Ever since 2013 declared Quinoa as the super food of the century (mild exaggeration), we found ourselves getting hooked to this healthy snack for days uncountable.
“But, does quinoa have gluten?”
Quinoa is not only gluten-free but is a rich source of proteins and fiber which means you will not set your morning off to a healthy start but will also remain full till midday. Quinoa is the latest addition to every health fanatic in town, especially when you realize it contains thrice the amount of protein with the prerequisites of all nine essential amino acids as compared to couscous or white rice!
So, in addition to starting off your day with a thick protein shake or black coffee, we thought we can twist our options. If you’re thinking about adding quinoa to your oatmeal or hard-boiled eggs, then we suggest you stop right away because we are about to get indefinitely creative!
Mentioned below are a couple of our favourite quinoa recipes that we have learn to cook, admire and cherish!
Peach Yogurt Parfait
A peach yogurt parfait is an ideal choice for people who are looking to lose weight by gaining ‘meaningful’ calories from a healthy source. For people with a sweet tooth, we suggest getting your chopping board out and getting some action at those ripe peaches. Plus add some yogurt with sugar-free and preservative-free almond butter to make yourself the thickest and smoothest peach yogurt parfait.
But, here’s the little twist we were talking about. Get your nutrition fix by adding a healthy amount of quinoa to this peach parfait! Check off proteins, good carbs, and fiber from your list as you polish your bowl of health unlimited. And guess what? It takes hardly 5 10 minutes to prepare!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Quinoa breakfast bowls allow us to get more creative with our cooking skills; especially when you realize there is really less of that mess involved! We understand how much of an ordeal it is to find healthy and tasty vegan options, but here we are – crushing on magical quinoa bowls! The next dish that we are going to suggest is a favourite amongst the vegan community, especially those who have recently added the diet to their lifestyle.
While Dark Chocolate and Coconut Quinoa Bowls sound pretty high in calories, it is practically what you need to set your day apart. All you need is some healthy vegan dark chocolate, chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, organic raw honey and coconut milk along with some quinoa to make this dish. But first, make sure you boil the quinoa in a pan until it simmers so that you can add the other ingredients before serving.
Surprisingly, coconut milk and quinoa work impressively with each other. If you don’t want to spend your mornings slaving behind a stove – even if it’s just for twenty minutes or so – do what we do. Boil your quinoa enough for a serving or two and let it simmer down with some yogurt or coconut milk in the fridge while you get ready for work.
While bananas, pecans and avocados are our go-to fruits, you can add dried fruits as well. Be treat-wise with your spices (because why not?) and always add a handful of nuts including walnuts and almonds to your quinoa bowl along with some chia and flax seeds for that crunchy taste.
So, have we sold you yet on our healthy alternatives to pancakes, muffins, waffles and white toast yet?