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.
Kale and Quinoa
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
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.
Love and friendship,