QUINOA Recipe & Health Benefits

My son came up to me this past weekend and said… “Mom, is it true the world is going to end in December… my friend told me the Mayans said so”

While I immediately went into my deduction and reasoning of explaining to my 8 year old boy and how I don’t think we need to build an underground bunker just yet… my brain was reeling with thoughts.

What if we DID have to live underground and what kind of food would I bring with me?  (Yes, I really think this way… crazy but true)

What would keep us sustained with energy, keep our diet balanced and is delicious?  Oh yes, there is such a food.  Even the Mayans knew about it.

It’s called QUINOA : PRONOUNCED “KEEN-WAH”quinoa

Quinoa is packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, it’s rich in fiber,  low in cholesterol, a fantastic internal cleanser and detoxifier, high in Vitamin B which is fantastic for your brain, and is good for your bones! (And let’s face it if you’re in an underground bunker with your kids you’re gonna need all of these things to be in tip top shape!)

All kidding aside quinoa is one of those super foods that covers just about all bases in terms of health benefits for the body.  It has a nutty flavor and a chewy slightly crunchy texture and lends itself easily to a variety of flavors and recipes.  You can use if from everything from making a quinoa oatmeal, the perfect salad or as the star on it’s own as a main dish!

This recipe for Quinoa Oatmeal is the PERFECT way to start your day!

quinoa oatmealQuinoa Oatmeal

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups non-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons light amber agave 
  • ½  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼  cup toasted almonds & raisins
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries or strawberries

Directions

Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the agave and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, this should take about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in your fruit and cook for 30 seconds. Top with your raisins & almonds and a  sprinkle of cinnamon!

When it comes to woman’s health… if you can eat this at least once a week, let’s just say you’ll be well prepared for those Mayans…and by Mayans I mean your kids of course!!!

**OPTIONAL INGREDIENT** if I’m in the mood to splurge, I’ll add a dollop of non-fat ricotta cheese on top, a drizzle of light agave and mix it in at the end! Talk about YUM!

 

QUINOA Oatmeal

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Quinoa Oatmeal the perfect recipe to start your day!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons light amber agave
  • ½  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼  cup toasted almonds & raisins
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries or strawberries
Instructions
  1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Add quinoa, and return to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in the agave and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, this should take about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Stir in your fruit and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Top with your raisins & almonds and a  sprinkle of cinnamon!
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