Before you skip this post and immediately think ‘NOPE. I DON’T DO HEALTH FOOD’ …I beg you to hear me out.
Let’s start at the beginning. Quinoa. (pronounced keen-wah) (shocking, I know) (I also pronounced it kwee-noah)
First and most importantly: the taste. The texture is kind of comparable to rice; but it’s all a big trick because quinoa is not actually a grain, it’s a seed. Think of sunflower seeds…same idea. What that means is that it has lots of protein to keep you full and fiber to keep your insides moving. Win-win.
This is what I like to call quinoa for beginners. I also like to call myself a quinoa beginner.
I’ll be honest here, I don’t love the stuff. I don’t drink in smoothies or inject it intravenously- but I do try to swap it out for my standard rice when I’m feeling extra health-inclined. I’ll save you the ‘powers of super food’ mumbo jumbo- trust me, it’s good for you.
I can definitely come to terms with this as a side-dish short cut. This lovely little pouch is available at my local BJ’s Wholesale Club in a big pack that works out to be only $2 per packet. The label says there is only two servings per packet, but I’d say its easily 3 generous helpings. The ingredients are mainly rice, quinoa and seasonings; and it only has to be microwaved for 90 seconds! I dig it.
I love this because the combo of rice and quinoa definitely helps disguise the quinoa- especially for skeptics or other non believers. I also love this product because, well, being a grown up and eating healthy is really hard sometimes. We all need a shortcut in the pantry for moments of weakness.
Do you have a health food shortcut? What’s your favorite way to feel healthy when you also feel lazy?