Want something different from your usual morning smoothie? Have some extra quinoa sitting in your fridge? BAM! Use it to make this quick, vegan power breakfast. Quinoa for breakfast is a great choice to energize you and keep you full until your next meal.
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Why Include Quinoa In Your Diet?
No one can debate the nutrition benefits of quinoa. This superfood packs a super nutritious punch that should be included in your weekly meal plan.
Outside of its nutrition benefits it can also be cooked up in batches and used for meal preparation throughout the week.
Quinoa tastes just as good reheated as it does fresh from the pot. This is especially true when it is reheated in a liquid like this quinoa for breakfast recipe. All of this means quinoa is super easy to incorporate into your diet for a boost of not only protein and nutrition but also added texture and pop.
So first of all, why eat quinoa? Besides the fact that I personally find it delicious it is also extremely nutritious (pardon the rhyme).
It is called a superfood for a reason. According to an article by EVERYDAY HEALTH quinoa has an incredible nutrition base. It is a great source of fiber, protein (8g per 1 cup serving), B vitamins and iron.
Quiona carbs and glycemic index score
If you are watching your carbs it is useful to note that quinoa has 39g of carbs per 1 cup. However, don’t let that scare you off because quinoa has a low glycemic index score. This means that it is digested slower by the body and causes smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels (Grains & Legumes Nutrition council).
What does this mean in simple terms? Quinoa won’t spike your blood glucose and insulin levels because it burns slowly in the body vs. carbs with high GI scores (think sugary foods). The benefits of this reality are that even though quinoa has carbs those carbs have less impact on your belly and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Quinoa For Breakfast: Ingredients
Quinoa for breakfast is not only nutritious, but it is really easy to make.
- 1 cup of pre-cooked quinoa (organic recommended)
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup of nut milk depending on how “liquidy” you prefer it (I use almond milk, but really any kind is fine)
- 1/2 – 1 tsp. Stevia granules (you can also use other natural sweeteners, such as pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can adjust depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder (not cinnamon sugar)
- OPTIONAL: nuts, berries, dried fruit to top it off
Quinoa For Breakfast: Instructions
- Measure out 1 cup of pre-cooked quinoa and put it in a microwave safe or glass bowl.
- Add nut milk, stevia and cinnamon powder and stir until well-blended.
- Cook in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Remove from microwave and add more nut milk if necessary, along with adjustments for the sweetener and cinnamon.
- If desired, top with nuts, berries or dried fruit.
There you have it. Make yourself a simple, nutritious start to your day in less than 5 minutes. This vegan, gluten-free quinoa for breakfast recipe will give you a boost of energy and keep you feeling full.
If you make this let us know what you think in the comments below!