F#ck Brunch: Quinoa Porridge
Photography by Shay Harrington, Styling by Monica Pierini
It's starting to feel like summer which means berries and long rides are back in season! Fuel up with a hearty bowl of quinoa porridge topped with pistachios and berries before your next big trek for a breakfast that will keep you satisfied for hours and tastes delicious.
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tablespoons toasted pistachios, chopped
1 cup berries
2 tablespoons toasted coconut
1. In a medium saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce head and
cover. Simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes. Top with berries,
pistachios and coconut. Drizzle with honey for desired sweetness and additional milk.
Why Quinoa Porridge should be your next breakfast
Quinoa: Quinoa is one of the most nutritious grains, and is sometimes referred to as a “superfood” due to its high nutrient content. Quinoa is a fantastic source of protein, fiber and minerals, including copper, folate, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, as well as smaller amounts of calcium, vitamin B3, and vitamin E. Quinoa also contains two types of flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and anti-viral properties in some studies. Quinoa is also a lower glycemic grain, which means that it does not have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. This is important for maintaining stable blood sugar, and consequently, stable insulin levels. The result of stable blood sugar is decreased risk of weight gain and related diseases such as obesity and type two diabetes. Quinoa also aids in reducing triglyceride levels.
Coconut Milk: Coconuts and coconut milk have traditionally gotten a bad rap due to its high saturated fat levels. However, the unique fatty acids in coconut milk may aid weight loss, improve immune function, reduce heart disease risk and improve skin and hair health. Coconut milk contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Coconut milk is highly nutritious when ingested, and these nutrients may help fortify and condition skin and hair as well. The high fatty acid content in coconut milk serves as a natural moisturizer for healthy skin and may help repair wrinkles and sagging in aging skin.