I don’t know about you, but ever since I shook things up with quinoa, it’s been like a new lease of life for me. I now rarely doubt adding quinoa to literally anything… as you will see!
After finished my oatmeal dieting adventure with quinoa, I decided to get it on with quinoa. Not so long after, I started to think about different ways in which I could explore this magical seed.
And now here we are, with the very first thing that came into my mind!
What’s The Difference When Adding Quinoa?
It never even occurred to me that quinoa could potentially drown out the flavor of other ingredients or that it would significantly alter the smoothie experience. Then just the other day my friend asked; “How’s this any different from a regular smoothie without quinoa?”, and I got to thinking.
Truth be told, the primary reason for me to favour quinoa this much is that it’s gluten free like oats— except for that it’s a seed, and is more versatile.
I’ve recently come to learn that there are actually way more people with oat intolerance than I realized. So it’s crucial to know how your body handles different foods, especially if you happen to be living with a more sensitive digestive system. At the end of the day, you’re the one who knows your tolerance level best.
What Can You Do With Quinoa?
Although quinoa can be eaten uncooked or even sprouted, I wouldn’t suggest you round off your smoothie with raw seeds. You just need to alter it a little.
For this spin-off, I just used my cooked quinoa that had been in the fridge overnight. I mean quinoa usually doubles in size when cooked, so I got a humongous bowl of it just from cooking 1 cup of raw quinoa. There’s no way I could have eaten that whole thing all at once!
Quinoa will expand in amount once cooked. So you only need like, a small handful of raw quinoa seeds for a single glass of smoothie in the first place.
Additionally, if cooking seems like a pretty humdrum mission, you can just simply soak the quinoa seeds overnight. It might be a bit more crunchy than cooked, but rinse them thoroughly and you’ll be set.
As you already know (or perhaps you don’t), I’m just a weak person when it comes to berries. Berries this, berries that. The artfully tarty, sappy flavor of those succulent little raspberry pulps is definitely a boost for this whole smoothie thing.
Not only does it have a soft texture and sweetness, raspberry is also my pick for the cream due to its nutritious contents.
It is well-known that raspberry is very high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Well, it’s fruit anyway.
The fruit is actually among those that are packed with the highest concentrated amounts of antioxidants. This helps support your immune system and will affect your overall health noticeably.
Thanks to ellagic acid and natural oil, raspberry can also help out in either preventing or eliminating cancer’s progress. Its anti-aging properties are a remarkable factor as well, which makes raspberry the finest choice on the table.
I put banana in at the last minute mostly because of how it can be easily digested. That’s also why I’m pretty confident about banana being a flawless ally to accompany the quinoa. High sources of potassium and iron content in banana are worth mentioning. Potassium helps regulate heartbeat and lower blood pressure, while iron is in to help oxgenate the blood and fight against anaemia. The condition is known to reduce red blood cells, which can be the cause of post-meal fatigue and skin paleness.
Quinoa Raspberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup milk 1% milk fat
- 1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
- 2.8 oz banana 1/2 medium, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup raspberry
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 tsp honey
- Rinse the raspberries. Chop the banana in whatever size and shape you want. Banana is easy to be fed through the blender anyway.
- Add in all ingredients and give them a proper whiz until everything is well-married and the texture is extremely smooth. I think it’s important to highlight that the mixture truly needs a real good and long blitz to prevent even the smallest lump
- One astonishing feature of this recipe is that everything included in the ingredient list can be adjusted all as you desire. Extra honey will be perfect for the sweet-tooth’s, while some more spoonful of milk can draw in those looking for a delicious buttery beverage.
- There are people who’d preferred protein powder to be popped in their smoothies while others are just so knackered to the idea. It’s quite a parallel situation when milk is not always the best pick worldwide. So apparently, you’re not that of a weirdo if your favorite liquid just happen to never be milk. Pressed juices, tea, coconut water, aloe water, or whatever fruit water can totally be perfect substitutes as well.