- 1 cup dry red or mixed quinoa
- 2 cups veggie broth
- 1 heaping teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 4 eggs
- 1 avocado
- soy sauce (sub liquid aminos)
- scallions, diced
- In a large pot heat 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups veggie broth, and grated ginger over high heat. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add eggs to a pot and cover with water. Heat over high heat until boiling, take off heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Run eggs under cold water before peeling.
- When your quinoa is done, divide it between four bowls or containers. Add one egg to each bowl.
- When ready to eat, add ¼ avocado to each bowl, top with scallions, and pour soy sauce over top.
- EAT UP.
It started as what I thought was a classic case of heart ache. But then I got a sore throat, and an achey body, and now I’m full on sick in Munich. Which is particularly inconvenient timing because yesterday was Easter Sunday and today is a thing that Germans call “Easter Monday.” Meaning all the markets and pharmacies are closed. So I’ve been surviving on food delivery and the six advil that my friend brought. It’s honestly comical.
But somewhere between the cold shivers and the 14 hours of sleep I got last night, I have found some time for my heart again. Some time to care for my body. I heard a voice resonating deeply within me reminding me that I am human – fragile and vulnerable – and because of my humanness I must take time to care for myself.
There is another voice inside of me as well that drives me on most healthy days – and that voice tells me that I can do more – that I should do more. So I can fall victim to pushing myself too hard. I find myself at the gym when I’m too tired, I forget to pack snacks with me when I know I’ll be gone for a while, I push through what should be a nap time with yet another coffee. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who does this.
Our society (especially in American culture) teaches us that being a human-doing is much more valuable than a human-being. So we push ourselves to the limit, screaming over the voice that tells us we are human – fragile and vulnerable. And we end up breaking down, falling to pieces (often at inconvenient times.)
So I’ve been trying to remind myself to be kind to my body (and my heart) even in the moments when I feel strong. Because, inevitably, a weak moment will come. So we must fuel ourselves up for the fight. We must be kind each and every day.
That is kinda why I developed this Asian Quinoa Snack Bowl idea. I know that some of you will look at this and say, “That’s not a snack – that’s a meal!” Well, portion-wise it’s too small to be a meal, and secondly sometimes we need a friggin’ power snack. Life is hard and sometimes we need a snack that matches that. Sometimes we need to fuel up for a workout or are starving after a workout, and we need something better than a granola bar or a smoothie.
Plus, this little guy is perfect to pack in tupperware and take on the go. So you can have it all week long, and never get so hangry that you want to quit your job. (Well, no promises there.)
Basically what I am saying is that your body isn’t a car. It’s not impenetrable. It’s not unbreakable. So take care of yourself. Even when you feel strong. And fuel yourself up properly. There is no benefit in this life to eating less than what your body truly needs. You only have one of these bodies, and it is going to be with you each and every day of your remaining life. So be kind to it. xoxo.