Happy thursday, everyone! It’s crazy how January is already over half gone! I think I’ve been spending it rather well. I’m really focused on my water intake lately. That is always my worst area. I have an app to keep track, which I mentioned in my last post. I also have a favorite water bottle I fill up a few times in the day (got it for christmas from my bff!), which I also find helpful! Did you know you should drink room temperature, or even warm water? I used to hate room temperature water, but I don’t mind it so much now. Drinking cold water does exactly to your digestive system as jumping into cold water would do to your skin – constricts, restricts and your blood vessels shrink. It also hinders your hydration, which is kind of back tracking. Most of the time I drink water, it’s not warm or hot but it’s room temperature, unless I pour a glass with a meal – then I pour a glass of water from the filter in the fridge. I also add lemon to it, which I’ve mentioned before but it helps me drink SO much more, because I find it tasty instead of it being just bland water. There’s also lots of health benefits of lemon water (here’s a nice article on some of the benefits) which is a happy bonus!
Speaking of health benefits – let’s talk cauliflower. Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich. It’s full of vitamins and minerals, it’s great for your heart, your brain AND your digestive system! I might be getting a little too excited, but cauliflower is seriously amazing. You can do so many things with it, use it as a substitute for so many ingredients, and make delicious couch-gobbling comfort food HEALTHY and guilt-free! When I was eating this dish, my mind went to chinese food and thai food. I thought to myself: I’m definitely eating this next time I crave thai take-out. It’s very similar to mushroom fried rice you’d order at a chinese food restaurant, but similarly flavoured to lots of thai dishes. Or maybe you just have to try it for yourself and decide!
I have a fun group chat with some family members/family friends and we’re all eating healthy together and giving out all our ideas, recipes and motivation for each other! It helps a ton, and it just makes it so much more fun. I also have a friend and a cousin that share the hobby of working out with me, and we often bounce ideas and motivation off each other as well! It’s hard sometimes to stay motivated and keep on track, so if you find that’s one of your problems I HIGHLY recommend finding someone or multiple people in your life who’s doing the same thing and start chatting, meeting up or journaling together. Everyone benefits highly, I promise! You could even spend a night watching netflix and trying out this mushroom fried cauliflower rice recipe! Next time I make this I’m putting it right into one of those fold up cardboard take-out boxes, throwing on some yoga pants and getting in my bed to watch my favorite shows. I’ll feel like I’m cheating life, relaxing and eating carby, 1000-calorie thai food, when I’m literally just eating a box of nutrition. I think I just figured out my weekend plans. 😉
If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme