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My 30-Day Mushroom Makeover + Red Quinoa and Black Bean Bowl Recipe

This post was created as part of the #MushroomMakeover 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge in which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador for the Mushroom Council.  The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.

People have strong feelings about postpartum weight loss.  I find myself in the middle, trying to find a balance between wanting to look like myself again and being aware that I just had a baby.

When the third trimester hit, I lost all willpower.  I hid full-sized bags of candy on the top shelf so I wouldn’t have to share.  When pregnancy weight gain should have been slowing down, mine was going through the roof.

30 Day Mushroom MakeoverI look really tired.

I refuse to beat myself up about it.  The baby is here, and I had the realization that as a nursing mother I’m still eating for two.  Putting all that junk in her tiny body just doesn’t seem right.  So when an opportunity to become an ambassador for the Mushroom Makeover Challenge, sponsored by the Mushroom Channel(AD) arrived in my inbox, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

30 Day Mushroom Makeover

The Mushroom Makeover

For 30 days, 15 bloggers, myself included, will be following a suggested meal plan laid out by a registered dietician and getting ourselves moving with a workout plan.  The highlight of the program is replacing or blending higher calorie ingredients (like ground beef) with mushrooms.

30 Day Mushroom makeoverWhy mushrooms?  

  • Mushrooms are low in calories and sodium
  • Mushrooms are free from fat, cholesterol, and gluten
  • Mushrooms provide B vitamins and minerals
  • Mushrooms are hearty and filling!

30 Day Mushroom MakeoverThis week I incorporated mushrooms into four different meals.  That’s a lot of mushrooms! But there’s such a great variety of cultivated mushrooms to cook with that I have been incredibly pleased with the results.  I’ve been doing my recipe planning on Pinterest, using the Mushroom Channel’s Pinterest board.

Red Quinoa & Black Bean Bowl
 
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This yummy and filling recipe was created by dietician for the 30 Day Mushroom Makeover, Corinne Dobbas.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup red quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Assorted veggies, cut into similarly sized pieces (mushrooms, tomatoes, cauliflower, and broccoli work well)
  • ¼ avocado, sliced
  • Optional: 2-3 ounces of roasted, baked, or grilled chicken or turkey
Instructions
To roast veggies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with foil for easy clean-up.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss veggies with olive oil and garlic. Feel free to load up on veggies! Spread veggies in baking pan, making sure they are not crowded.
  3. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, turning once.
Assemble your bowl:
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat black beans to desired temperature.
  2. Combine quinoa and black beans with roasted veggies. Top with avocado and optional protein.

Red Quinoa & Black Bean Bowl Recipe

My Weight Loss Update

Being realistic, I probably would be losing some weight thanks to nursing and just the regular postpartum recovery. But the week before I began the Mushroom Makeover, I lost two pounds.  Two pounds is awesome, and I was thrilled.  I’m on Day 4 of the Mushroom Makeover, and I’ve already lost 4 1/2 more pounds!  I’m eating more food.  I’m eating better.  And I’m still losing weight.

Aside from eating six times a day and drinking three liters of water a day, I’m actually exercising.  I’m usually good about getting 10,000 steps a day, but that’s where my exercise ends.  The workout plan outlined by Mark Segedie, features a rotating schedule of Build It, Burn It, and Cardio. The circuits are short, which means that even with three kids — it’s doable, especially since you can move your “Rest Day” to better suit your schedule.  I had tried to get out of the exercise portion using the baby as a thinly-veiled excuse; it didn’t work!  I’m not a great athlete, but I’m giving this my best effort.

I encourage you to check out the #MushroomMakeover hashtag on all your favorite social media channels to see what the ambassadors and I are cooking up in the kitchen.

What is your favorite way to cook mushrooms?

This post was created as part of the #MushroomMakeover 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge in which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador for the Mushroom Council.  The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.
About Melanie

My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.

Comments

  1. 1

    Yummy recipe! I absolutely love mushrooms, too.

    • 2

      I would say that I was a mushroom-liker before this, but I’m a total convert. They are one of my favorites now!

