NorCal Homes Healthy Habit: April Edition

NorCal Homes Healthy Habit: April Edition


Breakfast is my most challenging meal, especially on the weekends… and we’re having mimosas… but we’ll save that for another day.

I like to sit down and eat breakfast in the morning before leaving for the office. Should I wake up early and prepare something fresh? Should I pre-make something for each day in advance? Or do I revert to cereal or prepackaged oatmeal? (Honestly, I avoid the latter at all costs.) You don’t have to search very hard to find make-ahead breakfast recipes. Overnight Oats- Check! Chia Seeds- Check! Muffins, eggs in muffin tins, homemade granola bars- check, check, CHECK! But alas, today I found a recipe that spoke to me directly. It’s a Basic Breakfast Quinoa (literally, that’s the name) that is super easy to make and completely customizable. Say you like coconut but your significant other doesn’t, that’s okay, they don’t have to add it. You can load it up with fresh fruit, or you can eat it plain drizzled with a little bit of honey. Really, whatever you’re into, you do you. The only thing you have to do is cook the quinoa in advance, and you can eat from it all week. Or, build-your-own weekend quinoa brunch bar, anyone? 🙂

Basic Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup or more cooked quinoa, warmed
  • ½ to 1 cup milk of choice (almond milk, coconut milk, cows milk)
  • ⅓ cup or more fruit (berries, chopped apple or pear, tropical fruit)
  • Optional add-ons: toasted nuts, apple sauce, coconut flakes, balsamic vinegar, chopped dark chocolate, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Optional sweeteners: honey, real maple syrup, agave nectar, raw sugar, brown sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a bowl, combine warmed quinoa with milk. Top with fruit, add-ons and sweetener of choice. Good morning to you!

More flavor combinations to try:

  • Almond milk, fresh or dried cherries, chopped dark chocolate, maple syrup
  • Almond milk, fresh or defrosted frozen raspberries, toasted almonds
  • Coconut milk, pineapple chunks, chopped and toasted macadamia nuts, coconut flakes
  • Almond milk, chopped pear, toasted pecans (or walnuts), honey
  • Any milk, sliced banana, any toasted nuts
  • Almond or cows milk, chopped peaches or nectarine, dash of cinnamon

Source: Cookie & Kate

EASY, RIGHT?!

In the spirit of Summer, this month’s workout focuses on our mid-sections. My core is definitely the first thing to go when I fall off the fitness wagon, and unfortunately it’s the last thing to “get back on”. These core workouts are simple, and as your strength develops, you can increase your reps and continue to challenge yourself! Check it out 🙂

april workoout

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