Quinoa with Blueberries, Walnuts & Bananas

Quinoa-with-Blueberries-Walnuts-Bananas2I’ve said this before but today I have to repeat myself: YOU GUYS ROCK!

I sincerely appreciate all of the support in the last week while Skye was Breech and Posterior.  I spent most of the week stressing out, doing crazy inversions, going to the chiropractor and even doing a pretty out there Acupuncture technique called moxibustion.  (It involved burning stinky stuff near my toes.  You can officially call me crazy.)

Most of the time, despite all I was doing, I felt pretty helpless.  Apparently all of my efforts were not in vain!  She is back head down and we are all systems go to get prepared for my first natural birth.

I’ll be 35 weeks on Saturday and given that both of the boys were born at 38 weeks it may not be long now.  (Of course, I could still be pregnant at 42 weeks…kids are never predictable are they? )

Like most moms who have been there, done that I’m less wishing it to be over and more trying to enjoy my last nights sleep, quiet times with the boys and just generally being able to hear myself think.  (As much as my pregnancy brain allows.)

Although I know I should be preparing for labor, I am really focused on after she is born right now.  (Maybe its my way of not focusing on the whole natural labor thing. :))

One thing that is new to me this time is my Midwife’s directive to do nothing for 2 weeks after she is born.

Doing nothing just isn’t my style.  The thought stresses me out.

I hosted Christmas just seven days after Alex was born.  I moved from Georgia to Florida when Christian was just four days old.  (With a 14 month old no less!)  So, um, yeah.

Do nothing for 2 weeks after baby?

Never tried it.

I know, I know, its supposed to help with recovery in the long run but I’m kind of afraid that I’ll go nuts.  (Not to mention starve.  Guess I better get my freezer cooking in gear.)

The whole nap when the baby naps thing?  Um, yeah.  I can’t nap.  Never have been able to.  I consider myself lucky if I ever go back to sleep after a midnight feeding.

I’m not a big TV girl, with the exception of Downton Abbey and a few shows I watch with the boys, so clearing the DVR isn’t an option.

I do like to read though.

Any suggestions on how to keep myself still for 2 weeks?  (In between taking care of Skye, of course.)  Any books I should get for my iPad or must see Movies or TV series???


Today I’ve got a yummy and easy breakfast recipe for you that I’ve been enjoying a couple times a week lately.  It’s also really good with a spoon full of peanut butter on top.


Quinoa with Blueberries, Walnuts & Bananas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 363

Fat per serving: 9.8g

Quinoa with Blueberries, Walnuts & Bananas


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Heat a small saucepan to medium low and add quinoa, milk, cinnamon and salt. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes. Add blueberries and banana and cook for 1 more minute or until heated through. Top with walnuts and maple syrup and serve.


Servings 1, Calories 363, Fat 9.8g, Carbohydrates 61.6g, Protein 10.8g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 245mg, Fiber 7.3g, Sugars 16.9g, WW Pts 10


  • Linda

    A diabetic can't eat 61.6 carbs in one meal….

    • Wendy Polisi

      While quinoa is certainly a food alternative for diabetics, I apologize if I ever gave anyone the impression that I was attempting to make all of my recipes diabetic friendly. No one in my family – including my parents – suffers from diabetes and to be perfectly honest it has never been in my mind as I develop recipes. For most people – like myself and my kids – this is a healthy breakfast. It is nearly impossible for every recipe to be suited to every reader.

      • Susan

        I think if you are on any food restriction then you need to search those web sites that cater to your needs. I love the recipes on this site…but I don't have food restrictions.

  • Nicola

    Hi. I adore this recipe – thank you ! What are your views on maple syrup – do you consider it to be a relatively "clean" sugar ? I am looking for natural sweeteners to use in place of sugar. I can't eat honey or agave due to the high fructose content (plus agave is highly processed) and I don't like stevia and similar. I have considered 100% glucose (ie dextrose powder). I would appreciate your opinion :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      I use maple syrup a lot. I do not normally eat a lot of sugar so it is probably something I should research a little more. I'm not a huge fan of honey and I'm with you on stevia. For a granular sugar I like coconut palm sugar.

      • Nicola

        Thanks Wendy. I will try the coconut palm sugar as well as maple syrup. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but occasionally that bit of sweetness is required. I only discovered quinoa a month ago and I adore it, and your website is helping me get the most from it, so thank you for all the effort you put in. And I love your food photo's, they are so nice to see, they always cheer me up :)

    • Archie

      it's good and more healthy without sweets.


    Looks like a great way to start the day!!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much!

  • Jean

    I think the nutritional values being displayed should be enough with regards to dietary needs of individuals. If diabetes is a concern, there are sites specific, otherwise modify accordingly. If ones knows the amount of carbs that can be consumed for diabetics, modify serving size accordingly. Now, I'm a new subscriber to your site and LOVE the recipes especially the green chile cheese casserole (made for a dinner party and had none left!). I PORTION CONTROL, aka 1/4-1/2 cup servings. Continue doing your delicious recipes the way you do and visitors to your site can pro-actively modify recipes for dietary needs on their own! Just my humble opinion…

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much for your support Jean! I try to do the best I can to meet the needs of my readers but it is impossible to be perfect for everyone….sigh…. Glad you are enjoying the recipes and thanks for reading.

  • Annie

    Wow! This looks delicious and very nutritious! I love quinoa but never think to eat it for breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Marie

    Just made a double batch for both my husband and I……absolutely yummy! Love all that you do, Wendy!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yeah! So glad you guys liked it Marie. Thanks so much for your kind words…

  • Gretchen Noelle

    I am *SO* trying this, it sounds delicious!! I LOVE quinoa and we eat a ton of it but I am always looking for new yummy ways to make it.
    My recent post Gâteau à la Crème [BBB]

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hope you enjoy it Gretchen!

  • Liz

    I made too much quinoa last week, and have been struggling to go through it. A friend just sent me here yesterday, and I am in love! I just made this for breakfast, and I love it! Can not wait to try some more recipe!

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad to hear it Liz! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  • marie

    I love quinoa – hot, cold, with or without add-ons. Good warm with a sprinke of nutritional yeast. Great for breakfast. Good cold with a little almond milk.

  • Sandra

    I am new to the discovery of Quinoa, but learned that it might contain elements that might decrease the frequency of my migraines and this receipe looked absolutely delicious. I hope that it can become part of that which helps me.

  • moveeatcreate

    THIS is my kind of quinoa bowl. YUM!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hope you enjoy!

  • Wendy Polisi

    Thanks Susan! :)