  2. 3

    Congrats on the new addition! I’m in the middle of trying to lose my baby weight too and feel the same way- I want to be back to normal but since I’m only 6 weeks out I know that’s not likely anyway. We’ve been eating a LOT of mushrooms lately though!

    • 4

      It takes a lot longer than we realize! I read an article recently about a postpartum recovery taking almost a full year in some professionals’ minds. It’s one of those marathon, not a sprint situations.

      The mushrooms have been a great addition to our meals as I try to focus on health & nutrition. Hearty & healthy!

  3. 5

    Congrats on the new addition! I’m in the middle of trying to lose my baby weight too and feel the same way- I want to be back to normal but since I’m only 6 weeks out I know that’s not likely anyway. We’ve been eating a LOT of mushrooms lately though!

  4. 6

    I have never had quinoa let alone red kind, but I will try anything once.

    • 7

      Quinoa is great! It’s full of protein and other nutrients, giving it the nickname the “supergrain.” It’s becoming more and more popular, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Even my Costco starting carrying food items with it.

  5. 8

    You’ve lost more than me! That’s amazing, Melanie. 🙂

    • 9

      The important thing is losing, right?!?! Congrats on your success so far. I normally do really well the first week; let’s see if I can keep it up!

  6. 10

    I love, love mushrooms! Can’t wait to see your results.

  7. 12

    I love mushrooms and I could literally eat them with everything.

    • 13

      They are so versatile, you probably could eat them with everything! I’ll get you some more mushroom ideas this month!

  8. 14

    Oh, wow! I’m so happy for you that it’s helping shed those pounds that just make you feel nasty. I’d take sautéed mushrooms any day 🙂

  9. 15

    I’m not a fan of mushrooms but I LOVE red quinoa! My husband enjoys mushrooms on pizza and in stroganoff, and BTW you look fantastic!

    • 16

      Maybe you could dice the mushrooms and hide them a little more than I did. Would that work for you? And thanks for the kind words. I’m a work in progress, but who isn’t???

  10. 17

    I love mushrooms and am always trying to find new recipes to incorporate them into my diet, you by look beautiful!!

    • 18

      Check out the hashtag #MushroomMakeover. The bloggers on this campaign have me drooling every day! And thank you!

  11. 19

    I love mushrooms! I spray a little butter flavored Pam in a pan and cook them on the stove. YUM!

  12. 21

    I do love mushrooms – not sure I could eat them that much but those are some great recipe ideas! I love mine sauted by themselves, on top of pizza and burgers, and scrambled with eggs. Yum! I even love hunting mushrooms with my dad. 😉

    • 22

      I just found out that you can sauté mushrooms & freeze them for up to a month. Love time savers! So sweet that you and your dad can spend time together hunting. I’m sticking with cultivated mushrooms for this challenge, as I’d probably find myself hunting in poison oak or something.

  13. 23

    I didn’t realize there were so many ways to use mushrooms. I never thought about combining them with ground beef, for example.

    • 24

      Blending mushrooms with other meat lowers the calories with limiting the flavor. I’m a vegetarian, but my husband isn’t so I want to do more of this for him.

  14. 25

    If I could have mushrooms for EVERY SINGLE MEAL I would!!!

  15. 27

    Congrats on your progress so far Melanie! 🙂 Keep at it! I didn’t lose any pounds this week but I’m feeling healthier for sure.

  16. 28

    I want to like mushrooms, but I just don’t. 🙁 My husband loves them and I use mushrooms in recipes for him, but I prepare something else for me when I do. Congrats on your new baby and your weight loss so far!

  17. 29

    All great ideas congrats on being part of the #MushroomMakeover campaign!

  18. 30

    Congratulations on your new gorgeous addition Melanie! Our entire family loves mushrooms, even our kids, so there is never a complaint when they are included in a morning omelet or dinnertime pasta dish!

  19. 31

    I really like eating mushrooms sautéed. And it probably defeats the ‘weight loss’ purpose of this mushroom challenge, but they really taste best with cheese.

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