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Pro Beach Volleyball Picks: Curry Chicken Quinoa

August 18, 2015 by

For the first time, Sun-Maid is a sponsor at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a 6-day tournament and festival in Long Beach, California. With 26 countries participating, it’s the largest non-Olympic beach volleyball event in the world. It’s the final 2016 Rio Olympics qualifier on U.S. soil and Sun-Maid is proud to be fueling the competitors with Natural California Raisins. Here, top players share their favorite Sun-Maid Raisin dishes with us. #RememberRaisins #WSOBV


My favorite raisin recipe is a curry chicken quinoa dish. I sautee the curry dusted chicken breast (small chunks) in a pan. In a separate pan sautee some veggies in high heat oil (I like garlic, bell pepper, onion, zucchini and sundried tomatoes). Toss the chicken, veggies, and prepared quinoa in a bowl with some raisins and voila! It’s a homemade recipe that Andrew and I came up with, so we don’t measure anything. We just eyeball it. Oh and don’t forget salt and pepper!


*Image shown above is Sun-Maid’s recipe for Quinoa with Raisins and Carmelized Onions. Recipe here


Lauren Fendrick

Lauren Fendrick (Website at laurenfendrick.com) is a 33-year old American pro beach volleyball star hailing from Carlsbad, CA. At the net, Lauren is one of the most intimidating blockers in the world. A USA alternate at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Lauren has her sights set squarely on the 2016 Rio Games. Alongside defensive wizard Brooke Sweat, Lauren’s two-person team currently ranks #1 in the USA and #14 in the world on the FIVB (international tour.) She’ll be competing in the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball August 18-23 in Long Beach, CA—the final Olympic qualifier on U.S. soil! TV schedule

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Suzanne Nelson

Dr. Nelson recently joined the staff of Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania as a nutrition and wellness advisor and sports nutritionist. Previously, she was the Director of Sports Performance Nutrition in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley. While in California, she was the team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers and provided nutrition consultation to the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. In addition, Dr. Nelson has advised elite amateur athletes at the national, world, and Olympic level. She is a nationally known speaker in sports nutrition and is the author/editor of several books and numerous scientific journal articles. Dr. Nelson is the Nutrition and Health Advisor for Sun-Maid.

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