Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To some; chowing down first thing in the morning, when trying to reach or maintain a healthy weight, may seem counter intuitive. Logically it can reasoned that by skipping breakfast you are able to cut calories. In a mathematical equation with controlled variable the reasoning make sense, however our bodies mechanics are so complex that any and logic is lost emotion.
We actually need calories first thing in the morning to rev up our metabolism. When we skip a meal, our bodies go into starvation mode. When I skip a meal my body temperature cools and I get irritable. Not eating breakfast can slow down the metabolism by as much as 40%. Mornings are a rush, and I know that finding time to gulp down anything more than coffee can seem impossible. Before bed on Sunday night, (or any day of the week) I'll put my slow cooker on and wake up to a delicious protein rich breakfast.
Creamy Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
1 cup organic vanilla soy milk
1 cup water
1 cup organic quinoa, (rinsed)
1 can pureed farmers market butternut squash
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries,
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 tbsp orange zest
4 tsp organic agave nectar
Salt to taste
Lightly oil the crock pot, and combine all ingredients. Stir well. Set the Slow cooker to low, and cook overnight for 8 hours.
Enjoy warm, with a big mug of coffee or tea!