What is Quinoa ?
Quinoa comes from the Andean region and has been used as far back as 3000 years by the Incas who considered it sacred and called it “the Mother grain”. Quinoa is a grain, closer to buckwheat than cereal and is grown for its edible seeds. Once harvested the coating must be removed because of its bitter taste. The seeds are boiled before eating. This grain is so versatile that it can be used in a wide variety of dishes, notably as a healthier replacement for rice and pasta. Quinoa has become so popular that the price has tripled over a decade. For a healthy start to your day you can have a quinoa breakfast bowl.
Why eat a quinoa Breakfast Bowl ?
Quinoa is rich in vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals and proteins packed with essential amino acids (meaning it has to come from an exterior source), nutrients essential in all the metabolic processes, although the cooking method reduces the nutrition benefits. Today healthy eating is synonymous of avoiding too much carbs, starches and sugars but our body needs energy to burn, especially in the morning to get going.
Especially if your healthy lifestyle includes a daily workout, you do need fuel to get you through the day and get you safely through your workout. Because it’s low on calories but contains a small amount of carbs, a quinoa breakfast bowl is your morning meal of choice.
Quinoa breakfast bowl ideas
There are so many different recipes for a tasty quinoa breakfast bowl that you can have a different one every day for a month. Just use quinoa in replacement of oats for all your favorite oatmeal breakfast recipes.
For any other meal you can boil the quinoa in water but for your quinoa breakfast bowl, you can use milk instead. Use 2 cups of milk for ¾ cup of uncooked quinoa; once it’s cooked, add ¼ cup of cold milk and a tablespoon of almond butter to make it creamy. Add a handful of dried or fresh fruits, any kind of nuts and very small amount of organic maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
Cocoa powder can make it dessert-like with a few raspberries, cranberries or blueberries (or all) and voilà, your taste buds are going to be fooled into thinking they are having a fudge brownie.
Quinoa is an old grain whose seeds have nourished many generations since ancient times. In regions where it is cultivated even the leaves are eaten as a leafy green, but they are not easily available in our country. Starting the day with a nice bowl of high nutrient low calories quinoa breakfast bowl will ensure you have a day full of energy. And a safe successful workout.
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