pumpkin seeds

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!

SALTY SWEET BREAKFAST QUINOA

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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!!!

ENJOY!

Make Your Own Muesli

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It's muesli time, y'all!!! You all know I'm a huge fan of oatmeal. One day recently, it was too damn hot to eat oatmeal and I hadn't planned ahead to soak my oats for cooler breakfast consumption.

SO! I decided to make my own muesli. I knew a little bit about what was included (raw oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit) and had just about everything I needed at my house. That's how to do it, folks. For pretty much anything in life. Start with a general idea and do your best.

Why do you want to make yer own muesli?

Muesli is an incredibly delicious, healthy and convenient breakfast option. Heck, you can eat it pretty much any time of day, really. It was first developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician, Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, for the patients at his hospital. He was an early advocate of whole foods and nutrition as the solution to most of what ailed folks. I heartily agree and can testify that the shift toward more whole foods and less refined products in my own diet has greatly improved my overall well-being. Many of you don't know the crap I once ate. I promise to write more about that in subsequent posts because I think it is a big gap in my story of transformation.

fresh blueberries are next to godliness
fresh blueberries are next to godliness

Here's my recipe/suggestions for building some kick-ass muesli. You want to have a fun and colorful assortment of dried fruit, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit to be served over/beside/under some fresh yogurt. I wasn't keeping up on my homemade coconut yogurt batches so I bought some incredible Greek yogurt from a local shop. It was sure damn tasty but my belly and my sinuses weren't having it. I'm currently whipping up another batch of coconut yogurt because I think it will be easier to digest. 

Another thing you want to consider with said muesli. Keep the amounts to a minimum because, while it's fantastically nutritionally dense it is also mega calorie dense. Make sure you find a nice balance between being full and ready for the day and not overstuffed. Mix the following ingredients together and serve in a bowl over fresh yogurt of your choice.

MAKE YER OWN MUESLI

1/2 cup dry, raw quick oats (some folks use rolled oats. That's a lot of chewing for me.) 1 Tbsp roasted, salted pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds (raw or roasted) 1 tsp raisins or dried cranberries 1 Tbsp diced, dried apricots (make sure to get unsulphured!) 1 tsp chopped/sliced almonds

OK, I could go on. Here's a list of other tasty ideas:

-chopped walnuts -chopped dried dates -dried coconut -raw cacao nibs -fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or cherries