Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Start Your Day Right

Summer time is all about being active, spending time outdoors and fun in the sun!  It's important to start your day off right with something fresh and healthy, not something processed.  Here is a simple recipe you might enjoy, a little different than your usual oatmeal, and highly nutritious.

A powerful Breakfast Recipe to start your day!

Toasted Almond Quinoa

1 Cup Organic Qunioa
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup of Fresh Blueberries
1/2 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon
1/4 cup Toasted Almonds
2-4 teaspoons Honey

Mix Almond Milk, Water and Quinoa and bring to a boil.  Simmer and let sit for 12-15 minutes until the water and milk are absorbed.  Let sit for 5 minutes then add your fresh blueberries. I love my blueberry tree,  I just go outside to pick them!  Finally, sprinkle Cinnamon, add your toasted Almonds & Honey.

Bon Appétit!

If your not already enjoying this superfood, it's time to add it to your diet.  Organic Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, was a staple of the ancient Incas, who called it "the mother grain."  It remains an important staple in South American cuisine, as it contains more protein than most other grains.  It's delicate flavor makes it a great alternative to rice or couscous as a side-dish, and can also be added to vegetables and meat as a main dish.  

 Quinoa cooks to a light, fluffy texture, with a bit of crunch from the grain's external germ.  So versatile, it can be used in soups, salads, breads, puddings or as a breakfast cereal.  I also add it to my chicken soup in place of pasta, and always keep a batch cooked in the fridge when my son is home from college.  A nice switch from brown rice.  

Quinoa is packed with essential amino acids, this whole grain seed is an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium and copper.  It's top component is lysine, important for body recovery and repair.

You can purchase Quinoa at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or your local market.


Desiree Marini said...

I see your blueberries!

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StyleStrengthSoul said...

Outstanding Reneé!
I so love the amazing information you are sharing with the world. And Beautiful plating!
Dr. Jack

Reneé DeLano said...

Thank you!