Taking care of me in the middle of motherhood is a daily practice. I don’t do it well. I wish I could say I did! You know those women who seem to be able to wrangle 3 little kids, have their nails perfectly manicured, have a perfectly decorated house, and always have on make-up? Not me. Not even close.

What I have been trying to do, though, is get a little more healthy in my diet. It’s an area I’ve struggled with since my second kiddo. Time seemed to vanish and instead of sitting down to eat a meal, I found myself taking care of the kids while they ate and then picking at their leftovers while I cleaned up. Now that they’re a little older, our meals are slightly calmer and a little longer. Slightly. Joe and I find that we can eat a meal, or most of it, before the boys cause some chaos.

Making healthy salads ahead of time has been a life-saver. I’m fond of dishes that can be eaten cold, like this Quinoa & Black Bean salad. No fuss. Pull it out of the fridge and put it on the table.

My boys are not quinoa fans. Yet. The tiny little grains can be hard to manipulate for little mouths, but they do love tomatoes and beans. When I’ve got this salad on my plate they inevitably reach over and pick out the parts they like. They also can’t help but get a little quinoa in their mouth, which is a great way for them to get used to a new food.

Me? I love this stuff! Protein. Healthy carbs. Veggies. It’s also a great on-the-go snack or lunch. And the flavor is incredible. The Lime essential oil takes it to a different level – it’s a whole new level of flavor intensity. I wasn’t sure if I’d like adding oils to my recipes, but once I did I was hooked.

What do you do to take care of yourself? Is there something you’re working toward?

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

This can be served like a side dish but can also be piled on top of greens and eaten as a meal. My preference is to use Roma tomatoes because they have more flesh than other varieties, and to be really tasty you need to seed the tomatoes before chopping and adding to the dish.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time



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