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Apple Pie Quinoa Oatmeal

Posted by LoveandZest
October 17, 2014
Featured in: Athlete Eats
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Packed with protein and fiber, this Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa is the perfect way to change things up from traditional oatmeal.

by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD

The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” doesn’t lie! Apples are bursting with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and flavonoids, there is no wonder eating this sweet fruit does amazing things for the body. Apples are full of vitamin C, which block free radical damage and boosts the immune system keeping you healthy for work and your workouts. The high amount of dietary fiber in apples is great for keeping bad cholesterol from rising in the blood, is extremely beneficial for digestion, and controlling blood sugar.

Red apples also contain a unique antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin has been shown to improve endurance, prevent oxidative damage, and have anti-inflammatory effects. This antioxidant particularly benefits athletes because it’s been proven to increase focus, muscle recovery, and may imrpove VO2max! All the more reason to eat them apples.

Fortunately, October is prime apple season so they are fresh and readily available at any grocery store. They can be cut up and added to your salads for a sweet contrast, cooked in your morning oatmeal and sprinkled with cinnamon, made into chips for a crispy snack…the possibilities are endless!

Packed with protein and fiber, this Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa is the perfect way to change things up from traditional oatmeal.

Tired of oatmeal? Try this Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa for a breakfast packed with protein and fiber!
Packed with protein and fiber, this Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa is the perfect way to change things up from traditional oatmeal.

Apple Pie Quinoa Oatmeal

Yield

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 medium apples, shredded
  • 100% pure maple syrup, if desired

Directions

  1. Bring quinoa, almond milk, and applesauce to a boil in medium pot.
  2. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Stir in apple pie spice, vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour into bowls and top with shredded apples and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.

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Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
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