These days people sure are busy. Running here and there and taking care of kids, friends, and neighbors. If we are lucky we get some time to move our bodies and work up a sweat (Hotmess first thing in the morning is the best thing ever!). But we don’t get a whole lot of time to workout before the daily tasks start piling up. So how do we make sure we are taking care of our bodies if our workout only lasts an hour out the 24 we get in a day? Nurtition!! Our day should be 20% workout and 80% nutrition!

We can work out all we want, but if we aren’t fueling our bodies with proper nutrition we won’t feel any better. If we are fueling our bodies with greasy fast food and sugary drinks we will not feel good no matter how many burpees we try and do. It is science! That is why we take a day each week to discuss nutrition. It is way more important than exercise, no matter what your fitness goals are. Our workouts will be more productive and we will feel a difference if we make good nutrition a priority.

You can’t out-exercise a bad diet!

It can be a struggle to make changes, especially if you are used to eating a certain way. Like we talked about a week or two ago, start with small things and work your way up. Even just small changes will make a difference.

Mango Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.

Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined.