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Ok, so you skipped the gym today, or a few days, you are feeling a bit guilty and you don't want to pack up on calories that you won't be burning anytime soon?
I've been there many times, I used to beat myself about it but now I've come to peace with the idea of, well, life happening, so instead of dwelling on it I try to make other adjustment through out the day to compensate.
Things as little as parking the car a couple of blocks away from the store to get a few extra steps in, using stairs instead of elevators, stretching or doing a 1 minute workout at home, either before or after work, will help a lot in keeping those calories at bay.
Of course, adjusting what we eat is absolutely necessary, and that is why I came up with this recipe that is low in calories and carbs yet packed with nutrients and super tasty.
We are making a Baby Bok Choy Stir fry that is incredibly easy to prepare but it's also full of flavour and it will keep you well nourished and satiated until your next meal. To make this happen we are mixing a bunch of vegetables with the bok choy to make the stir fry and serving it alongside quinoa.
I wanted to use baby bok choy for this recipe to mix it up and leave the spinach alone for a little while. We know leafy-greens are much needed vegetables in our diets so including bok choy in your meals is a great way to keep it interesting and not end up eating the same vegetables over and over, it can get boring!
Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage is one of the most nutrient dense plants in the world, it's loaded with antioxidants, fiber Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamins C, A, K and B6 among several others.
It is very low on carbs and fats, and it has practically no calories, so it's quite easy to include in many recipes. It also helps boost circulation, have a faster healing process, prevents chronic disease, boosts the immune system, it lowers your blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health.
So many benefits in one single plant!!
No wonder it’s so popular in Asia, where it is originally from. It is only in recent years that has made its way to western countries where it has gained a lot of popularity as well, and it's becoming a lot easier to find at the grocery store or the local market since it's widely grown in places like northern Europe, USA and Australia so there's no need to import it.
If you haven't, give bok choy a try and take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer, it will be a life saver when you need a meal that will keep those calories low and your taste buds happy!
For the quinoa
For the stir fry
For the sauce
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 309||From Fat 94|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||16.1%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||7.4%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 46g||15.2%|
|Dietry Fiber 6g||23.3%|
|Vitamin K2 0.47µg||0.5%|
|Vitamin A 0µg|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.51mg||25.3%|
|Vitamin C 37.58mg||62.6%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 1.45mg||4.8%|
|Vitamin K1 37.14µg||46.4%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 0.87mg||8.7%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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