Beans help build strong, lean muscle tissueThere are few other foods that manage to fit so much nutrition into such a small package, making them the perfect food for prepping for an athletic event. Not only does the protein in beans give you lots of energy to run, jump and pull your hardest, it also helps build lean muscle mass, critical for strength training.

We believe in the power of beans so strongly, we make sure our daughter’s rowing team always has a healthy meal full of lean foods before they race. In this past weekend’s regatta, we prepared a simple Mediterranean mixed bean salad that helped the girls power through to second place in their 2-kilometer race. Way to go, ladies!

 

 

Try this easy mixed bean salad the next time you need a burst of lean, heart-healthy energy:

Mediterranean Mixed Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 1 48 ounce jar Randall Beans Deluxe Mixed Beans, partially drained
  • 1 cup grilled onions, chopped
  • 1 preserved lemon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Parsley and chives, for garnish
  • Dressing
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Orange juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk dressing together and toss with salad ingredients. Let stand for a few hours to let the flavors meld. Serve chilled or room temperature with a lean protein like grilled chicken or fish and wash down with plenty of water for hydration.
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Summertime is the perfect time to try this tasty recipe featuring Randall Beans

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