Quinoa breakfast bowl with VegaOne mocha protein powder have been one of my new go to ways to start my day. I honestly don’t know a better way to start the day than with chocolate!! By using VegaOne mocha flavor protein powder, I get the best of both worlds -chocolate and healthy ingredients like greens, protein and vitamins and minerals. Thank you Vega for sending me the New Mocha VegaOne All-in-one nutritional shake to try!
Do you ever start your day just wanting a big frosting covered doughnut… but you are trying to eat healthy, and know it’s important to start your day right on the right track? I mean breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? Well, I wake up everyday wanting something sweet! To make sure I don’t cave when I get in the office and see that box of donuts or muffins, I make sure I have something healthy and just as yummy on hand that I can easily curb my cravings with. These quinoa breakfast bowls are perfect for that. The mocha protein powder has the perfect amount of sweetness, and paired with cacao nibs, coconut butter and raspberries, it gives those pastries a run for their money!!
The key to healthy living is to have a few go-to recipes in your back pocket that you know you will enjoy. This keeps temptation at bay and you don’t have to use that willpower muscle as often. You know its a lot easier to give in when we aren’t looking forward to that bland food you packed because it’s “healthy”. No, no, we will have none of that here! I want to show you that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland or boring! With just a few ingredients, you can have an awesome breakfast that’s ready for you when you get up in the morning, no fussing around with mixing ingredients or taking your precious time.
This quinoa breakfast bowl is a great example of that easy breakfast option. You can also make overnight oats or green smoothies. I am a huge fan of overnight oats, but sometimes I just want something different. I always have cooked quinoa on hand, since I make a big batch of it on Sundays during meal prep. Since the quinoa is already cooked, it’s so easy to mix the ingredients up the night before, throw it in the fridge, and have a chocolate treat that’s also nice and cold ready for you in the morning. There is nothing better than starting my mornings with something cold now that the weather is changing. No more hot oats for me until winter!
I’ve been a fan of VegaOne for a long time, but this new mocha flavor has seriously bumped VegaOne to my new favorite flavor of protein powder out there! You can find the Mocha flavor in your local Whole Foods or order it online. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out big time! Vega One is also packed with some awesome ingredients! It’s got 20 grams of protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily value of vitamins and minerals, fiber, omega-3’s and antioxidents. Did I mention that it taste exactly like a mocha -seriously the coffee flavor is quite noticeable without tasting fake or overwhelming. I’m super addicted and I can’t pry Dave’s hands off the container. The struggle is real!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Spotlight
Have you ever made quinoa? Ever since I was introduced to this seed (yes it’s a seed not a grain) I’ve been in love. As a 90% vegetarian I am always looking for a way to add more protein in my day. Quinoa is great for that. It’s filling like a grain, but is also packed with protein. It actually has a all the essential amino acids in it, which can be hard to find in vegetarian foods.
Did you know the quinoa seed is a relative to the beet plant – explains why I love it so much 🙂
You may find white, black or red quinoa – all three of these are great to use in this breakfast bowl. I just recently started cooking the red and black quinoa (I used red in this recipe). The red and black quinoa are not as fluffy as the white quinoa, but all three are great for this. I’ve made this breakfast bowl with white quinoa as well, and it’s just as good – so use whatever quinoa you have around!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe Tips
If you are on the go in the mornings, make these quinoa bowls in mason jars to make them an easy, portable breakfast! Not only are Mason jars super cute, they are also inexpensive! The house I moved into had about 3 boxes of old mason jars so I have quite a collection!
Don’t skip the fat! If you don’t have coconut butter, use almond butter or peanut butter! Fat is an important part of making your breakfast filling and is also important to get those fat soluble vitamins absorbed!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- In a bowl or mason jar, add quinoa, applesauce, chia seeds, VegaOne Mocha protein powder, milk and coconut butter. Mix until combined.
- Let sit 5 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb some liquid. Top with optional cacao nibs, coconut butter and raspberries.
- Put in the fridge and enjoy cold!
What about you?
- How do you like to start your day?
- What is your favorite protein flavor?
- What’s your favorite fruit?