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Healthy Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

March 18, 2014

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It can be hard to get back into a healthy routine after the cold, comfort-food-filled winter. I can’t just stop eating sweets and extra salty food in a day; it takes a few to ween myself off. I finally feel back on track, eating like my normal self and feeling more energetic and less bloated.

In order to get to this place, I had to exercise some serious self control last week and start to cook more healthy recipes like this one. 

Although it’s the most important meal of the day, busy people (myself included) have a hard time fitting in a healthy breakfast that actually fills us up until lunch time. I love this breakfast quinoa recipe because you can make it on a Sunday and eat it for the next three days no problem. On Monday morning, breakfast took me only a few minutes to make because I just had to heat up my leftover quinoa and add a dollop of almond butter. 

Unlike oatmeal, quinoa doesn’t get mushy or dense, plus it packs in an extra punch of protein. I make my version of this semi-sweet with maple syrup, but if you’re trying to stay completely sweetener-free, it’s just as delicious without it. I add chia and flax seeds to get extra Omega-3s, fiber, and digestive support. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Dollop of almond butter

Instructions 

1. Place quinoa, water, and salt in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Stir in maple syrup and vanilla, and let cook for 2-3 more minutes.

3. Remove from heat and add milk, seeds, and cinnamon.

4. Divide into bowls, stir in blueberries, and top with almond butter. Enjoy!

Obviously you can add any toppings you like to this concoction, including bananas, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and even chocolate chips. Any other ideas?? Share in the comments below!

Julia Dzafic is the founder of Lemon Stripes, a fashion blog and online boutique where she writes about her adventures in style, healthy cooking, and life as a married young woman in New York City. You can connect with Julia on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.