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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The (Quinoa) Breakfast of Champions


I'm lucky that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, because it's also the most important. I've always been a breakfast eater, scarfing down pancakes, toast, granola, and coffee--lots and lots of coffee. But breakfast can also be the hardest meal to juggle. What do you do if you wake up late? Even if you rise at the first chime of your alarm, no one wants to stand in front of a stove to concoct a full English breakfast. And some people can't even stomach anything when the sun rises (just force yourself, I tell you). As I've mentioned before, I regularly see a nutritionist to sort out the little brain game I have going on in my head, and this is the breakfast that we've concocted together: Breakfast Quinoa. In the nitty gritty, it's a ticking balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fruit to create a real kick ass meal that will keep you going. But beyond that, it's also been the breakfast that I chow down each morning--since September; it's that delicious. It's easy to change around the flavors to whatever scorching mood you may need, and it's also simple to prepare. In lazy Sunday, habitual action, I brew a big pot of quinoa on the weekends, then add the following to make it into a masterpiece.

Breakfast Quinoa

1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 cup of soy milk
1 teaspoon of coconut sugar
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
A dash of cinnamon
A dash of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 cup of fruit (I prefer banana or apple)
1 tablespoon of nut butter
Toppings of your liking

Combine the quinoa and milk in a bowl. Then, add the coconut sugar, chia seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg and blend. Add the coconut oil. Microwave the mixture for 50 seconds in the microwave on the high power setting.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir. Add the fruit. (If you would like your fruit to be heated, microwave after its addition for a consecutive 40 seconds; I recommend doing this with harder fruits such as apple.) Affix the nut butter (almond, maple almond, and coconut peanut all earn top scores from me), then, add your preferred toppings: raisins, flaked coconut, macadamia nuts, walnuts, a drizzle of maple syrup, etc.

Bon appétit with a large mug of coffee and a side of your Bloglovin' feed.

7 comments :

  1. This sounds delicious. I've been eating a fair bit of quinoa in salads, so must try it as a porridge. (Although lately I've been wondering about the ethics and sustainability of it all -- might search around for an alternative.)

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  2. This sounds incredibly yummy and I love how healthy it is too. I'll definitely have to give it a go. xx

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  3. Unfortunately, I'm rather oblivious on the matter of sustainability. Best of luck with your search, though. x

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  4. Ah, thanks! x

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  5. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy it when you try it. As always, I'd love to see a photo or feedback. x

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  6. Ooh this sounds (and looks) yum! I'll give it a try now (it's 8.43am here haha) x

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