Curried Cranberry & Almond Quinoa

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Many people these days will be happy to see quinoa on a holiday table. Being gluten-free, high in protein and named a superfood, all your guests will welcome a bit of quinao for a festive dinner.

The curry powder gently scents the dish, offering a beautiful golden hue, while the cranberries offer a sweet and tart bite, with the almonds lending a nice crunch. 


CURRIED CRANBERRY & ALMOND QUINOA

Method of Preparation:

1) Add quinoa to a pot with water and salt. Boil until water is absorbed.

2) In a separate pot, heat olive oil on medium-low heat. Add onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted.

3) Fold in quinoa and ARVINDA'S CURRY POWDER. Fold in dried cranberries and sliced almonds.

I wrote this recipe to serve 2-4, so it would be suitable for everyday lunches or dinners. Double or triple the recipe if you’re serving a larger crowd.

Ingredients:
¼ CUP quinoa, rinsed in several changes of water
2 CUPS water
½ TSP. salt
2 TSP. olive oil
1 CUP spinach, finely chopped
½ small red onion, chopped
1 TSP. ARVINDA'S CURRY POWDER
¼ CUP dried cranberries
¼ CUP sliced almonds

Listen up runners: Here's a healthy power running treat

Arvinda’s Orange-Almond Chai Running Balls first appeared in the March/April 2010 issue of Canadian Running Magazine and later in their cookbook! They're perfect as a long-run power treat or as a post-workout recovery snack.

Any workout exceeding one hour in length, requires fuel recovery — usually in the form of sugar or glucose. Many runners use gels or syrups as an easy digestible way to raise energy levels. This was something I never enjoyed as a long distance runner as it often gave me a case of nausea. Pure sugar, often with additives and preservatives, how healthy is that? I realized bringing my own homemade running treat was a tastier and healthier option.


ARVINDA'S ORANGE-ALMOND CHAI RUNNING BALLS

Method of Preparation: 
1) In a medium-sized bowl, add almond butter and mix well. If consistency is stiff, warm up slightly in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

2) Chill in refrigerator for 15–20 minutes. 

3) Roll into balls slightly smaller than walnuts. Place remaining coconut in a small bowl. Dust with coconut to garnish. Store in the refrigerator. Yield = 40 pieces.

Ingredients:
1 CUP organic almond butter
½ CUP raw honey
½ CUP almonds, finely chopped
½ CUP hemp seeds
¼ CUP chocolate protein powder
(whey or plant-based)
¼ CUP flax seeds
¼ CUP dried cranberries or raisins
¼ CUP dates or prunes, finely chopped
¼ CUP dry unsweetened coconut + extra
       ½ CUP for dusting
1 TBSP. cocoa powder
1½ TBSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
zest of an orange

These little power balls are perfect for a run, hike or post-workout treat. Now it’s time for a run. See you on the trails!

A Food That Helps Focus: Banana Turmeric Almond Shake

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After racing out the door a little bit frazzeled, I made it out to one of my favourite fitness classes albeit a few minutes late. I was off-beat and couldn't get into the groove. As the instructor barked out commands from the front of the room, I found my mind wandering causing me to lose control of the sequences. Feeling disoriented I realized I wasn’t feeling it, but instead thinking about the next day’s meeting.

After making a few clumsy mistakes, I pulled my focus back to the class and all those sequences came back together as smooth as silk. And then something amazing happened...I started to have fun!

Acting in the present isn’t always easy but by training the mind to keep focus on what you’re doing can do wonders for enjoying all of life’s little details. Meditation is one way of training the mind to do this so I’ve added a morning and night meditation routine in my daily regimen.

After that class I was thinking about the foods that help with clarity and focus of the mind. Almonds came to mind as I was reminded about Ayurvedic remedy I would have when studying for exams to improve mental sharpness–an almond spice infused shake. Perhaps this may help before your next presentation, exam...or even fitness class! :)


BANANA TURMERIC ALMOND SHAKE

Ingredients: 
1 CUP almond milk
1 ripe banana
12 almonds, soaked in water
1 TSP. almond butter
½ TSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
¼ TSP. turmeric powder (for some good measure!)
2 TSP. cocoa powder (optional)