Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crazy for Coconut Week: Recipe I (Quinoa cereal)

Start your day island inspired with quinoa coconut cereal!

As I've mentioned before, it's important to incorporate protein into your daily breakfast. If carbohydrates compose the majority of your meal, then you'll crash before lunch. Protein, however, keeps you full and provides you with lasting energy when combined with whole-grain carbs.

This hot quinoa coconut cereal recipe is a filling, tasty way to get a boost of protein for breakfast. (Quinoa is a grain that is very high in protein.) But since it only takes about 6 minutes to make, you won't be running on island time and can be off to work in no time!

Hot Quinoa Cereal
This recipe was adapted from the blog Green Lemonade

Serves: 1
1/4 cup quinoa, dry
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. dry coconut flakes
1 Tbsp. slivered almonds
1 Tbsp. coconut or canola oil
1/2 cup almond milk
2-3 Tbsp. dried cranberries or berries, such as sliced strawberries or blueberries
1 Tbsp. honey 

1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until water is absorbed.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and toast coconut flakes and nuts over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until starting to lightly brown. 
3. Remove quinoa and coconut/nuts mix from heat and toss together in a bowl.
4. Add milk and honey. 

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