Thursday, December 17, 2015

The healthiest food ever!

Photo Credit: Yoga on a Beach
Today, my newest cookbook came in, it's called, "Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes from Farm to Table" by Robin Burnside. As I searched through the recipes I found something that definitely caught my eye.

"Breakfast Quinoa with fresh strawberries, blueberries and almonds."

I've had quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) before, it's extremely healthy for you. Some of the benefits include: It's high in fiber, gluten free (which makes it even better for me), high in protein, low glycemic index, high in magnesium, loaded with antioxidants, helps to lose weight, easy to incorporate into your diet, reduces risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. It also helps with tissue growth and repair.

How much healthier can you get? Here's a recipe for breakfast quinoa, but don't think it's just for breakfast. You can substitute your pasta or rice for quinoa! Not only is it healthier to do that but it will also taste better!

Breakfast Quinoa with Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries, and Almonds
Servings: 4

What you'll need:
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup organic quinoa, rinsed thoroughly and drained
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1/3 cup almonds
Using a medium size saucepan that has a tight fitting lid, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and salt, cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. When the quinoa is fully cooked, fluff the grains and spoon into serving bowls. Top with 1/4 cup each with strawberries and blueberries and garnish it with almonds. 

This is a good idea for when you are short on time and need to get going in the mornings, I know this is more of a Summertime recipe but it's all alright! Put it in your recipe book and save it for a Summer day! 

Have you ever tried quinoa? Comment below! 

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