Yesterday I shared with you an amazing recipe for a quick, easy, super healthy Quinoa dinner. But Quinoa isn’t just for dinner! You can eat it for breakfast too!
I’m slightly obsessed with Quinoa since I tried it for the very first time the other day, so I’m really experimenting with all the amazing ways you can use this super nutritious little seed. Another way to get the amazing benefits of Quinoa is to have it for breakfast.
I saw some recipes that essentially you would create an Quinoa hot cereal. That is definitely on my to-do list. But then I came across a breakfast dish called Chocolate Banana Breakfast, and I knew I had to start with this one! I LOVE the combination of banana and chocolate.
The original recipe called for almond milk and cocoa powder. In my recipe I substituted raw milk for almond milk and raw cacao powder for cocoa powder which boosts the nutrition of this recipe even more!
So, before I get to the recipe, let’s break down the amazing health benefits of each ingredient:
Quinoa: Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids.
“Quinoa is actually a seed that is naturally gluten free. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein. While it is a great source of iron, lysine, magnesium, vitamin E, and riboflavin (B2), it contains twice as much fiber as most other grains.”
–Stop Battling Disease & Start Building Wellness: Your Guide to Extraordinary Health by Tonijean Kulpinski, page 184
Raw Milk: Raw milk is so good for you! Healthier than anything you will ever find in a carton in your grocery store. We get our raw milk straight from a local farm. We pick up 2 1/2 gallons every two weeks.
“What is “raw milk” exactly? It’s milk that comes from grass-fed cows, is unpasteurized and unhomogenized. This means raw milk contains all of its natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals — making it what many refer to as a ‘complete food.’”
Organic Raw Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is literally a super food! It is high in anti-oxidants, contains magnesium, it is the highest plant based source of iron, and can help improve your mood. I love using cacao powder and figuring out ways to incorporate it into recipes. Why do I use Cacao Powder instead of regular Cocoa Powder? Good question. BeGoodOrganics.com explains the benefits of Cacao Powder vs. Cocoa Powder really well:
“Cacao (pronounced “cu-COW”) refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean.
Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”. Dutch processing was originally developed in the early 19th Century to reduce the bitterness, darken the colour, and create a more mellow flavour to chocolate, but unfortunately also eliminated a bunch of the goodness.
Non-organic cocoa (and non-organic chocolate) has also been treated heavily with toxic pesticides and fumigation chemicals, and may contain genetically modified (GMO) products.”
Banana: Bananas are known for being high in potassium, but they also contain many other important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and Vitamin A. They are also a great source of fiber.
Raw Honey: Raw Honey is seriously nature’s super food!
Raw honey is the most original sweet liquid that honeybees produce from the concentrated nectar of flowers. Real raw honey comes straight from the beehive and is a potent superfood sweetener gathered by one of the most profound creatures on planet earth, the honeybee. It is totally unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey.
Bee pollen is considered to be one of nature’s best and most nourishing foods. It’s packed with protein that is combined with amino acids, that can be easily used by your body. Bee pollen is used to improve unbalanced nutrition, vitality, longevity, energy. But also, it is used for weight control, health, beauty, allergies, anti-aging and more. All of these qualities are lost with the removal of bee pollen. Regular honey does not contain bee pollen.”
As you can see, this easy breakfast recipe is LOADED with nutrients! So get ready to start your day off right and try ChocoBanana Quinoa.
To see the original recipe click here.
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