Is it just me, or does it perpetually feel like there are not enough hours in the day? When we’re short on time and it comes to food, what we choose to eat can go by the wayside. Sure, buying healthy prepared foods on-the-go nourish us, but it’s expensive! Then comes the frustration of cooking dinner when you get home at 7 PM and all of the sudden the ingredients you bought with good intentions of cooking have gone sour, too. It’s an expensive, viscous cycle, right?

Here’s my suggestion: Pick A Healthy Base. 

Choose something full of nutritional benefits that can easily take on different flavor elements–quinoa, brown rice, farro, barley, etc. Quinoa is the perfect base because it’s chockfull of protein. Do the basic preparation for it (cook as it states on the box), save in an airtight container and create smaller meals around it.

Here’s how to eat quinoa, 3 ways:

BREAKFAST: Start your morning with a sweet, heart-warming quinoa bowl. Warm up your prepared quinoa in a pot while you add what you like from these suggested ingredients: non-dairy milk (almond, hemp, hazelnut, soy), maple syrup, agave, cinnamon, chia seeds, cacao nibs, chopped nuts, unsweetened applesauce, fresh blueberries, and/or anything else you like! See: Cacao & Hemp Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

LUNCH: Using your prepared quinoa, make a delicious chilled salad that you can easily bring to work or school. Add these suggested (chopped) ingredients: tomato, avocado, olives, spinach, romaine, parsley, feta cheese, goat cheese, sunflower seed kernels, pepitas, radishes—the list is endless! See: The Easiest Quinoa Salad Recipe

DINNER: This is one of the easiest ways to add a lot of substance to dinner. Simply prepare your protein and vegetables, heat up your quinoa and voila!

You may be eating quinoa three times in one week, but each variation is different and delicious. Feel free to incorporate any ingredients you have on hand; it’s a great way to use up all of the healthy foods we shop for. Enjoy!

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