Simply Delicious Cereals

January 5, 2012

Quinoa instead of porridge

 

Gluten Free

Ditch the oats!!! Move over cereal!!!! Quinoa is here!!! Well, it has been for ever and likely to stay forever too!! Find out why I love this so very much and try if for yourself. I very rarely eat pasta gluten free or not, bread, or rice as quinoa is my substitute. It is gluten free and comes from nature just the way it was designed. Quinoa is now found in your local super market in the health section. Black, red or white- makes no difference to me I love it all. Black and red are slightly more ‘grainy’ or tasty to me but I think that my preference. Why don’t you tell me what YOU prefer?

My body digests this easily. It is high in protein and very sustaining. This recipe is simple and easy and great for breakfast if you like your porridge. Please try is and tell me what you think?

  • 1 cup Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen waaa’ and you buy it from the supermarket)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • Handful of almonds, chopped dates or sultanas
  • ½ cup chopped or grated fresh apple or pear (both are low GI)
  • Option: 1 teaspoon of raw unfiltered honey if you need to sweeten but try without first
  • Cinnamon
  • Rice milk to taste

How to make it work:

  • Put Quinoa, water and a sprinkle of Himalayan salt into saucepan, cover and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer leaving the lid on.
  • Add in apple, dates, almonds, honey and cinnamon.
  • Continue to mix for approximately 15mins until the grains expand and become soft. It will be a porridge consistency but not so ‘mushy’. If your quinoa turns mushy you have over cooked it and probably added too much water.
  • Rice Milk can also be added for taste and flavour. Serve warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon. YUMMO!!

Gluten Free Cereal, Yoghurt and Organic Berries….

 

Simple, fast, easy and HEALTHY

  • Gluten Free Cereal is always my choice as my body digests it so much easier. There are now plenty of options available from the supermarket or health food stores. I always choose raw, uncooked cereals as opposed to toasted cereals as the uncooked cereals have a higher nutritional count.

30g is a serving. Weigh this as we tend to over portion our meals- hence the larger bodies we see so frequently every day.

  • Yoghurt. Something I very rarely eat. If your body can digest dairy well, then choose a natural greek yoghurt – yes full cream. Stay away from the low fat of anything. These ‘low fat’ versions are packed to the rafters with sugar, and if not sugar, worse still – artificial sweetener.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES EVERY ALLOW ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER INTO YOUR BODY IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE in my opinion.

If you do not digest dairy well – like me – there are dairy free versions of yoghurt available from the health food stores. One of my favourites is COCOLICIOUS made entirely from real coconut cream and milk. SO GOOD. – Again, go easy on the serving… this is high in calories – good calories BUT:

Always remember there CAN be too much of a good thing 😉

  • Fresh Organic Fruits. Organic Strawberries and Blueberries – high in antioxidants and low in GI (sugar release to the body).
  • Ideally add 30g of 100% natural protein powder to your yoghurt to slow the release of sugars to the body. This will keep the blood sugars balanced until your next snack.

This breakfast is absolutely delicious, so nutritious and your body will love you for it. It doesn’t take long to prepare, so is perfect for our hectic lifestyles.

NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT HAVING BREAKFAST OF SOME KIND.

Fail to plan = plan to fail. And that’s just a fact my friends xx

Organic Fruit Salad

 

I love starting the day with a light breakfast. It is best to use the fruits in season. If you are choosing organic then you have no choice 😉 The fruit you find in the supermarkets freak me out. I recently went in looking for apples (it is summer so they are not in season). What I found astounded me to the point of shock. The size of these THINGS (apparently apples) and the roundness – they were made for giants, or aliens – likely aliens. They made me feel ill looking at them! They were just so WRONG.

I can only imagine what chemicals and pesticides and heaven–only- knows- what- else these freaks of nature were pumped with. Once upon a time they used to freeze apples for the off season, and we would get those floury tasteless things. Now, due to our complaining they have genetically modified our food to the point it tastes ..better(?!)  than it used to, looks perfect and … have pumped it all full of toxins.

Nice.

I don’t always buy organic unfortunately but I do as often as I can. These days you can get some amazing deals. You can have fresh organic  fruits and veges delivered right to your door for a price that often competes with those chemically laden THINGS.

Following a high protein diet does not usually encourage fruit salad for breakfast, but I do not follow one ‘diet’ only. I believe you have to listen to your body and eat accordingly. Absolutely you need to get TO a place whereby you know what your body is saying..and that is quite a way for many people out there. One step at a time.

I prefer a light breakfast these days and try to keep my body as alkaline as possible.

Fruit salad can be balanced with Greek yoghurt. To help balance and slow the release of the natural sugars into the blood stream, you can sprinkle with a tablespoon of 100% natural protein powder, or sprinkle with some chopped up almonds-but not many as these are mostly fat with  only a small amount of protein.  When you want to strip the fat, you do need some good fat, but ..not very much.

You are likely to get that fat from other foods during the day.   xx

Gluten Free Cereal with Protein Shake

 

For the cereal lovers out there!

If you just love your cereal and dont want to say goodbye to it, then don’t!

Just add a protein shake to it to balance the release of sugars from the carbohydrates.

So instead of adding milk, make your protein shake with water. (If you are using a Whey Protein..well that comes from Dairy anyway so you are not missing out)

Use a recipe from my Healthy Smoothie Post and just pour over your cereal.

By adding protein to your carbohydrates – you will slow the absorption of the sugars to the body. This is a GOOD thing as it will keep your blood sugar levels more balanced and help avoid the 10am CRASH if you have had a typical breakfast of:

  • cereal (carb)
  • milk (carb)
  • juice (carb)

Does that make sense?

Quinoa with Protein Shake

 

Slighty unusual for some but this is one of my fav’s as a breakfast.

Quinoa is an amazing food. It is not technically a grain but can substitute most grains from your diet.

Quinoa is high in protein, potassium, iron and other vitamins and minerals – and is being called a ‘superfood’.

Well, I just love it. Goodbye rice!!

 

For more info what is quinoa: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-quinoa.htm

In this meal I am substituting cereal for quinoa. Its light and I don’t get that heavy feeling from cereal. ½ Cup is one portion, or 30g cooked.

On top is my 100% natural Chocolate Protein Shake – made from water. See my Healthy Smoothie Recipes.

High in protein, low in carbs and calories.

To cook quinoa:

  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 2 ¾ cups of filtered water
  • sea salt to taste

In a saucepan bring to the boil. Keep the lid on. Once boiling turn the heat right down to simmer, leaving the lid on until all the water has been absorbed.

This will make PLENTY of quinoa. Keep it in the fridge to use for lunches, dinners, and/or breakfasts.

EASY :)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Antoinette January 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Enjoyed quinoa with grilled salmon & salad tonight for dinner – never thought of it as a breakfast food! Will def give that a go xx Having the peach delight protein shake tomorrow x

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Vashte January 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

Quinoa is an all time favourite of mine. A protein and yet a carb… so easy to digest. And FILLED with great nutrients..especially when you are slimming!! Lets face it, most girls are doing that throughout life.. Perfect dinner Antoinette!! YUM!!!! yes I do love quinoa for breakfast as opposed to cereal – its so much lighter. Hot or cold – you choose! That peach delight is good isnt it!

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