Last night I made another batch of Mediterranean Lentils and refrigerated them overnight for a quick pre-made lunch for my busy day today, and it was sooo good cold! It tasted like a completely different dish. I’m never a huge fan of refrigerated leftovers or meals, they just never taste the same to me… but this one was perfect.
This morning a threw a smoothie together with what I had on hand in the refrigerator and freezer and it turned out pretty good! I had some leftover cooked quinoa that needed to be eaten, along with some miscellaneous frozen fruit, so into the blender it went. I have been loving putting cooked quinoa in my smoothies (a nice break from rolled oats) because it gives a slightly nutty flavor and is also a complete protein. With the addition of some milk and coconut, a filling tropical morning smoothie was born!
Tropical Quinoa Smoothie
1 cup milk of your choice
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla
Precook and chill quinoa. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend thoroughly. Enjoy chilled.
Note: If your blender is not very powerful, blend the milk and quinoa first until it is completely smooth and then add the other ingredients.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: pineapple and mango
Whole Grain: quinoa
Plant Based Fat: coconut
Jentry NielsenJuly 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm (11 years ago)
Oh I just love anything tropical! This sounds so delicious, I don’t think I would have ever thought of adding quinoa to a smoothie, but that is genius! ha thanks for the idea!
CatherineJuly 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm (11 years ago)
Easy way to get your whole grain serving when you are in a rush! xo
lynn havelkaJuly 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm (11 years ago)
Would it be possible to list nutritional info per serving?
CatherineJuly 28, 2012 at 11:06 am (11 years ago)
Hi Lynn! I no longer count calories because I became very obsessive, so now I base my meals specifically on portions and serving sizes! xo
Katherine @ Green ThickiesJuly 28, 2012 at 6:27 am (11 years ago)
Wow. I’m so glad I discovered your blog. I am going to start a series of green smoothies containing grains other than oats and I tried a quinoa smoothie for the first time yesterday and couldn’t taste it at all. So I’m so glad someone else is doing the same thing. It’s such a good idea especially if you can’t tolerate oats.
I’m going to try one with brown rice today.
CatherineJuly 28, 2012 at 11:03 am (11 years ago)
Brown rice sounds like such a good idea! I definitely need to try that! xo
Katherine @ Green ThickiesJuly 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm (11 years ago)
Actually I’m not sure the brown rice works. I just tried it in my smoothie and even though I use a vitamix the smoothie was so bitty and chalky. Rice flakes may work better though.
I haven’t tried cooked quinoa yet either, just flaked quinoa so will try the cooked tomorrow and see if the same happens.
CatherineJuly 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm (11 years ago)
Oh no! Thanks for the update Katherine! I’ll have to do a test with brown rice and rice flakes 🙂 Did you use cooked brown rice? xo
Katherine @ Green ThickiesJuly 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm (11 years ago)
Yes I used cooked brown rice and was so disgusting I had to throw it away. Well it’s good to experiment!
CatherineJuly 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm (11 years ago)
Haha experiments are always fun!
HaeleighJuly 30, 2012 at 12:10 am (11 years ago)
I happened upon your site while doing a search for chia recipes. The smoothie looks great, too! I am on the blood type/genotype diet and quinoa is a superfood for me! I will have to sub with other fruit but thank you for posting a cool recipe. Your pictures are gorgeous and congrats on finding a body you can be happy in (even you “overweight” pictures are super gorgeous). Keep up the great work and continue inspiring people!
CatherineJuly 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm (11 years ago)
Thank you so much Haeleigh! xo
TiffanyAugust 28, 2012 at 6:08 am (11 years ago)
I’m late to the game but I’m just trying out this recipie today and it makes a whole tall glass. Is that supposed to be one serving?
Squash Blossom BabiesSeptember 7, 2012 at 9:43 am (11 years ago)
This is great! I’ve always wanted to try quinoa in a smoothie. Thanks for the recipe!
DavidApril 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm (10 years ago)
I made it with raw sprouted quinoa! was good but then i added a frozen banana and a handful of frozen black cherries! Delicious! Thanks for this recipe.