Monday, September 12, 2011

Hot Quinoa-Apple Cereal

Here is one of my morning favorites!  While checking email and catching up on the news, I eat a hot bowl of quinoa cereal to kick-start my day!  No need for coffee, this amazing little nutrient-packed bowl of quinoa really keeps you energized!


Ingredients:
1 cup of rinsed quinoa
2 cups  almond milk (rice or soy work great too!)
2 tsp Cinnamon   (I use more because I love it, add more or less depending on your preference) 
1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract    
1 apple cut into pieces (you can also use blueberries, strawberries, peaches, whatever is in season...)

After rinsing the quinoa, add it to the nondairy milk in a saucepan, stir.  Add the cinnamon and vanilla and bring to a boil.  Ofter boiling for a minute or so, add the apples and simmer covered on low for about 15 minutes.  If you like your apples crisper, add them in the last 5 minutes of cooking.  You will know the quinoa is done when all the liquid is absorbed and it has a soft texture.  Store your cereal in an airtight container in the refrigerator.                                   


If you haven't been introduced to quinoa yet then this is an exciting moment!  Here is part of an article frrom whfoods.com  that discusses the many health benefits of this amazing protein!

Quinoa
"....... quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa is available in your local health food stores throughout the year. 

Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient "grain" once considered "the gold of the Incas."


HEALTH BENEFITS 


A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis."
continue reading the article for more health benefits of quinoa!