Quinoa as a perfect breakfast meal is common knowledge. The wholegrain is rich in vital nutrients, belongs to the complex carbs category, and is therefore easily digestible. Not to forget, it’s super tasty too when mixed with milk or a variety of other ingredients. Now imagine if you could enjoy quinoa smoothies every morning? Healthy, filling, and absolutely delicious. Cherry on the top – it’s 100% vegan! A super delightful news if you’re a vegan or have recently turned one.
Here we present the benefits of including quinoa in your meal and also a simple-to-prepare and yummy-licious recipe for vegan quinoa smoothie.
Health Benefits of Quinoa
There are plenty. For starters, quinoa is an extremely protein-rich food grain. This means that adding a bit of quinoa to your daily diet, in this case your morning smoothie, would add tons of nutrition to your everyday life. Besides, quinoa makes for a great whole food substitute to processed protein powders, being naturally rich in protein. These powders may also sometimes contain GMO ingredients. Not to forget, a quinoa smoothie for breakfast can keep you full until lunch time so you needn’t worry about putting on extra calories with frequent snacking.
Perfect Quinoa Smoothie Recipe for Vegans
Quinoa is derived from plants and is therefore a great source of protein for vegans (who don’t rely on animal fat for protein). Here’s how you can include quinoa in your morning breakfast smoothie and add a dash of health to taste for a perfect filling meal.
- Banana – 1 no., peeled and frozen
- Carrot – ¼ cup, grated
- Fresh pineapple – ¼ cup, diced
- Quinoa – ¼ cup, cooked and cooled to room temperature
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger – a pinch of each
- Almond milk – 1 cup, unsweetened (or any alternative cruelty-free milk)
- Ice cubes – 4-5
- Coconut – 1 tbsp., unsweetened, toasted
- Raisins – 2 tsp.
- Walnuts – 2 tsp., chopped and toasted
Step 1: Put banana, carrots, pineapple, quinoa, spices, almond milk, and ice cubes into a blender
Step 2: Blend well until the mixture turns to smooth consistency
Step 3: Pour the smoothie in a glass
Step 4: Garnish with coconut, raisins, and walnuts and Serve chilled
Using Raw Quinoa in Smoothies
Putting raw quinoa in place of the usual is also a great variation to introduce in your quinoa smoothie recipe. If you plan to use raw quinoa, sprouting it first might be a good idea. This is how you can sprout raw quinoa to be used in a smoothie
Step 1: Rinse the raw quinoa well with water. This will help remove the saponin.
Step 2: Place the quinoa in a jar and soak it in water. Cover the jar with a sprouting lid.
Step 3: Allow the quinoa to stay soaked for about 6 hours.
Step 4: Rinse well and drain out the water. You can tilt the jar over a bowl to allow all of the water to drain out.
Step 5: Now keep rinsing and draining out the water every six hours until sprouts get formed in 2-3 days.
Step 6: Once sprouted quinoa is ready, you can follow the same recipe detailed in the above section to create your own raw quinoa smoothie recipe for a healthy and tasty breakfast.
Tips for Making Your Quinoa Protein Shake Even Tastier
A couple of variations to the above recipe can help ensure an even better taste to your quinoa smoothie recipes. Try these out for sure!
- You can add a dash of brewed coffee in the blender along with all the other ingredients, especially if there isn’t enough time for both coffee and breakfast in the morning. A quinoa smoothie with coffee would ensure you a complete meal.
- Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to make your smoothie chocolaty (particular favourite among choco-lovers).
- You can also choose to go for chocolate greens powder such as Barlean’s to add a touch of vegan to the smoothie. In this case, you can do away with the cocoa powder.
Other Gluten-Free Breakfast Shakes to Enjoy
Besides quinoa, there are a number of other ingredients that can make your breakfast smoothie equally nutritious and yummy-licious. Besides, all of these recipes are free of any gluten, which make them an easy go-to shake when you’re short on time for breakfast. Having a glassful of these can ensure a complete meal in itself.
Some examples of gluten-free smoothies or shakes to enjoy for breakfast are:
Minted Blueberry Balsamic Smoothie
Rich in antioxidants, the smoothie gets a fresh taste from the mint and blueberries. And the balsamic vinegar lends it a unique flavour.
Banana Vanilla Orange Smoothie
The very name assures you of all the healthy and fruity flavours to be enjoyed in this shake. An excellent energy-booster after your daily morning workout.
Vegan Mango Smoothie
Yes! Vegan mango Smoothie, tastes great and yet is healthy and filling. Check the delicious recipe here.
Kiwi Super Green Smoothie
Great to keep your digestive system running smooth, this smoothie is good news for vegan lovers too.
Raspberry Colada Smoothie
The refreshingly pink colour that the smoothie gets after being blended is enough to tempt anyone on a hot, tropical day.
Banana Smoothie without Milk
The delicious, nutritious, healthy and quick recipe for a smoothie is a banana smoothie with vegan milk which makes it healthy and cruelty-free. You can check the recipe here.
Smoothies have always been a favorite for breakfast. But with these vegan-friendly recipes, adding quinoa, fruits, and other plant-based ingredients, you’re sure to enjoy a wholesome, excessively healthy yet super-tasty first meal of the day. Go ahead and enjoy your breakfast guilt-free.