Quinoa enhanced smoothie

Forever improving.  That’s the goal right?  We can’t expect to be perfect, well I guess some people try.  But my goal is constant self improvement.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this picture.

20140805_180033This post was the beginning of the self improvement of my recent Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie.  Remember that one?  Have you tried it yet?  That smoothie is fantastic, my favorite actually, it has been my regular daily go to for breakfast.  Today however, I had a meeting from 11am-1:30pm, so I knew I was going to have lunch later than I normally like, and I knew I was going to be HUNGRY!  So the solution, beef up my morning smoothie a bit!

Now, for a normal day, this smoothie is perfect and filling for me!  But if you have one of those days ahead of you, you know, those days?  Then you should bulk up your smoothie a bit, and this is a perfect way to do it!

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Step 1: The day/night before, To a glass add 2 tablespoons of dried, uncooked quinoa and 1 cup of almond milk.

Step 2: In the morning, pour almond milk, quinoa combo into blender along with regular smoothie ingredients.  Blend away!  The only trick is make sure you blend long enough to make sure quinoa is fully broken down.  No one like a chunky smoothie!  You also need a pretty good blender!  Here’s the one I use, and it works great! Blends everything together perfectly without being too expensive.  I’m talking to you Vitamix!

Need a great smoothie recipe?  Glad you asked!

Salted Caramel Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate-y Protein Breakfast Smoothie

Step 3: Add 80 calories to smoothie’s current count.

Step 4: Drink and be happy!

Why Quinoa?  As many people now know, Quinoa is a great, non-processed, protein rich grain.  Because of it’s protein and fiber content, it really boosts the “full” factor of your smoothie.  If you don’t have quinoa however, whole oats makes a great substitution!

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