Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Now that we’re well into the second half of the year, how have your New Year’s resolutions gone? My plan to read more at night has already died a quick death, but I’m proud to say that my ambition to be a lot more ambitious with my cooking is still going strong after seven months!
From making my own kimchi to vegan linguine, I’ve made quite an eclectic (by my low standards) mix of dishes. Not only this, but it’s put a lot of the fun back into cooking, and I now get so excited by the thought of discovering a new recipe and ripping into it in the kitchen.
One thing I’ve tried to do as part of this is to make sure I eat properly first thing in the morning, especially with protein intake to help me feel full. Enter the quinoa and berry smoothie.
OK, OK… I know what you’re thinking: “What? Quinoa in a smoothie?!”. But bear with me, with a little work you absolutely can pull it off and guess what… it’s delicious.
I’m sure I don’t need to bore you with all the details around quinoa being a superfood, but too often it’s only associated with salads and therefore thought of as being a bit dull. It’s time we got creative with it then, isn’t it?
This smoothie is a protein packed blend, made with quinoa, soy yogurt, strawberries, and blueberries. Given its contents, it is quite thick but still,goes down a treat. Also, it goes without saying that this is off-the-charts healthy and will keep you going until lunch!
The important thing to remember when making this is that due to the added heft of the berries and quinoa, it will need blending for longer than your typical smoothie. I’d add an extra minute, but do taste it before serving just to be extra sure.
Serves: 2 people
You will need: 1 cup almond milk
½ cup soy yogurt
1 frozen banana, sliced
8oz mixed frozen berries (I’ve gone for strawberries and blueberries, but feel free to experiment!)
½ cup cooked quinoa, drained
½ tsp maple syrup (more if you like it particularly sweet)
I really wish here I could write a long, clever-looking method for bringing all of this together, but it really is as simple as throwing it all in the blender and going nuts. As I say, it’ll take a bit more time to break down the berries and quinoa, but it’s worth the little extra effort.