You can use Quinoa for much more than just as a side dish. For example to kick start your day with a delicious sweet Quinoa breakfast bowl. Quinoa is packed with protein, carbs and nutrients. It´s light and fluffy, but not mushy (don´t overcook it, though!) The taste of this bowl is nutty, decent sweet and refreshing.
Are you always eating the same breakfast?
Lately I came across many “what I eat every day as a … to be healthy”. In my opinion there is not just one thing wrong about this sentence:
- What is healthy might look for everyone different. But what is sure for all – restricting any kind of food is unhealthy for all. As well as labelling foods as good or bad – which is just the same as “healthy” and “unhealthy”.
2. Eating the same every single day is not necessarily healthy. It can help to save time and money, but your body might actually enjoy it more, when you´re switching it up every then and now. And here is why
Cons of eating the same every day
- Decreased gut health: Limiting the diversity of ingredients may have a bad influence on your gut – more sepcifically your microbiome. Eating only certain foods selectively nourishes single species of microbiota in the gut and provides “a competitive advantage over others.” A more varied diet on the other hand leads to a rich and diverse microbiome (=healthy gut). Especially when you´re struggling a lot with bloating and indigestion – this might be interesting for you.
- Limited nutritional diversity: Consuming a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and a varitety of differnet grains and fats ensures that you get an abundance of different vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in your diet. We don´t only need all three food components: carbs, proteins and fats, but also different foods within those groups because each grain, each vegetable contains different micro-nutrients which are important for physical and mental health.
What does this mean regarding to eating disorders
Restrictive eating disorders with all the food rules and fear foods make the affected people eating only a limited diversity of foods, which – as I mentioned above, decreases your gut health. And a decreased gut health is VERY uncomfortable. Bloating, feeling very gassy, indigestion, constipation, …
This is also one reason why you should challenge your fear foods and try to implement ALL kind of foods again in your diet. You don´t have to eat a different breakfast every day, but try to switch it up every then and now. This sweet quinoa breakfast bowl might be a good start – I bet you have never had sweet quinoa before 😉
Recipe for the sweet Quinoa breakfast bowl
delicious sweet Quinoa breakfast bowlCourse: breakfast, snackDifficulty: easy
1/4 cup multi-colour quinoa
3/4 cup water
1-2 dried figs (cut in small pieces)
pinch of salt
pinch of vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Joghurt (I highly recommend coconut or soja)
berries (when they are off season: frozen)
optional, in case it is not sweet enough: honey or agave syrup
- add all the ingredients for the sweet in a pot and bring it to boil. Then add a lid and let it simmer, until the quinoa is cooked and the water absorbed. You can start with 1/2 cup water and keep adding in case the quinoa is not done yet.
- add your favourite toppings and enjoy 🙂
Why this recipe nourishes our body:
Berries as well as quinoa are high in anti-inflammatory micro-nutrients. Furthermore Quinoa is gluten free, high in protein, rich in fibre, magnesium and iron. It might have benefits for preventing osteoporosis, hair loss and diabetes. And most of all: it´s good for your soul, simply because it is so flavourful and satisfying.
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