There’s nothing more encouraging than starting the New Year with “new” resolutions. Unfortunately, most of us will give up within a month. One of the resolutions we should never let go of is eating properly. Although we all have crazy-busy schedules, we should never put healthy eating on the back burner.
Thanks to global access, we now can eat almost any food from around the world. There are many “superfoods” out there that are very good for us. Today, I will focus on one which I use often in our diet and its versatility is very enjoyable. Quinoa – the super grain I like to call it.
This South American ancient grain has been consumed as far back as 4 000 years ago. It has significant nutrient and health benefits. It is an excellent source of manganese, phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, riboflavin and folate just to name a few. It is also high in protein and a great source of fiber. This amazing grain is gluten-free and has a high level of healthy fat. The list goes on; it’s an antioxidant, helps to prevent cancer, reduces diabetes risk and much, much more.
For today’s recipe, I will show you how I make my Breakfast Quinoa Cereal with Mixed Berries. There’s nothing healthier than your first meal with quinoa. This will provide you with great energy and you’ll feel good about yourself… well I sure do when I eat this delicious dish.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups milk (mix with about 2/3 cup evaporated milk) *SEE FOOTNOTE
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 pinch fleur de sel (substitute with ground Himalayan sea salt)
- 1 tbsp. dried raisins
- 1 tbsp. dried cranberries
- 1 tbsp. dried blueberries
- 1 tbsp. dried goji berries
- 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp. chopped walnuts (optional)
- Maple syrup, milk, sliced bananas, chopped apples - what ever you like to top your cereal with
FOOTNOTE: Don't use more than a cup of evaporated milk and keep in mind that you need 2 cups of liquid in total. If you want to make a vegetarian or vegan version, substitute almond milk.