I am about to share with you one of my most favourite breakfasts. It is adapted from the My New Roots "coconut black rice breakfast pudding" and it is delicious. Although Sarah's version looks amazing, I am allergic to black rice as it turns out which I discovered when I was making her black rice pudding. So I had to alter her recipe and I think the quinoa is an incredible replacement.
Speaking of quinoa, I am a huge fan. As a plant based eater, I love quinoa because it is a complete protein. What that means is that, like meat, quinoa has all 9 essential amino acids (essential meaning that we cannot make it from another amino acid and therefore must be gotten through our diet). What are amino acids? Amino acids are what make up protein molecules and are essential to the body because the proteins the amino acids form make up our muscles, skin, hair, nails, eyes and organs. They also help us fight off infections and are part of our blood, enzymes and hormones.
If you are trying to get pregnant you need to consume about 90 grams of protein per day which to a plant based eater may seem like a lot. If you shy away from eating meat then amping up your plant protein intake might just be the way to get you pregnant if you haven't had any luck yet. Why do you need more protein to get pregnant? As I mentioned, protein is part of the hormone making process and when we get enough protein our hormones can be in full supply. So how much protein is in quinoa? If you eat about 1 cup of cooked quinoa you are getting about 8 grams of protein. Add a tablespoon of hemp seeds on top and there's another 3-4grams. Lentils are also high in protein, as are eggs, nuts, tempeh and beans. Try to eat some protein at all your meals and snacks and you should be well on your way to fulfilling your protein requirements for optimal fertility.
Soaking your quinoa the night before really cuts down on cooking time in the morning. It also makes it more digestible which means the nutrients in the quinoa are more easily absorbed. If you don't remember to soak your quinoa that's fine too. It will just take a bit longer to cook.
Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free
Adapted from My New Roots "Coconut Black Rice Breakfast Pudding" www.mynewroots.org
-1 cup quinoa, soaked in fresh water overnight
-1/2 cup of water (if not soaking, use 1.5cups water)
-1 can coconut milk
-pinch of salt
-fruits (mandarins, mangoes, papaya, pomegranate, kiwi and passion fruit are all my favourites)
-maple syrup or honey
-plant based milk
1.Rinse soaked quinoa well. Place quinoa in a pot with water, salt, coconut milk and vanilla.
2.Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 25 minutes (or longer for unsoaked quinoa) until the quinoa has absorbed a good portion of the liquid and is creamy and soft. Remove from heat.
3.Spoon into bowls and add desired toppings. Enjoy!
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