~ Quinoa Breakfast Salad with a little… snow and yoga

Had another Fantastic Yoga Class early this morn. at Lulu Lemon, it’s free on Sundays at 8 a.m. Coming out of the class, the snow was coming down and the people were going up! It’s 1 C in the village, -3 C up top and they’re expecting about 10-15 cm’s today! The mountain’s at 249 cm’s right now, pretty awesome!

Thought I’d come home and make a wicked Quinoa Breakfast Salad and nurture my body with that!  And yes, this recipe is so easy and so delicious….!

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Found this recipe from the Goldstream News Gazette when I was in Victoria….

I forgot to buy squash again, so didn’t have any for the Salad, but as you can see, I also added some apples, oranges, and towards the end, I also put in some strawberries that I had in the fridge from yesterday! So, you can add whatever you want, really! Last time, I added mangos and raspberries….  I love the splash of the juice from the oranges, and the sweetness from the mangos….. I truly am a fruitaholic! oh, yeah, I had some chia seeds blenderized from yesterday as well, so I threw them in too!

Did you know…. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day.  They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”  Don’t be fooled by the size… these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.  A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1, 2):

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

And never forget…..Fiber also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which is important because keeping your gut bugs well fed is absolutely crucial for health. And it keeps your arteries clean as well!  Dr. Greger on Fiber and Strokes and also check out nutritionfacts.org. This doctor is amazing!!

Don’t forget… Quinoa ….Here is the nutrient breakdown for 1 cup of cooked quinoa, or 185 grams (2):

  • Protein: 8 grams.
  • Fiber: 5 grams.
  • Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 19% of the RDA.
  • Copper: 18% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 15% of the RDA.
  • Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
  • Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
  • Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.

Guten Appetit!  Bon Appetit!  Enjoy!

 

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