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Quinoa Taco Salad

Posted by LoveandZest
April 07, 2016
Featured in: Athlete Eats, Lunch, Salads
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Ready in under 10 minutes, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

Ready in under 10 minutes, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

 

I’m thrilled that I get to share recipes and write this column, Athlete Eats. Fueling athletes is a passion of mine both professionally and personally. As a sports dietitian, triathlete, and marathoner, I know first hand that simple and fast meal and snack recipes are so important to eating healthy and supporting rigorous training. Bottom line, the athlete’s time is limited and they don’t have the space in their schedule to spend a long time in the kitchen.

I recently read an interesting research study that showed people typically make a choice: fitness or healthy cooking. People who cook healthy have less time to exercise and those who exercise have less time to cook healthy. Have you experienced this? I know it’s true in my life!

We like to think that we can do it all, but in reality we all have a limited amount of time. In this column I hope to inspire you that healthy cooking doesn’t have to mean spending a long time in the kitchen. My goal is to share quick, healthy, and simple recipes that support training so you can fuel your athletic endeavors and optimize your training for performance.

One of my go to recipes is the Quinoa Taco Salad. It’s got a great balance of all the food groups and you can toss it together in 5-10 minutes! It’s highly adaptable to your taste buds and preferences too. This meal makes a nice lunch or dinner and it’s easy to make it for one person. Toss in grilled steak or chicken breast into this recipe for extra protein. Fuel well, train hard! 

~Kristina

Ready in under 10 minutes, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

Ready in under 10 minutes, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

Ready in under 10 mins, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout! @KristinaLaRueRD
Ready in under 10 minutes, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!

Quinoa Taco Salad

Yield

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped mango
  • 1 plum tomato, diced
  • 10 blue corn tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1/2 small avocado, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh salsa

Directions

  1. In serving bowl, layer romaine lettuce and top with quinoa, beans, mango, tomato, chips, avocado, and salsa.

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Calories 359
Carbohydrates 52g
Fiber 13g
Sugar 14g
Fat 14g
Protein 9g
Sodium 421mg
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Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
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