on the beach.  For once, we’re both relaxing.