A permanent change can happen when you achieve small victories, especially when persistence meets resistence. When you have miles to go on your goals it is easier to get to the finishline when you set small checkpoints along the way.
Attempting to sprint a marathon will only set yourself up for failure. Much like boxing its is a battle of inches. Simply inch yourself toward your goal each and every day and you'll be on your way to success.
Did you eat a hefty serving of refried beans on your plate or taco for breakfast? Tomorrow eat a smaller serving. Next week eat this protein rich and fiber filled black bean recipe below!
What you Need
1 pound (16 oz) dried organic black beans
1 medium organic red onion, chopped
4 medium cloves organic garlic, minced
2 fresh organic bay leaves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground cumin
1 teaspoon organic orange zest
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 cups water
2 tablespoons finely chopped organic cilantro
1 tablespoon organic lime juice
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1. Clean The Beans: Inspect your black beans for for foriegn objects and remove foreign objects. Place the beans in a fine mesh colander or sieve and rinse thouroughly. Pour the beans into a large pot.
2. Cook The Beans: Cover the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer for 1 hour. Stir the beans every 20 minutes.
3. Test The Beans: Take a couple of beans out of the pot and place them into a bowl and let them cool for two minutes. Press one with a fork. If it is easy to press through taste the rest. If they are soft and delicious they are ready to be presented.
4. Cook The Beans More: If the beans are not soft continue to simmer the beans and check them every 10 minutes to repeat the test until they are done. Add 1/2 cup water if needed.
5. Present The Beans: Remove both bay leaves. Add the 2 tablespoons cilantro and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Stir to combine. Season to taste with additional sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
One serving equals: 110 calories, 0g fat, 100mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, and 7g protein
I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness.
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