It seems to be that there is a collective fear among the Western world, that if we’re not eating animal products, then we won’t get enough protein….But in actual fact, quite the opposite is true.
With so many amazing, high-quality, vegan plant-based protein powders available, it’s no wonder why there are so many vegans winning bodybuilding competitions – including Mr. Universe.
Soy, hemp, brown rice protein, yellow pea protein powder, mixed protein powders (e.g. vega – quinoa, buckwheat, lentils, beans). These are just a few of the plant-based proteins that are now available worldwide. It seems as though the argument about animal protein is one that is debatable.
It’s not just our environment, the animals, and our health that plant-based nutrition is known to improve…now there is more and more evidence of how plant-based proteins can build muscle just as effectively as animal protein.
But Why Vegan Protein?
It’s no accident that some of the strongest land mammals with high muscle mass are all vegan – including gorillas, horses, elephants and rhinoceros to name a few.
Many bodybuilders around the world have made the transition from animal to vegan protein with outstanding success.
Some of the best vegan proteins include:
Grains like wheat, rice, and oats.
Vegetables and legumes such as: peas, lentils, chickpeas and potato.
Beans – excellent source of protein and fiber.
Nuts – Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and pistachios, cashews and brazil nuts.
Seeds – Quinoa, buckwheat, chia seeds, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and oatmeal.
Tempeh/Organic tofu, edamame – foods containing soy, such as: tempeh, tofu, and edamame, all offer complete protein containing all amino acids.
Greens – spinach, kale, spirulina and broccoli.
Creating a mass gaining, plant-based meal plan is easier than you might think.