Quinoa for breakfast? Why not?  Try something new to start your day.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a gluten-free whole grain that is also a nutrient dense complete plant-based protein, meaning it has all the essential amino acids our bodies need.  Along with protein, quinoa is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals all are which are beneficial for metabolic, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal health.


1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups of milk (low fat dairy or unsweetened plant-based)

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup



In a medium pot, bring the milk to a low boil.

Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Stir in the cinnamon and maple syrup.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition per serving:  123 calories; 6g protein, 20g carbs, 2g fat

Tip: For added flavor, crunch and nutritional value add a teaspoon of hemp seeds, chia seeds or one tablespoon chopped nuts and/or top with berries or a few slices of banana or chopped apple.