Quinoa? For breakfast?!
Hell yes, quinoa for breakfast. And fall is upon begrudgingly upon us so why not mix some apples and pumpkin seeds, too? Think about it it -- neutral flavor, power grain (a seed, actually) packing 8g of lean plant-protein, heart-healthy mono-saturated fats, anti-inflammatory benefits (for those bloaters out there, we all have our reasons), twice the calcium levels as whole wheat, and huge amounts of manganese, largely responsible for producing and stabilizing energy levels. Essentially, that long list renders quinoa the ultimate power breakfast. Rest assured that the days you swap out a whole grain cold cereal, energy bar or even eggs, you're still going into your day completely, if not better, prepared.
And for those of you breakfast skippers -- well first of all, shame on you. Second, your metabolism hates you.
It's been asleep and lethargic for hopefully something like 5-8 hours and your not going to pull it out of the lazy depths and awaken it? All it really wants to do is burn calories for you! Why not help it out and give it some fuel? Preferably in the form of a healthy carbohydrate and protein -- all of which will be gobbled and metabolized before the clock strikes lunch. Plus check out what you could be enjoying in the slides above instead of ....well, the nothing you're pretending to.
Not only is this one of my favorite breakfasts for all the goodies it packs nutritionally, but also because I have a wild passion and varying equation for crafting endless variations on low-sugar, uber-flavorful porridges. LIke say, this Mango-Almond Chia variation I made the next morning using more or less the same equation as the recipe below by simple swapping the apples for dried mangoes and dates.
And I say porridge not because I'm trying to own a British voice that I don't have, but because, as in this post, there are no oats in sight and I'd would just simply be lying to you if I called it oatmeal. And I would never lie to you.
Final talking point: The Aztecs ate quinoa for nearly every meal. And they were a pretty productive people, wouldn't you say? Tenochtitlan was the place to be in 1325 and according to Wiki Answers, their list of achievements boats, "mathematics, the canoe, the highly specialized Aztec calendar, and remarkably helpful forms of medicine, hot chocolate, popcorn and mandatory education."
So at the end of the day, quinoa basically invented math and subsequently your cubicle-centric accounting position. But arguably more importantly, hot chocolate.
Happy quinoa trails,
Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge
1 apple, sliced into 1cm slices, reserve some for garnish
1/4 C quinoa
2 T chia seeds
1 C almond milk
1 T. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
small handful of chopped walnuts
Toppings: agave or honey drizzle, nut butter dollop, pepitas, chia seeds, shaved apples, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds.
Add apples to a hot sauce pan. Allow to cook and draw sugar out. Splash with a bit of water to deglaze the pan and further draw sugar out of the fruit. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, quinoa, chia seeds, walnuts and and almond milk. Cover and cook quinoa until done. About 12-15 minutes.
Add desired toppings and serve.