A simple, healthy breakfast recipe.
Since I first mentioned having warm quinoa for breakfast, a few people have asked me for a recipe. It’s so simple to make that I honestly didn’t think about sharing it on my blog … but then last week there were these beautiful raspberries on sale ($1.50 per container!) that were just begging to be photographed. :)
So I took about a million photos of my breakfast the other day, with the rationalization that I’d use it as an opportunity to share a healthy, filling, easy-to-make breakfast recipe with you.
Quinoa is my favorite
First, you need to know that quinoa (I say KEEN-WAH) is awesome. It’s your friend. Especially if you’re vegan or have gluten sensitivities. Quinoa is a complete protein (it has the nine essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own), and it’s actually a seed, not a grain, so it’s free of gluten. Yaaay!
Added bonus? Per cup, quinoa has 8 grams of protein and is rich with vitamins and minerals (iron, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous - to name a few).
The flavor isn’t amazing on it’s own, which is why I like to top my breakfast quinoa with chopped apple, raisins and cinnamon, or (as pictured) chopped bananas, berries and cinnamon. Pour some almond milk on top, and you have a tasty breakfast that will keep you full and energized for hours.
If you like it sweeter, add a little stevia or drizzle some raw honey on top. You’ll love it.
- 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
- 1 chopped banana
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (blueberries, blackberries - also delicious!)
- cinnamon, to taste
- almond milk
- To prepare the quinoa: place 1 cup of (rinsed) quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff quinoa, then you're ready to go. Makes about 2 cups.
- Scoop prepared quinoa into bowl. Add fruit and cinnamon. Top with almond milk. Enjoy!
Easy, right? You can also add a little sweetener (raw stevia, maple syrup, raw honey) if you like it sweeter.
Do you have a favorite breakfast recipe? I’d love to hear about it. I’m always looking for new ways to start my day.
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