Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Getting Tired of Being Tired?

Fibromyalgia is a tricky thing for me.  I can feel really good some days and really lousy the next.  The pain can be tough during a flare, but I honestly think the fatigue is the worst.  My exhaustion is worse during the winter months, the price I pay for living in New England.  This exhaustion has gotten me quite tired of being tired.

During one struggle of wanting to retire at 2 PM this week, I got fed up and went to the grocery store, hell bent on finding something to add to my diet that would boost my energy.  I found it in the produce section.  Kale, also known as borecole, is a form of cabbage that packs quite a punch. 

Kale contains a lot of antioxidants, is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, C, and calcium.  It has a good source of magnesium, a vitamin believed to help with chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia, and is also a good veggie to help alleviate inflammation because it's considered anti-inflammatory.

Kale is great with pasta, but I decided to try something new with it.  I added turkey bacon and red quinoa to spice things up and it tastes really good!  I made it as a side to compliment some fish.  You can see a picture of it here.

And now, drum roll please, the recipe!

Kale and Quinoa

Ingredients:
1 cup of prepared red quinoa (one to try is Trader Joe's)

10-15 Kale leaves washed, drained, and cut up into bite sized pieces

5 strips of cooked turkey bacon cut up into bite sized pieces

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 clove of garlic diced

1 shallot diced

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Sautee kale, garlic, and shallot in olive oil and water for about 3-4 minutes or until Kale is wilted.  Add prepared quinoa, bacon, and sea salt, toss and enjoy.

I also have a great drink recipe for Kale too, but I'll save that for another blog entry.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley
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