Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – This recipe is so healthy, hearty, and delicious. Top it with your favorite fruit and some additional chocolate!
Its Monday evening!
And we are on Day 11 of 2016.
Did you set any resolutions? Did you make any goals for the new year? Have you been sticking to those things? If you began a diet or workout plan are you still hanging in there? Well if not then I am here today to let you know that you still have time to keep those promises that you made to yourself. There is still time to accomplish your goals and get things done and since it is Monday, then you have a brand new work week in which you can start over.
So lets chat about some ways in which you can have a strong week that will set you up and have you on your way to accomplishing your goals for 2016 and they are:
1- Be honest with yourself! If you know that you cannot handle a strict diet in which you have to cut a whole food group out of your diet, then please don’t set yourself up for failure by making this your goal. Small steps can lead to big gains, so instead try incorporating something such as a green smoothie each morning, Meatless Mondays, or having a serving of vegetables with every meal…these are all small changes that can become life long habits. Also if you currently do not workout 1 day a week, then do not say that you will workout 7 days a week…again you are setting yourself up for failure…instead try beginning by promising to have 30 minutes of movement 3 times a week no matter what.
2- Write out your goals! These do not have to be anything fancy…just put it on a post-it note and stick that on your bathroom mirror so that you will see them everyday and they will serve as a remind of the place that you are trying to get to.
3- Set yourself up for success! If you know that having a workout partner will help keep you accountable to working out…then pick a friend that has already established a workout routine and ask if you can join them on their workouts. If you want to cook more healthy dishes, then invest in a new cookbook or learn how to make healthy alternatives of your already favorite dishes.
Remember there is still time! You can do it…just make small changes instead of having a total overhaul all at once…Mmmmkay 😉
Be sure to give this recipe for a chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl a try!
Yields: 2 to 3 servings
- 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
- 2 cups almond milk, plus more for serving
- pinch of sea salt
- 2-3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 squares (vegan) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- sliced banana
- chia seeds
Thoroughly rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for 2 minutes, using your hands to sort through and pick out any discolored pieces or pebbles that may remain.
Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and once hot add in the quinoa and toast for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid has be absorbed and the quinoa is dried out and toasty.
Slowly add in the almond milk, a pinch of salt, coconut sugar, and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. If it stops simmering, increase heat to medium-low. Once the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder, and vanilla until combined. At this point you can taste and adjust the flavor as needed and add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner texture.
Serve each bowl of chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl with a small square of vegan dark chocolate, fresh berries, sliced banana, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
*recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker