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Better Breakfasts – Blueberry Quinoa Parfaits

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 26, 2012 ][ In Breakfast, For new Mom's, Snacks and Appetizers ]

One of the things I hope to show with my blogs is how easy it is to eat better and be healthier.  You don’t have to be a trained chef or spend hours in the kitchen to produce a nutritious meal.  Simple food is the best food.  Instead of reaching for that bag of chips or nuking a Hot Pocket, why not grab some carrots sticks, grapes or slap a yogurt parfait together in about the same time?  Don’t you get tired of the same, greasy, nasty taste of processed foods after awhile?  Sure they do taste good, at least at first, but something fresh really awakens the taste buds.  I just found this great breakfast parfait on one of my favorite blogs, Closet Cooking.  I have written about this blog before and while he isn’t as health conscious as I am, he seeks out good food with fresh ingredients.  Sometimes you don’t have to worry about nutrition when you use lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat, it just happens!  (As soon as I figure out how, I’m going to add a link to his blog on my website.)  I’m going to share this recipe because it is super nutritious and easy.

 

Don’t think this will take a long time to prepare in the morning when you are rushed to get to work and maybe get kids off to somewhere.  You can make the whole thing the night before and leave it in the fridge.  Because it’s hot, really hot, right now, a cold breakfast hits the spot.  If you use Greek yogurt, it is loaded with protein which will keep you full much longer than those Cheerios or worse,  a granola bar.  If blueberries aren’t your thing, peaches, bananas, mangoes, any fruit you like, will be great too.  Use almonds or walnuts if you like, just toast them right before adding them as the flavor is soooo much better when you do.

 

A word about quinoa as many of you many not have heard of it.  Quinoa is a grain loaded with good for you things like antioxidants, anti-inflamatories, calcium and heart healthy fats.  Pronounced “keen wa”, it can be found in the health food section of many grocery stores like Kroger or at health food stores.  It cooks up fast and can be used in a variety of ways; main dishes, breakfast, salads, etc.

 

 

Blueberry Quinoa Parfaits

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

brown sugar to taste, about 3 Tbsp.

blueberries

Greek or regular vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup or less of coarsely chopped pecans

Bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan and add quinoa.  Return to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until all water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.  Stir in brown sugar.  Place in refrigerator until chilled.  Layer yogurt, quinoa, and blueberries in a cup or glass.  Top with toasted pecans.  Enjoy!  The original recipe didn’t call for any sugar but knowing my family, I knew it would go over better with a bit of sugar.  Not too much though!

 

My son was lukewarm about this but he did eat it all, my daughter somewhat better and my husband raved about it.

Upadated on June 26, 2012


One Response to “Better Breakfasts – Blueberry Quinoa Parfaits”

  1. Faye Cox says:

    Lisa, this combines my favorite ingredients so of course I know I’ll love it! I eat blueberries EVERY day, love quinoa & Greek yogurt, and pecans are my fave nut. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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