Hello sunshine! I’m still recovering from Sask Fashion Week where I was doing makeup backstage so I’ve been a little MIA. As per usual, it was an awesome experience and I got to work with a great group of talented artists! I admit though, I was exhausted from the long hours on my feet and the little time to sit down and eat a proper meal – thank goodness for the trailmix (the other artists called it bird food) and Kombucha on my station that kept me from getting hangry and going cray cray on a model. 🙂
To help me get back into my normal schedule I made a big batch of oats so I could “grab and go” something healthy and filling as well as fit into my beauty food routine. This time I made Apple Pie Quinoa Oats to up my nutrients and get more variety of vitamins and minerals. Honestly I eat this in the morning and I’m good until my lunch break! Plus it tastes so good!
Quick info on the Stars of this Breakfast Bowl
Quinoa is a nutritious, nutty tasting, versatile, tiny seed. And as a vegetarian, adding it to my diet helps supplement my protein needs! Directly looking at the grams of protein you’ll notice quinoa isn’t necessarily “high in protein” but unlike other plant proteins, it is a complete protein – meaning it provides all the building blocks we need to make protein!
*Tip- rinse quinoa before cooking to decrease some of the bitterness!
Oats, as well as the quinoa, are high in fibre that helps slow down its digestion (why I feel full for awhile after)! The soluble fibre found in oats is also helpful in supporting healthy cholesterol so I know I’m taking care of my heart ♥ We also get the added benefit of protein, iron and antioxidant Vitamin E from oats so no wonder I consider it a healthy carb that plays a part in providing energy and supporting health from the inside out!
If you eat gluten free as I am required to (blood tests, rashes, enamel thinning, and digestion upset – to sum up my “why”) quinoa is gluten free but you have to be careful when choosing your oats. A lot of commercial oats are contaminated because they are processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley and rye (all which contain gluten protein) so when shopping around look for non-contaminated, pure oats which are safe for most people with gluten intolerances (I use Avena Foods Only Oats).
*If you have Celiac Disease I suggest seeing a registered dietitian for overall individual nutrition assessment because everyone is different – some may not tolerate even pure oats!
Both quinoa and oats are super versatile as well and you’ll catch me using them in a lot of recipes! For now here is the recipe for my breakfast!
Apple Pie Quinoa Oats
gluten free, vegan
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup oats (gluten free if needed)
3 cups water
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped (could try dried apple rings!)
1. Add quinoa, oats, salt, and water into a large saucepan. Bring to boil over med-high heat. Stir and decrease heat to low, cover and let cook for up to 30 minutes or until all of the water has absorbed.
2. Remove from heat and stir in apple-sauce, cinnamon, vanilla and apricots. Top with baked apple, roasted walnuts, sprinkle more cinnamon and optional stevia or tiny bit of maple syrup.
Baked apple topping
1 apple, sliced into chunks
juice of 1/4 lemon
1. Mix apple, lemon juice, cinnamon and stevia in a bowl. Spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven until soft.
P.S. I’m high on sunshine! It’s been hot and sunny this week with a forecast of 28° Celsius today!