Healthy, hot breakfast in 4 minutes

January 8, 2010

It was a pretty major moment in my life when I realized that a quick breakfast doesn’t have to come out of a box. Or from Dunkin Donuts.

For years I had coffee with a bagel and cream cheese in the mornings. You know what I was feeding myself? Empty calories, a blood sugar spike, increased mucus production, and a hard punch to my adrenal glands. Sometimes I ate a bowl of cold cereal, but even the healthy ones are often loaded with sugar. Seriously. Check out those ingredient labels.

Yikes. No wonder I felt crappy.

But no worries! I have a suggestion for a hot, healthy breakfast you can make in just 3 or 4 minutes in the morning. It all starts with a big pot of pre-cooked quinoa, or oats, or brown rice, or wheat berries, or millet, or… you get the idea. Some kind of whole grain.

When cooking whole grains, it’s a good idea to soak them overnight in water and a splash of lemon juice or vinegar. This deactivates nutrient blockers and make the grain easier to digest. (You don’t have to do this step, whole grains are always better for you than Cap’n Crunch!)

In the case of quinoa, no need to soak. Just rinse those suckers off and you’re good to go. That’s what I did this week. On Sunday I made dinner and simultaneously cooked up a few cups of quinoa. We ate dinner and the quinoa went in the fridge.

In the video above, I show you how I make an awesome breakfast out of that leftover quinoa! See? Now I’m feeding myself fiber, vitamins, nutrients and protein (quinoa is high in protein) without any garbage or empty calories.

This is good, whole, real food. Try it! You will feel better. And if you really love cold cereal, find one without sugar and try making banana milk.

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This post is part of Fight Back Fridays at Food Renegade.