Five Quinoa Recipes You Need to Try

We recently featured quinoa as one of our Quick and Easy Healthy Proteins. Quinoa is the perfect carbohydrate to eat straight after a workout as it replenishes the muscles and is a complete protein that will repair the impact of training.

Here are five quinoa recipes for you to try after your next workouts.

Quinoa, Broccoli and Chickpeas

quinoa broccoli
With three of the cleanest sources of protein, this recipe is the ideal post-workout meal. Just one cup of broccoli will provide you with 100 percent of your daily intake for potassium vitamin C and vitamin K, all of which help to keep muscles and bones strong.

Quinoa Patties

quinoa cakes
These patties go really well with almost anything to make a nutritious meal. You could add salmon turning them into fish cakes or simply have them with a few portions of vegetables. This recipe will make around 20 patties so you can save some for another meal or even use them for a healthy snack.

Beetroot and Quinoa Burgers

quinoa and beetroot burger
Finding a healthy burger that tastes great is like discovering a fine wine that leaves you feeling fresh in the morning. This beetroot and quinoa burger is exactly that. Beetroot is also another great super food packed with antioxidants. If you suffer from gluten intolerance you can swap the burger bun with portobello mushrooms or slices of sweet potato.

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

quinoa cereal
Breakfast is one of the hardest meals of the day to keep healthy. It is very easy to sacrifice but is also one of the most important ways to start your day. Cereal is well known for how quick and easy it is to prepare, but it can quite often be packed with unhealthy sugars. This quinoa cereal recipe, once made, can be prepared in the mornings within minutes. You can also use almond milk to keep it lactose free as well as add any extra fruits. We tried banana and blueberries which hit the spot nicely.

Quinoa, Chickpea and Spinach Salad

quinoa spinach salad
Salads are perfect to take to the office for lunch. The beauty of a salad is that you can add extra vegetables to enhance the nutritional content. This recipe will give you the perfect base for you to add in your own favourite ingredients.

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Quick and Easy Healthy Proteins

Our bodies are literally made out of proteins. When we exercise we use proteins to repair and rebuild muscle cells. Protein based foods can also be used to replace calorie dense foods when trying to burn fat. This can leave you fuller for longer. However remember that for effective protein digestion you must eat them with a small amount of good carbohydrates.

Choosing the healthiest protein foods is easy if you stick to organic and those without any unwanted added extras. We have made a list of our favourite proteinous foods and the best way to eat them!

Animal Proteins

Eggs – One of the best mixes of protein and good fats. A great go to breakfast and also a great high protein snack when hard boiled.

Beef Jerky – Jerky has a bad reputation for being unhealthy. But if you buy beef jerky from a good natural source it is packed full of protein and easy to eat on the go.

Turkey – Turkey breasts are easy to cook in bulk and can be ready to eat when you get home from the gym. It’s a great lean source of protein with only 1g of fat per 30g serving.

Seafood Proteins

Sardines – Sardines are great for adding to salads straight from the tin. Making it a quick and easy meal after late training sessions. Just squeeze a bit of lemon for some zing!

Sardines Protein

Salmon – Salmon is extremely high in omega 3 which is a very important nutrient for muscular recovery. Smoked salmon slices can be eaten on the go or baked salmon can be added to a summer salad to increase the protein in the meal.

Prawns – Pre cooked prawns are one of the easiest on-the -go proteins around. They are perfect for post gym recovery with around 22g of protein for a 85g portion and packed with omega 3 fatty acids.

Non Animal Proteins

Nuts – Raw nuts and good quality, organic nut butters can be eaten on the go or at the desk. Try peanut butter spread on apple slices for a natural energy kick.

Peanut Butter Protein

Lentils – Lentils are full of Iron, Vitamin B, magnesium and are a good amount of protein for a plant based food. Try making a large batch of homemade spicy lentil soup then freezing it for an easy, nutritious meal.

Hummus – Made from mainly chickpeas, it’s a yummy high protein plant based protein. A great proteinous snack when eaten in small amounts and easy to make at home.

Quinoa – Quinoa is a carbohydrate with one of the highest protein values that can replenish energy levels as well as aid muscle recovery. Great to add into salads or to make quinoa breakfast pots.

Quinoa protein

Greek yogurt – Greek yoghurt is loaded with calcium making it one of the best foods to keep bones strong and healthy. It also contains around 10g of protein per 100g serving. Try mixing it with frozen berries for extra vitamins and minerals.

Protein Shakes – The easiest alternative protein source to whole foods. You can go for standard whey protein or try a hemp protein for a dairy free option.

Got a favourite on the go protein snack? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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