Spring is here and fresh and lighter lunches are starting to be really appealing. I keep ingredients on hand for salads that I can assemble faster than a sandwich. Triple washed greens, pre-cooked beets, peppery radishes and colorful peppers are some of my favorite spring veggies. Both spinach and beets are fantastic foods for athletes because they are both high in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in our bodies and help with blood flow and blood pressure, optimizing stamina in our workouts. Another secret ingredient in this salad is hemp hearts, which provide plant-based omega-3 fats, fiber and protein, along with a delicious nutty taste.
Ingredients:-2 cups of triple washed greens
Instructions:Start with greens of choice as the base of your salad. Top with radishes, beets and peppers, or whatever veggies you prefer. Add a few dollops of hummus, crumble the goat cheese and sprinkle the hemp hearts. Finish with a drizzle of your favorite salad dressing. If you have an afternoon workout following this meal, you can add extra carbohydrate with chickpeas or another legume. If you need more protein than what is provided here (about 20 grams), you can always top with chicken, fish, steak or tofu. Enjoy!