Why does breakfast seem like such a nuisance for most people when it should be one of the more prioritized actions of the day? I think it’s safe to say there’s a connection between lack of time and lack of nutrition. And I’d beg to argue that it’s pretty widespread in our society. We could be making the healthiest choices at home, but instead we’re often faced with being out and about, very hungry and ready to devour the next best food-like thing in front of us. This is when we are most vulnerable to neglecting our body in regards to nutrition. Yes, sometimes good options are available when you’re out, but not only do you have the security of knowing how your food was prepared and what specific ingredients went into it, you will probably save money by just making something at home.
I know it kind of seems like a drag, but I’ve preached this time and again; eating healthy consistently has to be intentional and requires you to think ahead. It’s all about priorities; nutrition must make its way to some of the top spots on your list otherwise it will easily fall through the cracks. Breakfast is the perfect example. Here is a recipe that can hopefully provide one solution for this matter and also make you think twice about your relationship with quinoa.
Here are three reasons why this breakfast quinoa recipe can help you in your morning routine:
1 – It will make you feel your best.
This is a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar/sweetener-free breakfast that is made with only whole, unprocessed ingredients. Unlike the majority of typical breakfast foods out there that are highly processed and laden with sugar or unhealthy fat, this is as clean as they come and will save your from feeling sick or groggy and more content and fulfilled. Besides that, it’s so very delicious, and that alone will put a smile on your face!
2 – It can power you through the day.
It’s power-packed and ready to support you; this breakfast has the perfect punch you need in the morning. There are a variety of rich nutrients that will sustain you through your daily activities. It starts with quinoa, which is not a grain like wheat, oats, barley and rye, but rather it’s in the same family as spinach, swiss chard and beets (or chenopods). Although quinoa can be used in many ways like a grain, it contains more protein, fiber and healthy fats, something that makes it stand above other grains. It also contains phytonutrients, manganese, iron, and a good amount of magnesium, which is a crucial mineral many people do not get enough of. Apples, bananas and raisins add some natural sweetness as well as their own unique nutritional profiles. A touch of lemon juice adds some tang in addition to Vitamin C. Walnuts add some more protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Cinnamon is another ingredient that is tooted for many health benefits. Shredded coconut contains healthy saturated fats and gives the dish some added texture. And lastly, goji berries! Here is a post where I go into a little more detail about this superfood.
3 – You will save time when you need it most.
I know what it’s like to get up in the morning and want to throw the easiest piece of food into your mouth… or just skipping breakfast altogether because you’re in that much of a pinch. This recipe is so perfect for your busy morning needs. You prepare it ahead of time so the flavors can marinate (trust me, this makes a difference), and it’s all ready in the fridge as you’re running out the door. Also, I’m not saying you should make an extra large portion of this, I’m saying you need to! Because of the benefits mentioned above, this is perfect for enjoying again at your next convenience. Make a double batch up the night before, enjoy in the morning and then the next morning too!
Because you so deserve to take care of yourself with a nice restorative breakfast in the morning.
So on to this recipe. I actually made this very similar one back in my early Edibly Educated days when I just had a Facebook page. Here it was 😉
So are you ready to commit to this?
Like I mentioned in the previous picture, I highly recommend soaking the raisins, walnuts, goji berries, and chia seeds (I added the coconut too, but it’s not as important) in the lemon juice and non-dairy milk like this:
Instead of waiting until the morning to combine with the quinoa, do it at night so the flavors can marinate. Also, add the sliced banana right before consuming.
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- juice from one lemon
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1-2 tbsp goji berries
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- handful of raisins
- small handful of chopped walnuts
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1 banana
- Soak raisins, goji berries, walnuts and coconut in lemon juice and non-dairy milk for at least 15 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients besides the banana and mix gently.
- Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
- Add sliced banana when ready to consume.