Motivation Monday: Lose Weight + Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe

Today is the first Monday of June, and that means it’s time for another edition of my monthly series, Motivation Monday. For me, healthy living is all about motivation. It’s about finding the motivation to skip a second helping, go for a walk, or cook instead of ordering takeout . Each Motivation Monday features easy tips and a healthy recipe.

Last month, my goal was to spend as much time outside as possible. I lucked out with great weather and spent lots of time walking, having picnics, and just soaking it all in! Hopefully, this month isn’t too hot and humid, because I plan to keep it up.

For June, my goal is simple: to lose weight. I’m also sharing a recipe for a healthy and delicious Greek Quinoa Salad.

Motivation Monday: Lose Weight + Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe | Hello Little HomeA few pounds have slowly crept up on me these past few years, and this month I’m going to focus on starting to lose that extra weight.

My plan is to:

  • Watch portion sizes.
  • Cut out unhealthy snacks.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Track my exercise and everything I eat.

I’ve done this before (oops … will have to work on the maintenance part!), and the thing that made the difference for me was tracking everything. I really like SparkPeople.

SparkPeople is a website that teaches you how to eat healthier and exercise regularly.  Just enter how many pounds you’d like to lose, pick a date you’d like to lose the weight by, and SparkPeople gives you a calorie range. Then you track everything you eat, which is not nearly as annoying as it sounds. As you lose weight, the calorie range gets updated. Best of all, it’s FREE!

It also allows you to track exercise (bonus: the more you exercise, the more you can eat!), and there are a ton of educational articles, healthy recipes, and even a community of like-minded people to connect with. Plus, there’s an app for when you’re on the go.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not being paid by SparkPeople to say this. I’ve used it before, and it worked really well for me, but I’ve also heard great things about My Fitness Pal and other programs. If you’re trying to lose weight, the important thing is to track your food intake and exercise, so you can make healthier decisions.

Greek Quinoa Salad | Hello Little Home #recipe #healthy #MotivationMondayThe most crucial part of losing weight – even more so than exercise – is eating well and watching portion size. Salads are a great option, but there’s nothing worse than eating one and then being hungry again an hour later, right?

That’s why I love this Greek Quinoa Salad. It has all the flavor of a traditional Greek salad, but the quinoa, which is full of protein and healthy carbs, keeps you full a lot longer. Plus, it tastes great!

Greek Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 main dish servings

Greek Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/2 a medium red onion
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 3 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • For Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. Combine quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Cook until broth is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  3. Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  4. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Whisk until well combined. Add additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired, and set aside.
  6. Halve grape tomatoes.
  7. Peel cucumber, if waxed. Cut in half and remove seeds with a spoon. Slice into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
  8. Peel and thinly slice red onion.
  9. Remove pits from black olives, if necessary, and cut in half.
  10. Add tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, and feta to cooled quinoa.
  11. Drizzle with vinaigrette and mix everything together.
  12. Add spinach and toss gently.
  13. Season to taste with additional salt, if necessary. Enjoy!


I used red quinoa for this salad, but you can use any variety.
Use your favorite kind of olives. I prefer Kalamata or Greek olives.
This salad can be made ahead; however, add spinach just before serving.

Greek Quinoa Salad | Hello Little Home #recipe #healthy #MotivationMondayGreek Quinoa Salad | Hello Little Home #recipe #healthy #MotivationMondayThis Greek Quinoa Salad recipe is perfect for summer, too, since there’s not a lot of cooking involved. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Have you ever tried to lose weight? What worked for you?

P.S. Read all of my Motivation Monday posts.

P.P.S. Check out my other salad recipes for more healthy, but filling ideas.

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Lovely Ladies Linky, Much Ado About Monday, The Scoop, Tweak It Tuesday, Wine’d Down Wednesday, Create & Share, Make Bake Create, Your Whims Wednesday, Work It Wednesday, Create It Thursday, Pin It Thursday, Wake Up Wednesday, Creative Inspirations, Link’n Blogs, Eat. Create. Party!Flaunt It FridayCraft Frenzy FridayInspire Me PleaseFridays Unfolded, Family Fun FridayFrugal FridayThe Party Bunch, Link Party Palooza, Best of the Weekend, Say G’Day Saturday, Saturday SparksGet Schooled SaturdayShow Stopper Saturday, Epic Mommy Adventures, Saturday Night Fever, and Inspire Me Tuesday.

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Tracking my food intake has always been critical for me when I needed to lose a few pounds. Although I always did it the old fashioned way with a paper and pen, but that was before SparkPeople and MFP existed! Either way, it really helps keep you accountable- good luck with your goal for June. Your Greek Salad looks delish, too!
Gina — On the Daily Express

Holy cow that salad looks good. I’m def going to try it, and Lord knows I def need motivation to get my weight loss on track!

Very good!

This looks delicious. My husband and I are trying to lose weight, and this looks like a great recipe for us to try — especially good for those hot summer days when I don’t really feel like doing a lot of heavy cooking.

This looks delicious. I love eating more salads in the summer.

I love love love quinoa!! Pinning this so I can put it on my menu for next week! I’d love for you to come share it at my link party going on right now!

Wow this looks so, so good!! Greek salad is my favorite!

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We really love quinoa and this is a fantastic salad!
I could honestly eat it every day 🙂

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This looks wonderful! I love all the ingredients you’ve used too. I will definitely be making this salad this week 🙂 yum!

Thanks for sharing at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I’ve just pinned your delicious recipe.

Hope you can join us again this weekend.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

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