Quinoa! Who knew it was such a cool “grain?” Likely few, because quinoa, the part that we eat, is a actually the seeds harvested from the plant. It contains all 9 essential amino acids, that makes it a complete protein, and thus able to be used by the body to build and repair muscle. A plant based complete protein, which offers roughly 8/9 grams of protein per cup cooked, is a rare bird. Vegetarians, sticking largely with a whole foods diet, have to be a bit more vigilant when it comes to consuming complete proteins. We know if you run a body, under fueled in protein, your body may break down your muscle for energy(wrong direction runner!). Click here to get the equation you can use to get an idea of, ball park, how much protein you need to ingest to support YOUR runner body.