Take Care of Yo’self!

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After a brief respite from blogging, come the new year I am jumping feet first right back into it! I have SO missed blogging but have been a bit low on inspiration. I feel like so many people make physical fitness something to please other people (fitting into society, looking more attractive to the opposite sex) rather than it being for yourself. Well I’m here to tell you, your physical fitness will have no real staying power if you don’t do it for yourself.

Instead of focusing on a great body, I think the focus should be on general health and self care. So many of us (not just women, but everyone!) beat ourselves up when we fail. Have some compassion for yourself, just like you would for a friend!

I know that self care looks different for everyone, but if you really don’t know where to start these are the things that I HAVE to do in order to be my best, happiest self.

  • Study my Bible and journal about what I’m feeling every day. For me, it is so easy to slip into self doubt. Reading and journaling about my life and my relationship with Jesus is super important.

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  • Spend time with the hubs. He is my other half in every way and spending time with him makes me feel loved and treasured.

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  • Get my 30 minutes of exercise in daily. For me, this includes running, yoga, and strength training.

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  • Drink ridiculous amounts of water. I drink this entire bottle of water every morning before I head out to work. At work I drink water the entire day!

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  • Eat healthy food that tastes good. Preferably that I have made myself!

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  • Spend time outside. Doing whatever! Canoeing, fishing, hiking, just taking a walk! Spending time in the outdoors makes me feel free and close to the Creator.

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As you contemplate the new year think of the things that YOU need for self care. Figure out what makes you your best, happiest self and make them a priority!

 

Quinoa Enchilada Bake and Yoga!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Here lately I have been so busy with Christmas-y things that I have been slacking in the blogging department, haha! I think one of my gifts is glaring at me…

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This morning I had a delicious Green Pineapple Smoothie! Here lately I have been changing up my recipe a bit though, I’ve been adding more ice and more yogurt for thicker smoothies.

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I knew I was going to be eating out a couple of times today so I wanted to start the day off right. I also did some yoga to help stretch out my hamstrings. Running gets my lower back and hamstrings so tight, yoga is the only thing that helps. I LOVE this video, it always makes me feel “unstuck” for lack of a better term! 🙂

This week I made this Quinoa Enchilada Bake. It was SO good. It was probably the best quinoa dish I have ever made!

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It’s filling, cheesy, and full of flavor. Not to mention it’s something fun and different! Plus it’s super simple. I garnished mine with fresh avocado and roma tomato. The fresh veggies on top really made it shine, don’t skip them!

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Quinoa Enchilada Bake

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chiles
  • 3/4 can (19 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced (for garnish)
  • 1 roma tomato, diced (for garnish)

Rinse and cook quinoa with 2 cups of water according to package directions (I use a rice cooker). Once quinoa is cooked, combine in a large mixing bowl with corn, beans, chiles, enchilada sause, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Then stir in 1/2 cup of each cheese. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 casserole dish and cover the top with remaining cheeses. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with avocado and tomato, and enjoy! 🙂

I did not use the entire can of sauce for this recipe because I thought it tasted better cut back a bit, but you can totally add the whole thing if you desire! This makes 6 servings, at 285 calories a piece. I know, holy moly. It is a lot of super filling food for very few calories! This is making it into my weekly rotation for sure. One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s stuff I usually have on hand anyway, so it’s a perfect weeknight meal that requires very little effort.

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all! 🙂