Chocolate Banana Quinoa After Friday's post about breakfast quinoa I got a little crafty in the kitchen. I love chocolate and bananas, so I used the same left over quinoa and mixed in some cacao, sliced banana, with pumpkin seeds and a dash of honey for sweetness. Delicious! Chocolate Banana Breaky  1 cup cooked quinoa, salted 1 ripe organic banana, sliced 1/2 tsp raw cacao 1 tsp raw honey dash vanilla Mix by hand and enjoy the mind-blowing, all good for you breakfast. The magic of real food %&*!

Breakfast Quinoa Remember those little packets of instant hot cereal, I loved those things growing up and by growing up I mean up until a few years ago. Don't talk to me about any flavour except apple cinnamon, maple maybe but apple cinnamon was where it was at. Lots of excitement around breakfast quinoa these days and since I had a shit ton left over from delivery this week and the bros can only eat so much I decided to toss together an easy breaky in memory of those instant packages. Apple Cinnamon Quinoa  1 cup cooked quinoa 1 small apple, grated 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp raw honey (optional) Mix everything together by hand and enjoy! This is so easy, quinoa has about 8g of protein per cup and it keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days so make a big batch. Mix and match fresh and dried fruits or add other flavours like raw cacao, or hemp seeds or chopped nuts. Really whatever is in your cupboard.

photo cred Cat For all you stocking stuffers, here's a fun alternative to candy or gimmicky dollar store items for the holidays. Himalayan Salt - Colour tells you everything. If the salt is white - stay away.  If it's sandy, brownish, gray or pink in colour you should be good. It should list the minerals on the packaging. Local Organic Honey - Raw, unpasteurized and preferably within a 100 miles of your house.  Also said to help ease allergies. Cacao Powder - Spelling is everything, it's cAcAo  not cOacO and make sure the spelling is right in the ingredient list.  The real stuff has amazing health benefits, the other, well, not so much. Try Navitas brand. Hemp Hearts - Great protein alternative and fabulous in smoothies and sprinkled on salads. Manitoba Harvest  and Purity are great brands at a great price. Protein Powder - Sun Warrior is a go-to. 'Tis a pricey item but lasts a very long time. Totally worth it. Stevia sweetener - '0' on the glycemic index (GI) but crazy sweet and all natural. Comes in liquid or powder format. Goji Berries - has 5 times the amount of iron found in spinach and a fab addition to smoothies and salads. Try Navitas brand. Avocado / Hemp / Flax / Coconut  Oil - Coconut is a standard everyday oil, withstands high heat and adds great flavour. The other three are amazing alternatives for dressings, salads and anything that doesn't require cooking.

photo cred Cat A staple that I can't live without is honey.  In my past life I used to consume those yucky artificial sweeteners which do even more yucky things to your body (they actually promote weight gain rather than weight loss). Now it's all about honey, well, in moderation, of course. Did you know that honey doesn't have to be pasteurised? Actually it's better if it's not because pasteurisation kills all the nutrients and live enzymes and slows down the crystallisation process. But yet again, we consumers have been brainwashed by marketers to think that honey can only be clear and runny. 'Tis not so my friends. Do yourself a favour, find a local honey supplier or at least make sure the honey you buy is "unpasteurised" or "raw".  That way if you're going to indulge in some sweet let it do double duty and let it give you an extra bang for your buck.

photo cred Cat Got this great recipe for veggie muffins from Michaela the other day with a 100% guarantee that my eldest child would love them......hummmmmm.  What? They have broccoli in them? Do you know my child? No way, no how would those muffins make it past her lips.  But I'm always up for a challenge and any chance of getting more veg into her is always worth the try. Muffins Mahoo Bowl #1 combine: 2 cups quinoa flour (vitamix raw quinoa into flour) 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt Bowl #2 mix this : 2/3 cup raw honey 1/4 cup org coconut oil 2 org eggs Blend this to make 1/2 cup puree: 1/4 cup apple juice 1 1/2 cups chopped org. broccoli (frozen or fresh) OR 1/2 cup pumpkin puree Combine bowl 1 & 2 & puree to this: 1 to 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas) 1/2 cup grated org carrots 1/4 cup plain org yogurt 1/2 tsp vanilla Bake them @ 350 degree for approx. 25-30 minutes - yields 24 muffins Guess what? She likes them. Oh and I blended it up with extra water for 8 month old. (original recipe based on this)