It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe for Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is an amazing way to pack in a ton of plant-based protein in a tasty, gluten-free and simple meal!
I have long been obsessed with sweet potatoes. They're one of those ingredients that I have in my pantry every single week and we never get sick of.
Part of what I love about sweet potatoes is their versatility. You can cook them a ton of different ways and they can be used in salads, bowls, as a side and more.
But sweet potatoes in our house are usually not the star of the show. They're there as a bonus or a side. Until now. Because when I whipped up these Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes…everything changed.
Why are Sweet Potatoes Healthy?
It seems that everyone in the health world raves about the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes. But are they actually that healthy? The short answer is YES!
Sweet potatoes are packed with a ton of vitamins and minerals and are what I would consider an “everyday superfood” meaning they're cheap, they're nutrient-dense and they're just an all-around superstar.

In terms of the actual nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes, they're high in:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
and B vitamins
Perfectly Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Some people might be afraid to eat a lot of sweet potatoes because they're high in carbohydrates as well, but I totally disagree. Yes, they are a carbohydrate, but we need carbohydrates to sustain us. We need them for energy and live our healthiest life.
Which is why I was so excited to discover how delicious this recipe is!
It makes sweet potatoes the star of your meal by using them as your base and stuffing them with a super quick Mexican quinoa mixture. It's quick, it's easy and it's totally healthy!
Easy Mexican Quinoa
I've made quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes once before, but when I was dreaming up this recipe, my mind immediately went down the Mexican-inspired route.
So for our filling, we're making a quick saute of onions, peppers, frozen corn, black beans and quinoa. You can whip it together in about 10 minutes while the sweet potatoes are roasting and it has the most amazing flavor!
We're spicing it up with a ton of chili powder, some cumin, a touch of smoked paprika, and if you like heat like I do, some cayenne pepper. It pairs perfectly with the potatoes!

Serving up our Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
When I was serving these babies up I was thinking of them almost as an open face burrito! So we did a generous dollop of mashed avocado, a drizzle of tahini (my sour cream replacement) and hot sauce, and finishing things off with a sprinkle of cilantro.
Simple, yet delicious!
Absolutely one of my favorite meals I've made in the last few weeks! I can't wait to see you make them and share what you think. Make sure to come back here and let us know in the comments section 

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black bean quinoa, mexican quinoa, mexican sweet potatoes, stuffed sweet potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 268 kcal

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup canned black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Sea salt to taste
to garnish:
  • 1 avocado mashed
  • Tahini
  • Hot sauce
  • Chopped cilantro
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and prick with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add corn, quinoa, black beans and spices and cook 2 - 3 more minutes.
  4. When sweet potatoes are fork tender, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice in half and place each half on a plate. Top with quinoa mixture, avocado and a drizzle of both tahini and hot sauce. Finish with a sprinkle of cilantro and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 241mg
Potassium 777mg
Total Carbohydrates 36g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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