Monday, April 30, 2012

quinoa pudding

I am still deep in this funk.  I need a plan.  Plans work for me.  Step one in this plan is to get sleep.  I have determined that I am just not my best self without sleep.  No sleep leads to grumpy mommy and bad food choices.  I spent a few hours in the kitchen today prepping snacks and meals so, I don't have an excuse to make a bad choice if I have a sleepless night.  Hunger pains hit around 3:00 for me.  I am loosely following an exercise and diet plan.  This plan encourages a high protein snack under 200 calories which includes a superfood (quinoa).  I like the tart and tangy combination of the ricotta and the yogurt but, if you like a sweeter base you could add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.  The quinoa adds a nice crunch and the fresh fruit provides a sweetness to balance the tart and tangy.  Enjoy!

quinoa pudding
adapted: vegetarian times

Servings: 4 * Size: 1 8 ounce mason jar
Calories: 123 (without fruit topping)
* Fat: 2.5 g * Carb: 13.5 g * Fiber: 2 g * Protein: 13 g * Sugar: 6.2 g * Sodium 87.5 mg

1 cup cooked quinoa (1/4 cup red quinoa uncooked)
1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1 cup non-fat greek yogurt
1 mango diced

Combine ricotta and greek yogurt.  Whisk to combine.  Fold in cooked quinoa.  Divide pudding between four 8 ounce mason jars.  Top each jar with diced fruit.  Refrigerate.  Enjoy!


Susan Lindquist said...

Hi Allison! Thanks for visiting The Spice Garden ... now, about this quinoa pudding. Quinoa is one of my newest finds food-wise. This looks like such a nutritious snack!
I like the calorie count, too. (especially after eating a piece of that tart I just posted on -). I normally use quinoa as a main meal or side dish ... the idea oif using it in desserts and snacks is new. Thanks for the great recipe idea!

laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

What a brilliant idea using quinoa as a pudding ingredient or healthy snack as you say, always hard when you feel tired to be good and not reach for the chocolate!
I love the sound of this and it would keep me going til dinnertime :-)

Baker Street said...

Wow Allison! This is such a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

That Girl said...

I love rice pudding and tapioca pudding so this looks great!

Val said...

Now this looks simply divine. I'd love it for breakfast right now.

Anonymous said...

Sending love to you my friend. Sorry you are feeling the funkety funk :( big hugs coming your way! Xoxo court

Kitchen Belleicious said...

that looks delicious and I love the specks of the red quinoa

Joanne said...

I'm the kind of person who needs a plan also...the second I stop counting calories or tracking what I'm eating in some way, disaster strikes. Also...sleep. On days when I don't get enough, I definitely end up eating more peanut butter and/or chocolate than I should!

This pudding sounds MAJORLY delicious! I definitely need to whip some up for a snack! (or dessert!)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

I like yogurt and fruit together but have never thought to add ricotta. What a nice idea, thanks!

Lauralovescakes said...

This sounds like an interesting idea...and I like the fact it's low calorie too! :-)

Anonymous said...

Your quinoa pudding looks just amazing, tasty & apart too! So clourful too! I like that!
Yum Yum Yum!

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