Morning Energy

I’ve been conducting a little experiment with myself and breakfast lately.¬† It has to do with what I eat (no surprises there!) and my energy and satiety (fancy word for feeling full or satisfied ūüôā ).¬† It seems that breakfast meat of some kind helps in that department, but I’d really like to get away from depending on that.¬† For some reason, eggs don’t satisfy me for the whole morning.¬† Oatmeal tastes great, but an hour later I’m wondering¬†if I ever ate!

I’ve been investigating quinoa (pronounced /keen-wah/) recently, for a client and my newsletter.¬† Quinoa is the South American seed that cooks up like rice.¬† It can be used as a breakfast porridge and as a substitute for rice or pasta in hot and cold dishes.¬† It sounds impressive on paper, but I needed to put it to the test.¬† In the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed quinoa for breakfast about 5 times.¬† I’ve added some almond milk, walnuts, hemp seeds,¬†berries, and a pat of butter to the cooked quinoa.¬† [The fat in the butter helps my body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in the food.]¬† I’ve been eating between¬†one to¬†one and a half¬†cups of quinoa at about 7:30 in the morning.¬† Guess what??¬†¬† I got¬†busy after breakfast…..time passed….and before I knew it, it was 11:30 or 12:00.¬† I’ve had good energy …..and no hunger pangs at 9:30 AM!¬† I wanted to try the quinoa on several different days just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.¬† It has been a consistently satisfying and energizing breakfast food.¬† I’ve roughly calculated that between the quinoa, walnuts, almond milk, and hemp seeds…..I’m getting 18 grams of protein!¬† That’s a quite satisfactory amount of nutrient-packed protein.¬† The walnuts and hemp seeds are providing fat, but the much-needed omega-3 fatty acids that are SO beneficial!¬† When I look at¬†my lowly bowl of quinoa, it’s hard to believe it can deliver so much satisfaction, nutrition, and energy…..but it does!

 

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