Plant-based Nutrition Tip for Athletes

February 9, 2019

Are you a plant-based dieting athlete looking for game day nutrition? You've come to the right place.

 

Being vegan doesn’t always mean being healthy. There are so many unhealthy alternatives and options out there that it's often difficult to decide what to do. To ensure one is making right choices, it's best to try to stay away from any foods that are highly processed and stick to fresh foods that come from the earth.

 

Sometimes it is important to listen and understand your body. Loosen up on counting calories or measuring any foods, but rather, listen to your body and also take into consideration your training regimen. For instance, leading up to a game, it's pivotal to fuel up with some extra power than any other day.

Game Day Nutrition

 

Here is a breakdown of a nice regimen to follow on game day:

 

  • Breakfast: Vanilla Banana Protein Pancakes (made with protein powder) topped with almond butter, fresh fruit, nuts & seeds and a splash of maple syrup

  • Snack: Banana & almond butter

  • Pre-game meal: Bagels with hummus and avocado spread, sweet Italian sausage, hummus & tomato

  • Post-game meal: Chocolate protein, cherry, almond butter & almond milkshake with sweet potato and a burger

 

 

Additional Recipe Ideas:

 

 

Avo Toast:

  • Two slices of bread

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 tsp hemp seeds

  • 1 tsp chia seeds

  • Squeeze of lemon

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Tomato slices optional

 

Sweet Potato Hash:

  • 1 cup chopped sweet potato

  • 1/2 onion chopped

  • 1 cup red bell pepper chopped

  • 1 cup broccoli

  • 1 cup mushrooms

  • 1 cup black beans

  • 1 field roast sausage sliced

 

As you can see, it's not really that complicated. You learn to adapt your menu to what works for you through trial and error. Once you have a plan, you try and stick to it because it works. It's that simple.

 

 

Cheers everyone.

 

 

 

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