Good weight loss programs should always include a healthy breakfast. If you’re tired of eggs, oatmeal and nut butter on whole wheat toast, why not try quinoa for breakfast?
Quinoa is an Excellent Addition to Good Weight Loss Programs
Quinoa has been called a superfood because it contains a good balance of fiber, protein, and fat. And that’s not all. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all 10 essential amino acids. This makes it a great addition to a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Because just one cup of cooked quinoa contains 5 grams of filling fiber and high protein, having it for breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
As an added bonus, quinoa is packed with vitamins and minerals to keep you in good health. It contains zinc, calcium, iron, riboflavin, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system.
It only takes 20 minutes to cook quinoa. If you’re short on time, it’s also available already cooked. This healthy whole grain is also gluten-free. A 2/3 cup serving has only 148 calories, plus a good dose of protein and fiber.
Chai Spiced Breakfast Quinoa
Quinoa has a nutty flavor that provides the perfect base for a wide variety of different toppings and flavor combinations. There are many good recipes to choose from. Give this one a try.
Ingredients (makes 3 servings)
• 2 cups almond milk, plus more for serving
• 1 cup dry quinoa
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp ground ginger
• 1 pinch cloves
• 1 pinch cardamom
• 1 pinch salt
• 2 Tbsp. honey, or to taste
• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1. In a medium saucepan, bring almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and salt to a boil.
2. Stir in quinoa and reduce heat to a low.
3. Cover with lid and allow to simmer 15 – 20 minutes until almond milk has been absorbed and quinoa is tender.
4. Stir in honey and vanilla.
5. Serve warm topped with more almond milk.
Nutrition (per serving)
Fat 5.1 g
Carbs 48.9 g
Fiber 4.9 g
Protein 8.7 g
Click here for this quinoa recipe to add to good weight loss programs.