He’s about to make your life really simple: Here, Borges dishes on how you can use three powerhouse ingredients—quinoa, lentils, and spinach—to create three meals that will provide perfect fuel, whether you’re on your way to your dance cardio class, just getting home from work, or need a detox day.Well… sort of. Borges, an exercise physiologist and nutrition pro, is the creator of the plant-based 22 Days Nutrition program (which Bey and J famously took on), and his book The 22-Day Revolution, walks you through the plant-based plan.
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1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup spinach
“Quinoa is a complex carb, so it’s slow-burning and gives you sustained energy,” says Borges. “The lentils are a great source of protein, and the spinach, well, Popeye. Need I say more?”
“Lentils have amino acids that aid in muscle recovery,” Borges says. “The spinach is great for reducing inflammation and the quinoa will help restore muscle glycogen—in other words, give you energy.”
“In this dish, there’s more spinach, because it’s rich in glutathione, which locks and drags toxins out of your body,” Borges says. “The quinoa is wheat- and gluten-free and has a low glycemic index, while the lentils are the most alkaline-forming of all protein sources, which helps reduce inflammation.”