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Slack Summer Days & a Recipe for Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal

I’ve always had the idea that summertime is when people are the healthiest. You know, because an abundance of fresh, local produce is available; everyone seems to ride bikes instead of drive cars when possible; and because of all that time spent being active outdoors {at least that’s the case in my life}.

Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal

But you know what? I think I was wrong. With that fresh produce, I make pies, cakes, and other delectable desserts. I ride my bike to pubs and sit on sunny patios while enjoying a pint {or, er… two}. Lastly, I go mountain climbing and biking for hours on end, and typically end up at one of my favourite Canmore restaurants nibbling on a less-than-nutritious snack… a little counterproductive, wouldn’t you agree?

Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal

As much as I’d like to say I’ll skip the desserts, patios, and pubs, I’m not going to. After all, summertime only comes around for a short while here… and I don’t want to miss out on a single minute of it. Perhaps I’ll skip hibernation this year and take up a winter sport {probably not, but it’s worth a shot}.

Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal

If you, like me, want to make the most of summer, do your body a favour and start the day out right. This Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal is easy to make, is packed with protein, fibre, and in-season berries; it’ll give you the fuel for whatever your day has in store {including the oh, so exhausting visits to patios, pubs, and mountains}.

Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal

Berry Quinoa Hot Cereal
Serves 2

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in cold water
2 ½ cups milk
½ vanilla bean
Pinch of sea salt
Maple syrup, to taste
1 cup fresh berries, plus more for garnish

Stir together quinoa, milk, vanilla bean, and a salt in a medium saucepan; cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, stir, cover, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Remove cover and cook, uncovered, for another five minutes, stir often. Add maple syrup, to taste, and stir in berries. Serve with more milk, if desired, and top with more fresh berries.

  1. Michelle07-12-12

    It seems we have a lot in common! Summer is my total weak point. Beaches, BBQs, bonfires, and patios with drinks. Just the other night we had s’mores with PB cups instead of chocolate. Slack!

    Side note: This breakfast has been bookmarked. A must try!

    -Michelle @

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