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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Quinoa & Almond Porridge


I'm totally addicted to porridge, it's without a doubt my favourite breakfast and I even sometimes have it for lunch. However, because of my coeliac I find I don't digest oats that well (they are gluten free but have a similar structure to gluten) so often go for alternatives like buckwheat flakes or millet flakes. Something I've been enjoying recently is quinoa porridge...yes, you can make porridge out of quinoa and it's amazing so don't knock it until you try it!
I've tried a few different variations of quinoa porridge but this recipe I'm going to share with you today for quinoa & almond porridge is the ultimate! It's so mouth-wateringly delicious, beautifully creamy, sweet, satisfying and every mouthful will do your body so much good.


Quinoa is a great way to start the day because it's absolutely loaded with nutrients, will help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced and is good for digestion too. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and although it's often referred to as a grain it's technically a seed, making it brilliant for those with coeliac, digestive issues or people following a more paelo approach to their diet.
This little seed is a real powerhouse of nutrition and it's one of the only vegan whole sources of all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein - this 60g serving will provide you with 8g protein! It also contains a wealth of fibre which is important if you suffer with digestive issues, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The fibre also helps you stay fuller for longer thanks to it's slow release carbohydrates - no getting hangry, yay! Quinoa is also packed full of iron, magnesium, copper and B6.

Quinoa is often used as a substitute for rice but because of it's slightly nutty taste and it's ability to absorb flavours when being cooked I find it works so perfectly in porridge! The little seeds soak up the almond milk, cinnamon, date nectar and almond butter amazingly which results in the most creamy, sweet, nourishing, comforting bowl of goodness for you to enjoy.

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