I don’t know about you, but ever since I shook things up with quinoa, it’s been pretty of a new lease of life to me. I have barely ever doubted adding quinoa to literally anything.
Anyway. After developing a new stage on my oatmeal dieting adventure with quinoa, I got down on my tail. Pretty apparently, I took myself in hands to weigh on the next possibility I could carry out with this magical seed.
And now here we are, with the very first thing that came up to my mind on whether-I-should-cast-quinoa-into-any-kind-of-concoction.
How’s There Any Difference With Quinoa?
There wasn’t even once that this concern about quinoa drowning out other ingredients’ flavors has flickered in my mind. So I think I should just at least bring this up here since this one friend of mine just carried out her question days ago. How’s this any different from a regular smoothie without quinoa?
Truth to tell, the primary reason for me to favour quinoa this much is that it’s oat. Well, oat means gluten-free, but quinoa is that one nominee that’s still super versatile simultaneously.
But well, I’ve come to learn not so long ago that there are actually way more people with oats-intolerance than I’ve always known. So it’s crucial to know your sweet spot if you happen to be living with a pretty sensitive digestive system. In the end of the day, you’re the one to know your tolerance level best.
What To Do With Quinoa?
Although quinoa can be eaten uncooked or even sprouted, I honestly wouldn’t suggest you to round your smoothie off by raw seeds. You just need to do something about it.
For this spin-off, I just simply brought back my cooked quinoa that had been in my fridge overnight. Because, gosh, I actually got 1 cup of raw quinoa to gain back a whole freaking giant bowl of cooked one. I obviously couldn’t have that whole thing all at once.
Basically, 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 at 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 there you have them set.
As you’ve already known (or haven’t), I’m just a weak person before berries. Berries this, berries that. The artfully tarty, sappy flavor of those little succulent raspberry pulps is definitely a slap for this whole smoothie thing.
Not only because of the soft and sweet texture, raspberry is my pick as the cream mostly for its nutritious contents.
It’s an obvious fact that raspberry is supremely high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Well, it’s fruit anyway.
The fruit is actually among those packed with highest concentrated amount of antioxidants. This helps contribute to your immune system’s improvement, which will affect your overall health noticeably.
Thanks to ellagic acid and natural oil, raspberry also gives big hands 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 took banana in at my last minutes mostly because of its being a superb ease in digestion. That’s also why I’m pretty confident about banana being a flawless ally to be in accompany with quinoa here. Its sour taste is said to stimulate agni, which is a super beneficial digestive juice.
High sources of potassium and iron content in banana are also worth mentioning. Potassium helps regulate heartbeat and undergo blood pressure, while iron is in to fight against anaemia. The condition is known to reduce red blood cells, which is the cause of post-meal fatigue and skin paleness.
Quinoa Raspberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
Since quinoa is so soft and fluffy, it just blends in marvellously good with the rest. But if you really do want to make headway with this quinoa smoothie, make sure the ingredients are at a reasonable ratio to work synergistically altogether.
Relax, it’s totally not that of a rocket surgery to strike it rich.
- 1 cup fresh milk
- ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt (Greek plain yogurt is even a better choice)
- 1 banana (unfrozen is fine too)
- 1 cup raspberry
- ½ cup quinoa, cooked
- ½ tsp honey
How to Make
- 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.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Sodium 30 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 13 g
Protein 6.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.