Here we are again. It’s the weekend.. or should I say ‘it was‘? As always, days off vanish in a blur before we even know it. And of course for busy bees like us, what are we to do if we want to stay healthy but don’t really have the time?
Fear not, there’s always a solution. Last weekend I shared with you some tips on how to create your own savoury protein pots in minutes.
This weekend I was craving more of a sweet treat but after indulging in a number of cake slices during the week (OK, so it all happened in a day – yep, nobody’s perfect!) I had to find a way to rein in my sugar madness.
So here’s what I’ve come up with – chilled quinoa puddings 🙂
Now this will take slightly more time than the savoury pots, but these ones will keep well in the fridge for a few days. So you can always make a batch and have them handy when your stress levels hit the roof and you just can’t control your cravings.
By the way, did you know that stressed is desserts spelled backwards? You did? Oh go on then reward yourself with a pud!
Alright, now back to business: the sweet protein pots.
What you will need:
- 200 g quinoa
- 150 ml almond (or cow’s) milk
- 150 g frozen (or fresh) berries
- 6-8 teaspoons of tahini (or other nut/seed butter)
- a dash of cinnamon
- glass cups or jars to serve (and preserve)
- Optional: honey and nuts (for an extra dose of sweetness and protein)
How you will pull this off:
- Cook the quinoa in 400 ml of boiling water with a dash of cinnamon until water evaporates (approx. 10-15 mins)
- Once the quinoa has cooled down to room temperature, layer 3 table spoons of quinoa at the bottom of your glass container
- Top up with frozen berries and 1-2 teaspoons of tahini (and honey and nuts if you wish)
- Complete with a second layer of quinoa (berries and tahini optional) and pour over the almond milk (adjust amount of milk based on your preference)
- Optional: Cool off the pudding in the fridge for a few hours and voila your healthy summer chiller is ready!
These babies pack about 8-12 grams of protein, and although not as much as the savoury ones (which on average have 20 grams), they are definitely much lower in carbs and sugar than your standard desserts.
Of course, the best part of this is that you can get creative and use as many ingredients as you want in numerous combinations. So if you do decide to play around do let me know what interesting recipes you’ve come up with 🙂