Chai Quinoa Protein Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients

1 cup – pre-rinsed uncooked quinoa
2 cups – milk
1 – egg white
1 1/2 tablespoons – brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon – pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon – ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon – ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon – ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon – nutmeg
2 dashes – ground cloves
Shredded or flaked coconut for garnish (optional)
Almond slivers for garnish (optional)
Pair each serving with:
8-ounce glass of milk

When you want to get more protein at breakfast, try a breakfast bowl with quinoa. The goodness of chai quinoa protein, when paired with a glass of milk, gets 30 grams of protein at breakfast, which many experts now recommend as a great way to jumpstart your nutrition in the morning.

Makes two 1 3/4 cup servings

Directions

Bring 2 cups of milk to a full simmer in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, return to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cover, leaving a tiny crack for steam to escape, and simmer until about two-thirds of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in egg white, brown sugar, vanilla and spices. Return pan to stove, covering again with a tiny crack for steam to escape, and continue to cook on low until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Serve with remaining 8-ounce glass of milk and garnish with coconut flakes and almond slivers if desired.

Recipe and photo by Elle Penner of According to Elle

 

Nutrition

520 calories; 6 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 30 g protein; 86 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 240 mg sodium; 650 mg calcium (60% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk, and include an 8-ounce glass of milk.