A Clean Breakfast Is The Best Way To Start The Day

Doesn’t this look WAY better than instant oatmeal?

Usually healthier breakfasts look a little bland but this healthy breakfast is so colorful and really tasty.

quinoa cereal with fruit

 

What’s in it?

Quinoa

English: cooked red quinoa
English: cooked red quinoa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Keen-wah, as it’s pronounced, is a “super food” as it can provide 9 essential amino acids, including lysine. However, ignore what you heard about it being a grain because that isn’t accurate. Quinoa is actually more closely related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Tumbleweeds? Who’s eating tumbleweeds?

English: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
English: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Eeyore’s favorite

I don’t know what tumbleweeds (or thistle) taste like, perhaps quite tasty, but I can tell you that quinoa actually is quite versatile, which is a nice way of saying bland. However, that’s a good thing.  Quinoa is very good (like tofu) for its ability to absorb the flavors it’s in whether it be a broth, seasonings or, in our case, fresh fruit.

Walnuts

Walnuts
Walnuts (Photo credit: _-0-_)

Did you know that walnuts contain plenty of high-quality protein that can substitute for meat; vitamins and minerals and dietary fiber? They also have omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your brain because, uh, can’t remember. Should eat some more walnuts. I jest. Omega-3 fatty acids are good to help your brain perform better.   And they provide crunch to your cereal.

Almonds

Unshelled (left) and shelled (right) almonds
Unshelled (left) and shelled (right) almonds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almonds, like other nuts including the walnut, can help increase the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and reduce the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL). Said another way almonds are good for your heart and a great to snack on. But are you like me and snack on them too much? Try getting the nuts with the shell and crack them as you watch old episodes of 30 Rock, or whatever show you enjoy. You have to work to get the nuts and the piles of shells can trick your brain into thinking you’ve eaten a lot as opposed to eating 15+ unshelled almonds in one sitting.

Coconut

English: IT IS A COCONUT
IT IS A COCONUT (Photo credit: Wikipedia). [Indeed it is. Who writes these captions?!]
People, I’m learning, have a love/hate relationship with coconuts. Whether it be the taste or the newly touted health benefits the magical coconut can provide. I found one site that claims the coconut can help with over 20 ailments from blood pressure woes to weight loss however coconut is a saturated fat and like all fats should be enjoyed in moderation.  When eating raw you get the fiber, manganese, potassium, copper and, yes, fat.

Raisins

English: A pile of Sunmaid raisins.
A pile of Sunmaid raisins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Not mouse droppings.

There are people who, like in the movie Benny and Joon, do not like raisins. Joon makes a great metaphor about how they were once grapes and are now shriveled and sad. Me? I see mouse droppings. Gross. But raisins are not gross. Dried fruit comes packed with sugar but, again, moderation is key and you’ll get some goodies like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Kiwi

This image was selected as a picture of the we...
This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Czech Wikipedia for th week, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tart. Green. Fun. Kiwis are a great treat that provide fiber and phytonutrients. Phyto – what?!  Phytonutrients, which repair DNA, act as the body’s protection against some cancers, and function as antioxidants.


Mango

Mango
Mango (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mango! One of my favorite fruits.  In addition to being sticky sweet fungoodtimes, you’ll also get fiber, potassium, vitamins A & C.

Why Is This A Successful Breakfast?

The key to success (for me) is it has to be easy to make. Otherwise, I’ll end up skipping breakfast and that is a recipe for disaster.  I make a big batch of quinoa in the beginning of the week but won’t season it.

Then the night before I’ll cut up the fruits, chop up the nuts and sprinkle the coconut flakes and the next morning — you’ve got a tasty breakfast treat.

Enjoy!

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Resources

Quinoa: The Protein-Rich, Incan Superfood
Walnuts Are Top Nut for Heart-Healthy Antioxidants
Are Raisins Good For You? Raisins Health Benefits
Kiwi and its Many Health Benefits
Nutrition Facts of Mango

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Forget Art By Numbers, Try Art by Pinterest

Oh wait, I’ve read this blog post before. 

Yeah, yeah. I know it’s a trend that I and other bloggers have been getting in to lately: see pretty picture, want pretty picture and think that, well, maybe I could make said pretty picture.

However, this one was a success. No pins sticking out the back or anything. Woot!

Making Some Art – Pinterest Style

The Pinspiration

Source: momspark.net via Martha on Pinterest

Prepping The Canvas

I have discovered the frog tape, used for keeping your baseboards from getting paint splattered, can also save one’s butt when trying to paint straight lights on canvas.

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Paint and Pencil

After you’ve colored your stripes, and allowed time to try, you can use stencils or lightly write in pencil the words of your favorite quote. The stencils I purchased were too large so I had to use pencil. And I don’t hate the outcome. Success!

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Steady Hand and Cool Head

I’m not a very patient person. So this portion of the project was very challenging. Tip: I found myself using the pointed round tip brush the most. Not sure what kind of paint brush you’ll need? Check out the 8 different types of acrylic brushes.

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Give It A Try!

Saw something on Pinterest you’d like to try? Great! Go for it! It probably won’t come out at all like you wanted but who cares? You tried something new and if you enjoyed the experience perhaps you’ll do better next time.

Source: via erin on Pinterest

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