Let's get warm and cozy with this spicy orange quinoa breakfast!
Starting your day with this warm and spicy breakfast will help you boost your metabolism. Your metabolism is similar to a flame, which in Ayurveda is called “Agni". Agni (fire), is the energy that digests our food and lies at the core of all our bodily functions.
Like with any flame, it starts to run low when it stops being fueled. Which is why in the morning when we haven't eaten anything for at least 8 hours or so, our Agni is very low. To get your Agni up and running and burning bright again, it is recommended to start the day with a cup of hot lemon water. This wakes up your Agni and helps your body to flush out any toxins.
In addition to that, try to keep your breakfast light, as your Agni is just starting up again. A great example is this spicy orange quinoa breakfast. The quinoa keeps it light on our digestive system and at the same time filling and fueling our bodies enough to have great energetic mornings. The warming spices, ginger, and orange are a great boost to kickstart our digestive fire, setting ourselves up for success for the rest of the day. Not to mention, a treat for the senses!
- 1 cup (185 grams) of quinoa
- 2 cups (475 ml) of any (plant-based) milk.
- Grated zest of one orange.
- Grated (1/2 thumb size piece) ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp liquid sweetener (agave syrup/ maple syrup), add more or less according to your sweet tooth.
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- a pinch of nutmeg
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- a pinch of salt
Portion: This recipe makes 2 portions.
Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Start by bringing your milk to a boil. Add the quinoa, spices, grated orange zest and ginger. Turn the heat down, and let it cook on low heat until the quinoa is cooked fully through. This will take about 15 - 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.. and serve it while it's nice and warm.
While it is still hot, whisk in a teaspoon of coconut oil to your breakfast. This will make the texture extra smooth and velvety. As well as helping your body burn excess fat and keeping you saturated.
I like to add an extra splash of milk before eating.