Lunch is probably the hardest meal of the day as far as eating healthy. Second, breakfast. Seriously, there are SO many options down that cereal aisle, and how many are good? Pretty much zilch. Nada. All a bunch of genetically modified, sugared up, died, refined, etc., etc. garbage. And yes, this includes those “healthy” cereals too. And those Quaker instant oatmeals too. Did you know the strawberries and cream doesn’t even have strawberries?? They are dried apple chunks artificially flavored and colored too look like strawberries. Or more like little, pink, slimy blobs. Appetizing, I know.
I can hear you all moaning. So what do I eat?? First of all, eating a healthy breakfast will take a little more of that one precious thing we hate giving up in the day and that is…time. T-I-M-E. Really eating any healthy meal takes more time. But don’t worry, we have shortcuts.
So to start off our recipe collection here on our blog, our first is going to be a delicious and super healthy quinoa breakfast. What’s that you say? What is quinoa? Well, it’s a wonderful grain that comes from South America and has a complete protein. That means healthy, and filling, and good for you! It is a little tiny grain that cooks a lot like rice. The nice thing is that it reheats really well so you can cook a pot at the beginning of the week and then eat it a few times throughout the week. (Side note-please make the effort to reheat it in a pot and not the microwave! Microwaves kill off anything that could be healthy in food. But we’ll save those details for another post on another day). The great thing about quinoa is that you can dress it up however you like. Let your kids pick out their toppings and then dig in. Something about letting kids participate in food choices and the cooking process really helps them eat better. So try the recipe. Make a pot Sunday evening, reheat some in the mornings, throw on a few toppings. It will take maybe 5 minutes each morning. That’s not much more than it takes to pour a bowl of cereal with milk on it, right?
1 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup almond milk
4 Tbsp. maple syrup (the REAL stuff-not Mrs. Butterworths!)
1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
A pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. butter (Again, real butter, not anything imitation)
Chopped nuts of any kind (we like almonds the best)
Fresh or frozen fruit of any kind
In a pot combine quinoa, water and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and add maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and butter. Cover and let simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid has all been absorbed. Keep an eye on it as it could boil over and you may need to reduce the heat a little depending on your stove.
Transfer to a bowl and add toppings of your choice.
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