Almost Grain Free Diet Day 21: Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
Posted Oct 11 2010 6:13am
I really wanted a bowl of cereal on Sunday morning, but I was back in the “no grains” groove after my stray day on Saturday, so that wasn’t going to happen. Or, was it?
I haven’t eaten much quinoa on this 31 day challenge even though I said I was going to keep it in because it’s actually a seed and not a grain. I’ve mainly been using it in flour form for my grainless breads, but I decided to go ahead and make a serving for breakfast. I was thrilled to discover that you can cook it in the microwave, so that saved time and a dirty pot. Only downside was that I had a box of Trader Joe’s quinoa that wasn’t pre-washed and it was a total pain rinsing it.
First, I tried the smallest-holed strainer I had and the seeds were still falling through. Then, I lined it with a paper towel and rinsed it, but inevitably the seeds were sticking to the towel. I’m sure there’s a better way to go about it, but I think I’ll just buy the pre-rinsed kind from now on, lol.
I added 1/4 cup dry quinoa to a bowl with 1/2 cup water, covered it with saran wrap, and microwaved it for 6 minutes, then let it sit on the counter for a few minutes covered and then uncovered to cool for about 10 minutes. It turned out perfectly despite the hassle of getting it from box to cooking-condition.
About a 1/2 cup cooked quinoa or 1/4 cup dry before cook (170 cal)
10g raisins (32 cal)
14g / .5 oz raw slivered almonds (80 cal)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (2 cal)
1 packet Truvia or other zero calorie sweetener
1 medium banana, sliced (110 cal)
1/2 cup Valio nonfat lactose-free milk (40 cal)
1/2 oz mixed roasted nuts (80 cal)
Mix the quinoa, raisins, almonds, Truvia, and cinnamon together. Add sliced banana and nuts to top; pour milk over the quinoa, nut + fruit mix.
1 serving, 514 calories
This was absolutely, positively DELICIOUS! I might even go as far as to say that it’s the best bowl of cereal I have had in a long time! Move over Honey Bunches of Oats, this will rock your socks!! It kept me full for hours and hours, too. I loved the slightly salty nuts and sweet raisins and banana… Mmm. Unadulterated yumminess!!!
I wasn’t terribly hungry yesterday. In fact, this is the only meal that I ate. I had a few snacks, but my appetite just wasn’t there. I was just so tired that all I could think about was going back to sleep. One thing that has changed since being on this almost grain/legume-free diet is my sleep duration. I naturally wake up after about 6-6.5 hours sleep, sometimes 7 or 8, and as much as 10 hours if I was extremely active the previous day. The past few weeks, I’ve been waking up after just 5 to 5.5 hours of sleep and it’s REALLY frustrating! I’ve never had this happen for so many weeks in a row. I try to fall back asleep, but I’m wide awake, sometimes after just 4 hours of sleep! I have no trouble falling asleep, but staying asleep is the problem. I wouldn’t mind if it rejuvenated me, but I’m finding myself sluggish and tired all throughout the day and ready for bed after being awake for 10-12 hours.
Something else I’ve noticed, that also happened when I did the semi-raw diet back in July: extreme restless leg syndrome when I am tired, except it’s not confined to my legs, I experience it all over my body along with random nerve pains throughout my body. I’m not sure if it’s just a coincidence or what, but I’ve definitely noticed sleep disturbances and less energy in the past few weeks. I suppose this might not be unusual when you reduce your carb intake by 50% or more? *shrugs*
I don’t like it. I don’t feel like myself, even though my usual self doesn’t feel exactly superb due to my digestive issues. This shortened sleep cycle is casting a weirdness shadow over my entire day. I feel out of my element, like I’m losing my religion. And I really do not know if it’s diet-related, but if it is, I guess we’ll see when I return to my usual diet that includes grains and legumes.
Needless to say, 3 weeks into this challenge and I don’t feel any improvement by drastically reducing my grains and legumes, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t experience improvements if I eliminated them (and dairy or other suspects) altogether and not just 70-80% of the week. I wouldn’t want to go that route until after I see the specialist 10 days from now and investigate all the possible underlying causes. This challenge was just for fun, experience, and to see if a change in my usual dietary habits shows any promising signs of improvement. So far, I don’t have any reduced symptoms to report, just weight loss. But weight loss will happen on any diet that creates a deficit, so this isn’t exactly breaking news.
Sunday’s Almost Grain Free Diet Menu
1/2 cup cooked quinoa with cinnamon, raisins, raw slivered almonds, mixed nuts, medium banana, and 1/2 cup nonfat lactose-free milk
Fruit leather – raspberry
2 pieces reduced fat/sodium cheddar cheese
Olives from olive bar
Handful of raw cacao nibs
I’m going to do some grain-free baking now! I didn’t go shopping for fresh produce yesterday, way too tired. My mom picked up a few things on my list, but I think I’m going to pick a few things up myself later today. I’m a produce snob and really like to touch and see it for myself, lol.
Aunt Flo strolled into town today. This should be interesting: me without bread and her nagging the heck out of me, lol. I should have taken the evening primrose oil all month like my doctor recommended. Maybe her stay wouldn’t be as trying as usual. I started taking it and then stopped, so I took a dose yesterday and am going to continue taking it every day. Apparently it has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties, so who knows? Perhaps it will make me feel better all the way around. We’ll see.