It’s cold out there, people, and that sad, soggy bowl of cornflakes just isn’t cutting it. Yoga and Ayurveda enthusiast Nadya Andreeva, the lovely gal behind Spinach & Yoga and contributor to Modern Hippie Mag, shares with us this perfect winter breakfast: warm quinoa with fruit and nuts. Soak the quinoa, almonds and dried fruit overnight for a quickie morning breakfast (and easier digestibility) and you won’t miss a beat.
Nadya’s Warm Quinoa with Fruit and Nuts
3/4 – 1 c. quinoa (soaked overnight)
3 sulfur-free Turkish apricots (soaked and cut up in small pieces)
A handful of goji berries, raisins, or dried blueberries (soaked overnight)
10 almonds (soaked over night)
1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 tsp. coconut oil or ghee
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
A drop of organic vanilla
Put everything in a container and pour boiling water over the mixture. Simmer for 10-15 min. or until quinoa is soft. Serve with a splash of almond milk.
NADYA’S NOTES: The benefit of soaking dried berries and almonds overnight is increased digestability. Dried fruits and nuts can be pretty heavy and difficult to break down first thing in the morning. Soaking and cooking them makes them moist, plump, and nourishing for all body tissues according to Ayurveda. All the spices help kindle digestive fire and wake up the digestive system after a night of sleep. Ghee makes all the nutrients easier to absorb and adds richness to the dish. I love ghee and you will too once you try it!