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motivation monday: shrimp fried quinoa.

Motivation Monday is back! When we read about this genius recipe (originally featured on Eating Bird Food and written by Brittany Mullins, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness), we knew we had to try it. Indulge your craving for traditional shrimp fried rice with this healthy food hack!

Shrimp Fried Quinoa
photo: PopSugar

 

Shrimp Fried Quinoa 

What You Need:

  • 3 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (divided)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or more – we really like garlic)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 bag (about 3 cups) frozen veggies (whatever kind you like – pictured is a blend of peas, carrots, green beans, and corn)
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (Japanese rice wine – view a substitution here)
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (a chili sauce – you can totally substitute sriracha)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Fresh cilantro and sriracha, for topping (optional)

What You Do:

  • Prepare quinoa if you haven’t already. Bring 2 cups water and 1 cup uncooked quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove saucepan from heat and let cool for 5 minutes; fluff quinoa with a fork. Refrigerate until cool. This step can be done the day before.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in shrimp, season with a little salt and pepper and stir constantly while cooking for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through. Place cooked shrimp on a plate and set aside.
  • Add remaining coconut oil into the same skillet. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the frozen veggies and cook until heated through. Add in cooked quinoa and shrimp then add in tamari, mirin and sesame oil, and sambal oelek. Use however much sambal oelek or sriracha you’d like depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.
  • Cook and stir until evenly coated, about 2 minutes. Make a well in the center of the quinoa mixture. Pour eggs into the well; cook and stir until eggs are scrambled and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Divide the dish between 4 plates and garnish with cilantro and a little sriracha, if using.
  • Note: If you’re not into spicy, just leave out the sambal oelek chili paste and/or the sriracha. The dish tastes just as good without it. 
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motivation monday | watch your step.

J: Monday. We meet again. As drab as it may sound, I have some exciting finds to share with you!

Jay and I are getting married in a mere 61 days (EEEK.) Needless to say, we’ve kicked our diets and exercise into HIGH gear.

With the help of Jawbone UP and My Fitness Pal apps, it’s actually been fun! Here’s the story:

To start, Jay got us each one of these little cuties:

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Jawbone UP Move tracks your steps and activity as well as your sleep patterns.Check it:

The Glitter Life Jawbone Up

We synced these bad boys with My Fitness Pal for the complete package. Set your goals and log your calories consumed via the MFP app and let your Jawbone tell you what you’ve burned. Make your adjustments as necessary. Easy.

MyFitnessPalApp

What fitness apps do you use? Share with us!

 

*This post is not sponsored.*

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monday motivation: balsamic + parmesan roasted cauliflower

Time for our Monday Motivation feature! We’ve done breakfast, we’ve done lunch…now, let’s tackle dinner. For us, the devil is in the side dishes. Loading up on bread, mashed potatoes, etc totally cancels out our healthy (usually) healthy entrees, not to mention our healthy breakfasts and lunches. So we chose this delicious roasted root veggie for today’s recipe (adapted from EverydayHealth). We promise you won’t miss the rolls and potatoes! In fact, per Joe, this “tastes like delicious vegetable CANDY.”

Balsamic + Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
replace your usual potato side dish with healthy, flavorful roasted cauliflower.

Balsamic + Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

(Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 30 mins / Total Time: 40 mins / Yield: 4 servings)

What You Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4+ teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2+ tablespoons balasmic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmsan cheese

What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Toss together cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper. We mixed everything up in a gallon Ziploc bag – our tried and true trick for mixing veggies with oil and spices. You get an even coat every time.
  • Roast on a large rimmed baking sheet (we lined the sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up) until cauliflower starts to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Toss the cauliflower with vinegar and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more.

Yummmmmm!

PS – Every Monday, we’re going to feature a healthy recipe to carry you through the week. If you make these recipes, share your pics with us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

photo: EverydayHealth.com

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motivation monday: warm avocado toast.

Another Monday, another motivation. You guys ready?

We’re obsessed with this Warm Avocado Toast recipe. It may seem weird to eat avocado for breakfast, but it’s a welcome and HEALTHY (key word) change from our usual bagel. Go on, try it – we think you’ll be addicted, too!

Warm Avocado Toast
green for breakfast = great rest of the day.

Warm Avocado Toast

(Prep Time: 2 mins / Yield: 1 serving)

What You Need:

  • 1 slice Ezekiel Bread (we don’t love Ezekiel Bread, so we use a whole grain English muffin)
  • ½ Avocado
  • Handful of sprouts
  • ½ Lemon
  • Sea Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Olive Oil

What You Do:

  1. Lightly toast the bread.
  2. In a small bowl lightly mash the avocado with a fork leaving some chunks visible. Squeeze half the lemon and combine gently.
  3. Spread the avocado onto the warm bread and add the sea salt and cayenne to taste.
  4. Top with sprouts and drizzle a drop of olive oil over the toast. Enjoy warm!
Warm Avocado Toast
fold it over for breakfast on the go.
Warm Avocado Toast
a healthy day starts in the kitchen!

Now, don’t you feel better?

View our first Motivation Monday recipe here.

PS – Every Monday, we’re going to feature a healthy recipe from one of our favorite blogs The Whole Tara to carry you through the week. Can’t wait for next Monday? Check out Tara’s blog here.

all photos: The Whole Tara

 

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motivation monday: new year’s resolution bowl.

It’s Monday, and we’re motivated! To eat healthy, that is. This New Year’s Resolution Bowl is the perfect dish to get your week started off right. Swing by the store tonight, make one for dinner, and then pack one for lunch tomorrow. Everyone needs a little detox after the weekend, right?

New Year's Resolution Bowl
ah mah gah…a bowl of healthy goodness.

New Year’s Resolution Bowl

Prep Time: 10 mins (practically nothing!) / Yield: 1 serving

What You Need:

  • 3 cups greens, chopped (kale, arugula, spinach – use a mix of your faves)
  • 2 cups raw veggies (for example, ½ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup shredded red cabbage, and 1 red bell pepper, sliced…or whatever mix you like to equal 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup Quinoa (or other healthy grain, like brown rice)
  • ¼ cup Chickpeas (or other protein, like tofu, 1 hard boiled egg, etc)
  • ¼ of an Avocado (or other healthy fat, like a handful of walnuts)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

What You Do:

  • In a large bowl, add the bed of greens.
  • Top the salad with the carrots, bell pepper, cabbage, quinoa, chickpeas, and avocado.
  • In a small bowl mix the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard. Adjust accordingly and drizzle over your bowl of goodness. Mix it up and enjoy!

View the original recipe (and tons of ideas for substitutions) here. Eat, feel good, repeat.

New Year's Resolution Bowl
another version, with tofu.

PS – Every Monday, we’re going to feature a healthy recipe from one of our favorite blogs The Whole Tara to carry you through the week. Can’t wait for next Monday? Check out Tara’s blog here.

all photos: The Whole Tara

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