Strawberry Spinach Salad

A fresh wonderful salad perfect for fueling up before a workout.

  • 1 handful Spinach
  • 1 handful Green Leaf Lettuce
  • 1/2 c. Cooked Quinoa
  • 3/4 c. Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/4 c. Grilled Onion
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Almonds

Start with washed and chopped greens. Add the cooked quinoa, then the sliced strawberries. Next are the grilled onions. I like to grill them with olive oil in a little pan on the stove. Add more or less, according to your taste. Lastly, the good stuff – chopped fresh mozzarella and roasted almonds. Enjoy!

 

Leafy greens are essential to burning fat. So use more than 2 cups if you want. Colt says that salads are a great way for him to appease his strong appetite during training periods because they help him feel full without feeling heavy, like he would with a different choice of food like cheese, breads or meats.

The quinoa I used in this recipe was leftover from the previous day when I made quinoa burgers. I found them in my fridge and thought they’d be a nice addition to the salad. I used to think quinoa was a grain, but now I know it’s a plant protein (like a bean) and it has all 9 essential amino acids.

When I first made this, strawberries happened to be on sale and in season. I couldn’t pass them up and wanted so badly to make a salad with them. Here’s a huge tip – if strawberries aren’t in season, don’t use them in this salad, use another fruit that is in season. I actually smell the fruit at the store to see if it will be amazing. If the fruit smells amazing, it will probably taste amazing. If it doesn’t smell like anything, it probably won’t taste very good. When we lived in Italy, I actually noticed many Italians do this same thing. 🙂

I like to use purple onion because they give a sweeter flavor than a yellow or white. Because of this I often like to cook with the purple. And they don’t make our eyes tear up as bad when we slice them.

Fresh mozzarella & Roasted almonds – The combination of leafy greens and healthy fat is essential to burning fat. The healthy fat on your taste buds signals to your body to start the fat burning process. Fat also helps your body absorb the nutrients in the leafy greens, which contribute to the fat burning process. Too much fat is not helpful when trying to burn extra fat in your body, so keep your portions reasonable.

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