March 3, 2011

Quinoa: It's What's For Breakfast

Quinoa is a seed that is gaining attention as a rice/grain alternative as a dinner side. It comes in many colors - neutral, red, multi-colored. It is also featured on the Worlds Healthiest Foods website and is noted for a high complete protein content, fiber, and supply of antioxidants such as manganese and copper.

I have been getting jealous of my friends at Bastyr University who enjoy it for breakfast as an alternative to oatmeal or cereal so I decided to try it for myself.

To prepare quinoa (for any meal)

Rinse quinoa well with water and drain
Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil
Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes

*the best part about this is that you can put the remainder in the fridge and enjoy it for days to come!

To prepare cooked quinoa for breakfast

Add 1 teaspoon (or to taste) maple syrup or honey - a little goes a long way!
Add 1/4 cup berries (I am using organic frozen blueberries right now)
Add a tablespoon or two of nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts - whatever you love
Sprinkle with cinnamon

You may be skeptical at first, but who doesn't need to mix it up a little at breakfast? Give it a try! Let me know how it goes...

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