Most of us believe that a bowl of oatmeal is the perfect healthy way to start the day. And it certainly is when compared to many of the alternatives – doughnuts or bagels with cream cheese for example.
However, the common practice of drowning the oats in rich cream or syrup and spooning on sugary toppings essentially negates the grain’s nutritive value -- and, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, results in the accumulation of Damp (a precursor to many pathological conditions).
This recipe for Breakfast Porridge uses cinnamon, understood in TCM to warm the middle, and quinoa, known to strengthen the whole body, to produce a simple fortifying morning meal.
Goji berries are added not just because they are all the rage and lend natural sweetness, but because TCM practitioners have long believed that this fruit is helpful for maintaining a healthy life.
Bonus: Sprouted quinoa is gluten-free, has a low glycemic index, and is a complete protein. Enjoy!
- 2 cups water
- 1 small piece cinnamon bark (cinnamon stick makes a respectable substitute)
- 1 cup sprouted quinoa
- 1 cup mixed dried fruit and nuts of choice -- preferably Goji berries
Bring water and cinnamon bark to a boil. Stir in quinoa and dried fruit, reduce heat, cover and let simmer about 15 minutes or until each grain is translucent and white grain is visible. Discard cinnamon and serve hot.
Frances Boswell is a licensed acupuncturist at her practice, Qi Sera Sera Acupuncture, in New York City.