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Protein Powerhouse: Tomato, Hummus, Sprouts & Quinoa Salad

 

  • Want a bright color salad packed with proteins?
  • Light, easy, prevents muscle cramps & fuels your workout!
  • Over 70% Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan, Packed with Vitamin C and Protein!
  • No Refined Sugar
  • Takes less than 10 minutes to make!

 

Introducing…  Protein Packed and Anti-aging Tomato and Quinoa Salad

(1) c. 1 Bowl of Quinoa

(2) c. 1-2 tomatoes, or 5-10 cherry tomatoes

(3) c. 1 Handful of Alfalfa Sprouts

(4) c. 1 Handful of Dried Cranberries

(5) c. 1 Handful of Raw Almonds

(6) c.  1/2 – 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil

(7) c. 1 teaspoon – 1/2 tablespoon of Fresh Lime/Lemon Juice

(8) c. 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon of Hummus (I like Wildwood Organic Hummus)

(9) Himalayan Salt

Preparation (Takes less than 10 minutes to make!):

It’s best if you have cooked quinoa that is leftover from the night before. Otherwise, you will have to add 20 minutes to this recipe to cook the quinoa.

Assuming you already have the cooked quinoa, this recipe will take less than 10 minutes to make.

First chop (2) and (3). Then mix (1) – (3) together.  Add (6), (7), and (8) into salad and stir.  Then, sprinkle (4) and (5) and mix again. Add a pinch of (9) for taste.

Why Tomato?

Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, A and K. According to whfoods, tomatoes are a very good source of potassium, vitamin B6, folate,  dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, niacin, vitamin E, iron, vitamin B1, and phosphorus, protein and copper!

Tomatoes are rich in carotenoid,  protecting cells and tissues from free radicals and oxidative damage which accelerates aging.

Why Quinoa?

Quinoa contains high protein content, and its lysine and isoleucine content allows the protein in quinoa to serve as a completeprotein sourceThis means that quinoa has the amino acids your body needs and can help you rebuild muscles especially after a strenuous workout.

Why Raw Almonds?

Protein Powerhouse! According to whfoods.com, a quarter-cup of almonds contains 7.62 grams—more protein than is provided by the typical egg, which contains 5.54 grams.

Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, and a good source of magnesium, copper, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus.

The vitamin E found in almonds can provide antioxidant action, and almond’s monounsaturated fats can lower LDL cholesterol.

Magnesium and potassium also help with muscle cramps.  

Why Alfalfa Sprouts?

According to USDA, alfafa sprout is also a great source of protein, Vitamin A, Niacin and Calcium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

Why Humus?

I didn’t have time to make my own humus so I used Wildwood’s Smoked Jalapeno & Garlic humus because it is slightly spicy and unlike many other humus I’ve tried, it isn’t sour. The texture of the humus is also smooth and thick.

Humus is also a protein powerhouse! According to whfoods.com, humus is good source of heart-healthy folate, muscle-building protein, digestive-supportive dietary fiber, antioxidant-promoting copper, and energy-producing phosphorus and iron…a.k.a. this  a great food to fuel your workout!

I also really like the humus from Mana !

Why Sesame Oil?

Not only is sesame oil a good source of minerals such as copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, it tastes amazing and goes well with hummus, giving it an Asian-fusion zing.

-Nicole

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Hope this gives you lots of protein power!

P.S. Feel free to sprinkle some sesame seeds on the salad!