This breakfast is really fast and easy to make, is absolutely delicious and jam packed with everything that makes you tick- protein, carbs, fiber, vitamin C and calcium. What more could you ask for from a breakfast?
Quinoa (pronounced key-no-ah)is an Andean seed crop that is used as a grain in many south american dishes. Unlike other grains like wheat or rice, quinoa contains a number of essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein on it's own (you don't have to combine it with beans to complete the protein chain). For 1 cup cooked (I think I ate a whole cup cooked this morning, but most people might only have 1/2 or 3/4 of a cup) there are 222 calories, 4 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. What a super food!
You can use quinoa as you would cous cous or rice- making vegetable pilafs of different varieties, or you can make this delicious porridge like breakfast:
2 cups quinoa
2 1/4 cups water
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
plain whole yogurt
sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds
maple syrup or honey
Rinse off quinoa in a fine sieve
Put quinoa, water, cinnamon and tumeric in a pot and bring to a boil
Once boiling turn to low and let simmer with the lid on, occasionally stirring for about 12-15 minutes, then remove from heat and fluff one last time.
Serve hot with above toppings and syrup.
The turmeric soothes you stomach and aids digestion, almonds are high in calcium and the other seeds and nuts are high in protein and fiber.
PS. Also a huge hit with the kids and keeps them focused, energized and full longer!