Nutrient-Packed Quinoa Berry Smoothie: A Wholesome Powerhouse

Embark on a journey of flavors and health with this unique Quinoa Berry Smoothie recipe. It’s a perfect fusion of the nutty richness of quinoa, the sweetness of fruits, and the health benefits of flax meal. Quinoa, a complete protein, adds a delightful texture and boosts the nutritional value, while the combination of banana, orange, and mixed berries creates a delightful flavor profile. The addition of tofu and flax meal elevates this smoothie to a nutrient-dense meal, ideal for a fulfilling start to your day or a replenishing snack.

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa: 1⁄4 cup
  • Banana: 1 (peeled)
  • Orange: 1 (juiced)
  • Frozen Mixed Berries: 1 cup
  • Unsweetened Plant-Based Milk: 1 cup
  • Extra Firm Tofu: 1⁄2 block
  • Flax Meal: 2 tablespoons

Directions:

  1. Cook the Quinoa: In a pot, add the quinoa with twice its volume of water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Once cooked, fluff it with a fork and set aside to cool. For a quicker option, use a rice cooker or pre-cooked/frozen quinoa.
  2. Prepare the Fruits: Peel the banana. Cut the orange in half and squeeze out the juice into a separate container, making sure to remove any seeds.
  3. Blend Your Smoothie: In a blender, add the frozen mixed berries, banana, plant-based milk, tofu, flax meal, freshly squeezed orange juice, and the cooked quinoa. Blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth.

Enjoy this Quinoa Berry Smoothie as a nutritious meal replacement or a hearty snack. Its rich texture and sweet, tangy flavors are sure to satisfy your taste buds while providing a wholesome boost to your day.

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