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I need to force myself to hydrate better at night sometimes because some mornings I wake up feeling dehydrated 😦 I put forth a lot of effort to keep my water intake up while i’m at work and then at night sometimes I just get lazy. Anyways…I woke up feeling like that and chugged a few glasses of water before heading to the gym. My gym has two stairclimber machines and one is out of order and the other was occupied the whole time I was there…sadface! I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the arcclimber and 20 minutes of upper body weight training. Hopefully I have better luck nabbing the stairclimber later this week…its a tough workout but I love/hate it 😉

I’ve been snacking on these nuts that I picked up yesterday…I’m a sucker for pistachios to begin with but when you throw some spicy into the mix, I’m completely sold:

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I promised you guys that I would step out of my repeat quinoa recipes so I decided to try out a new one on my own…I actually didn’t use a recipe and winged it on my own but it came out delicious…so maybe i’m a little proud of myself 😉

Spinach and Goat Cheese Quinoa

1 cup quinoa

2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

Olive oil

1 bag of baby spinach

2 cloves of garlic

2 oz of goat cheese

Start by combining 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of chicken broth in a pot…bring to a rolling boil then cover and lower heat to simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated…around 12-15 minutes

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In the meantime, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan and throw the 2 cloves of garlic in…sautee until garlic is fragrant and then toss in your baby spinach.

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Sautee the spinach until wilted.

Once most of the liquid has evaporated in the quinoa, add the 2 oz of goat cheese…I basically just split this pack in half. If you want to make it more decadent, you can use the whole 4 oz. I preferred a lighter dish.

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Once the goat cheese is melted into the quinoa, turn off heat and mix in your spinach. Voila!

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Quinoa never looks that appetizing to me in pictures but I promise is tasted delicious. I’m excited I had leftovers, you know what i’m having for lunch tomorrow!

Amusingly enough, I didnt even try goat cheese until a couple years ago…but i’ve been in love ever since. I’m thinking I might need to pick up a jumbo pack from Costco soon because it’s been wayyyy too long. 

Its supposed to rain tomorrow morning so I haven’t decided what my mileage will be tomorrow…either 4 or 6 miles. I was supposed to do 6 miles tempo tomorrow but I’d rather do it outside on Thursday if its going to be nice then be stuck on a treadmill doing it…so i’m debating switching it up and doing the 4 miles originally planned for Thursday instead. Gametime decision!

Tell me…

Are you a fan of goat cheese? If not, whats your favorite kind of cheese?

What was your workout today?

Do you like creating your own recipes better or following one instead?