Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, I’d like to stress the fact that my breakfasts always always always have to be filling. It’s the only way I can get through till lunch. Now, I LOVE snacking and that’s one thing that I think is stopping me from losing weight, or rather, losing the extra few pounds that I want. So to stop my snacking addiction, I try to fill myself up as much as I can for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (but I will let you know when if it works ;D )
Here is a very healthy breakfast option that’s not only going to keep you full till lunch, but also going to put a smile on your face early in the morning – because seriously, who doesn’t love anything apple cinnamon-ized?!
Now first thing’s first! Take 1 tbsp of Chia seeds and soak it in about 1/3 cup of water overnight in the fridge and make sure to give it a good shake!
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds are a well-known superfood known to contain a ton of Omega3 Fatty Acids and keep you full longer. This tiny seed expands as it is soaked in liquid, is packed with antioxidants and fiber.
1 scoop Protein Powder (of your choice)
I used Visalus because it’s lactose free, gluten free, non GMO and soy based, and only has 90 calories per heaping scoop.
1/2 cup Quinoa (cooked)
Another superfood that’s widely known to replace any sort of white-grain! I prefer quinoa over steel cut oats or whole oats just because of the superiority of quinoa in fiber content, protein quantity and quality. Each cup of cooked quinoa has almost 50% more grams of protein compared to a cup of cooked oatmeal.
Water (eyeball it)
What can I say about water, you need it, it’s hydrating, boosts metabolism and it’s just an essential part of life!
1/2 Apple (thinly sliced or roughly chopped)
Apples in the morning is great for detoxification and keeping you stomach rolling #tmi #nomsayin. Juice it with a head of ginger and you have yourself a detox drink that will work wonders.
1 tsp Cinnamon (or eye ball it!)
This is my little cheat flavour enhancer! Anytime I’m craving something more sugary like when I’m having a plain greek yogurt or banana nice cream and I need a little ooh, cinnamon is always there to boost the flavour without adding all the bad stuff. It an extremely useful ingredient to boost metabolism and give you all the needed antioxidants.
a sprinkle of Sunflower seeds (optional) – this one’s a good source of healthy fats and I’m just personally addicted to it
If you haven’t already, cook the quinoa in water. This should take you about 10 minutes. Then cool it while you prepare the other stuff! It’s really up to your own preference but you can prepare the bulk of this meal the night before. Personally, I love fresh hot quinoa (like really steaming hot!) so I like to soak the chia seeds in water the night before and cook the quinoa in the morning.
Take out your chia pudding from the fridge and add in the protein powder. Mix them very well and slowly add the entire mixture to a bowl of hot quinoa (feel free to add some more water as desired)
Top everything with your apples (or arrange them nicely for that Insta-worthy photo) and sprinkle the sunflower seeds and cinnamon on top! TAA DAAA! you are done!
Enjoy and have a great day!