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Protein Punch.

by caroline

I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s (very late-night) vlog update on the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse!I thought I would change things up a bit and do something different — it was fun!

On Day 4 of the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse, I mentioned that I wanted to bring my focus back to vegetarian- and vegan-based proteins when making meal decisions. For some reason, it seemed like the first few days of cleasing had led me to rely on eggs and fish as my sources of protein which I don’t have a problem with every now and then. But, while I don’t own the label of “vegetarian” or “vegan”, I do focus most of my meals around those exact principles (I’d say I’m a vegetarian who sometimes eats fish and eggs, and often likes to make vegan meals … my personal G-Spot!)

So, yesterday, I did just that — re-focused my meal decisions — and chose proteins, like beans instead. And today, I made this salad.

This salad is super-easy to whip up, and I adore it’s crunchiness and fresh flavors. Make it for yourself …

Protein-Packed Power Salad

by The G-Spot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, shredded
  • juice of 1/2 medium lemon, cut and squeezed
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp shelled hempseed (like Nutiva Organic Shelled Hempseed)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper of choice, diced
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Keep chilled until serving.

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This recipe is a perfect make-ahead-of-time dish to prepare and store for lunches throughout the week. I’m eating a bowl of it as I write this and it is deee-lish.

Happy Saturday!

** Get an update on the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse, here.