Encouraged

Today I feel so encouraged. I have been getting such sweet messages from friends and even strangers (who follow me on Instagram) who keep track of my progress and feel inspired. It encourages me so much to keep doing what I’m doing, even though some days it can be difficult. I have an incredible God who gives me strength every single day, along with an amazing family, and friends who lift me up.

The picture above is my Quest Protein Bars that was just delivered to my house! I’m like a kid in a candy store right now. The two I’ve tried so far have been Vanilla Almond Crunch and Strawberry Cheesecake. They were so delicious! Can’t wait to try the rest and let you know what my absolute favorites are.

 

I just bought a Magic Bullet Blender over the weekend and I love it already. It’s great for making smoothies and processing foods. The picture above was a smoothie I made yesterday morning. Ingredients are; 1 handfull of spinach, 1 cup of coconut milk, ½ of a banana, palm full of blueberries, and 1 tbsp of chia seeds. I pulsed it through my Magic Bullet and it gave me a delicious green smoothie.

Today’s lunch was a loaded quinoa-veggie burger with an avocado, cottage cheese, and honey topping. I used my Magic Bullet to make this also. I was super nervous to make this because lately when I’ve tried to make pancakes or burgers they have turned out terribly. The consistency would always end up wrong and flipping it would ultimately destroy it. So you can see why I would be nervous to even attempt this, but luckily, it turned out PERFECTLY. 🙂

Ingredients

1 carrot

2 cloves garlic-minced

½ cup uncooked quinoa

15 ounces black beans

3 tbsp green onion

1 egg

¼ cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

First blend the carrots in a blender. Then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse till it’s consistency is just a little chunky.

Form 4-5 patties and cook in a large skillet with extra virgin olive oil for 8 minutes on each side.

To make the topping, blend ½ cup of cottage cheese, ½ of an avocado, and 1 tsp of honey. Pulse until you get the consistency you desire.

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