Last week went by way too fast, and now this week is too. I feel like I am always saying how I just can’t catch up on life, but it’s so true. Each week I feel further and further behind. Work has been absolutely crazy and stressful, and by the time I come home, all I can think about is cuddles with my boys and bed. On Wednesday night, I got a total of maybe 2 hours of sleep. Aiden was up all night (teething?). After a long day at the offices, I came home and we were all in bed by 7:30pm. Aiden slept soundly for 10 hours. Thank you, God.
Oh, by the way. I gave up everything with added sugar, including honey & pure maple syrup. It has been over a week and I am still going strong! But I was getting so used to my morning lattes with 3 shots of espresso, almond milk, honey and cinnamon. For now, it’s straight espresso.
I’ve also been saying for weeks about how I NEED to get back into a regular workout routine. It is still too cold outside to do anything, and by the time I could get to the gym after work, it’s 7 or 8pm and I’d rather get to bed, or prep a healthy meal for lunch the next day. I kept telling myself that morning workouts don’t work with my schedule either because AJ leaves for work by 4:45am, and no one is available to watch Aiden that early. Plus, the reality of me giving a ton of energy to a workout that early is pretty unlikely.
Well guess what, people?! I dropped Aiden off an hour early to daycare, went to the gym, killed a workout, showered, got a delicious healthy protein breakfast smoothie, and went to work feeling awesome! I honestly feel great and I am so excited to do it again. I’m committing myself to 3 days a week right now so I don’t burn out. I also plan to take an early morning walk around the lake with Aiden 2 days a week once it gets a bit warmer. The fresh air in the morning, latte (or…espresso…) in hand, is one of my favorite way to start a day.
As you know, I’ve also been really focusing on healthy meals and snacks that give me more energy during the day. I’m talking food just packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber, lots of lean protein and healthy fats. I shared with you all my Teriyaki Chicken Quinoa Power Bowl recipe (here) last week, and now I am sharing another quinoa power bowl recipe, packed with all those goodies! This one I will call Hearty Shiitake Quinoa Power Bowl because I really am not doing so well with the name game today.
I really want to keep creating ‘Power Bowls’ because I love the concept. So many powerful benefits packed into a single bowl. Tasty, easy, healthy. What’s better? Besides chocolate…and wine…
For now, I will leave you with this quinoa power bowl recipe, but if you have any suggestions on recipes you’d like to see (power bowl or not), leave them in the comments below!
I originally made this quinoa power bowl as a quick lunch or dinner option, I actually love it for breakfast, topped with 2 eggs! Not only is it a perfect meal to keep me full until lunch, it is packed with vitamins and minerals!
- 1/2 lb ground sausage or lean ground turkey
- 1 C shiitake mushrooms
- 1 C fresh kale , cut into pieces
- 1 C cherub or cherry tomatoes , cut in half
- Parmesan flakes
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2-4 C cooked quinoa
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium pan, add the sausage or turkey and cook over medium heat until no longer pink.
In a separate pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and kale and cook until the mushrooms are slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Throw in the tomatoes and cook until tender, about 5 more minutes.
Mix the meat and quinoa together. Scoop into serving bowls and top with the veggies, parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.
This is a delicious breakfast option if you top with an egg or two!