The Power of Positive + Quinoa Chickpea Salad w/ Butternut Squash

written by Colleen McCormick

We are perfect the way we are and just need to start believing it.

What are we telling ourselves?

In our society we are often telling ourselves that we are not good enough, comparing ourselves to others, or always wanting to be someone else instead of being ourselves.  In society we are bombarded with the media painting a picture of who “we think” we should be and who “we think” society wants us to be.  But in reality, trying to be someone other then who we are, rarely makes us happy.



So what can we do about it?

Here are 5 things that can help change your thought patterns to be positive, help boost self-confidence, and lower stress levels.

Affirmations – are a great way to help install positive thinking, by changing your negative thought patterns to positive thought patterns.  Tell yourself everyday that “I am beautiful and love my self unconditionally.” See what happens in a few weeks, you will start to believe it!

Believe in yourself – If you truly believe that you can do something you can make it happen.  Even if you’re scared or nervous, having that belief in yourself goes along way.  Believe in yourself and pretend as though you’re confident. “Fake it till you make it.”

Vision board – Having a vision board of all your goals and dreams in life painted out as a picture to look at daily and remind yourself of the direction you want to go can be a powerful motivator.  The idea behind vision boards is to help you see yourself in situations and states of being that you haven’t achieved yet.  Statistics show that we retain 75% of what we write down.  The first step to achieving goals is remembering them.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – This technique is based on the science of acupuncture and taping into energy points to clear out negative energy that is restricting the proper flow of energy in the body.  This tapping technique can be done in as little as 10 minutes a day and can be used for almost any problem.  To learn more about this technique visit here.   This website gives videos and detailed instructions on how to start tapping to your emotional freedom today.

Proper nutrition – eating properly and ensuring you are getting enough vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats in your diet can make a huge difference in your emotional and physical well being.

Need a healthy lunch idea?

Try this delicious  Quinoa & Chickpea Salad with Butternut Squash recipe.

Quinoa is great because it is a complete protein and is a great alternative for vegetarians, especially because is is source of iron.  Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, making it low on the glycemic index.  This means it won’t spike your blood sugar, and will keep you full and satisfied longer helping to avoid afternoon cravings.

Butternut squash is great for adding a little sweetness to this recipe and contains omega 3 fatty acids that are essential in the body and must be obtained through diet.   Omega 3 fatty acids are great for boosting the metabolism, lowering inflammation in the body and are needed for proper mental function and brain development.  Butternut squash high in vitamin C, which is an important nutrient for the overall health of the adrenal glands, the adrenal glands are important for stress management.

Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Butternut Squash

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1 cup cooked chickpeas

2 cups diced butternut squash (½ - ¼ inch cubes)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

zest of 1 lemon, chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

½ cup chopped parsley

1 tbsp chopped red onion

1 tbsp diced red pepper

1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee

handful of sunflower seeds

sea salt and pepper to taste


handful goji berries handful almonds


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix the diced squash with oil and cinnamon and roast in oven until tender, let cool.

3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.  Serve over a bed of mixed greens or your favourite lettuce.