Workout Recovery Foods for Endurance Athletes

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If you have time to cook, give this quinoa salad a try.

Mediterranean Grain Salad with Avocado

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. loosely packed fresh dill
1/2 lb. quinoa, cooked and cooled
1 ripe large avocado, cut into ? inch cubes or 2 small avocados
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
1/2 medium hot house cucumber, cut lengthwise in quarters and sliced
1 cup artichoke hearts, cut in half
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
*Adapted from Mediterranean Pasta Salad with California Avocado


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions (2 cups of water/1 cup quinoa).
  2. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice and dill together until mixed well.
  3. Pour over quinoa to coat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.  Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.

You can substitute kidney beans, black beans or lentils for the white beans, and use brown rice, bulgur or whole wheat pasta instead of quinoa. Add any of your favorite vegetables and toss in chicken instead of the beans.   

Whether you're finishing a ride, run, or swim, nutrition is an important part of recovering properly. Remember the session isn't complete until you eat a well-balanced, nutrient-packed meal.

Also try: Quinoa Kale Salad With Black Beans and Cranberries

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