A healthy lifestyle can be as sweet as candy!

How to Beat Bad Food Cravings

Do you listen to your body?

This may seem like a weird question, but if you’re like most of us, you’re probably treating your body like the weird kid in the corner of class. You know the one that’s always ignored but probably has a lot of cool things to say?

Well, if you have ever taken the chance to really talk and listen to one of these characters, you probably found out that they do have a lot of important things to share. They might make you a little smarter and they might even make your life a whole lot better.Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 11.22.03 AM

But listening to your body is tricky, it’s not always as easy as going up to that kid and saying “hey, whats up?” Maybe they’re shy, maybe they’re complicated, heck maybe they’re even a little angry to have been ignored for so long! But for me at least, the hardest part of it all is confusing body with mind.

Have you ever really wanted to do something and suddenly came up with about a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t? Yup, that’s the mind. Not to say that the mind isn’t important, it is, but it’s not the only piece of the puzzle. Really the mind is like that annoying kid in class who has to speak every five seconds and likes to control everyone around. Maybe this kid holds the class together, but I don’t know about you, if I listened to every single word they had to say, I might go a little crazy.

If you’re anything like me your probably asking, “but what’s then going to stop me from eating a Big Mac with fries for every meal? Well…that’s the beauty of the body, it will crave what you give it. And THAT right there is the best thing about this all, you won’t be depriving yourself of anything if you break free from the the CRAVE-bad-food, EAT-bad-food cycle. The foods that once satisfied, hunger, stress, even boredom won’t make the same impact as they once did.

Our bodies and our taste buds adjust to crave the foods that we are used to eating. This happens through a little training and self-control. If your body is used to having a daily soda fix, that is what you will crave but if it is used to having healthy meals, junk foods will sit like a rock in your stomach and make you long for a salad and whole grains (we’ve all been there).Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 11.23.40 AM

It’s at THIS point, when the mind can take the back burner, that your body is the one to really acknowledge. Suddenly your choices will transform from “what should I eat” to “what do I want to eat” And isn’t being able to make those decisions on your own such a glorious thing.

This next recipe is one I developed one morning when I really listened to what my body needed and wanted, and now it’s one of my all-time favorites. These are also so great because you can store them in the fridge to use them for breakfast another day or even on top of a salad. Enjoy!

Quinoa-Chive Cakes

1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/3 finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, plus more if needed
Water or 1 egg white, if needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, onion, cheese, and garlic. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes sot that the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. I like my mixture on the more moist side, as the patty won’t be as dry. To make the mixture more moist add an egg white or water. Form the patties with your hands, mine were about 2×1 but feel free to go as big as small as you’d like!

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add patties with room between each, cover, and cook for about 7 minutes until the bottoms are browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties.

Top patties with a poached egg or enjoy on bed of greens.

you can store extra patties in the fridge or the uncooked quinoa patties. Both will keep nicely in the refrigerator for a few days.

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Perfect Poached Egg

Poached eggs are a delicious alternative to more traditional ways of egg preparation. Poached eggs are also not as difficult to make as one might believe, but they are tasty and pretty good looking, if i do say so myself.

To make a poached egg I like to use a deep frying pan, instead of a pot. The shallow water makes poached eggs easier to control. First boil salted water on medium-high heat. 3-4 inches deep should work, but make sure the egg can be covered in the water for the most part.

Before dropping the egg in the water, I like to swirl it in one direction with a wooden spoon. Crack the egg in a bowl before to make dropping it in easier. Once you make a mini whirlpool, drop in the egg and boil for about 3-5 minutes depending on desired consistency. Remove egg from water with a slotted spoon and enjoy!

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