A balanced, complete, nutritious breakfast will set your metabolic compass for the entire day! You will think better, have more energy, burn more calories and make better food choices. All for starting out in the morning with good nutrition. Lately I have been on a Nutrimeal kick. Well, for years, actually, but I keep appreciating this gem of a product as I experiment with its versatility. Cooked or raw, blended or stirred, this power-house of a complete meal in a few scoops has become a staple in our family. When added to quinoa, you have a simple, delicious, quick and super-nutritious breakfast. You can even leave the pan soaking in the sink to clean easily later. One of my favorite websites, The World’s Healthiest Foods, explains why we should eat more quinoa. Because it is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids unlike other starchier grain-like counterparts, and particularly because it is gluten-free, like the Nutrimeal, this breakfast has universal appeal. It also packed with fiber and has a nutty flavor. It is a huge yum in my family!
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is one of nature’s superfoods and a busy cook’s dream: it’s ready in 15 minutes! To cook quinoa, simply rinse it in a strainer to remove the saporin. Stir it into boiling water, cover and simmer over low heat until done. The ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. You can tell when it is done because the water is absorbed and beautiful little ringlets form around each particle. Store the cooled quinoa in the fridge for breakfast all week. (You can also add it to salads for flavor and extra nutrition.)
To make the porridge:
In a saucepan add the following per serving:*
One cup cooked quinoa, one-half cup unsweetened almond milk, one teaspoon each flax seeds and chia seeds (loaded with heart-healthy Omega 3’s), a pinch of cinnamon, 1/4 cup dried raisins or mixed dried fruit, one-quarter cup almonds , and bring to a simmer. When hot add two tablespoons of Nutrimeal plus maple syrup to taste. Heat, stir, and serve. This is a complete meal. The benefits include: low-glycemic (won’t spike your blood sugar, provides sustained release of energy), heart-healthy, nutrient-dense (versus empty calories), balanced (“good” carbs, only essential fats, proteins).
Health tip: when the carbs in your food are absorbed more slowly, instead of a spike in your blood sugar (from a bagel and orange juice, for example) you get a steady release of energy. One client told me yesterday that she is astonished by how much energy she has following a breakfast with Nutrimeal, plus a more mellow hunger at lunch instead of being suddenly ravenous because her blood sugar plummeted. (Contact me if you would like the preferred pricing on this product. firstname.lastname@example.org)
*The asterisk is because the varieties are virtually endless. You can add cut up fresh fruit, a handful of frozen organic blueberries, and any mixture of nuts.
Your body will love you back for this incredibly delicious and nutritious start to your day. A sant?!