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This breakfast quinoa recipe is the perfect breakfast for breaking your morning oatmeal rut!
My son loves Quinoa. He’d eat it for breakfast every single morning if I had time to cook it that frequently. Not that it’s tough to make, I just usually prepare breakfast (oatmeal) the night before so I don’t have to do any cooking at all in the morning when I’m in a rush to get out the door.
But on the weekends, I have more time, and I will usually make a nice big bowl of this for him. And don’t worry, adults will love it too!
IS OATMEAL OR QUINOA BETTER FOR YOU?
Let’s compare! For one cup of each, the data shows this:
– Calories: 166
– Carbs: 28 g
– Fiber: 4 g
– Protein: 6 g
– Fat: 3.6 g
- – Calories: 222
– Carbs: 40 g
– Fiber: 5.2 g
– Protein: 8.2 g
– Fat: 3.6 g
So you can see the two foods offer tradeoffs. But quinoa has an edge and the secret is in its protein content. While oatmeal has protein as well, it does not contain all 9 amino acids to create a whole, plant-based protein. Quinoa does! So if you’re plant-based, quinoa is the way to go.
CAN QUINOA BE EATEN COLD?
You bet’cha! Warm or cold, this delicious grain (actually, it’s really a seed) pairs well with sweet or savory ingredients. It’s quite versatile!
WHY DOES QUINOA TASTE BITTER?
Quinoa can taste very bitter if not handled properly. Thankfully, there is an easy fix. Rinse your quinoa!! Yep, just put your dry quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse the heck out of it. Even boxes that say “pre-washed” should still be rinsed to ensure you don’t get that bitter taste. Rinse it well and you’ll have a delicious, non-bitter bowl of quinoa!
If you’d like to learn more about quinoa and all its benefits, check out this video on Youtube here.
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BREAKFAST QUINOA RECIPE:
Clean Eating Banana Almond Quinoa
- 1 cup quinoa (dry/uncooked)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium banana
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup almonds (raw almonds are best)
- maple syrup to taste
- Mash a ripe banana in the bottom of your pot.
- Measure out your milk and water, and add to the pot.
- Add your vanilla and cinnamon.
- Bring to a soft boil and add Quinoa.
- Cook, uncovered, until the water cooks out and you see translucent edges on the individual grains.
- Serve topped with maple syrup and almonds.