Morning Quickie

Morning Quickie, Have you had yours?

Breakfast that is….the most impo(r)tent meal of the day. Your Morning Quickie could be the most fun you have all day. Much better than a bowl of sterilizing Corn Flakes.

Morning Quickie
With this coffee I ain’t feeling it. I need my Morning Quickie

I know we have heard it time and time again, but how many of us manage to find the time for our Morning Quickie? And if we do, is it the ideal meal with which to start our day?

If your answer is no and no, we know this is a big NO NO. And many of the fast go to options leave us flat and listless.

I do the smoothie thing pretty consistently, but with winter upon us I am craving something warm and a bit more substantial. But I also need my Morning Quickie to satisfy me and be nutrient dense, so I won’t be dense throughout the day.

I wanted to come up with something I could prepare and have virtually at the ready, so I could forego much of the foreplay each  morning. And I am pleased with the resultant bliss and satisfaction of my Morning Quickie.

Quinoa & Raisins with Golden Milk your Morning Quickie

I grabbed my rice cooker some quinoa and raisins. Okay decent start right?

No rice cooker? No problem, can be done on the stove top.

Rinsed 1 cup of quinoa and left it to drain

Boiled 2 cups water in my tea kettle

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While water heated I threw 1 cup raisins into rice cooker  (did not turn on….yet)

Added hot water over raisins in rice cooker  (want those babies to plump up!)

Now here is where I prepare to get golden

I take 1/8 cup each of turmeric and ginger  ( a few dashes of cinnamon is heavenly)

1/2 cup water

Make a paste with water, turmeric & ginger over medium heat in small sauce pan

Cook and stir for 8 minutes-remove from heat

The paste you made is to create Golden Milk  (full of fabulous flavor and nutrients) gldnmlk-300x200

Store the paste in a glass jar in the fridge, this will last for 2 weeks and can bump up smoothies, sauces, soups, any number of meals

Now to mind your P’s and Q’s  (plump raisins and quinoa)

Add quinoa to the raisins and water already in rice cooker  (NOW turn it on)

The quinoa will take 15-20 minutes

Just before quinoa is done I warm up some of my homemade coconut milk ( I use a small pan as I’ve heard microwaving coconut milk destroys nutrients) and I add about a teaspoon of the golden paste as well as a bit of molasses. This in my bowl along with a serving of quinoa and raisins makes for a great Morning Quickie to start your day!

1 cup dry quinoa makes about 4 cups cooked and will keep 4-5 days so you are set for the better part of your work week mornings!

All I do on following mornings is warm up my coconut milk, add molasses, some of the paste and some of the quinoa to warm up a bit, put in a bowl and you are “Golden”.

To change it up you can toss in nuts and seeds, or mix with yogurt. You’ve got a good solid base to start the day off right!

I use coconut milk in lots of recipes because the benefits are so tremendous. My source for all things coconut after much research is Tropical Traditions  They are a stellar company with a great reputation. I purchase their organic flaked coconut to make my coconut milk. It comes to less than $1 a quart and that includes shipping!

If you are a first time buyer with this company and use the link provided above you will receive the free book “Virgin Coconut OIL” full of info, recipes and benefits, As we share. I may receive a coupon.

Benefits of Quinoa

Benefits of Raisins

Benefits of Molasses

Benefits of Ginger

Benefits of Turmeric

For herbs, spices, super foods and powders I love Improve  your day with a Morning Quickie !

Shared by KLG  ( Keep Learning Gems )


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Cleaning up our act

Cleaning up our Act, one can go Nuts!

Cleaning up our act
Cleaning up our act

Cleaning up our Act

Several years ago while refusing to accept our aches and pains as part of the natural cycle of aging, we began cleaning up our act by removing high fructose corn syrup from our diet. And that big nasty hides in a heap of stuff! Label reading became an accepted and necessary part of our shopping trips.

The payoff was a noticeable lessening of pains in the……joints. Feeling better AND encouraged we moved forward cleaning up our act by diminishing processed food, didn’t do added sugar or white flour, didn’t keep any in the pantry, but again, they too hide in multitudes of…. okay I’m just gonna say it…CRAP!

So my call to action showed up in the form of juicing-Get an abundance of fruit and veggies on board baby!!!!! And it worked pretty darn well for a while. But I gotta say on those mornings when you need to get a move on, the chopping, slicing, dicing and in some cases peeling and then the clean up proved problematic, at least in any consistent fashion.

