Loaded with protein, fiber, and valuable minerals like iron, it’s no surprise quinoa has been deemed a “superfood.” Technically quinoa is a seed, but it’s easy and quick to prepare like a grain. With its high nutritional value, quinoa is a food item all endurance athletes should have on their plates. Keep a large batch of cooked quinoa around to heat up like oatmeal, incorporate into yogurt parfaits, sauté with vegetables, or try some of these crafty cooked quinoa recipes.
Boost your favorite pancakes with protein and texture by adding quinoa to the mix. Add 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1 egg white and 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk, to your prepared pancake mix. Optional: Add chopped nuts, dried fruit and/or fresh berries to the mix with the quinoa. Pancakes may take an additional 30–60 seconds per side to cook.