May 14, 2013 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

Ever since I trained for and ran my first half-marathon last February, I have been extremely interested in experimenting with healthy recipes. One ingredient keeps appearing over and over in the recipes I’m finding – quinoa. While it looks similar to rice, quinoa isn’t actually a grain at all; it’s a seed. And this little seed packs lots of protein and fiber, so it’s a great replacement in rice or pasta dishes. You may have seen LFA Master Trainer Deb’s post last week about a quinoa salad. If you haven’t, I would recommend checking that out as well.

But quinoa is not only for savory dishes; it has a sweet side too.  

Kate O'Leary
 

May 09, 2013 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

I recently had the pleasure of participating and attending Eaton Corporation’s Health Fair in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the local Cleveland vendors, Joe’s, handed out a  great Northwest Quinoa Salad recipe that I’ve tested in today’s blog post. It’s a very fresh and light salad with robust flavors and healthy too.

Quinoa is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. This recipe is served cold and pairs well with flank steak or grilled chicken.

Northwest Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of dry quinoa        
  • .5 lemon
  • .25 cup fresh chopped basil
  • .25 cup fresh chopped shallots
  • .25 cup dried Bing cherries
  • .25 cup dry, roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • .25 tsp. salt
  • .25 black pepper
Deborah McConnell
 

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