Recipe by Linda Melone, CSCS  |  Photography by Paul Buceta

Breakfast lovers, it’s time for an oatmeal upgrade. You may typically reserve this grain for a suppertime side dish, but swapping your oats for quinoa is a delicious and higher protein alternative to your standard hot cereal. Next time you whip up a batch of quinoa, try this hearty daystarter with your favorite healthy toppings and see for yourself. Talk about a breakfast of champions.

Quinoa & Vanilla Protein Blast

Total time: 10 min  |  Makes 1 serving

• 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
• 1/3 cup non-fat milk or almond milk
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
• 1/2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional toppings:
• Chia seeds, chopped nuts, berries

Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl, cover and heat for 90 seconds.
Top with chia seeds, chopped nuts and berries if desired, and serve.

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Nutrients Per Serving:
Calories:
238, Fat: 5 g, Carbs: 18 g
Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 29 g