Thank You, Pharmacy Gods

I was incredibly sleepy when I dragged my body out of bed this morning.  Not to mention incredibly stiff from the soccer/run yesterday, despite the fact that I iced my knees last night.  So when I did get up, I turned on the kitchen light and went into my still-mostly-dark living room to stretch for 10 minutes.

What. A. Difference.  I felt so much better for the rest of the morning.  I will definitely be doing this again!

I’ve been eating a lot of oats lately, I realized yesterday.  So today, in an effort to mix things up, I made quinoa for breakfast.  That’s right people, quinoa is not just for lunch/dinner anymore!

IMG_2977My Cinnamon-Almond-Berry Breakfast Quinoa contained:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3 cup quinoa

And was topped with:

  • 1 T. almond butter
  • A handful of golden raspberries
  • Sweetener: 1/2 honey, 1/2 brown sugar
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg (which I went a little bit overboard on, so there were a few bites where all you could taste was nutmeg–oops!)

It is super easy to make.  Heat the milk, water, and quinoa until it boils, then turn down the heat, cover, and let it simmer until it reaches the consistency you want.  I let mine simmer for 15 minutes.  Top with your choice of toppings!

Be careful not to let it boil over, or else it makes a hot, sticky mess.  Trust me, I know…

Thank You, Pharmacy Gods

As you’ve probably seen on my “About Julie” page, I have hypothyroidism.  Unfortunately, the FDA is now looking at the natural medication I take for it as an “unapproved drug,” making it extremely difficult to get a prescription filled.  Last month, I had to call five different pharmacies in Minnesota until I found one that had it in stock.  So today, I geared myself up to do the same, now that I’m back in Madison.

The very first pharmacy I called had it in stock, and I can pick it up tomorrow morning!

This makes me sooo happy.  I spent so long trying to get my thyroid under control, and am finally feeling healthy again.  I don’t want to mess with trying different medications if I don’t have to!

And so, thank you, Pharmacy Gods.

This morning’s snack is some Trader Joe’s trail mix (I forget which one exactly, but its good!).

IMG_2980Nuts, unsweetened dried pineapple, cherries, and cranberries.  Yum!

Has anyone else out there tried breakfast quinoa?


  1. says

    was feeling the same was this morning; had a great stretch followed by breakfast quinoa with almond butter, topped with honey, blueberries, and cinnamon. perfect start to the morning – thank you for sharing!

  2. says

    I am so happy I found your page. I love quinoa by itself but I never knew what to make it with (besides a salad). I have a thyroid issue as well. I have a nodule on my ride side and I need a partial thyroid lobectomy, since then I’ve been really looking into what I eat. I used to work at Whole Foods so I know better with all this processed food; but, now I’m an RN and I’m always grabbing things on the go! I’m making it my mission to eat clean. How would you store quinoa if you were to buy it in bulk? Would a mason jar do?

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