Chocolat Quinoa breakfast bowl

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Healthy snacks, Post Workout, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Here is a delicious and simple chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl that I love making lately. It’s my new favourite breakfast. Sweetened naturally with maple syrup and made with a rich coconut milk and organic cocoa powder! Not only healthy, tasty but also high in protein.

Quinoa also contains 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles. It also contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. 1 cup of cooked quinoa has 2.8mg of iron, which is 15% of your daily value. Here is another great benefit about quinoa. It is high in Manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can coconut milk (2 cups)
  • pinch himalayan salt
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Toppings (Optional)
  • Mixed berries
  • Sliced banana
  • Hemp seeds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Pieces of vegan chocolate
Directions:
  1. Rinse quinoa in a strainer.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed, drained quinoa and toast for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, to dry up water and slightly toast.
  3. Add the coconut milk, and a pinch of salt, and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the milk is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir to combine.

Enjoy!

XO

Alex

 

Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan

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Serves 3-4 for breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. each raw sugar and baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbsp egg replacer
  • 4 tbsp of warm water
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, blend together oats and milk and let stand 5 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together white flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

3. Mix the egg replacer to warm water

3. To the oat mixture, add the egg replacer mixture, applesauce, and the large bowl of dry ingredients.

4. To make pancakes, use approximately . cup batter per pancake. Cook over medium-high heat on a grill or lightly oiled frying pan.

5. Serve with applesauce or maple syrup.

 

Fun variations:

  • Drizzle warmed up blueberries and raspberries. It’s so pretty and delicious.
  • Sprinkle shaved coconut on top.
  • Fold in 1 cup frozen blueberries at step three. Fresh berries are extremely fragile and usually break when being mixed into a batter.
  • Add 1 cup chocolate chips at step 3.
  • Serve with a mound of fresh fruit.
  • While it’s still hot, spread each pancake with natural peanut butter and let it melt and get oozy. Top with sliced bananas and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
  • Make a sandwich using pancakes. Try almond butter and jam, kids will love it.

 

Notes:

  • There are many ways you can substitute eggs if you do not wish to use egg replacer. You can also replace with applesauce or replace it with flax egg. To replace 2 eggs, you would need to  by mix 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 2.5 tbsp water.
  • To make a gluten-free version, simply substitute the whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour by a gluten-free flour.
  • Also for gluten-free version, simply use gluten-free oats.
  • You can replace the raw sugar with coconut sugar or xylitol. Or you don’t have to add sugar at all.

 

Enjoy!

XO

Alex

Soaked Oats

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Post Workout, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Here is the perfect post workout breakfast!

  • 1 cup of old fashion oatmeal
  • 3 cups of coconut milk
  • 3 dates,
  • 1/2 cup of overnight soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup of steel cut oat
  • banana
  • strawberries
  • cocoa nibs
  • shredded coconut
  • Jal Gua Superfood

Transfer everything to the blender for 1 minute. Add the steel cut oats and let it soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, simply add chopped strawberries, sliced banana, mixed nuts and cacao nibs, Jal Gua powder and shredded coconut. That makes a perfect delicious healthy breakfast after an intense workout.

XO

Alex

Jal Gua Fire Balls

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Healthy snacks, Vegetarian

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These are the Jal Gua Fire Balls. You may have seen these in many of my Instagram posts. I also call these my miracle energy balls, made from this Golden superfood aka Jal Gua. I have been making these since I first discovered Jal Gua and I always try to keep some in my fridge. These are great to have when you run out the door in the morning and don’t have time to make breakfast, before or after a workout or just as a healthy treat. But I am warning you, they are addictive! And they kids will love them.

And what I also like is that you can add just about anything you like in or on them. You can even pick another nut butter instead if you prefer cashew butter for example. I added Goji berries on some of them, hemp hearts and coconut. I have mentioned it many times already but if you don’t have Jal Gua, get some and it will change your life, especially if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. Jal Gua is made of only two ingredients, Sorghum and Moringua. High in Iron and excellent source of Vitamin A. It’s organic and gluten free. It promotes healthy digestion, rich in vitamin and mineral, regulate calcium levels, boost immune system, support metabolism, cholesterol management, high in antioxidant and rich in fiber.

  • 2 tablespoons of Jal Gua
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons of honey or maple sirop (for a vegan version)

Mix very well. After mixing, use your hands to make round balls or a shape that you desire

Serves two

XO

Alex

 

Nut Cocoa Smoothie

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Smoothie, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Sometimes we are just in a hurry in the morning but I believe it is super important not to skip any meals and to make time, especially for breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Not only to get your strength and give your body enough energy to go on with your day but morning is also what sets the tone to your day. Starting your day with meditation, writing down your objectives for the day,  getting your body moving and with food (good food) is what will help set a happy, positive vibe for your day. Take the time to eat healthy, even when you don’t have the time. 🙂

You will notice also that I use Jalgua superfood often. Get some and it will change your life, especially if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. Jal Gua is made of only two ingredients, Sorghum and Moringua. High in Iron and excellent source of Vitamin A. It’s organic and gluten free. It promotes healthy digestion, rich in vitamin and mineral, regulate calcium levels, boost immune system, support metabolism, cholesterol management, high in antioxidant and rich in fiber.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Jalgua superfood
  • 1 tsp of cocoa

Super simple! Isn’t it? Enjoy.

XO

 

Alex