Hello, hello. I thought I would check on you to see how you’re getting on with your New Year resolutions. One of mine resolutions was to learn how to swim properly because this year I would like to do at least one triathlon. Swimming is the part of triathlon which I fear the most, because I have such weak arms and after 30 seconds of swimming my arms are usually, literally killing me. I have to say I am smashing it though, my front crawl is much faster and more precise than it’s ever been, and my breathing technique is now spot on and I can sit at the bottom of the swimming pool without floating up. RESULT!!!
Now back to your resolution. How you getting on? Tell me honestly. I know some of you made a resolution to lose weight, eat less, exercise more, eat more protein and less carbs... STOP! this is where I need to explain something. I keep banging on that carbs are good for you, they are! the main thing is when to have them and what type of carbs to take in. It is so cold outside, so rather than punishing your body with low carb intake, cosset it and feed it with something healthy, nutritious and soothing to the soul. My quinoa recipe today is just that! Quinoa is a great low-carb alternative to the usual rice and is higher in protein than most carbs. By adding pumpkin seeds and tofu this turns into a high protein dish too!
1 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable Kelly stock
Cook quinoa following the packet’s instructions, then set aside to cool. Usually it is 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of water, simmering on a low heat until the liquid has evaporated.
⅓ cup cooked chickpeas (ones from the tin are fine)
¼ cup sunflower seeds
⅓ cup cubed tofu (I like the smoked flavour) or feta cheese will work nicely too
⅓ cup steamed green peas
1 tbsp of olive or coconut oil
2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1 heaped tsp rice syrup or honey
1 crushed garlic glove
Pinch of salt and a good grind of black pepper.
Super simple. Make the dressing by whisking all the dressing ingredients until smooth and well combined. Mix the dressing into the quinoa and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well, season and serve immediately……enjoy!