The Power of Avocados and Lists

The weekends are meant for playing catch-up on tasks and errands, spending extra time at the gym and cooking meals that we actually have time to make — all things that we’re too busy to do effectively during the work week. My morning began with an hour and a half long workout at the gym followed by a chocolate banana protein shake and this beautiful masterpiece for brunch.

Avocados and tomato are two of my most favorite foods… both which are fruits but some tend to call vegetables. Did you know that an avocado has more potassium than a banana, and that it has A LOT of health benefits including high in fiber, antioxidants and good fats? Avocados may also help in weight loss and a healthy lifestyle… so eat up!I had a couple left lying around and was thinking about trying the whole ‘bake an egg inside an avocado’ tactic but there weren’t any eggs left in my fridge. So, I opted for this instead — which is suitable for all of the non-meat eaters out there! It’s also great as a post-workout meal. It’s super easy to make and requires only 6 ingredients: avocado, grape tomatoes, quinoa, corn, black beans and green onions. The corn and black bean quinoa was actually leftover from last night’s dinner which made this even more easy to throw together.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roast halved grape tomatoes for about 15 minutes.

Cut one avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop and slice one half of the avocado, leaving the other in tact. Prepare your quinoa while sautéing corn and black beans in another pan; mix once both are done (or if you have leftovers like me, you can skip this step, hehe). Scoop a generous amount of quinoa mixture into one half of the avocado. Chop up half of a green onion.

Use your best plating skills to dish up… and there you have it, a super nutritious, protein and fiber packed meal!

Now I can check working out and meal #1 off of my list of things to do. I swear, if it weren’t for lists I think I’d be totally clueless on what I need to do. Lists boost my productivity significantly and being the super organized person that I am, it’s quite essential to my daily life. As you can see, I’ve got a small post-it note with to-dos for the weekend.

My To-Do List: Paint my nails, develop a workout plan, plan next week’s meals, finish Fifty Shades of Grey (since I just bought two tickets for the showing on Valentine’s Day yesterday which is clipped to the left page of my journal!!), come up with a few new blogs and do one good deed. Totally forgot to add ‘do laundry’ to the list! 

Pictured above, you’ll see my Fifty Shades of Grey book. I also recently purchased a new book called Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I subscribe to The Skimm and it was recommended as one of their good reads. Here is a quick summary:

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Sounds very intriguing! It had pretty good reviews so I’m excited to get reading. Even though I have a desk in the den of my apartment, sometimes I prefer the comfort of the big plushy brown couch. I’ve got all that I need to be productive today; I even have on my cozy knit boot socks that I had purchased from Express. Oh, and if you’re wondering what’s in the giraffe mug today, it’s Tazo Chai tea!

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A passionate twenty-something that wears a lot of hats, writes an abundance of to-do lists, and color codes the appointments on her calendar.

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