Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a grain crop grown for its edible seeds. It is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. Making a salad with this grain is a great option because it’s like one-stop shopping! You get carbohydrates from the grain for energy, quinoa is a complete protein which will fuel your muscles, the colorful veggies offer vitamins and minerals and the dressing has fat to help your brain and joints. This recipe is easy and very versatile. Use any fresh veggies that you like. Make a double batch on the weekend, keep it in your fridge and scoop some out for any meal or snack. It works great as a side to eggs in the morning, or scrambled into the eggs, as a filler for a wrap sandwich for lunch, a between meal or pre-workout snack or add some animal protein or beans and have it as a side dish for dinner!
6 Weeks to Baker 5K Success
The best way to prepare for a sporting event is to focus daily on living a healthy lifestyle. Each week for the next 6 weeks, we are going to offer recommendations for simple, yet high impact actions. These steps will help you perform at your best and have fun at the Baker 5K Race!
Week 1 Recommendation: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal.
Sleep helps us thrive by contributing to a healthy immune system. Even though you’re off in restful dreamland, your body is still hard at work doing things like detoxification, growing and repairing tissue and resting and repairing neurons. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for muscle repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite.
Set an alarm an hour before your normal bedtime. When the alarm sounds, turn off the tv and other electronics. Go ahead and start your normal bedtime routine so you can be ready for bed 30 minutes earlier.
The New York Times has a wonderful resource entitled “How to Start Running.” Here is an excerpt from their introduction:
Running is a great way to get fit, feel better and even form new relationships with other runners. Starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be hard – all it takes is a comfortable pair of shoes and a willingness to move a little or a lot, all at your own pace. The Well Guide make it easy to get started, get inspired and stay on track. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Adult Run/Walk Group with Julie Toole
All Baker adults are welcome to join Julie Toole, Baker Art Teacher, for a fun run/walk group on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:45PM. Please meet in front of Baker. The group will start Thursday, April 6, and continue through the week of the 5K. Any changes to the schedule will be communicated here.