We get a lot of people from our diet plan asking us what to eat for Meal 4, and it’s true sometimes that mid-afternoon meal can be the hardest to get right. We’re often out of the house, on the go and getting really hungry before our workout and then dinner. What’s the solution to satisfying your hunger, giving your body the nutrients and energy it needs and still making a healthy choice that’s not going to make you feel awful during your workout?
When we say a salad is the perfect choice, we understand that you might be thinking “yeah right”, but if you choose the right combination of ingredients a salad can be exactly what you need to get through the week. This recipe uses just a few ingredients, but it tastes great and provides the perfect blend of complete proteins, carbs and anti-oxidants.
Quinoa is great because even though it acts like a grain it is actually a seed, and a complete protein source. We recommend making a full batch over the weekend when you have some extra time so you can have it ready to throw into recipes throughout the week. If you do that this awesome recipe won’t even take any actual cooking day of!
Tone It Up Quinoa Spinach Salad
1 Cup Baby Spinach Leaves
1/4 Cup Quinoa, cooked according to package instructions
1 Tbs. Walnuts, Crushed and Unsalted
2 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
Place spinach, quinoa and walnuts into a bowl. Squeeze juice from lemon over the salad and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Toss and serve or put in a tupper ware to take with you :)
Add Chicken, Tofu or Tempeh or Black Beans if you want to make this salad a little more filling if you are making it to eat at home for Meal 5.
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