Food Network: Spinach and Green Apple Salad

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Nutrition, Recipes, Salads, Weight Loss

This looks so good and super simple. Yum!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
http://www.BlondeRunner.com

 

Exchange Garden Produce

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I love to garden and often have excess fruit and vegetable but also don’t grow everything. I thought it would be a great idea to create a group where we could exchange produce with each other if we have extra of something and wanted something else we don’t grow so I created a new Facebook page. We can also share gardening ideas and tips. If you have a garden and live in the Bountiful area.  Let me know if you want to get involved.

~ Coach Lora Erickson

lora@blonderunner.com

Quinoa (a super food) recipes from Blonde Runner

March 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Weight Loss

In honor of nutrition month (March) and just in case you missed it before, I wanted to share with you some great recipes including one of my favorite super foods – Quinoa.  Enjoy.  ~ Coach

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa (Keen-wah) is often considered a “grain” or “seed” from South America and is quickly becoming more popular in America. Quinoa is very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes and is packed with high quality protein/amino acids as well as other important nutrients like iron. Despite its higher carbohydrate content it is considered a low glycemic index and gluten-free food. It is also high in natural fiber.  Here are some recipes for this great super food.  Enjoy!

Coach Lora Erickson
“Blonde Runner”

www.BlondeRunner.com

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Coach Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

This is a salad I often have for lunch.  It’s quite tasty and healthy. My husband and kids like this “bird seed” salad too. Enjoy.  ~ Coach Lora Erickson

1 cup quinoa

3 cups water

Dash of lemon juice

Dash of vinegar (sometime I use white, other times balsamic)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large tomato dices (fresh from the garden – yum)

½ cup diced cucumber

¼ cup finely chopped white or purple onion

¼ cup fresh chives from the garden

Fresh herbs to taste, minced (cilantro or basil is good)

1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse quinoa well  (*important) and add the water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Rest and cool for a few minutes then stir in the garlic, onions etc and veggies. Enjoy. So yummy (and healthy)!

 

 

Lora’s Berry & Wild Honey Breakfast Quinoa

This recipe got two thumbs up from my taste testers (my kids). So, it will stay on our menu. They really like “bird seed” as they like to call it. LOL Enjoy.  ~ Coach Lora Erickson

½ cup quinoa
½ cup low-fat milk (soy milk works well too)
1 cup water
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Dash of vanilla extract
Drizzle of wild honey
½-3/4 cup berries (fresh or frozen works – I like to use several different kinds of berries at once)

Rinse quinoa well (*important) and add the milk and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Rest and cool for a few minutes then stir in the spices and vanilla. Top with berries and drizzle with honey and enjoy for a healthy and warm breakfast.

 

Note:  These recipes are great for those that have wheat allergies.  These Trio bars they sell at Costo also make great snacks.  Enjoy.  http://pinterest.com/pin/252905335296853541/

Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Main Dishes, Nutrition, Recipes, Salads, Sides

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This is a salad I often have for lunch and I think it’s quite tasty and certainly is healthy.  My husband and kids like this “bird seed” salad too.  lol

Coach Lora Erickson

“Blonde Runner”

 

Lora’s Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa

3 cups water

Dash of lemon juice

Dash of vinegar (sometime I use white, other times balsamic)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large tomato dices (fresh from the garden – yum)

½ cup diced cucumber

¼ cup finely chopped white or purple onion

¼ cup fresh chives from the garden

Fresh herbs to taste , minced (cilantro or basil is good)

1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Rinse quinoa well and add the water.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.  Rest and cool for a few minutes then stir in the garlic, onions etc and veggies.  Enjoy.  So yummy (and healthy)!

 

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

 

Quinoa (Keen-wah) is often considered a “grain” or “seed” from South America and is quickly becoming more popular in America.  Quinoa is a very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes and is packed with high quality protein/amino acids as well as other important nutrients like iron.  Despite it’s higher carbohydrate content it is considered a low glycemic index and gluten-free food.  It is also high in natural fiber.