1. Superfood Salad This salad is packed with all the nutrition you need to fuel, repair and support the needs of an endurance athlete. Chia seeds lend a healthy dose of Omega 3’s, beneficial for inflammation, while pumpkin and sunflower seeds provide protein and the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E. Berries add a touch of sweetness and color, with immune boosting benefits of Vitamin C, and spinach supplies large amounts of Vitamin K for bone and muscle repair. Tossed with protein and fiber-rich quinoa, everything you need is right in your salad bowl.
Get the recipe 2. Chicken Enchiladas These enchiladas pack so much flavor, it’s hard to believe they are a healthy version. Once you make this recipe it will become a staple in your household. Even better, they can be customized by adding more veggies and eliminating or substituting the meat. Also, they can be made ahead and stored in the fridge to bake off on a busy night and are a great batch meal to serve to a group or keep for leftovers. Keep in mind the first time you make these you will be learning the steps, but the second and third time they become much more routine!
Get the recipe 3. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes While these may look gourmet, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make them. All of the elements of a nutrient-dense meal are stuffed into a sweet potato. As a bonus, they are easy to prepare, budget friendly and perfect for leftovers. Get the recipe 4. Sweet Potato Streusel Cakes These cakes don’t really need an introduction—one bite is enough to get hooked. Packed with vitamin A and fiber from the sweet potato, and protein from the eggs and cashew meal, these cakes are dense, moist and totally crave-worthy. Try serving for breakfast with a scoop of Greek yogurt, drizzle of maple syrup, and sprinkle of nuts. Also, see notes for how to make these cakes vegan or gluten-free.
Get the recipe 5. Summer Couscous Salad This colorful Israeli couscous salad is highlighted by crunchy fresh veggies, a bright pop of pomegranate seeds and a zesty basil-citrus dressing. Complement your grilling with this recipe at your next BBQ, or keep a large batch on hand for a quick weeknight side dish. Get the recipe 6. Shrimp Tacos Robust cumin crusted shrimp pair well with a creamy avocado mash, salty queso fresco and bright jicama slaw. These shrimp tacos are surprisingly easy to make. Get the recipe 7. Veggie and Bacon Hash All you need is one pan to make this beautiful and nutritious breakfast loaded with iron and vitamin rich veggies, robust bites of bacons, and creamy baked sunny-side up eggs. Get creative by substituting veggies already in your fridge, by adding potatoes, topping with avocado, or serving over toast, rice or quinoa.
Get the recipe 8. Almond, Acai and Blueberry Smoothie This smoothie packs a powerful punch of nutrition that is ideal for a quick recovery drink or breakfast. Berries and acai are loaded with antioxidants, detoxifiers and anti-inflammatory properties to help repair muscle damage and boost the immune system. Chia seeds add protein, fiber and Omega 3’s, while almond butter gives another dose of protein and adds a creamy texture. Cinnamon is the surprise ingredient that makes the flavor really stand out.
Get the recipe 9. Blueberry Pancake Bake Craving pancakes for breakfast, but don’t have time to stand around and flip them? This simple method of baking creates one light and fluffy cake, ready to cut, eat and go. Plus, the addition of almond flour adds a touch of extra protein to help sustain you through the morning.
Get the recipe 10. Chicken Sausage, Broccoli And Quinoa Bowl
For the past few years chef—and professional cyclist—Jessica Cerra has shared her healthy, tasty creations every week with the Triathlete.com audience. Here, we look back on the top 10 most popular Recipe of the Week articles featured on Triathlete.com in 2015. Visit Triathlete.com every Thursday for new ideas from Cerra.
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