As someone who doesn’t eat meat, the first question I often get asked is ‘How do you get your protein’?
The protein really is not a problem, I find it in all sorts of ways. Quinoa (pronounced: Keen-wah) for example is an excellent and complete source of protein that is incredibly nutritious. Here in Brazil, I bought myself some organic quinoa flakes and they are just so easy to make (and in so many ways) I thought I’d share a morning recipe with you.
But first… some nutritious facts as to why you enjoy this delicious seed, this ‘pseudo-cereal’ or grain that was referred to back in the Inca Empire as ‘the mother of all grains’ and it was believed to be sacred. I treat each and every meal of mine as a sacred experience so perhaps that why I love quinoa so much. Here are some additional Quinoa benefits you should know aside from the fact that quinoa comes in red, white and black…
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- Folate: 19% of the RDA.
- Copper: 18% of the RDA.
- Iron: 15% of the RDA.
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
- Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
- Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.
And now my favourite part… the recipe:
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
- almond milk, soy milk or any kind of milk until desired texture is achieved. I like mine like a thick paste because I find with too much liquid the flakes go soggy)
- 5 drops vanilla essential oil (note, not artificial vanilla extract – I like REAL food)
- stevia to taste (maple syrup could also work)
- ground cinnamon (to taste)
- coconut flakes
- I had leftover chopped and sauteed apple slightly spiced in cinammon I used, about 1/2 an apple’s worth, you can use any kind of fruit or nuts to get a taste and texture that works for you)
- Mix quinoa, liquid, spices and flavours into a bowl and mix well.
- Top with fruit, nuts or coconut or whatever you please.