I am one lucky girl. Two weeks ago I started training for my next marathon. This will be my first marathon since Chicago in October 2009. I am pumped! But how does that make me so lucky? Because when I start upping my mileage my appetite goes right along with it. It seems like I am always hungry. And for a girl who loves to eat, that means I just get to keep eating
Despite the big green smoothie, 2 eggs, sprouted grain toast and fruit that I ate this morning, I still found myself hungry with hours to go before lunch. I found some quinoa leftover in my fridge. I just reheated it, added a few ingredients and ooooohhhh, this was one yummy breakfast #2!
When I get that gnawing constant type of hunger, I know that what I need is whole-grain carbs to keep my glycogen stores topped up plus fibre, healthy fats and protein to keep me full. White carbs will never do that. Just think about how many crackers you can keep snacking on and you’re still hungry, right?
Not only is this Blueberry-Maple Breakfast Quinoa super yummy, it’s a snap to make, especially if you do what I did and have some leftover quinoa kicking around.
Before I share my recipe, here are a few reasons why I love this breakfast and why it keeps me going until I can get to lunch:
- Quinoa – Because it’s a complete vegetarian protein (meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids) it helps fill you up and keeps your blood sugar balanced. That means lasting energy with no crash. Plenty of low-glycemic carbs plus a great source of magnesium, manganese, folate and fibre. A fantastic alternative to oatmeal before a long run or any workout.
- Cinnamon – Really, I just add cinnamon because I love the taste of it. It can make food taste sweeter without any added sugar. Plus, it has the added bonuses of antioxidant and cholesterol-lowering effects. What’s not to love? Sprinkle as much as you like!
- Walnuts – I consider these a superfood! They are rich in monounsaturated fats (which makes them heart healthy) and omega-3 essential fatty acids (which makes them anti-inflammatory). I recommend you eat them raw as roasting can diminish their antioxidant capacity. I eat a handful at least 4 or 5 times a week.
- Blueberries - Truly, another superfood! We athletes tend to generate a lot of free radicals during our training. Blueberries are highly touted for their ability to quell those free radicals and restore our bodies’ pH. That translates to faster recovery times and our training is really all about how quickly can we recover and get on to the next workout.
Hope you enjoy this cereal much as I do.
Blueberry Maple Breakfast Quinoa
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained (or 1 cup cooked)
- 1 cup water (or 1/2 cup each of water and almond milk)
- 1/4 cup raw walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup organic blueberries
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
- drizzle or two of maple syrup
Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Add the quinoa, give it a stir and then simmer covered over low heat for 10-12 minutes or until the liquid is all absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Toss as much quinoa as you’d like to eat in a bowl; add walnuts, blueberries, lots of cinnamon and a splash of maple syrup.
Couldn’t be easier. Breakfast of champions indeed!