I’m not a morning person. I’m really, really not. I’ve always wanted to be one, to feel totally alive and inspired to start the day. Sometimes I even force myself to get up at first light and go for a run through the park – pretending like this is all normal and I’m totally fine, happy to be awake and making the most of the day. And it kinda works for an hour or so. And then I flatline. I just can’t keep up the charade – I start thinking about my bed, and coffee. And coffee in bed.
So I’m pretty convinced there are two types of people in this world. Morning people and non-morning people. You can’t fight it. You just gotta roll with it…
That’s why I love morning routines. Let me share my morning routine with you:
Mix quinoa and fruit
There’s something so comforting about my routine. No thinking. No deciding. I’ve totally embraced it. I should also mention I don’t do morning conversation either. People (who shall remain nameless) struggle with that. They think it’s rude. But seriously, how can you just wake up and launch into a proper conversation? What the heck?
Honey Coconut Quinoa with Pomegranate Recipe
You can play around with different fruit here. I had a bunch of pomegranates and thought they would go really well with a pinch of ginger (which they did!). I imagine chopped pear would work well too. Ooh ooh, and fresh raspberries.
⅓ cup quinoa
⅓ cup milk or milk substitute (I use oat milk)
⅓ cup water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
pinch of ginger powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup fine desiccated coconut
handful of chopped, toasted almonds
seeds of ½ pomegranate
Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve, then place in a medium saucepan with milk, water, cinnamon and pinch of ginger powder. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 min. At this point the quinoa should have a slight crunch when you bite it. Remove from heat and drain any remaining liquid, if any.
Stir in the flaxseed, honey and desiccated coconut. Mix well and then top with pomegranate seeds and toasted almonds.