Everyone’s heard of using the popular super food, quinoa, as a substitute for rice, cereal, and a hearty protein addition in salads. But, has anyone heard of a Quinoa drink? Having a Peruvian background, I’ve grown up drinking this morning booster for breakfast everyday and now I’m sharing it with you.
A Little History Lesson
The Incans of the Andes Mountains in Peru knew the benefits of quinoa for centuries. In fact, it’s supposed to be the “the gold of the Incas,” of course, beside their actual gold. It was cherished by the Incan people so much that many years later, an archeologist found remnants of quinoa in a tomb. Fast forward to present day Peruvian culture, it’s an essential part of an individual’s life. What milk is to Americans, and what spinach is to Popeye, quinoa is the fundamental ingredient for a Peruvian child to be strong, agile and healthy. I know that while I was growing up, I could not get past the first sip of this drink–and not because it’s not tasty–but because the consistency is quite unique. The drink is smooth because the oats and quinoa sink to the bottom of the mug, while the water floats to the top. It will also depend on how much sweetener you prefer.
Now that I’m older and understand the benefits, I feel fuller faster and my body just feels better. Drinking this quinoa morning booster won’t make you drowsy or sleepy like a normal breakfast filled with carbs, it makes you satisfied and energized.
Quinoa has been labeled the “super grain of the future” by Forbes. Why? It contains iron, twice as much fiber than other grains, it’s rich in magnesium, protein and manganese. What this breaks down to is that your metabolism will increase, your migraines will alleviate, aids in constipation and it’s the perfect alternative for people who are allergic to gluten or vegans for a protein boost. It also assists in complete body detoxification (you know what I mean) 3x more than it’s popular counterparts because of the fiber content.
It is said that the consumption of oats can improve your health by reducing the risk of asthma and type 2 diabetes. A few key elements are an improvement in insulin, an increase in satiety (hunger control), and an overall enhancement on other nutrients in your meals. Basically, quinoa and oats can both make you feel fuller with just a small intake, meaning your portion control is exercised throughout other meals in the day.
Maca is a newly sought out super food in western culture for numerous reasons. It has become widely popular among individuals who want to increase their energy and libido (and ladies, it also help with PMS). If you’re hitting the pre-menopausal stage in your life, then you’re body is beginning to yearn for more vitamins… from vitamins B, C, E, calcium, zinc, and iron, this super power food has you covered.
2 ½ cups of water
1 small stick of cinnamon
1 tsp maca
1 tbsp oats
2 tbsp quinoa
Optional sugar/honey to taste
- Boil the water with the cinnamon in a medium sized pot
- Add the maca, oats and the quinoa into the boiling water
- Let it cook at medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes
- Taste for preferred flavor and optional addition of sugar/honey (off-heat)