Peanut Sauce Recipe and mindful eating

Is there anything better than peanut sauce?  Seriously, it's so divine.  You would think it would be super fattening because of the peanut butter but I've found that I can use 1 serving size of peanut butter for this recipe.  I made this sauce tonight to put on my leftover quinoa; I also sprinkled pumpkin seeds and roasted chickpeas on the quinoa-awesome combination!

Peanut sauce:

1/8 cup of peanut butter (2tbsp)
2 slices of fresh lemon juice
2 cloves of fresh garlic
1 tsp of cumin
1 small piece of fresh ginger

Put everything in your food processor and process on high.  You will need to add a little bit of water to thin out the sauce so you can pour it on your food.  This sauce is an incredible medley of flavors.  I also put the sauce on rice noodles as well as spring rolls.

I'm trying to branch out with my whole grains.  I usually make brown rice or oats-they are my go-to whole grains.  But recently I bought quinoa, couscous and barley.  Quinoa took me a little bit to get used to; it has a distinct taste and texture but right now it's becoming one of my favorite whole grains.  I encourage you to try it.

I've done pretty good this week with eating well balanced meals (I think!) and I feel pretty good throughout the day.  I'm trying to crowd out high calorie foods with veggies.  The hardest part of my day is dinner time, I come home pretty hungry and I feel like eating everything.  So, I'm working on practicing mindful eating and stepping back, taking a deep breath and realizing what I'm eating.  This has always been a work in progress for me so if you're feeling this way, you are not alone!

I tend to make overnights oats for breakfast all the time so I'm working on branching out and having other food in the morning.  This morning I filled a mason jar with filtered water and added a lemon slice and mixed berries and it was delicious and refreshing.  Fresh, flavored water using fresh fruit rather than packets of powder.  Try to be as fresh and natural as possible with her diet.  And buy organic!