Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tried of the Same Old Breakfast? Try This!

Pin It Being a busy college student, I know how it can be hard to eat a good breakfast in the morning when you are in a rush, but it is super important that you do.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is what gets your body going.  Think of it like this...You wouldn't hop in you car and go on a long road trip with the gas gage close to empty right?  Running out the door in the morning without a good breakfast is close to the same thing! Food is fuel; it is what our body needs to get us through our busy days.   It is important to make sure you are fueling your body with the right stuff.  There is a reason it is called break-fast.  You need to break  the fast your body endured all night long as you slept.  Breaking that fast will jump start your metabolism for the day, improve your overall concentration and performance throughout the day, give you more strength and endurance for the day, and lower your cholesterol. Although breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than lose who don't, eating healthy is not all about losing weight or being "skinny."  Eating healthy is about providing your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you strong, feeling good, and free of disease. 

For those of you who are going, "Ya ya Kara.  I know this already," I am sure you are ready for a change in your breakfast routine.  I know I was getting pretty tired of my routine oatmeal in the morning, so I decided to come up with something new.  I knew I needed something that was quick to whip up in the morning, so I prepared the quinoa ahead of time.  All I had to do in the morning was slice the banana and throw it all in a bowl.  Simple, nutritious, and delicious. I really hope you enjoy this new breakfast as much as I did!

1/2 cup Quinoa uncooked
1 1/4-1 1/2 cups Water
2-3 packets Stevia (Could probably sub another sweetener such as honey or agave)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Can of coconut milk (I used lite)
Sliced strawberries

1. Mix together the quinoa, water, stevia, and vanilla in a small pot.
2. Bring mix to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to a simmer (about medium-low).
3. Stirring every once in awhile let quinoa cook for 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
4. In the mean time slice the strawberries and bananas and shake the can of coconut milk to mix it up.
5. Cool quinoa in the fridge a bit before serving.
6. When ready to serve put a 1/2- 1/3 of the cooked quinoa in a bowl with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1/2 of a sliced banana, and 1/4 cup coconut milk (you can also add another packet of stevia if you like sweet).
Makes 2-3 servings.
Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 210
Total Fat: 5.3 g
     Sat. Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 19.3 mg
Potassium: 391.3 mg
Total Carbs: 41.5 g
     Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g
     Sugars: 12.4 g
Protein: 5.3 g
Vitamin A: 1%
Vitamin C: 89.5%
Calcium: 5%
Iron: 11.7%

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