Quinoa Rice Bowl

I have had a very focused mind on the health of my food lately, and I think that it has been affecting almost every aspect of my life. I have realized that there is no reason for me to fill my body with foods that I can easily become addicted to that aren’t good for me. It just ends up making me feel awful later. So I have been almost exclusively eating fruits, vegetables, and grains/rice for my meals, and I have been consciously stopping myself from over eating/eating until I’m bursting at the seams, and I have noticed a few important differences in myself since these changes:

♥ I have more energy after my meals, rather than feeling lethargic or sleepy afterwards. I feel like going for a walk or just doing anything where I am moving and working.

♥ I feel more focused after my meals. I think that with the foods I was primarily eating before, I was not gaining a lot of usable energy; I just felt tired after I ate. Now after I finish a big banana strawberry smoothie, I feel energized and ready to focus my mind.

♥ I experience less depression. I have felt more positive and present with these little adjustments to my diet than I ever have before. This also may be because of the physical activity I do as a result of my eating habits. I feel happier and more bright than ever before. I do not feel bogged down by my food for once.

♥ I do not crave or desire to overeat. There must be more in prepackaged food than just naturally eaten ingredients. With chemicals and high sugar contents, I used to constantly crave more of those foods, and even when my stomach was so so full that I knew I would feel sick if I ate any more, I still craved more. Now I can feel when I am full and set the meal aside, and before a meal I can feel true hunger before I eat, without eating because I crave the taste of a food.

This recipe here is one that I created to be a both satisfying and healthful dinner, so I thought I’d share it with you here!

 

Quinoa Rice Bowl
Serves 2
A healthy quinoa rice bowl with a medley of yummy vegetables and spices.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. ♥ 3 cups white rice, steamed
  2. ♥ 1 cup cooked quinoa
  3. ♥ 3 cups spinach, cooked down
  4. ♥ 1 cup shredded carrots
  5. ♥ 1 cup shredded beets
  6. ♥ 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  7. ♥ 1/2 teaspoon red chile pepper
  8. ♥ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. ♥ 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  10. ♥ 1/4 red chili flakes
To cook quinoa
  1. Bring 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water to a boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Cover and turn down to low.
  3. Let sit for 20 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
To cook rice
  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil.
  2. Add 2 cups rice and cover for 18-20 minutes.
To cook spinach
  1. Add 3 cups raw spinach to a pan and cook down until dark and warm.
To assemble bowl
  1. Add the rice, quinoa, spinach, carrots, beets, nutritional yeast, chile pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes to a bowl.
  2. Chomp down!
Notes
  1. ♥ I used brown rice instead of white rice. If you do the same, use 2.5 cups water instead of 2, and cook for 28-30 minutes instead of 20.
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