Let’s get ready to rumble Quinoa

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Ladies and gentlemen welcome to your protein charged breakfast, featuring fiber, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, and manganese!

Back in the days Incas believed that quinoa increased warrior’s mental and physical power.

Today we know quinoa is considered  a super food (and it’s also gluten free), we can use it on sweet and salty recipes, I prefer to used it in m y fruit salad for breakfast:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (all red or a mix of red, white, or black)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Toppings

  • fruits
  • maple syrup or honey
  • walnuts or almonds
  • coconut flakes
  • almond milk

Directions

Wash quinoa in several changes of water in a bowl, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off water (if quinoa does not settle, drain in a large fine-mesh sieve after each rinse), until water is clear.

Drain washed quinoa well in a large fine-mesh sieve.

Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan and bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and keep covered to keep warm. Remove cinnamon sticks.

Serve and top with walnuts, maple syrup or honey, almond milk or fruits of choice.

recipe adapted from: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cinnamon-Scented-Breakfast-Quinoa-366130

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“Give me fuel” Banana Oatmeal

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Today we had the first snowstorm, a little reminder that winter is here to stay until next year. Mornings are cold and dark, I guess the best way to start a winter day is with a nice bowl of hot oatmeal. I will confess that I wasn’t attracted to oatmeal because of the way was made at home with regular milk and without fruits, I don’t drink milk since a loooong while ago so eating it was not an option; fortunately I found a blog ( ohsheglows.com ) that opened my eyes to a new way to prepare this healthy breakfast, no only with bananas, but with apples, carrots and pumpkin. Since then our mornings are full of flavor and fuel to start the day and workout like a champion!

I’m not brave enough to go running out in the snow but indoor body-weight workouts work perfectly to keep the body moving and avoid winter blues, high intensity interval training (HIIT) are also great for a challenging sweaty session. This breakfast gives you all you need, so no excuses to skip workout today!

Today’s workout was a total of 600 reps :

60 half burpee jump, 60 push ups, 60 jump lunges, 60 one-leg dead lifts (30 each leg), 60 crunches, 60 squats, 60 leg assisted dips, 60 backward lunge + jump up (30 each leg), 60 chest lift (belly on the floor ), 60 over the chair kicks (30 each leg).

Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 3 cups Almond Milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 ripe banana, mashed into oats
  • 1  1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  •  1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1  1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Whisk well until combined. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes until thickened.
You can use different toppings, we love walnuts and a little bit of maple syrup.

Recipe adapted from: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/02/10/how-to-make-a-light-reflector-in-1-minute-flat/