You love to sleep in until the last second. You don’t have time to whip up a hearty protein breakfast before dashing out the door to work. Sometimes you’re lucky to eat at all. Solution? The breakfast bowl. An eloquent way of saying ‘throw a whole bunch of healthy things together and be pleasantly surprised by how delicious it tastes.’ If you’re passionate about eating healthy, but are admittedly a little ‘lazy’ when it comes to the most important meal of the day, read on!
Here’s whats in it:
- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa. I like white quinoa for this because it’s lighter and fluffier than red and black varieties (Why: Fibre. Iron. You name it! Quinoa also has an impressive amount of protein in it. For the 1 cup we’re using, that’s 8g. That’s more protein than in one large egg! Believe it or not, quinoa has a great balance of all nine amino acids that are essential for human nutrition. Can you tell I’m a little bit of a fan?)
- A palmful of raw almonds or sliced almonds (Why: These little guys can certainly pack a nutritional punch. Because almonds are rich in healthy fats, they can be good for weight loss. Not only that, but they’re crammed with vitamins and are good for heart health.
- 5-10 blueberries (Why: Blueberries are great antioxidants! One study at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center looked at more than 100 common household foods and found that among fruits, blueberries have the highest total antioxidant capacity)!
- A few tablespoons of pomegranate seeds (Why: This is another great antioxidant that’s low in calories and high in fibre).
- A teaspoon of chia seeds (Why: This little seed is trending right now as one of the latest ‘superfoods.’ In just 1 ounce (28 g), chia seeds have 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, and according to Authority Nutrition, are “one of the best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie”).
- 1/3 to 1/2 of a Banana (Why: We’ve all heard that bananas are loaded with vitamin B6, but that’s not all they’re good for! You can read more about the health benefits of bananas here).
TIP: I make a big batch of quinoa and keep it in the fridge for several days. That way it’s ready to toss in your breakfast bowl, salads, and much more.You can do the same thing with your ‘fruit salad’ (pomegranate, blueberries, bananas) that way it’s ready to go!
Remember: Big transformations can happen when you make small changes, and this a small change you can feel proud of! Eat a lean and clean breakfast that will keep you full until lunch while consuming a surprising amount of your recommended daily vitamins! What are you waiting for?