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Quinoa Salad (plus my diet & lifestyle change) - #breakfastseries


Quinoa Salad

I'm on a quest of eating as healthily as possible to prepare my body for the next pregnancy should my rainbow baby pays me a visit. :)

Here are a few points that I'm incorporating into my diet:

  • Avoid excess fat/oil, sugar, preservatives, and seasonings.
  • Cut down simple carbohydrates, e.g. white rice, white bread, pasta.
  • Eliminate simple carbohydrates from dinner.
  • Eat dinner before 7:30pm.
  • Drink at least 1.8L plain water every day.
  • Reduce tea and coffee to only one cup (without sugar) per week.

So far so good. I'm also exercising 20-30 minutes daily after reaching home in the evening. This daily routine keeps me motivated and less stressed out. I do hope my 31 months toddler will see me as a role model in terms of living an active lifestyle, not just typing away on mobile and laptop. :P

This quinoa salad serves as a great low-carb dinner. Great in taste and texture, and surprisingly filling!

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)

1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 dried fig, coarsely chopped
4 pitted dates, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons raisins
1 cup cucumber cubes
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling
Raw pumpkin seeds, for garnishing

How to:

1. Add 1 cup of water into a pot and add the rinsed quinoa. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer over low-medium heat for about 12 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Let cool for 10 minutes and fluff with a fork.


2. In a bowl, add the chopped dried fig, dates, raisins, cucumber, and blueberries. Give them a gentle toss and add the fluffed quinoa.

3. Mix yogurt with honey until well combined. Pour into the quinoa mix and gently toss until well combined. Drizzle with some honey (optional) and top with raw pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.


Great for breakfast and perfect for a low-carb dinner.


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This post is also linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up (Little Thumbs Up March 2016: Honey) organized by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids), Doreen (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Joyce (joycescapade.com).


27 comments

  1. Looks pretty easy to do it myself. Thanks!

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  2. I love quinoa! shall try this myself too!

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  3. Oh i love this recipe. Looks simple enough to make and delicious to eat. Will try this out. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. sorry just checked out -i thought petai.. but the green things are the pumpkin seed. sorry.. when i look at the photos i thought petai the green thing... i never try yet quinoa grain yet.. but definitely will try if the ingredients much cheaper if not let you cook i taste.. heheh.. sorry once again for the 1st comment..

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  5. looks tempting! I'll try your recipe soon :)

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  6. Looks good. I will try this recipe some day later. But i'm not familiar with tht quinoa. What is that actually?

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    1. You can read more about quinoa here - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-quinoa

      Quinoa is a great substitute for rice.

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  7. I love quinoa. Always replace this if I am craving for rice.

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  8. Looks really easy to make. Gonna get messy in the kitchen tonight :D

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  9. so nice, i am planning to go on a low carb diet soon too. getting very overweight nowadays.

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  10. wow love this recipe. What a delicious road to good health :-D Shall try it and perhaps come up with my own recipes too. Thank you so much for sharing the great idea.

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  11. I'm also trying to eat healthy. Not that successful when I am travelling but will KIV your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. wow... healthy salad... here I come.. now if only if I can keep it up for a few weeks... it will be a miracle.. LOL

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  13. The salad looks yummy! I would definitely try this. =)

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  14. I heard that quinoa is really very healthy. Nice to see how you incorporate it into your diet.

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  15. i'm on healthy lifestyle too - and am seeing results! keep on going babe and i'm sure you will get the result you wanted! I'm drooling right now at 12 a.m. looking at your salad pic. lol!

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  16. Never try Quinoa Salad before. Wish to make for him once our kitchen reno has been done. :)

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  17. Quinoa is better than rice, i like the salad recipe also. Might try it during the weekend.

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  18. The recipe ain't too hard to follow, will try make one since I like quinoa as well :)

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  19. Quinoa is a healthy option and as a salad it is a perfect combo.

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  20. I love your recipies. Healthy and clean food. Can share more with us?

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  21. U know what? You just gave me one very healthy, tasty recipe. Thanks!

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  22. oh joyce you are so good at healthy food, i feel guilty already with the kind of food i'm eating leh. i must follow your blog more for ideas.

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  23. I shall try this salad too. Thanks for sharing~

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  24. So proud of you babe. Yes 21 days of consistency and it will turn into a habit. Keep going love!!!

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  25. Hi Joyce,

    I love this fantastic salad! Sorry that I have been away for the last week of LTU event. I have thank you heaps for being such an awesome hostess! 104 entries in total!!! Wow! :D

    Zoe

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