Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It is our first jolt of nourishment that will power us throughout the first hours of our days.
Whether your morning is filled with office meetings, heavy construction work or daily house work, what you first eat when you first wake up will help you with your duties.
A problem with breakfasts that are high in sugar and other non-nutritious ingredients is the energy crash and hunger you feel within a few hours of eating breakfast. This effect can be a detriment to your job or morning plans.
Making new breakfast meals with healthy ingredients are a fun and interesting way to not only fuel your body for the day ahead but also learn about new flavors, tastes and foods.
Quinoa: The Healthiest Grain
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wa) is a grain that is native of South America and was a staple of the diet of the Inca's. It is considered the most nutritious of all the grains because it is high in fiber, contains all eight of the essential amino acids and is a great source of iron.
Quinoa cooks just like any other rice; just put it in a pot with water and boil. Once it is cooked, you can keep a healthy portion in your refrigerator for future breakfasts.
Its nutty flavor makes it a perfect choice for cereal and a simple breakfast by mixing it up with some crushed almonds, fruit such as a banana or some blueberries and a small bit of 100% natural maple syrup.
Egg Breakfast with Quinoa
Because of its nutritious properties, look and texture, quinoa is the perfect substitute for rice (even brown rice) and pasta.
You might be curious why the preceding statement is in an article about breakfast. After all, how many rice dishes do you eat for breakfast?
If you have ever visited Honolulu, Hawai'i, you might have been exposed to a popular breakfast that includes white rice, sausage and eggs. While this dish is both filling and delicious, it is far from nutritious.
However, you can make a healthy version with a couple changes and substituting quinoa in for the rice.
- ¼ cup of cooked quinoa
- 2 large eggs
- Chicken Sausage (optional - Alfresco Country Style Chicken Sausage with a Hint of Sage and Thyme)
- Cook the quinoa by the direction on the package
- Cook one sausage link in a skillet and chop into fine pieces resembling ground beef
- In a skillet prepare 2 large eggs the way you like them
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