Registered Dietitian Nicole Holovach notes that many people are accustomed to hot oatmeal or grits in the morning, but how about trying other whole grains? Quinoa is a high-fiber, high-protein whole grain from South America. It cooks like rice and it cooks faster than many other whole grains. Use it as a substitute for rice, pasta or couscous in your recipes.
Nicole added cherries for their beneficial antioxidants and phytonutrients; extra virgin coconut oil for a flavorful, filling fat; and walnuts for their omega-3 fatty acid content.
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Usually it’s a 2:1 ratio of water:quinoa. Combine water and quinoa, bring to a boil, cook and simmer. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve warm or cold.