The Health Makeover Clean Eating Challenge – Quinoa for Breakfast!

What is the Clean Diet Challenge?

I always get emails from readers and friends looking for guidance on how they can clean up their diets, eat healthier, and/or lose weight. What I don’t highlight often on this site is that I was a size 14/16 and went to a size 2 in a matter of months. I balanced out and I’d say a comfortable 6 (during the summer a 4 since my diet tends to go lighter).

For the next month until mid July, every Monday and Wednesday (sometimes Friday), I will post a new alternative you can add to your diet as part of the Makeover and Challenge. There is no better time then the present right? I will focus solely on plant-based alternatives as I believe that was a main component in my weight loss.

The purpose is to minimize the amount of processed foods your eating and to introduce healthier, alternatives that don’t diminish your enjoyment, but enhance! I love food so I refuse to steer you into a world of flavorlessness. You don’t have to do everything, but I challenge you to make a committed effort to step outside your comfort zone, and try something different. And leave comments below; tell me how you like or don’t like what you tried. Then join me every Thursday at 9pm est on twitter at #wmnhealth to ask any questions you may have or give others suggestions on how what you tried/prepared worked for you! Support is always a huge asset when making life adjustments.

Today’s Alternative:

Quinoa for Breakfast – Plantain Quinoa Cereal/Porridge

Why Quinoa?
Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it is high in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. Read about all the benefits of quinoa in 6 Foods You Should Add to Your Diet for Weight Loss.

What I like about this am dish is that is doesn’t need too much sweetener because sweetness is provided by the plantains.

ingredients :: all ingredients organic unless noted otherwise
Makes 2 Servings

1 cup water
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 TB cane sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 ripe plantain (diced)
pinch of salt
1 TB chia seeds

Bring water, almond milk and quinoa to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 10 minutes. Add cinnamon, pinch of salt, sugar, and plantains. Stir and continue to cook for 15 minutes.

Serve in a bowl warm. Top with chia seeds and additional almond milk and a bit of sugar or agave if needed. You can also add a tablespoon of hemp seeds for more protein.


YGL staff