Quinoa, the grain (or technically the seed) du jour, seems to be everywhere – from restaurant menus to potluck dinner parties, you’ll even find it at the hospital salad bar! It’s a great addition to a runner’s diet – full of muscle fueling carbohydrates, muscle repairing protein, and lots of fiber to keep you full on fewer calories—all for only 110 calories per half cup of cooked. Quinoa is also packed with a whole host of vitamins (primarily B vitamins) and minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper). It’s naturally gluten free so it’s a perfect option for those with a gluten allergy or sensitivity, and the only “grain” that is a complete protein, making it a great addition to vegetarian or vegan diets.
Added bonus? It’s easy and quick to prepare.
For more on cooking with quinoa and a delicious fall recipe continue reading on Runner’s Plate.
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