We're all trying to eat healthier this New Year and nothing kicks off a good eating habit right like a great breakfast. Eating breakfast is one of the best ways to keep your appetite from taking over during the day. Some healthy eating experts refer to this as, "controlling the elephant." We've all been there though, skipping breakfast because we think there isn't time, and then being tied up in meetings, work, or the many distractions of life. Suddenly it's the early afternoon and we haven't had anything to eat but a granola bar that we grabbed in the office break room. Now your "elephant" is rampant, angry and taking over. The hunger is bad enough that while you are driving home you break all the rules and hit a drive-thru for a greasy burger and fries. Guilt. Shame. That feeling of weakness at not making a good choice. We get it.
Now, imagine you had taken a few minutes in the morning to grab and eat one of the grain bowls you had prepared ahead of time. The whole grain protein and fiber from the quinoa along with the added fruit have kept your blood sugar levels normal and the hunger at bay. Come afternoon, you are a little hungry, but you aren't "hangry". The "elephant" is under control. You make a healthy choice for dinner and feel so empowered by your choices.
Taking a few minutes early in the week to prepare meals ahead of time is one of the best ways to stay on track with your goals, and these grain bowls are amazing! They are good for up to 7 days in the fridge, so you can make them on Sunday and have them ready for eating all week long. They are vegan, low sugar and loaded with fiber to help keep you full for hours and able to face all your challenges of the day. Meet your new best friend, quinoa.
The genius of these bowls is cooking a batch of quinoa and creating the flavorful base for the bowls then adding different flavors on-top of the grain individual servings. This consolidates your time and effort while keeping one from getting bored by just one flavor of breakfast all week long. We've included two flavor base recipes. One is for a caramel pecan quinoa and one is for a chocolate caramel quinoa.