Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, and Cassandra from Powered By Bling, to create awesome healthy recipes each week! Today’s theme = Berry Hot Breakfasts! Make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! (I’m also linking up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday!)
But first, I’m going to derail
really quick and talk about last Friday!
One of the boxes contained my copy of The Healthy Mind Cookbook, and the other was a sampling of Oatmega bars & a package of Al Dente pasta + marinara sauce! (Thanks, Amanda!)
Earlier in the week, I had a conversation with my brother over Viber. (He’s nocturnal and I’m being forced to be a morning person, hence how this conversation was able to take place.)
My brother is the only family member who knows of & reads my blog. He happened to see Susie’s comment on my post on the 5 Things A Healthy & Functional Relationship Needs and found it hilarious (and true), so he sent me treats to enjoy! 😀 Twas super nice of him! Thanks, Sam! <3 (Now I just need to not eat the entire box in one sitting, because you know it’s entirely possible for me.)
The really ginormous package was from Ricardo! I haven’t been able to get to the gym lately because it’s always closed by the time I’m out of the hospital (or it’s closed because of the snowpocalypse). I got a bike early last year so I could explore wild & wonderful West Virginia (hooray for the Greenbrier River Trail!), but my biking buddy developed a crush on me and I didn’t want to lead him on, boards study hibernation happened, and the hill I currently live on spits out onto the highway.
Needless to say, my bike has been chillin’ on my balcony for the longest time, cold and sad and forgotten. :'( Lack of a gym makes for a very grumpy Farrah, so he sent me…a stationary bike converter (affiliate link)! :O!!! (Thank you so much!!!) This sucker is seriously an awesome find that my friend Chris discovered on Amazon back when we were both lamenting our winter laziness. (He is in Florida, so I feel like he has no right, but live and let live, right?)
The reviews stated that setting this up was super, super easy. While it did not take me the 7 minutes that the 67-year-old grandma (she must be more technologically-inclined), it really was frighteningly simple to put this together. It took me a little over 10 minutes, mostly because I was paranoid and a little annoyed at the terrible grammar on the instruction manual. It comes with all the tools you’d need to set it up!I’m so glad for awesome inventions. 😀 My neighbor had something like this too, but he’s a hardcore cyclist, so I initially thought they were made only for super-fancy schmancy bikes. Apparently, I was all sorts of wrong! This works even on my super-cheap mountain bike from Walmart! :O I’ll probably post an actual review for this after I’ve used it for more than just a couple days. :] I initially had it hanging out in my living room, but decided it took up too much room there, so I moved it to my study area and it is now my “desk” chair! (My “desk” is actually 2 ginormous storage bins stacked on top of one another because I see no point in buying furniture when I have to move again in under 6 months.)
And…my stationary bike “desk” was actually lovingly fashioned together by way of a laptop stand and a pair of SweatPink shoelaces. <3
Alright now, back to the matter at hand!
This week’s theme is in honor of the fact that February is apparently National Berry Fresh Month! I’ve technically made a variation of this long, long ago, but figured an update wouldn’t hurt! (I threw so much fruit in here that it’s basically a different recipe. Right? Right.) You can cook this all over the stove, or start with ready-made quinoa like I did!
(When I’m not being completely lazy, I like to have a tupperware of cooked quinoa so that I’ll always have something on hand to bulk up recipes that I want more protein in. You can also freeze cooked quinoa!
“Completely lazy” is really actually an understatement, because I make quinoa in my rice cooker (affiliate link). If you happen to own one, the ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 1.5-2 cups of water. Just dump it in and press the start button! It’s glorious. Honestly, you could probably make this whole thing in a rice cooker, but it wouldn’t make for very pretty food photography, so…next time!
This recipe is veryyyy loosely adapted from Sarah @ A Whisk & Two Wands and Jess @ North & South Nomads! As with a lot of my other recipes, this is highly adaptable, and mine was made using lots of freezer-burned frozen fruits (yeah, I know, horrible :[ ).
This super-awesome breakfast bowl can be enjoyed either cold or hot, but I’m currently still a huge advocate of hot because having something cold in the morning would freeze away what little is left of my soul. :O Feel free to go to town with the toppings: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, flax seed, hemp hearts, cinnamon, flax seed, chia seeds…the sky’s the limit! :]
Fruity Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 persimmon, diced
- 1-2 tbsp dried cranberries
- frozen strawberries
- frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup your choice of milk
- 1-2 tsp dried unsweetened coconut flakes
- Add the quinoa, milk and fruits into a bowl.
- If desired, microwave for 2-3 minutes.
- Top with shredded coconut, and consume!
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