Now that it is back to school time, it’s a great idea to have some awesome options to make for the kids before school! Adults and little ones alike need stabilizing energy and nutrients in the morning, that won’t make us feel sluggish and heavy. And certainly not a bowl of sugar that makes our/their energy crash in just a short time! Keep energy crashes, moodiness and scattered-brainness at bay with my Coconut Quinoa Cereal recipe!
Keeping you fuller than your typical box of sugary cereal, this nutritious recipe is one that you can feel good about eating, time and time again. Yessssssss :).
The creamy texture and natural sweetness of coconut milk makes it the perfect liquid to pour over your warm quinoa cereal. Coconut milk is among the world’s healthiest foods. In fact, coconut milk is often considered a “miracle liquid” due to its great ability to build up the body’s immune defenses and prevent disease.
The perfect Beauty food- free from dairy and processed soy, is naturally found inside coconuts. When you first crack open a fresh coconut, you will notice a milky white substance- this is natural coconut water. Once you blend the coconut meat and strain it, the end result is a thicker coconut milk, naturally sweet to perfection.
Coconut milk packs a punch of nutrients such as healthy fat, manganese, and iron. It also has a beneficial fat called Lauric acid, that is easily absorbed and used by the body for energy- and aren’t we always looking for more ways to get energy!
Eating quinoa cereal with naturally sweet coconut milk is just one delicious way of enjoying this superfood that you’ve probably haven’t thought of.
For those of you have yet to jump on the quinoa bandwagon, let me fill you in on a little secret. I 100% support quinoa as a superfood. Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids! It is a gluten-free whole grain with a slightly nutty flavor. It’s high in protein and fiber, low in fat, and has a low glycemic index. It also contains folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and copper.
Hence why quinoa is so nourishing and an amazing ingredient to eat for any meal! Check out a few of my other favorite quinoa dishes here.
What else does quinoa’s overall nourishing richness include? B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and various other beneficial antioxidants – just to name a few. And even more amazing to think about, quinoa cereal has the ability to lower levels of inflammation, thanks to its wide range of anti-inflammatory nutrients present.
Just remember, it’s ideal to soak grains (even though quinoa is technically a seed we treat it as a grain, to help deactivate the enzyme inhibitors that coat all grains (and beans), and will make them easier to digest. What am I talking about?! Simply throwing them in water overnight- it could not be easier!!
All you have to put effort into is an itty bit of pre-planning, to throw the quinoa in a bowl with water overnight, then rinse well before cooking. That’s it! Make enough quinoa to last you a couple of days- it great for leftovers!
Many of us are familiar with bee pollen as being really high in B vitamins. Yet have you heard about the boosting effects of pine pollen? It is a wonderful alternative to bee pollen as it doesn’t involve bees having to actually collect anything.
With a very similar makeup to bee pollen, pine pollen is packed with 22 amino acids and 8 essential ones. You can think of it like the perfect bio-available brain food, working to offer hormonal support, increase immunity and enhance whole-body well-being.
According to Chinese medicine, pine pollen enters through the five major meridians including the lungs, kidneys, spleen, heart and liver. Studies associate pine pollen with improving heart, blood, liver, and brain health.
Pine pollen contains the amino acid glutathione, known to help detoxify the body and boost the health of the liver and gallbladder. It also contains compounds known to promote skin elasticity and boost overall skin health.
This powerful pollen is toted as an aphrodisiac and longevity food that’s been favored by ancient cultures for centuries.
Look for pine pollen at your local health market, as it is getting increasingly popular (or source it online). Bee pollen from a market or your local beekeeper might be easier to source, and of course can be substituted.
Millet is also an ancient food that has been favored for centuries. I highly recommend bringing millet into your rotation of foods. I tend to eat more millet this time of year and into the winter, where I like having the grounding qualities of this gluten-free grain.
Though it combines as a starch (rather than a concentrated protein), it too contains a lot of amino acids, working to build protein in the body.
Millet contains the important nutrient manganese, which may help boost hair health and maintain hair color. Did you know that a deficiency of manganese is actually linked to grey hair? I’ve had a few clients tell me they’ve noticed seeing a restoration of their natural hair color while living the Beauty Detox lifestyle. I just feel like this is is super exciting to share!
Millet also contains magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, vitamins E and K, omega fatty acids and fiber.
Warming, spicy and full of flavor, cinnamon heats up your body, boosts circulation and speeds up metabolism. It makes so much sense to sprinkle this herb all over my coconut quinoa cereal.
I absolutely LOVE cinnamon for its array of nourishing benefits.
Packed full of antioxidants, this herb protects the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon also helps with inflammation in the body—helping the body fight infections and repair tissue damage.
In addition to all the above, while cinnamon fights inflammation and boosts your metabolism, it also helps you achieve your weight loss goals, by helping to cure sugar cravings in-between meals, control blood sugar levels, and offshoot fat levels.
So don’t forget to sprinkle this amazing spice on your coconut quinoa cereal! And feel free to add a few of your other favorite toppings (like coconut, banana and goji berries seen below!)
Beauties I hope you feel nice and nourished enjoying your coconut quinoa cereal! Know that you are fueling your body with so many wonderful benefits when you eat cereal and be sure to share it with all your friends and family.
Sending you lots of love,