Today is Sunday. Today is the first day of the week. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. There is laundry to do, a W.B. Yeats poem to analyze, and a haircut to schedule. There is that big expanse called “The Future” to start to fill in. This morning, you will need protein, fiber, and some cinnamon if you have any chance at accomplishing any of this.
May I present, quinoa. The Incas called it “chisaya mama,” meaning “the mother of all grains.” Granted, this is a bit of a misnomer, since quinoa is not a grain but actually a seed, and is (surprisingly) related to beets, chard, and spinach. For a long time history forgot the miracle quinoa, when Spanish conquistadors made it illegal for Incas to grow it. Thankfully, the super food was rediscovered in the 1980s, and has since grown in popularity.
A quarter cup of dry quinoa packs 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber for only 140 calories. Did I mention it contains all 9 essential amino acids? Vegetarians, listen up. And guess what the best part is? You can eat it for breakfast.
the quinoa breakfast bowl
inspired by 101 Cookbooks
1/3 cup dry quinoa (white or red)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a handful of walnuts, chopped
agave nectar to taste (honey or maple syrup also works)
Serves one (YOU!).
Combine quinoa, water and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is nice and fluffy.
In the meantime, chop your walnuts.
In your favorite breakfast bowl, mix together quinoa, cinnamon and walnuts.
Top with blackberries. Drizzle with agave nectar. Eat. Feel good. Feel strong. Have the best day ever. (Note: a variety of fruits would also be good. As would pecans in place of the walnuts. Basically, go crazy with this.)