Autumn is definitely here and so are warm breakfasts in my house. This cacao quinoa porridge is a really simple quick and easy and very nutritious breakfast that will set you up for the day. Make sure to save I cup of cooked quinoa from the night before and then your hot breakfast will be ready in no time if you have a busy day ahead of you.

Eating protein with every meal is super important because amino acids are the building block to our entire body, from tissues and muscles to hormones.  Quinoa is a highly nutritious food and a fantastic vegetarian source of protein containing all 9 essential amino acids (essential because our body can not produce them). As well as being gluten free it is also loaded with fibre, iron, magnsium, phosphorus, manganese and potassium.

Cacao is a stimulant so the morning is the best time of the day to include it in your diet. Raw Cacao is loaded with antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium, B vitamins and fibre, regarded as a super food by the South American civilizations where it originated. This powerhouse combination of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins can support healthy heart function, as well as boosting memory and brain function, increase energy levels and reduce inflammation. Raw cacao raises serotonin levels in the brain which act as an anti-depressant and mood enhancer, great at this time of year when we don’t have much sunlight and many experience symptoms of SAD.

Pears are a lovely autumn fruit, and if you can get them from a local farm all the better. They are one of the most easy to digest fruit around, while the the fruit (the skin in particular) offers some highly beneficial anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

Cacao Quinoa Porridge

Cacao Quinoa Porridge 2

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 heaped tsp raw cacao
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tsp coconut sugar (adjust to taste)

Please all ingredients in a pan and heat through for 10 minutes.  Pour into a serving bowl and top with pear slices and flaked almonds. Add more milk if needed.

ENJOY!

Further Reading
http://www.livescience.com/50400-quinoa-nutrition-facts.html
http://www.thesuperfoods.net/cacao/cacao-nutritional-facts
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=28