Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beginnings

Lately I start out every morning with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in warm water. I've been hearing about this particular tonic for years. Don't know what took me so long to try it. It has the effect of resetting your PH. I'm not sure what that is, but I must say I do feel better. Lighter. Less worrisome. Sleeping better. Less cravings for chocolate and caffeine. Not that I don't thoroughly enjoy chocolate and coffee, I'm just not as needy. 

After the lemon-water, a light breakfast is in order. This morning, quinoia with dates, blueberries, cinnamon and a little 2% milk and a whisper of cane sugar.



Anymore I'm never without a bowl of quinoia in the fridge. My favorite is the organic red. It works for any and every meal of the day.  Obviously great for breakfast; for lunch it makes a super Confetti salad mixed with finely chopped red pepper, onion, corn, black beans with herb dressing; a strong base for any veggie burger dinner; and, although I've yet to try it, I hear it makes a mean Carrot Zucchini bread. 

Did I hear someone mention chocolate earlier. Oh, that was me. Yes, please. But first, let me leave you with my recipe for quinoia. Forget what the box says.



Quinoia

1/4 cup quinoia, well rinsed  and drained in a fine mesh strainer
pinch of sea salt
2 cups water


Add salt and quinoia to boiling water. Lower to a simmer and cover with a tight fitting lid. Simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain. Be careful, it's hot! Put the lid back on and wait another 10 minutes. Perfect quinoia. Makes 2 cups. Serve immediately with whatever or keep covered in the fridge for up to 3 days to use as mentioned.



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