Tara Gidus

Runner Recipe: Maple Quinoa
with Red Grapes

Earlier this week, we talked about the importance of refueling after a morning run. Today, we're going to give you a tool to do it! Introducing maple quinoa with red grapes!

This dish develops a sweet, nutty flavor and is the perfect way to refuel your body! So while you're preparing for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend, remember to: Eat well; run hard!

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Maple Quinoa with Red Grapes

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup whole pecans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In small pot over medium heat, cook quinoa in water with cinnamon and salt for 18-20 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed.
  • While quinoa is cooking, toast pecans in a skillet on medium-low heat until fragrant. Let cool; roughly chop.
  • Add maple syrup, chopped pecans, and halved grapes to cooked quinoa.

Comments or questions? Tweet me @DietDivaTara.

Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.