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 🙂 ). 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!