Vegan and Vegetarian Meals For Athletes
Updated: Jan 27, 2021
A plant-based approach to eating has increased in popularity in recent years as a result of health, environmental, and ethical reasons.
Diets where animal products are limited, and whole plant-based foods make up the majority of calories, may be effective in managing weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and reducing the risk of heart disease (1). This can be attributed to lower consumption of saturated fat and a greater intake of fiber and other essential nutrients (2).
A plant-based diet may be implemented in athletes, but special attention must be given to ensure energy and nutrient needs are met (3).
The following are examples of delicious, plant-based recipes for athletes to try.
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3. Rogerson D. Vegan diets: practical advice for athletes and exercisers. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2017;14-36.https://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-017-0192-9