When it comes to breakfast, I’m all about the sweetness factor. Give me a breakfast that tastes like a dessert and I’m a happy camper.
But I also know that starting your day with pure sugar can be a recipe for disaster. Let’s take your classic muffin for example. While it might not taste like a dessert per se, that baby is filled with sugar. From the white sugar that sweetens it, to the refined all purpose flour you find as the base, that muffin is going into your body and almost instantly turning into sugar.
So what does that mean for our bodies? It means our blood sugar spikes, we get that crazy sugar rush and then we crash.
Now let’s think about our kiddos for a second. If we feed them something that is filled with sugar or refined carbohydrates, it’s going to do the exact same thing. They’ll be full of energy when they get to school and then crash mid-morning. It’s definitely not the ideal way to start the day.
But here’s where it gets tricky. Sweet breakfasts make up the majority of the standard american diet – think baked goods, pancakes, waffles, french toast, even granola, cereals and yogurt. Of course, I’m not saying we can’t ever eat those foods, but they are certainly something we shouldn’t be eating every day.
And that is where quinoa comes in.
Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate meaning that it not only digests slowly which keep you fuller for longer, but it also doesn’t covert to sugar as quickly in the body. When you eat whole grains like quinoa, which are also filled with fiber and protein, your body has more time to process the nutrients and you’re not sent on this crazy blood sugar train.
The other great thing about quinoa is that it’s versatile. You can make it into all sorts of different things and still maintain those high levels of nutrients. That’s why I think quinoa is one of the best breakfast foods you can have!
I probably make breakfast quinoa like this at least a few times every week. It’s so simple, so fast, super filling AND there’s practically no end to the types of flavors you can make.
Since we’re deep in the holiday season right now, I wanted to bring something festive and cozy to your breakfast table today. This gingerbread breakfast quinoa might just be one of my new favorite breakfasts.
It comes together in less than 2 minutes, uses only natural sweeteners, is filled with fiber and protein, and it taste like warm gingerbread cookies. This is pretty much a dream come true to your little ones.
It’s a simple blend of quinoa flakes and cooked quinoa (if you can’t find quinoa flakes, you could always use quick cooking oats), sweetened with maple sugar, a touch of molasses and flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.
I served mine with a splash of almond milk, a drizzle of maple syrup and some chopped pecans, but I’ll leave the toppings up to you. Go with what you enjoy and what you have on hand. It would also be tasty with a dollop of greek yogurt on top!
Alyssa is the blogger and cook behind Simply Quinoa, a gluten-free website dedicated to healthy food, always with a little quinoa twist.