Thursday, June 21, 2012

Breakfast Quinoa

Another stop on my breakfast train.  I had this idea in the context of protein.  As in...getting more protein into the diet of a pint size swimmer in this house.  In general I'm not too concerned about protein requirements...generally thinking that we get plenty in our diet; however, Paul was talking to our cyclist/runner/neighbor/swim mom/doctor friend and they ended up chatting about protein.  She is an accomplished athlete, has two daughters who are competitive swimmers at the college level....and her husband is an Ironman.  And he isn't just a participate and finish the event kind of guy...he's a real competitor in the event.  Now that I have listed her's a bit more obvious why I listen when she mentions protein needs for a young competitive athlete!

It was a good project for Eleanor to add her protein intake for a few days.  And a nice assignment for the beginning of summer.  We have decided that generally she does get enough; however, with the summer schedule of extra workouts an increase is in order.

Although quinoa makes a frequent appearance in savory dishes in this house, the idea of a sweet quinoa seemed an additional way to increase the protein while disguised as a carb-y food:)

Quinoa needs to be rinsed or a bitter taste may remain.  

Cook 1 c quinoa in 2 c milk.
Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Serve with fresh berries.
Simple and delicious!
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