You can prepare quinoa in basically the same way you make oatmeal (on the stovetop; I've never tried microwaving it). You can dress it up the same way you would oatmeal. The texture is different, but I like it better than oatmeal, and it has more protein.
There are some items that it's better to spend more for organic, and some that you can skip the organic versions for. The Environmental Working Group maintains the most well known list of the 'dirty dozen' (things you should buy organic) and 'clean fifteen' (things where you can skip the organic). You can see the list here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/s...
If your floors are that loud, you should get a rug to absorb some of the noise. You can also use a mat when you work out to reduce the noise level.
I have a Fitbit flex and while I like it, I wouldn't say it's amazing. The sleep tracking on the flex isn't as informative as you might think and it doesn't measure heart rate (I don't think the force did either, but they recalled that one). You can easily get a pedometer that tracks steps and calories for $15, maybe less.
If you go to the Discover tab while in Workouts, you can scroll down and view workouts by each trainer, including Justin.
Peanuts are actually legumes, so they fall under the 'starchy carb, use sparingly' category.
The guidelines are explained a little more here:
Basically, you want to keep your added sugar intake under 40g per day. It's okay to have a meal with up to 20g of sugar, as long as less than 10g are added sugar. So the fruit in your smoothie is fine, because it's mostly natural sugar.
You're not supposed to have more than 10g of added sugar or more than 20g of total sugar. You can have sugar in small amounts, and more natural sugar is preferable to more refined sugar. You can read more in depth if you go Nutrition, then Resources.
If you go to the resources tab under nutrition, there's an overview of Balance all the way at the bottom. The main difference is that you can eat a certain number of the 'evil 6' in a week.
You can, but you're better off replacing it with something more nutritious. You can use quinoa or brown rice, which both have protein, or use spaghetti squash or zucchini to replace pasta.
Agave nectar is another form of sugar. It might be even worse than honey or regular sugar because it has a high fructose content (think high-fructose corn syrup, which is also something to avoid) and may be related to insulin resistance (that can lead to diabetes).
Vitamin water has a lot of sugar, about 30g per bottle. That's way too much to count as not having added sugar. And Vitamin water zero has artificial sweeteners. You should try to find something with less than 10g of sugar to drink. Or even better, try tea, coffee, or water.