Beet Red Bowl w/ Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Happy February 1st! My recipe is accidentally appropriate to start off the month of “love” with this beet red bowl! That actually wasn’t planned at all, as much as I’d like to say it was. I hope your January was as productive and awesome as you hoped it would be! I got myself a reward for one month of working out! It was a pack of 12 different colored FitBit Flex 2 bands. I used to have different colors for my FitBit Flex, then it got ran over by a car in my driveway. So I used the opportunity to upgrade to a Flex 2, but just had the black band since I got it a few months ago. I loved having the different colored options because I found it kind of fun to match it with my outfit or workout clothes (or my work uniform!). It’s always a good idea to reward yourself for working out, or eating good/taking care of your body etc.

One rule I do stick by, is to not allow food as a reward. For some people, a donut or a piece of cake is perfect motivation for staying active. And that’s perfectly fine – you do you. But that just wouldn’t work for me. I get mad cravings for brownies – and I might treat myself to one sometimes – but I just can’t wrap my head around enjoying a treat after just working on burning calories like that off. A donut itself would probably equal the exact calories I lose in my workouts, so I wouldn’t of made much progress if I did that. For some people, their workout may very well be entirely so they can enjoy a treat like that after. Kudos to you, you’re enjoying more sweets than I am, so maybe you’re the smart one.

Sometimes I get asked about my workout routine. I won’t go into complete detail about the proper way to do the exercises, but I will tell you all the names of them (you can always google them) and the order in which I do them/the amount of sets etc. I’ll start by explaining how I lay out my routine – because it’s very non-traditional and different from any other way I’ve seen them done. Normally, when you do a workout you will do so many reps of the first exercise, then the 2nd, 3rd and so on. Then you repeat the entire workout for a 2nd set, and again for a 3rd. At that point, you’re done. I find repetitiveness boring, and to keep my mind in the routine, I didn’t want to do an entire routine then repeat the whole thing again. So what I do, is I interchange two exercises, doing 3 sets of them, then move onto the next exercise without having to go back to those exercises again. They’re done. But my routine actually starts with 3 interchanging exercises. So this is my routine:

  • Running on the spot (60 sec)
  • Standing cross crunches (60 sec)
  • Standing crossover toe touches (60 sec)

– repeat x 3 –

  • Side-lying leg lifts (20 reps each leg)
  • Elbow plank (30 sec)

– repeat x3 –

  • Burpees (with pushup) (30 sec)
  • Bicycle crunches (45 sec)

– repeat x 3 –

  • Inchworm (with pushup) (5 reps)
  • Alternating superman (45 sec)

– repeat x 3 –

  • V-sit with russian twist (holding 10lb weight) (30 sec)
  • Elbow plank with hip dips (30 sec)

– repeat x 3 –

And that’s it. The entire workout takes about 40 minutes, but with my warm up stretches it’s about an hour altogether. If an exercise starts to get easy, I either increase the amount of seconds by 5, or increase the amount of reps. In my first month of working out, not much changes. But soon, according to the last time I was really into my workout routine, I will probably make some sort of change every 2 weeks or so.

I gobbled this salad up in minutes. I used it to fuel me before one of my workouts. Even though the cooking time is a while – because of the beets and the kaniwa/quinoa – it’s so worth it! You could also just used canned beets to save time. Or pre-cook your beets the day before or at the start of the week, for a quick add-in to your meals the next few days! Either way, you have to try this bowl full of delicious. It’s as good on the taste buds as it is on the eyes. And your body will thank you šŸ™‚

Beet Red Bowl w/ Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 40m
  • Total Time: 50m
  • Serves: 1
  • Yield: 1 bowl


For The Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. finely minced fresh cilantro

For The Bowl

  • 1 red/purple/orange carrot
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 c cooked kaniwa or quinoa
  • 1/2 c raspberries
  • 2 beets
  • a few cilantro leaves (for garnish)


  1. Boil your beets for 40 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Peel (the peeling should slide off using just your fingers) and slice.
  3. (You can cook your kaniwa or quinoa while the beets cook if you haven't yet cooked it)
  4. In a small dish, combine the vinaigrette ingredients (lime juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and cilantro).
  5. Cut off both ends of your blood orange. Slice the side peelings off with your knife, and slice into slices.
  6. Grate your carrot.
  7. Arrange your kaniwa or quinoa at the bottom of a serving bowl.
  8. Place your beets, raspberries, blood orange and grated carrot around the bowl.
  9. Garnish with cilantro.
  10. Pour over the dressing just before serving.
  11. Enjoy!

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