Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal - Robyns.World

How good does Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal sound? A perfect breakfast for those cool mornings headed our way. Just imagine holding on to that warm bowl of creamy oatmeal and the comforting, rich scent of cinnamon plus with the burst of brightness from the blueberries and the extra crunch of nutty pecans. Mixing in quinoa with the oatmeal only changes the texture a bit so even the pickiest of eaters probably won’t balk at the change. Make a batch of quinoa up at the beginning of the week, just plain, and add it to things like this yummy oatmeal or other dishes for any meal throughout the week.

This particular recipe comes from MilkPEP and taught me something new, you can use milk instead of water when making oatmeal. I am not sure why I did not already know that but it makes me very happy as it is another way to get more protein into one meal. Using the low-fat (1%) milk in this recipe adds 5 grams of protein to the meal over just using water.

Five Reasons to Love Milk

(Family Features) Did you know milk is one of the most nutrient-rich beverages you can find? And that there are thousands of studies that have documented the benefits of drinking milk? That’s why nutrition experts recommend adults drink 3 servings of milk and milk products a day. Yet, most Americans fall short of the USDA’s recommended daily servings. So, before you think about skipping your milk, here are five reasons to grab a glass.

  1. It’s a Nutrient Powerhouse. No matter your age, it’s hard to get the nutrients you need without milk in your diet. Milk is the top food source for three out of four “nutrients of concern” – nutrients Americans are most lacking – including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. All milk – fat free, low-fat or organic – has 9 essential nutrients, including B vitamins for energy, vitamin A for a healthy immune system plus several bone-building nutrients.
  2. It Ups the Protein Ante in the Morning. While many experts now recommend 25-30 grams of protein at each meal, the average breakfast plate only contains 13 grams. One way to help close the gap is to add an 8-ounce glass of milk to your eggs or Greek yogurt – that adds an extra 8 grams of high-quality protein!
  3. Protein Power for Your Dollar. Milk is one of the best protein bargains for your dollar. For about 25 cents per glass, milk packs 8 grams of protein in every 8-ounce glass. This calculates to around 32 grams of high-quality protein per dollar! That’s a big protein bang for your buck.
  4. It is Not Easily Replaced. It’s hard to get the nutrients you need without real dairy milk in your diet. The truth is, not all non-dairy milks have the same nutrients as real milk so it’s important to know what you are getting in each glass. For instance, dairy milk has 8 times the protein of almond milk and rice milks, which can contain a long list of ingredients, including added sugar, salt and thickeners.
  5. It’s Wholesome, Real and Local. Milk is one of the original farm-to-table foods. Did you know 97 percent of dairy farms are still family-owned and operated? Little handling is done from farm to fridge – and that’s why you can trust the milk you buy at the store is safe and wholesome.

Now the amazing Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal recipe…

Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups low-fat milk (1%)
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tablespoons pecan pieces
  • 2-3 dashes ground cinnamon

Directions

Combine milk and oats and cook according to package instructions to desired creaminess.

Stir in quinoa, blueberries, maple syrup, pecans and cinnamon and serve hot.

Nutrition
376 calories; 17 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 13 mg cholesterol; 13 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 255 mg sodium; 23% calcium. Nutrition figures based on using lowfat milk.

 

Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal - Robyns.World

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Source: MilkPEP