Quinoa Berry Breakfast Salad 3

This time of the year has many wonderful reasons to love it.  Beach season, grilling, cute dresses!!  But perhaps my favorite is the berries.  Well the produce in general right now is awesome, but I have a big crush on fruit right now.  Between the strawberries, blueberries, and the cherries.  Oh the cherries!!  I think its love.

So what’s a girl to do but combine some of her favorite things in one bowl… Spock would be the first to tell you that it is only logical to do so.

Quinoa Berry Breakfast Salad 2

Walnuts, and berries, and chia seeds, and quinoa, oh my!! I could sing about it, but I will spare you guys.  I am just really loving this dish right now.  Can you tell?

You are welcome to sub out the berries for whatever fruit you like, but this trio is perfection to me right now.  I think I could eat like 4 lbs of cherries every day.  Just kidding!  But seriously… I might be able to ;)

Health highlight of cherries: cherries are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, especially the antioxidant anthocyanin.  This antioxidant is thought to be responsible for cherries anti-inflammatory properties.  In studies, eating cherries has shown to help relieve pain, especially in arthritis sufferers and muscle pain.  They can help reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses as well.  They even contain a natural melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep!! Magical little fruits, huh!?

Quinoa Berry Breakfast Salad 1

Quinoa Berry Breakfast Salad
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Serves: 4
 
A superfood packed salad that will start your day off right!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Quinoa (prerinsed, like this brand)
  • 1½ cups Water
  • 1 cup chopped, pitted Cherries (about 8 oz)
  • 1 cup Blueberries (about 6 oz)
  • 2 cups chopped Strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ cup Chia Seeds
  • ½ cup Walnuts
Instructions
  1. In a small pot add the quinoa and water
  2. Bring to a boil and then turn down to low
  3. Cover and cook 15 minutes
  4. In a medium-large bowl add the berries, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, chia seeds, and walnuts
  5. When the quinoa is cooked mix it into the berries
  6. Serve and enjoy!! (This is great warm and/or cold!)

 

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