Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

A power grain to start your day

If you are not already familiar with the ever growing in popularity Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), you will soon want to be. Quinoa is becoming more and more mainstream as a substitute for starchier pasta and rice. Why? It is absolutely delicious with a nutty flavor, is high in protein, is easy and quick to cook, has anti-inflammatory benefits, and has twice the calcium as whole wheat. What better way to start your day than with this delicious power grain? My Apple Cinnamon Quinoa combines the nutty flavor and fluffy texture of the quinoa with the sweet flavors of the apple and cinnamon to create a perfect harmony for your taste buds.

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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa


1 cup white quinoa
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or use water if you prefer)
1 TB cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 TB coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 packets stevia (or your favorite sweetener)

How to Prepare
1. Put the almond milk, quinoa, cinnamon, and salt in a medium saucepan. Put on the stove over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes.
3. Remove saucepan from heat, keep covered, and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.
4. After 5 minutes, remove lid. Add applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, and sweetener. Fluff well with a fork. Enjoy!

Per approx.1 cup serving (recipe serves 4): 225 calories, 6.5 grams protein, 33 grams carbohydrates, 7.5 grams fat

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Allison Frahn is an IFBB Figure Pro and ProSupps athlete. The combination of Allison’s passion for fitness, love for delicious healthy food, and talent for cooking led her to create Alli’s Slim Pickins: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt. Under her brand name, she delivers healthy recipes each week for

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