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My next mission was to buy THE appliance of my dreams!!!! That powerful motor and adjustable settings spoke to me……SANG to me!!!! No I am not about to go all x rated on ya….. I speak of my beloved Vitamix.

I had seen one in action at a home show about a dozen years earlier and had wanted one ever since, but let’s face it those bad boys aren’t cheap! But once you make your health and well-being a priority, this investment just made sense. I did find that you can get a refurbished one, and it has worked perfectly all these years.

I torque that sucker up most mornings for smoothies and they too have evolved over time. In the early days of cleaning up our act I used soy milk and that got me HOT  …… by way of flashes …. not in a good way!  So next came other milk alternatives, primarily rice or almond, whichever was most cost-effective that shopping trip. But let’s face it, you don’t know what you don’t know until you learn a bit more.The discovery about additives to the packaging-BPA’s and additives to the product itself-carrageenan and the like…..NO I DON”T LIKE IT!!!!! Another evolutionary change was called for.

I love researching for things to bump up our smoothies, and we use lots of organic powders to supercharge and add an array of nutrients, but at the core I needed to find that “carrier elixir” that had eluded me.

Well no more my friends!!! DRUM ROLL PLEASE…………………………………..

Homemade coconut milk!!!!! I am not gonna go all pioneer/hippy on your backside and claim that I buy fresh coconut, crack them open and extract the meat to make the magic happen, NAY NAY I say, but after much research and diligence I found an outstanding source for organic coconut flakes and a company I feel great about purchasing from, because we do after all vote with our $$$$ and business practices matter to me. I am frugal as well, so when I say I search….. we are talkin high and low my friend.

But before I disclose my new bestie let me offer some info on the benefits of coconuts-THIS STUFF ROCKS!!!!!

Benefits of Coconut

Now here you may be saying “but you’re going all flakey on me here, what about the oil?” Trust me when I say “it’s in there” or don’t, read the benefits, get a (good) source of coconut that suits your needs, and if you do go the route of making your own coconut milk, just put in the fridge and watch the magic rise to the top!!!!

My personal experience over the last two weeks include increased energy, a positive change in skin, hair and nails and YIPEEE!!!!! A 6 lb. weight loss!!!Plus this elixir is yummy as all get out!!!

I hosted a study group a week and a half ago and I made the coconut milk available for coffee, one of the ladies made a delectable gluten-free apple crisp and we proceeded to drizzle the coconut milk upon it…..excellent choice!!! They were surprised to find out there were no flavorings or sweetener added to it.

The 2.2 lb. bags I purchased yielded 12 cups of organic coconut. I bought 3 of them. Many recipes use a ratio of 1 cup coconut to 4 cups water, for my purchase that translates to 87 cents a QUART!!!! That includes shipping!!! I have used a lesser ratio when a recipe calls for cream or I just want to revel in what feels like decadence in my coffee, but heck I’ll go $1.50 or so a quart on occasion “cuz I’m worth it!!!”

Another  HUGE reason to consider homemade coconut milk as opposed to almond milk  are the  regulations placed on “raw” almonds. Check out this Natural News article.

My go to place for all things coconut is Tropical Traditions

If you are a first time customer to Tropical Traditions you will receive a free book , Virgin Coconut Oil,  full of great info and testimonials. I will receive a discount coupon.

My “Get up and Go” smoothie is designed to include a multitude of nutrients to increase energy. Boasting lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more to address our depleted food sources. I could go into a litany of info here, but with links provided you’ll get my drift!

Smoothie Recipe

Cleaning up our Act

Get up and Go Smoothie recipe

coconut milk

carrots

frozen banana

ginger & turmeric powder  (great for aches & pains)

moringa powder  (powerhouse super food)

And blend away!!!

Sometimes I’ll toss in some greek yogurt or kefir, smoothies are very giving AND forgiving, throw in what you enjoy and have on hand.

So if you feel it’s time to “Rev up your engine” and “Clean up (Y) our Act” check out these priceless gifts from Mother Nature!

My favorite place for my moringa, ginger and turmeric powders is, Z Natural Foods. Click the banner below and explore.

      Shared by KLG -(Keep Living Good !)

Cleaning up our Act, Out with the bad, in with the good.