Eat Like America’s Greatest Athletes

[BLUE DIAMOND PARALLAX]Directions • Prepare quinoa according to package directions, using chicken or vegetable stock. Transfer cooked quinoa to large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil and set aside. • Toast Blue Diamond Almonds in non-stick pan over medium heat, stirring constantly. When nuts brown, remove from heat and chop. • In a separate mixing bowl, combine apricots, chopped peppers and almonds. Stir to mix well. Fold peppers, apricot and almond mix into quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Did You Know?

Almonds have long been a favorite snack among the world’s best athletes. Rich in vitamins, nutrients, and protein (not to mention low in calories), these crunchy nuts are a powerful source of energy, promote good heart health, and can help keep your weight down.

They’re also a cornerstone ingredient in some of today’s tastiest and most nutritious recipes. That’s why Blue Diamond has shared a few of their favorites. From almond-based snacks that will power you through workdays and workouts to delicious almondmilk smoothies perfect for that active summer lifestyle, dig into these inspiring recipes that are sure to keep you fit, fast, and feeling great.

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds

• 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
• 2 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
• 2 tbps. Olive oil
• ½ cup apricots (dried); diced
• 1 each red, yellow and green pepper; diced
• ½ cup Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds
• Salt/pepper to taste

Snack Tip

"Begin refueling with a mixture of dried cherries and almonds. This ‘sport fuel’ is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein and other nutrients important for a swimmer’s recovery"
— Andrea Rudser-Rusin, USA Swimming Dietitian

Pancake Smoothie

• 1 cup ice
• 1 cup Chocolate Almond Breeze Almondmilk
• 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
• 1 banana
• 2 cups frozen strawberries

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Antioxidant-Packed Almond Trail Mix

• 3 cups Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds
• ¾ cups (unsweetened) dried cherries
• ¾ cups (unsweetened) coconut flakes
• ½ cups mini dark chocolate (70% coca) chips

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl and store in air-tight container. Enjoy a quarter cup at a time.

Snack Tip

“Top your morning oatmeal with a sprinkle of slivered almonds. This simple addition can add protein, calcium, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats; all of which help get the swimmer’s day started right.”
— Andrea Rudser-Rusin, USA Swimming Dietitian

Ace Smoothie

• 1 cup ice
• 1 1/2 cups frozen berries
• 3 tbsp almond butter
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
• 2 cups Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze Almondmilk

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