From Taco Bell to quinoa?

Hi, my name is Jessica and I love Taco Bell.  Yep, I do.  And judge me all you want, but I know you secretly have your own fast food fix of some kind (McDonald's fries anyone?).   Well anyway, I've been on a quest to make healthier choices.  And I admit, it's not always easy.  Especially for a candy/Diet Sunkist addict like myself.  Does this sound familiar to anyone else?  Like you really want to try and eat better and even start exercising, but you can't always find the motivation?  

I know there are tons of places to go that try and offer that necessary motivation, but frankly, I can't always relate.  It just seems like they're all hard-core fitness buffs or their diets are super strict and the menu ideas are all bland and just made up of the predictable egg white omelette, a piece of grilled chicken and a side of asparagus.  All of which I like, but which becomes sort of boring after a few days.  So I'm inviting you to come along on a journey of trying to get fit, trying to make better food choices - and even find tasty replacements for the stuff you love.  

Admittedly, I began this effort as a way to help my husband incorporate exercise into his crazy busy schedule, but by going about it differently than I ever have, I've really come to enjoy the process.  And I also feel like I'm seeing some results!  It's true, I don't necessarily need to lose weight.  That's not my goal.  But I want to be in better shape and see a little muscle definition, and also be a better example for my kids when it comes to my food choices.

So here's my first major discovery...quinoa and cauliflower rice.  

Over the past few weeks, I've begun making batches of this in the beginning of each week so I have a huge bowl in the fridge ready to go.  And you can add whatever you like - I try and mix it up.  I add veggies like colorful peppers, peas, broccoli and tomatoes.  And I also mash in some protein like a veggie burger or grilled chicken.  And I might also add some cheese (feta works great) and even a little of my favorite salad dressing, which is a great way to ensure different flavors every time you eat it.  Now instead of heating up leftover pizza or just grabbing chips and whatever else I have that's fast and easy, I can easily make a lunch or dinner that's healthy and tasty.  It's not rocket science, people.  But it's also not gonna happen on its own.  And I'm living proof that a little bit of effort can go along way!

Jess xo



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