When I kept track of what I ate for a day (What This Pregnant Mama Eats) I totaled 74 grams of protein. Since then, my appetite has decreased so I think I’m eating less calories. Less overall calories most likely means less protein, so I’ve been making a conscious effort to add more protein to my diet in subtle ways.
One way is occasionally switching up my regular oatmeal breakfast with quinoa. I love the first quinoa breakfast recipe I posted last year, but wanted to try a version with seasonal apples.
With 14 grams per serving, this breakfast has double the protein of my regular oatmeal breakfast. It takes a little longer to make, but I don’t mind spending a few minutes longer preparing my breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day, after all, and the one that’s going to fuel my body from the get go. Make it count!Print
Nutty Apple Quinoa Breakfast
A healthy breakfast that all ages will love
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: Makes 2 large or 4 toddler-sized servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup milk (I use almond milk, any milk will work)
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium apple, diced (I don’t peel)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped*
- In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa, milk, water, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
- While the quinoa is cooking, heat your walnuts over medium heat in a dry skillet. Allow to toast until the nuts are fragrant and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Top each serving of quinoa with some walnuts and serve. This dish reheats well, so you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days.
*Quinoa is a great food for older babies and young toddlers, but for babies under 1 or those with allergies in the family, you may want to omit the walnuts. Check with your doctor.
- Serving Size: 1 of 2 servings
- Calories: 382
- Sugar: 6g
- Fat: 8.5g
- Carbohydrates: 63g
- Fiber: 6.59g
Keywords: kid friendly breakfast
Question: What’s your favorite way to get extra protein at breakfast time? I’d love to hear your ideas!