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Quinoa For A Cause

And it’s Friday! I have a nice weekend getaway planned. It’s my last weekend of freedom before our new location opens and I’m on lockdown in the city of Charlotte so I wanted to take advantage of it. More details on that later. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey and a shot of espresso immediately upon waking this morning. Breakfast part two was an orange mango smoothie from Starbucks along with more coffee.

I actually “cooked” lunch. It’s not uncommon for me to make something like an egg scramble or quesadilla but usually it’s just a sandwich or salad. Today I got a little crazy with all the random veggies in my fridge that needed to be used before the weekend. I sautรฉed squash, eggplant, broccoli, swiss chard and tomatoes with olive oil, salt, lemon pepper and fresh herbs.

I put some quinoa on while I was working on the veggies and thens served the veggie mixture over the quinoa with a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt and basil pesto hummus.

This was my first time using a new brand of quinoa, Feed Adam. Recently, a blog reader connected me with the company in hopes that I would try some of their products. I agreed because the company has a really amazing mission.

“Feed Adam was created to sustainably eat away at poverty. Feed Adam quinoa is planted, harvested and processed by an indigenous Ecuadorian women’s non-profit foundation, Randimpak. We donate $1 per pound of our retail packages and 50% of our profit from each bulk sale between holistic development organizations Hope International and New Vision Renewable Energy which serve as micro-financing and community development for the poor and neglected.” – www.feedadam.com

The entire concept is brilliant but I especially love that the quinoa comes from Randimpak. This non-profit works to empower rural indigenous women. They work in groups to plant and harvest their crops. All of the quinoa is USDA certified organic and kosher. The women are compensated for their quinoa at a much higher rate than the market value of ย in their countries. Not only do they make revenue off of their crops but the non-profit also provides them with access to health care and education.

I was sent quinoa and quinoa flour to try out although I would have happily paid for this product. I haven’t tried the flour yet but the texture and flavor of the quinoa was perfect in today’s lunch. If quinoa is a food you regularly eat (or that you’ve been wanting to try), I encourage you to check out Feed Adam and support their mission.

Here’s another business I love to support, Hungry & Co. I pulled a Hungry Bar out of the freezer for an afternoon snack. I can’t even eat pre-packaged bars anymore because I’ve been so spoiled with homemade bars.

Have a great weekend!

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 1, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Have fun this weekend!

  • 2
    Tom June 1, 2012, 7:58 pm

    My new favorite bars are Picky Bars. Check them out at http://www.pickybars.com. I think you’ll really enjoy them.

    • 3
      Jen June 2, 2012, 8:53 am

      thank you! i will check them out.

  • 4
    Kailey June 1, 2012, 8:17 pm

    the orange mango smoothie is soo good ๐Ÿ™‚
    The roasted veggies look amazing.

  • 5
    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 2, 2012, 7:59 am

    That saute look so good! I’ve never made quinoa myself, but I’ve always liked it!

  • 6
    code June 2, 2012, 8:34 am

    Was wondering if you have any posts specifically about workout clothes. Best wicking clothing, running gear, socks, better brands, etc. If not, would like to see one since there’s so much out there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 7
    Lisa June 2, 2012, 10:33 am

    Have a great weekend! I’m not usually much of a quinoa fan, but I like the mission of Feed Adam company. I didn’t even know Starbucks had an orange mango smoothie?!

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