This quinoa breakfast bowl is the new healthy breakfast that everyone’s talking about – and we think you’ll love it.
Had enough of the usual protein oatmeal for breakfast? We hear you. Well, it turns out the nutritional powerhouse, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), isn’t just for salads anymore. In fact, when cooked like oatmeal, quinoa makes a super-creamy breakfast that we think might just trump your morning protein oats. Check out our favorite quinoa breakfast bowl recipe below.
The consumption of quinoa has soared in popularity lately, but just what exactly is so darn good about it? Well, quinoa is a naturally gluten-free psuedocereal that’s actually been consumed for thousands of years in parts of South America. It’s a fantastic source of the essential minerals, phosphorus (vital for human energy metabolism) and manganese (important for development, metabolism and antioxidant pathways), and a pretty decent source of folate, iron, zinc, magnesium and fiber.
Like oats, the taste of quinoa is pretty non-descript, so we suggest mixing in a scoop of your favorite protein powder to liven up your bowl. We tried Chocolate Fudge Brownie Diet Blend – which contains just 96kcals per serving and is fortified with inulin.
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- 1/3 cup (50g) uncooked white quinoa
- 1/3 cup (80ml) milk (of choice)
- 1/3 cup (80ml) canned reduced-fat coconut milk
- 1 scoop (25g) Chocolate Fudge Brownie Diet Blend (or your favorite protein powder)
- 1 tsp. Cacao Powder
- 3-4 squares dark chocolate
- Handful blueberries
- Drizzle Sugar-Free Syrup
1. First, thoroughly rinse the uncooked quinoa in a sieve or strainer. Once rinsed, place a small saucepan on a medium to high heat, and toast the quinoa for 1-2 minutes, moving around occasionally to prevent from burning.
2. Once the quinoa has turned golden brown, pour in your milk of choice and the tinned coconut milk. Bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and soft. Simmer the quinoa for longer if necessary until it reaches your desired consistency, or add a touch more milk if you prefer the mixture to be a little thinner.
3. Once cooked, quickly stir through the cacao powder and Diet Blend or your preferred protein powder, then pour into a bowl. Top with dark chocolate squares, blueberries and drizzle of maple syrup, or your favorite toppings.
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