This article and breakfast recipe are sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. All opinions are my own.

The past few weeks… I’ve been watching people all around me, lovely normal people comparing themselves to other people, or who they think they should be or who they think they should look like. And then what happens? They feel bad about themselves and make choices that don’t honor who they are.Quinoa-Breakfast_0047And it makes me so sad every time I see a person reject themselves…

Do you know what I mean?

Because when anyone compares their body, business, job, bank account, relationship… whatever, to others – well, then they are really just rejecting yourself, aren’t they?

We all know that rejecting ourselves isn’t good news. And comparing ourselves to others surely isn’t either.

And I get it… I used to compare myself A LOT. I think most of us do. We just don’t talk about it.


And so this crazy comparing cycle continues.

I see it a lot here in NYC and everywhere I travel.

Girls who are 15. Women who are 50. Boys who are 28. And so forth…

So, instead of comparing ourselves to others, how about doing a few nice things this week? Here are a few that I’m going to be doing… what will do you for yourself this week?

Buying myself fresh flowers.


Treating myself to an organic green juice every day.

Staying positive. Because… it’s not easy if your health flops but stay strong and move on. I’m happy to honestly say that It’s OKAY to say that you had a bad day or that your life isn’t easy. I know what it’s like when you’re stuck not feeling well with nowhere to turn and you feel like you are going to a million doctors but no one is helping you… when you are spending all of your waking hours dedicated to your health.

I know.


I get it.

But you can go beyond that.

And treat yourself to something every day.

Even if it’s just a little sunshine or a sunflower.

Go ahead, you can do it.


And then you can dig into this fabulous gluten-free breakfast.

I mean, come on now, it’s not every day you get to enjoy a tasty quinoa breakfast, is it? Sit down, take a few extra minutes to savor your first meal of the day before you rush out the door and then  go treat yourself to something special… even if it’s just a nice bottle of seltzer with a fresh lemon.

…how does that sound to you?


Gluten-Free Almond Quinoa Breakfast
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Soy-Free and Sugar-Free
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook quinoa with almond milk, banana and sea salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Set aside and cover for 15 minutes or until almond milk is completely absorbed. Add remaining ingredients; mix well to combine.
  2. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Almond Quinoa Breakfast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 376mg16%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 19IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This looks so easy and delicious. I would also add a bit of coriander and maybe a dash of ginger too. I bet it would be easy to swap out different nuts or berries according to whatever was in the pantry. Thanks so much!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this GF option! A protein packed kick start to the morning! Top that with some PB & Co. and I’m a happy woman! 😛 Pass the peanut butter!

  3. Treating ourselves is such an important part of keeping a healthy balance in life. I wish more people would do so and not equate treating oneself with being selfish. Simply because that’s not true. Also, as you say, even the smallest things can be ways of treating ourselves and brightening our days immediately.

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! I never imagined having quinoa for breakfast! I usually eat it as a side for dinner. I love cooking with coconut oil and I use cranberries and almonds in my salads. I never imagined it would come together to make such a nice breakfast! Also, im here for the Peanut Butter & Co drawing, im pretty hopeful! just finished my 4th jar….

  5. I’m not gluten-free but I love almond and I’ve had quinoa as a dinner/lunch food so this looks really good 🙂 I’d love to win the pb though.

  6. I’ve never made quinoa like oatmeal before, but this sounds amazing! I will definitely be trying out this recipe for my next breakfast! Yummmm!

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  8. Mmm, bet this would pair well with a flavored peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co with some sliced apples for dippin’. 😉

  9. 5 stars
    Great recipe! And we LOVE Peanut Butter & Co….would love to try some other flavors (we inhale the chocolate!)

  10. I’m going to treat myself by buying something cute to wear!
    And I agree we need to stop comparing everything.
    I love pb too!!!!

  11. 5 stars
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