7 quinoa breakfast bowls to power your mornings

Many cold breakfast cereals are quick and easy but offer little nutritional value. It’s full of refined grains, stripped of their natural nutrients, with added sugars and preservatives. Sure, it’s easy, but there are better options out there.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. Enter, quinoa.

Quinoa

Quinoa was singled out by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in 2013 as being a food with high nutritional value. Quinoa has antioxidant phytonutriants and flavanoids. Studies continue to expand on our knowledge of quinoa’s anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains heart-healthy fats and small amounts of omega-3 fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Quinoa is viewed as a complete protein source, as it contains all 9 essential amino acids.

Quinoa is especially popular among people with wheat allergies. Not only is it gluten-free, it’s in the same family as beets, chard, and spinach.

Just remember, quinoa triples in volume when it cooks, so 1/3 cup will turn into 1 cup by the time you’re done. You generally want one part grain to two parts liquid. It’s quick to cook, with one cup generally taking 15-20 minutes. If it tastes a little bitter, that means it needed to be rinsed better before cooking. The Kitchn has a great guide to mastering quinoa.

Should you worry that increased Western demand for this superfood is hurting farmers in Peru? Recent research has suggested there’s nothing to worry about, as farmers are benefitting from the quinoa craze.

If you have leftover quinoa…

Pesto quinoa breakfast bowl
via Simply Quinoa

Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

quinoa breakfast scramble
via Sweet Remedy

Quinoa Egg & Spinach Scramble

roasted tomatoes with eggs and quinoa
via This Gal Cooks

Roasted Tomato with Eggs and Quinoa

If you’re in the mood for something special…

quinoa brunch bowl with avocado egg and tofu puffs
via I am a Food Blog

Quinoa Brunch Bowl

Soft cooked eggs aren’t safe for anyone with a compromised immune system, but you already knew that.

chai breakfast quinoa
via According to Ella

Chai Breakfast Quinoa

honey, raisin, milk quinoa breakfast bowl
via Canadian Living

Milk & Honey Quinoa Bowl

cinnamon fruit quinoa breakfast bowl
via Love and Lemons

Cinnamon Almond Peach Raspberry Quinoa Bowl

Skip that optional maple syrup, since the fruit and almond milk are more than sweet enough without it.

 

Once you move beyond breakfast bowls, the possibilities are basically endless. And we haven’t even started talking about chia pudding, breakfast polenta, overnight oats, acai, or yogurt.

Angela Hummel

Angela is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). She studied nutrition at Central Michigan University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree, dietetic internship, and master’s degree. Angela has worked in the inpatient, outpatient, and community oncology settings since 2005 and currently works part time at the Reading Health System. Angela’s passion to help oncology patients has developed from learning the nutritional demands of cancer and seeing the improvement that nutritional modification can provide. Angela is part of the clinical team at Savor Health where she counsels patients on oncology nutrition issues and contributes to clinical website and other Savor Health content.

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