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Breakfast in Bed: Oats & Quinoa Beauty Bowl

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Good morning — we hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! At Paraiso Adventures HQ, we believe part of the weekend’s novelty is sleeping late (remember, we’re very serious about clocking in our 8 hours as part of our Glow Principles) in addition to having time to whip up a leisurely breakfast without any work/school/life/you-name-it constraints getting in the way. We use the weekends to take that extra step to be even healthier, simply because we have more time to do so!

While we all know oats are a fabulous way to start the day (hello complex carbs, thanks for boosting our satiety!) there are ways to make this already healthy meal even better…enter, quinoa. It turns out quinoa and oats cook at fairly similar rates and can be combined for a superfood breakfast bowl. Talk about a double-whammy.

We found this delicious recipe from Camille Styles and it’s every bit as tasty as it is healthy!

Oats & Quinoa Beauty Bowl 

*serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup steel cut oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup milk of your choice (we like almond {click here for our awesome homemade how to!}  — but coconut, soy, or dairy just as well)
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • toppings: pomegranate seeds, blackberries, toasted sliced almonds (or try sliced banana, dried cherries or raisins, hemp seeds, walnuts or pistachios.)

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine steel-cut oats, salt and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes without stirring.
  2. Meanwhile, give the quinoa a good rinse with water in a fine-mesh sieve. This makes a huge difference in the quinoa’s taste – I usually rinse for a full minute.
  3. Drain and add quinoa to the oats, give it a quick stir, then partially cover and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 cup milk and scrape seeds from vanilla bean into saucepan. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with remaining milk, maple syrup and toppings.

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Health Benefits:

Oats: Eating whole grains prevents heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Oats are also loaded with fiber which keeps your full longer and helps maintain a healthy weight.

Quinoa: This superfood (which is actually a seed) is high in protein and has all of the essential amino acids our bodies require, it is also filled with fiber, gluten-free, and jam packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Quinoa is also known to boost metabolism, aid weight loss, and provide energy.

Pomegranate Seeds: These jewel toned gems are not only gorgeously festive, they are low in calories and high in fiber (notice a trend here?!) which helps aid weight loss. They are full of Vitamins C and K which boost immune system function, wound healing, and manufacturing collagen and elastin which keeps skin young, supple, and beautiful! Pomegranate seeds are rich in phytochemicals and polyphenols such as tannins, quercetin and anthocyanins — all of which may offer both heart health and anti-cancer benefits. As powerful antioxidants, polyphenols may improve healthy cell survival, induce cancer death and prevent tumor growth.

Almonds: One of the healthiest nuts, rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat,  known for its ability to promote healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health. Almonds are also a good source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These nutrients are essential for keeping your bones and teeth healthy and strong.

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Sounds like a brimming bowl of beauty foods to us! If you’re on the lookout for other healthy breakfast recipes, be sure to check out our recipes for Chia Seed Pudding and Coconut Pancakes. Cheers to a happy, healthy weekend!

Image Source: Camille Styles

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