Quinoa ‘Oatmeal’

Another quinoa recipe? Yup, we’re pretty much in love with the stuff.
I’ve had yoga teacher training for the past couple of weekends; the days are long but awesome. Since it’s a long day, I’ve been turning to quinoa ‘oatmeal’ to hold me over until our ‘lunch’ break which is usually around 2:30 or 3pm.  We’re always striving to make healthy food fast and this is one of those ridiculously simple recipes; it’s also easy to bring with you on-the-go. Packed with protein and fiber, this is the type of breakfast that keeps you full without slowing you down. I typically keep a batch of cooked quinoa in the fridge, in which case this takes about 1 minute to throw together. Sometimes I’ll heat it other times I’ll have it at room temperature.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of cooked quinoa
raw walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, maple syrup (to taste)

You can add in any toppings that you would with oatmeal: berries, banana, apple, honey, etc.
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir.

A green smoothie followed by this is a killer way to start your morning. 🙂

with love and quinoa,

Jackie

Super Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to sneak superfoods into your diet.  There are so many to choose from, all offering their own benefits and “super” qualities.  One of my favorites is spirulina, a blue green algae that adds a strong green color, and an awesome protein punch!

Spirulina is 55-70% protein by weight, making it the highest form of plant protein available.  It is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids, so it is a great substitute for those staying away from animal sources of protein.  This super green superfood is rich in B vitamins and gammalinolenic acid (GLA), which helps to reduce inflammation in the body.  When you include spirulina into your diet, whether it be in your smoothie or otherwise, it provides you with all of this goodness PLUS it promotes immune health and works to protect your body from environmental stress.  Are you ready to dive in and give it a try??

You will need:

1 cup almond milk (or nut-milk of your choice)

a super green smoothie

1-2 handfuls of baby spinach

1 green apple, diced

1 ripe banana

1 cup frozen pineapple

2 teaspoons spirulina

½ cup water

Simply place all of these goodies into your favorite blender and watch the green magic appear as you blend, blend, blend.