Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

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Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast
Power packed and loaded with nutrients, this breakfast is easy to make from scratch and serves as a canvas for TONS of different flavor combos. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, natural sweeteners...the sky's the limit. However, do note that even though quinoa and oatmeal are loaded with nutrients, they are still high in carbohydrates. Don't go too crazy on sweetening agents, as they'll spike your glycemic response and you'll crash (and be more likely to retain those elements as fat). Try to focus on low-sugar fruits (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, bananas, etc.) BTW, I use the higher concentration of quinoa as it's a complete protein. That means it contains all 23 amino acids; the same makeup found in animal protein, but plant based.
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Instructions
  1. Put main ingredients into small pot, uncovered, and turn heat to just over medium (6 out of 10). Give ingredients a slight stir, and then allow water to come to a light boil.
  2. Chop fruit, chocolate and other ingredients.
    chocolate and bananas
  3. Stir lightly every few minutes. Let water continue to boil off. Mixture is done when you can stir it so that it's viscous, but not watery. If air vents develop in the mixture, you've cooked it too long. (Oops.)
  4. Turn off heat. Add powdered ingredients (cinnamon, turmeric) and mix until blended. Then add fruit. Frozen blueberries will defrost in the mixture within a minute or so.
    Oatmeal Quinoa
  5. Transfer everything to a bowl and allow to cool for 1-3 minutes. Add chocolate, peanut butter or other meltable items and move lightly across the top of the mixture. Serve and/or eat!
Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

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Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie
I've refined this recipe little by little over time to balance flavor, nutirition and texture in a way that I can throw it together daily in five minutes or less (including blending time). The inspiration comes from my parents' favorite frozen custard "concrete" -- banana blueberry flavor.
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Creating the smoothie: Pour/place all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, banana and blueberries into blender. Blend at top speed for one minute. Turn off.
    Smoothie Ingredients
  2. Creating the texture: Place remaining ingredients into blender, and blend quickly on medium speed; 2-4 seconds should be fine. You're really just chopping up ingredients at this point.
    Bananas and Blueberries and Chia
  3. Pour into glass and serve immediately, or take with you.
    Smoothie
Recipe Notes

If you don't like your smoothies with a lot of texture, include the blueberries in the initial smoothie mix. You can put the bananas and chia in that mixture, but know that they will both increase the mixture's thickness.

 

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