Endurance Foods-Turkey

Got turkey?  If it were the day after Thanksgiving we would all say YES! But, even this time of year, it is  easy to get turkey.We know the value of protein for an athlete; it can be animal protein or plant protein, depending on your own preference. Personally, I am a vegetarian and prefer plant proteins; but I am always glad to share the value of animal protein with my athletes.

So, let’s talk “turkey!”

Why is turkey a superfood?  This is why:

Turkey skinless (or) chicken skinless

They contain: low fat protein, niacin,B6, B12, iron, selenium, zinc

Servings: 3-4 servings of 3-4 oz per week.

Benefits: heart health, reduce risk of cancer, improve immune system.

I especially like that turkey improves your immune system!  We have talked alot about free radicals and the importance of fruits and veggies  Now, we can add turkey to that list (though I still recommend fruits and veggies first…)

Need a recipe for Turkey Quinoa Soup?  Here it is:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped carrots

½ cup chopped celery

2 cups shredded, diced OR chopped cooked turkey

About 6 cups turkey broth (depends how you like your soup)

About 2 cups leftover veggies from Thanksgiving OR

1/2 cup each peas, corn and spinach (a Superfood)

½ cup quinoa, rinsed well

Herbs (optional) You may add a few springs of rosemary, thyme or marjoram while simmering.

Directions:

  1. Saute onions, carrots and celery in olive oil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Add herbs, if desired
  4. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is done
  5. Salt and pepper to taste (I am suppose to say that in a recipe, but only add salt if you need it for training or MUST have it for taste.)
  6. Most importantly…ENJOY!

Yields  10-12 cups of soup

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