Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa is a trendy (and yummy) little grain seed with all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is gluten-free, cholesterol-free, full of antioxidants, and is almost always organic. Hows that for a healthy breakfast? This breakfast quinoa is just as delicious as it is healthy (and, its really healthy.) Breakfast quinoa has some serious staying power to fuel you through your entire morning. If you’ve overdone it on the oats, switch it to quinoa!


Ingredients: (makes 4-5 servings – refrigerate extras for the whole week!)

  • 1 cup quinoa (best to pre-rinse)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • Optional: berries, banana slices, raisins, nuts, nut butter, carob chips, etc.

Boil about 2/3 cup water. Add quinoa, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and chi seeds and reduce to a simmer. Cook about 10 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed the water and fluffed up. Turn heat off and add maple syrup and your add-ins of choice. Enjoy your superfoods!

One Healthy Breakdown: this breakfast is so sweet, you won’t even know it’s healthy.

Pancake Party!

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Flapjacks. Hotcakes. Griddlecakes. Whatever you call ’em, you know you love ’em.  What’s not to love?  Pancakes are one of my favorites for breakfast, brunch, and even breakfast for dinner!  I’m talking about healthy pancakes, the kind you can enjoy any day without feeling like you just devoured a big stack of butter, flower, and sugar…covered in butter and sugar.  These pancakes are full of protein, flavor, and healthy carbs and they still feel like a treat!

Ingredients (mix or blend the following – makes one personal pancake, double for a short stack, triple for a tall stack!)

  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain flour (oat, almond, quinoa, buckwheat, whole wheat, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • dash of cinnamon
  • Optional: 1/4 blueberries and/or 1 tablespoon cacao or dark chocolate chips

Mix or blend all ingredients and pour batter onto non-stick pan, flip when ready, let pancake cook through to a golden brown color.  Serve with whatever you like on your ‘cakes!

One Healthy Breakdown: Don’t avoid unhealthy foods you love, make them healthy and enjoy!