For many of us, breakfast is the hardest meal of the day. I mean in reality it’s probably one of the easiest meals to physically make, but being creative, different, interesting and flavorful isn’t something that usually happens. At least for the majority.
Let me guess. Your breakfast looks similar almost every morning. Maybe it’s a smoothie, a bowl of oatmeal, a juice or even some eggs and toast; if you don’t eat the same thing almost every day, I bet you’re rotating through a set three or four. I know that’s how it is for me. It’s hard to push yourself to come up with something new and different when all you’re trying to do is get out the door.
Why? Because mornings are stressful and breakfast needs to be fast. You’re trying to get your day started as quickly as possible, while still getting something healthy and nutritious to eat, and it yet seems totally unrealistic to get up half an hour early just to make sure you have enough time for a fabulous breakfast.
Let’s be honest…we all know how important our beauty rest is. And breakfast will almost always take a back seat to an extra 30 minutes of sleep.
Which is why I love quinoa.
Quinoa is the ultimate breakfast food. It’s packed with protein, it’s a complex carbohydrate meaning it digests slowly in your system to help keep you feeling fuller for longer, but it also has many hard-to-find nutrients.
And what makes quinoa so perfect for breakfast is that you can jazz it up for whatever you’re in the mood for.
Let’s take this recipe for example. I made a conscious effort last week to switch up my breakfast routine, so I decided to make a big batch of quinoa on Sunday and use it throughout the week to make something different every day.
Some mornings I add it to my smoothie, other times I toss it with some veggies (with the occasional egg on top), but it’s been my quinoa breakfast bowl discovery that has made me realize how perfect this little seed truly is.
You can serve it hot or cold, with or without toppings, sweetened or unsweetened, spiced or not. It truly affords you the luxury of creativity and variety, without creating a roadblock for your morning.
While I plan on sharing many of my latest quinoa breakfast recipes with you, this first one is a little extra special. I feel like I’ve come up with something legendary here.
The secret? The milk.
I’ve always been a cereal fan. It’s what I grew up on and still to this day is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. It’s true; when I came back from studying abroad in Spain, the only thing I wanted to eat (as my first meal back in the United States after 6 months) was a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with homemade granola on top. I kid you not. And it was probably the best bowl of cereal I ever ate.
But that little tangent is beside the point. The point here is that while breakfast cereal is totally delicious, I’ve found a way to take it up a notch without doing anything crazy. Instead of using plain milk, I’ve started making fruit infused milks to eat with my cereal and it’s totally rocking my world. Seriously, you’re going to love it.
This recipe is for strawberry infused milk, poured over a simple bowl of quinoa, then topped with blueberries, goji berries and almonds. Honestly, the whole breakfast has fewer than 10 ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make.
Can’t wait to hear what you think. And make sure to come back and share your fun quinoa breakfast creations with the rest of us…I’m dying to know what you’re waking up with!
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup cashews
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 packet stevia (or 1 tablespoon liquid sweetener of choice), optional
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (any variety)
- Toppings: blueberries, goji berries & almonds
- Add top 4 ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy (will be the consistency of milk). Set aside.
- Place quinoa in a bowl, pour milk over and sprinkle on toppings.
- Enjoy immediately with a warm cup of tea or coffee!