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!
Ready in under 10 mins, this Quinoa Taco Salad is the perfect way to refuel after a tough workout! @KristinaLaRueRD Tweet this
Quinoa Taco Salad
- 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
- In serving bowl, layer romaine lettuce and top with quinoa, beans, mango, tomato, chips, avocado, and salsa.