Salty Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

Some folks love salty.Some like sweet.

Combined? Magical.

The salted pumpkin seeds and sweet maple syrup make this a breakfast to savor! It's my take on my Oh-So-Easy-Oatmeal recipe using quinoa instead. You might have heard about this grain-like wonder (pronounced KEEN-WAH) that has an amazing array of amino acids and no wheat-like properties for those with Celiac's disease or wheat-intolerance and sensitivities. 

Don't know if wheat is a sworn enemy of your gut?

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See if you have these symptoms after eating things like pasta, bread, bagels and pizza:

frequently feel fatigued 

get bloated 

have unexplained mood swings 

have indigestion or frequent gas

If you answered yes, you might be gluten intolerant. Gluten is the protein part of wheat, rye and barley and is responsible for the spring-like and bouncy texture of those foods. Without gluten, it's hard to make that same spring-action happen, but you can do it. That's for another day...

Listen to your belly. Pay attention after you eat. It may not be that you ate too much but rather, that you ate the wrong thing.

Quinoa saves the day. It is high in protein and doesn't have the side-effects of wheat. If wheat is a problem, some people can't even rock oats which can sometimes have residual gluten from being processed in the same agricultural mills as wheat, rye and barley. I might be one of those people who don't digest them very well, actually--so sometimes I eat quinoa instead for breakfast and I notice how my body responds. 

I made a big ol' pot of quinoa last night----2 cups of quinoa to about 4 cups water, bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat until light and fluffy--and used it in place of oats for my breakfast this morning.

I added the usual amazing additions and now I'm sitting here with a full, happy and non-bloated belly.

And we have plenty of quinoa left over to add to our dinner tonight and breakfast later this week (cooked grains keep for about 5 days if tightly covered in the fridge).

Give this a try!



1 cup cooked quinoa (cook the night before and store in a closed glass container in the fridge)

2 TBS almond milk

1 handful of:

  • raisins or dried cranberries
  • roasted salted pumpkin seeds
  • roasted sunflower seeds
  • finely chopped raw almonds

dash of cinnamon

splash of real 100% maple syrup (pancake syrup is corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring and it contains little to none of the essential minerals available in real maple syrup---use the real thing).

2 tsp ghee or coconut oil or butter


1) Add quinoa and milk to small pot and simmer over low heat for 2 mins

2) Add raisins and almonds and stir for another 2 mins

3) Transfer to cereal bowl and add remaining ingredients

4) Take a picture and post it on your facebook page or share it with your friends!!!


Choco-banana-chia Oatmeal

  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


Did you know that? It is. It's like 90% responsible (maybe even higher) for how your whole day goes. Skipping it is setting yourself up to have a rough go of things.

Breakfast doesn't have to be complicated and you sure as heck don't have to buy it every morning. I remember those days--when my work day started with a Starbucks drive-by. I spent about $8 every morning. I had a great salary so I was like, "who cares? It's $8." I did the math. 8x5=$40 per week. $40/week x 4 weeks = $160 a month JUST on breakfast, alone. Did I also tell you I ate lunch and dinner out most days?

Yep, that was me. That was my life.

Not anymore. I do like to grab a muffin or croissant from time to time, but I am currently doing an experiment to see which of those foods is contributing to my acne. It's mostly caused from the hormones I'm on for my transition but I KNOW that nutrition plays a huge role in whatever happens with my body.

So, I'm eating a lot less baked stuff and more oatmeal lately. I like oatmeal but it can get boring. I try to come up with new things to add in to make me like it even more.

Here's my latest and greatest. Hope you enjoy!

Choco-banana-chia Oatmeal*

1/2 cup instant or quick oats (because who has time for the other kind? Not me.) 1 cup boiling water 1/2 banana, sliced thin 1 tsp raw cacao (cocoa) powder 1 Tbsp chia seeds (they add protein, fiber and healthy fats) 1 tsp coconut oil (more healthy fat) 1 tsp pure, organic maple syrup 1 small pinch of salt


Stir and savor!

*prep all the dry ingredients the night before, add the wet ones in the morning to save EVEN MORE time!

Chocolate Cordial Cherry Chia Shake

cherry This one was a mind-blower!

Packed full of superfoods and tasty as all get-out, give this bad boy a try for breakfast or after a workout. With something this incredible waiting for you as a reward, walk or jog that extra half mile--because you're awesome like that.

Chocolate Cordial Cherry Chia Shake


4 oz. Cheribundi tart cherry juice 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Natural flavor vegan protein powder (or protein powder of choice) 1 frozen banana 1 Tbsp chia seeds 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder 1 big handful baby spinach 1 cup unsweetened almond milk a couple of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender and drink cold.