Gail, our Sandwich clothing rep from Vancouver, makes this great breakfast for us in her showroom every time we see her. She is a very stylish, health conscious woman, I was a little unsure of quinoa for breakfast, but thought I'd give it a try, she looks so good, so it must work! Well, I was converted - I make this at least a couple of days a week, I eat it at breakfast, as a midmorning snack and in the evening.
There are so many benfefits to this supergrain . Here are some health benefits of quinoa that I was able to find.
Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, it contains almost twice as much fibre as most other grains which helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and cholestrol. Quinoa contains iron, lysine for tissue gowth and repair, magnesium to relax blood vessels which may prevent migranes, helps in the formation of healthy bones, teeth and energy production. It is high in riboflavin (B2) and has Manganese which is an antioxidant. So if you haven't tried this - you should!
Here is the easy recipe for breakfast Quinoa
Cooled, cooked quinoa - as much as you like. It is very easy to cook 1 part uncooked quinoa to 2 parts water. Bring to boil, cover and let simmer 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed. I make this the night before.
chopped apple - I chop this into smallish, bite size cubes and I leave the skin on, this gives a real nice crunch.
cinnamon - I use a lot of this, but use it to taste.
You can add other fruit into this as well, the apple will be fine for a couple of days, but if adding other fruit (mango, blueberries, etc) add that in when you are ready to eat it.
So, that's it - easy, peasy. I keep mine in the fridge, made up for about 3 days.
Add yogurt on top, I like vanilla, but you can use your favorite and if you're really feeling like you really want to be healthy, mix in a little kefir to your yogurt for some extra punch to your tummy health.