Blueberry Quinoa Porridge and Green Juice #1

Paleo – serves 2

There is much discussion as to whether Quinoa is paleo. Quinoa is in fact a seed, however is more generally classified a ‘pseudo grain’ given it possesses some of the potentially harmful characteristics of grains. Much of the debate surrounds the fact that a) quinoa contains saponins, lectins and other anti-nutrients which can be harmful to the digestive system, and b) the high degree of processing which is required to consume (especially to get it to quinoa flakes which I have used today). Quinoa is also relatively high in carbohydrates, so if you are eating paleo to lose weight then I would avoid quinoa. As a rule of thumb, I don’t eat quinoa often, however I also stand by the fact that you need to have some flexibility to try new things (which are on the cusp of being paleo) and sometimes we need to do what our bodies are telling us – and my body is telling me I need a kick start in my digestive system before starting back at work tomorrow – and this combination of quinoa porridge and green juice is just the thing to do that, and is far better and more natural than any juice cleanse, lemon detox diet, magic pill or laxative.

Blueberry Quinoa Porridge

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk (extra to serve) – you can use coconut milk if you prefer
  • 3/4 cup organic quinoa flakes (white or red)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries (be very careful which frozen berries you buy as recent research has shown a high amount of pesticides in a lot of the normal “Sara Lee” etc brands)
  • To serve – coconut flakes and fresh blueberries

Method

  • In a small saucepan, heat almond milk, cinnamon and coconut sugar on medium heat
  • Add quinoa flakes and stir continuously for approx 5 minutes. Add blueberries in the last 2 minutes, and stir to combine. If the porridge starts to look too dry, or bubble too much, turn down the heat and add some extra almond milk or water
  • Serve with coconut flakes, blueberries, and some extra cold or warm almond milk

Green Juice #1

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 1/2 bunch spinach
  • 1/4 cup coconut water

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