Bridget's Energy Packed Breakfast*
(*B.E.P.B.) For Athletes - Quinoa/Couscous Cereal, My Way!
- 1½ cups unsweetened apple juice
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup quinoa
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons dried blueberries
- 2 tablespoons dried chopped apricots
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ cup couscous
- ¼ cup soy milk (or nonfat milk)
Bring apple juice and water to simmer over medium heat. Rinse and drain quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add the quinoa and toast, stirring constantly, until grains begin popping, 2-3 minutes.
Stir in couscous, remove from heat, and cover with a lid. Let stand until couscous has absorbed the liquid and is fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Stir in milk and serve.
Nutrition Info & Serving Tips:
- 184 calories (kcals)
- 1 gram fat (0 grams saturated fats)
- 40 grams carbs
- 4 grams protein
- 2.5 grams fiber
Serves 6 (½ cup servings).
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Oh, and you can further add 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts to top it off with some important good fats - all totaling only 301 calories and you'll be wanting it for every breakfast. Say goodbye for awhile to boring oatmeal - here is something much more nutritious and delicious!
You can also tweak this cereal to your diet depending upon how you are training and where and what your caloric and nutritional needs are, by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder to it instead of the nuts, fruit, or simply add it, too.
I enjoy both strawberry and vanilla-flavored proteins mixed in with my vanilla soy milk. This combination is a perfect meal after an intense weightlifting session especially if you are putting on some muscle! If you're an athlete and try this recipe, let me know how you like it!
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