My latest mason jar salad for the series on my YouTube channel is a Mexican inspired quinoa and black bean salad. It’s got so much flavor with the peppers, cilantro, lime and more. The salad is vegetarian, yet still filling and hearty thanks to the black beans and quinoa which happens to be a complete protein!
You will need:
1 quart sized Mason jar
Red wine vinegar
1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
Cooked black beans
Cilantro, roughly chopped
Whisk together 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar, the juice of 1/2 lime, a dash of smoked paprika, oregano, and salt. Add to Mason jar first.
Add bell pepper. Next add 1/2 cup of cooked black beans.
Add 1 cup of quinoa which should be lightly salted.
Next add 2 tablespoons of roughly chopped cilantro followed by 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh salsa.
Last, add 1/4 cup cubed avocado. You can add a dash of sea salt oregano and lime to add additional flavor before closing mason jar to store.
I love all types of salads, but I think what makes or breaks them all is the salad dressing. It can be watery and bland, or full of flavor yet deadly when it comes to fat and calories. I believe my vegetarian version of the Nicoise salad is a balance of smooth and tangy flavor and healthy at the same time. I love the Nicoise salad because it isn’t as heavy on the greens, but instead has the heartiness from steamed potatoes and green beans, and is topped with the perfect dijon vinaigrette. You bunnies asked for more ideas for meal prepping, and I think this is a great one. This will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge and still taste amazing and fresh.
You will need:
Red wine vinegar
Ground black pepper
1 cup steamed potatoes (I like using Yukon or red potatoes), cubed and lightly salted
1 cup French green beans, steamed, cut into 2″ pieces
1 cup chopped kale or any leafy green
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
2 tbsp mined red onions
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp minced chives
Mix 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper.
In a 1 quart mason jar, first add salad dressing
Next add potatoes, green beans, and kale.
Next add egg, capers, red onion, chives.
Seal your jar and refrigerate.
You can eat from the jar or pour into a bowl to enjoy.
Happy Wednesday! Now that it’s officially spring – my absolute favorite season, I feel like it’s time to take advantage of all the fruits and veggies that are in season. I’m doing a mason jar salad series and I’ve already posted the first of the series on my channel. As you know, I posted video every Friday. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss the other recipes in the series! They’re totally yummy and nutritious!
Hey healthy bunnies! I’m so excited to be bringing back fitness highlights to my blog. I’m even more excited to introduce you to Zakiya, one of the most versitile and multi-talented women I’ve ever met. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and can take advantage of her services!
Zakiya, tell me about yourself.
I’m Zakiya Alta Lee and I’m a southern belle. I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. I graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University. I lived in Atlanta and performed with the Hawks, and then came on over to the west side (California)!
What do you do?
I dance/choreograph, act–when time permits, create and executive produce television content, and I’m an entrepreneur. My business Z Art of Tease (ZArtofTease.com) is geared towards married and engaged women teaching them customized tease performances for them to do for their husbands. Z Pro Prep (ZProPrep.com) is a NBA/NFL style prep clinic that whips ladies into shape in order to get them ready for their favorite Pro team’s tryouts.(I also work in the la county public school system doing live shows for kids on protecting our environment, and do public speaking mainly to uplift women…but this is extra stuff lol)
What and when is your next upcoming venture?
March 2nd-April 10th in Atlanta, GA and I’ll be hosting a Z Pro Prep clinic!
Why are you so passionate about this? What fuels you?
Last year I was given the opportunity to be hired on as the guest choreographer/judge for the NBA Atl Hawks Dance/Cheer auditions. This was an amazing opportunity because I got to see EXACTLY what Pro teams are looking for! Not just dance and picking up choreography….but there is a certain way a Pro cheerleader/dancer carries herself. From her look, to her style, to her appearance, to even the way she speaks. ALL of these things are important! The Pros are looking for the total package! I’m tired of seeing girls audition year after year only to still not make the team, and then come back again the next year to endure that heartbreak all over again. Myself, along with some other very talented former NBA and NFL ladies are doing all that we can to give these ladies a real shot at achieving their dreams of going pro!!! God put me here to uplift women…one of the ways I do that is through Z Pro Prep!
What’s next for you?
I’m currently finishing up some choreography for a musical in LA “Einstein Is a Dummy” directed by Derek Manson, so I’m looking forward to that process. I’m also looking for opportunities to expand Z Pro Prep. Wherever there is a demand for ladies who want to go pro, I’m there! As my grandma Ezelle says, “I don’t know where God is taking me, but I’m enjoying the ride!!”
How can my readers get a hold of you?
Make sure to check out ZProPrep.com and ZArtofTease.com
If you’re like me when it comes to home workouts– the yoga mat gets used for everything! I use it for yoga (obvi!), pilates, ab work, and more. I even lay on my mat when I just don’t feel like sitting on the couch and would rather be on the floor. So, my mats get a lot of use and wear. It’s important that it is getting properly cleaned, since it is used so often. I’ve created this super easy recipe for cleaning your yoga mat. I would say once a week is a good frequency, but you may clean it after every use if necessary.
If you’re reading this, I want to say thank you for taking the time out to visit my blog. Some of you are long-
time followers and have gotten to know me over the years and I have had the great fortune of getting to know you, as well.
I’ve had some time to think over the last month or two and I would really like to provide more content that you want. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or leave comments to give me more ideas of content to provide to you.
I’m constantly looking for new ways to grow and expand and mature. I see TDH as long-term thing and I hope you will stay for the journey and grow with me, too.
Over the next few weeks and maybe months I will be making a few changes and finding my voice again. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding!
Unfortunately in the winter months there are a lot more incidents of colds, flus and even pneumonia. I’ve provided my top tips for natural ways to get well and stay well. I hope this helps. Stay well, healthy bunnies!