Snack Face

It’s been a snack-fest kind of day. Actually, I haven’t even eaten a real “meal” yet, but I’ve been full all day long thanks to an array of Friday snack time fun. Here’s a little look at a few of today’s consumed items.
Breakfast Quinoa– Actually…this could be eaten at any time of day. I usually make quinoa with dinner or in a salad, so this was a nice change. It’s also a nice diversion from hot oatmeal (my breakfast staple). Lots more protein, too!
I’ve included the recipe at the bottom of this post :) 

Kiwis– slice, scoop, easy.

Veggie Chips– Beets, Parsnips, Carrots, Sweet Potatos. Listen, there’s no dodging chip-o’clock on a Friday.
Apple Slices w/ Natural Peanut Butter– sprinkled with psyllium, chia seeds, and a few chocolate chips for good measure. Favourite new snack this week. Yum!

Cucumber Toast– sliced english cucumber on whole grain toast, plain cream cheese, ground pepper to taste.

I also had a whey protein smoothie which was delish and downed before I even thought to take a photo. To be honest, I actually find eating something small every 3 hours or so to leave me fuller and with more energy to last throughout the day!

Well, I’m off to begin my Friday night. Dinner of some sort and then do something wild and crazy to ring in the weekend. And by wild and crazy, I probably mean renting a movie and eating a bowl of chocolate ice cream 😉

Breakfast Quinoa
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • Quinoa (rinsed, drained, uncooked)- 1/2 cup
  • Milk (of choice)- 1 cup
  • Cinnamon- 1 tsp
  • Brown Sugar- 1 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract- 1/2 tsp
  • Chia Seeds- 2 tsp
  • Natural Peanut Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Raisins- 3 tbsp

Instructions
1. Bring milk and quinoa to a boil. Reduce immediately to a simmer. Make sure to keep a close eye on stovetop and stir frequently (throughout the entire time on stove).
2. Add cinnamon and vanilla. 

3. When quinoa mixture has become thick and all milk has been absorbed (takes 10-15 minutes), add brown sugar. Stir and remove from heat. 
4. Mix in chia seeds, peanut butter, and raisins. (I only used 1/2 of these 3 ingredient amounts and stirred directly into my bowl. I saved the other half of the quinoa in the fridge for tomorrow)




5. Separate mixture into two bowls, and enjoy! It doesn’t look like a lot, but it’s super filling!

9 Thoughts on “Snack Face

  1. Those apple slices are gorgeous!! YUM to this quinoa too!

  2. All your food looks so good. I'm coming to your house 😉 I've never tried that savoury toast combo but it looks pretty darn good!

    A movie and ice-cream sounds perfect!

  3. I have never thought of making breakfast quinoa. Being a quinoa junkie this recipe just got added to a must try list. :) I love what you have done with the apple slices, genius idea for snack.

  4. Martha on January 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm said:

    Hey Kel! Do you have a particular quinoa brand/type that you would recommend for the breakfast quinoa? Would love to know! thanks :)

  5. Both are highly recommended!! :)
    I definitely preferred this breakfast quinoa recipe immediately after making it (as opposed to the leftovers I ate the next morning), but it was tasty regardless! It's just a nice and different way to add protein to breakfast.

  6. I actually don't have a particular brand that is my “go-to”, especially since most of the products here in Australia are much different than other parts of the world! For plain quinoa like the stuff I used here, I do recommend buying in bulk instead of the small packages- way more bang for your buck (Costco sells big tubs). I prefer white over black in terms of the taste :) For me, all comes down to the spices, etc, you add to it- these possibilities are endless!

  7. I will be trying that quinoa recipe for sure, sometimes I get really tired of oatmeal and that sounds great. Love the apple/pb/chocolate chips idea…what a great snack!

  8. Although oatmeal and I have a life-long relationship together, I agree that it's good to change things up. You'll have to try it for sure.
    The apple snack is great, and you can add the extra seeds/grains for extra benefits! I've eaten it twice since uploading this post 😉

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