Quinoa. It’s what’s for breakfast.
And this is his you’re-not-feeding-me-fast-enough face…
Here’s the recipe for his favorite baby breakfast (and mine too):
- 1/2 c Quinoa soaked overnight in water and a splash of apple cider vinegar, then rinsed and cooked in 1 c fresh water for about 20min until soft
- 1 Banana, mashed
- 1 T Chia
- 1 T Nutritional Yeast
Combine all ingredients and enjoy.
Why is this the best vegan breakfast?
If you eat flexitarian, vegetarian or vegan, especially vegan, then you might not get enough B12. Nutritional yeast is one way to serve yourself some B12. Some call its flavor cheesy. I actually think it’s just sort of gross. This breakfast blend makes it go down much easier.
Aside from the B12, quinoa (“keen-wa”) is the perfect way to start your day. It’s a complete protein that includes all nine amino acids. Good and very necessary. This means you don’t need to eat kidney beans with it. Which is also good. Plus, quinoa contains a much higher fiber content than most other grains. Good for the guts. In it there’s iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin and manganese, all extremely beneficial to tissue growth, cell repair, and just all around good for ya. Oh, and why soak the quinoa? Soaking grains is an age-old practice that helps remove the anti-nutrient part of the grain which most grains have. Yes, you can eat it without soaking it, but soaking grains overnight in water and a bit of vinegar will improve digestion. Give it a try and see what you think. It just takes a few days to get into the soaking habit, then it’s no big deal.
Next we add a mashed banana for some sweetness and cramp-fighting potassium.
Finally, stir in a little chia for some healthy Omega-3s, antioxidants, minerals and other such healthy stuff.
This recipe is enough to feed mama and baby bear too. For a mama bear, I add a bit of salt and honey. I’ve been tainted by the wonderful world of honey. Give it a try after your Saturday long run or as a part of your Sunday brunch.