It’s never been easier to be a vegan, though there are still so many conflicted opinions about this lifestyle. Some argue that human diet simply shouldn’t be without meat in it, others that the body needs more than just plant-based food to keep a healthy and balanced metabolism and there are some who believe that going vegan won’t do on the long run. Of course, the people on the other side of the court have their own set of arguments which include caring about what you ingest while at the same time preserving the environment and becoming the healthiest version of yourself by giving veganism a chance. Whatever your side of the court is, this article might come in handy for you.
If you’re already playing for the vegan team and you’re also constantly working on getting your body in optimal shape, then you’ve got your work cut out for you. It can be a challenge to remain consistent in your vegan diet while working out, especially because it takes time to navigate your way around finding protein-rich vegan snacks for your post-workout meals. Thankfully, innovative people are constantly whipping up some new and exciting recipes you can try out to get your boost after exercising. We’ll talk about a few that have caught our attention, but before that, here’s a list of ingredients to consider to incorporate into your post-workout meals.
Though they might be a bit funny to look at and chewy to eat, chia seeds are by far one of the best ingredients you can incorporate into your post-workout meal. They are one of the super foods and incredibly rich in protein, you get around 10g of protein per ounce, which is pretty amazing. Protein is indispensible for effective recovery of the muscles, it helps them grow and get stronger in every way. You can use chia seeds in many different ways, either as a part of your meal or even better, put them in a high protein dessert such as a shake or chia seed pudding.
One of our favorite desserts that is super healthy and easy to make is chocolate chia seed pudding, which gives you just the creaminess and sweetness you crave after exercising. It is really simple to make and you only need a couple of ingredients that you can find in your cupboard – cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla extract, some dates and of course chia seeds. For the maximum deliciousness, let the pudding set in the fridge overnight and you’ll be amazed how sinful can such a healthy treat seem.
This legume is one of the most versatile products you can have in your everyday diet and whatever you want to eat, chances are that chickpeas will go well with it. This is another great source of protein, which will help you reduce the time of recovery significantly, simply because with one tablespoon of chickpeas you get around 2g of protein. We like to talk about the ingredients in the vegan diet that are versatile and this is exactly the case with chickpeas – you can roast them and have a healthy snack, you can enjoy some homemade hummus or make a salad that will satiate your hunger and make you feel good about your eating habits.
One of our go-to vegan meals that we wholeheartedly recommend is actually warm, but really scrumptious. It includes lots of garlic, cumin and chickpeas that are all sautéed together, only to have everything made even better with some sundried tomatoes, bunch of fresh spices and herbs and don’t forget olive oil. Everything is done in a jiffy, you get a hearty meal that is tasty and great for your exhausted body too.
Immature soy beans aka edamame are not just a great source of protein, but they’re equally rich in calcium and iron, which is invaluable for our blood and bones as well. Also, edamame has got plenty of healthy carbs that replenish your metabolism and provide it with energy to function without a glitch. Edamame is really easy to consume, all you need to do is get those little devils out of their pods and make them in whatever way you seem fit.
We’ll share with you one salad recipe that is refreshing yet fulfilling and can be eaten on the go, as long as you bring it with you when you leave the house.
Classic Edamame Salad
½ of chopped red bell pepper
1 ½ cups of frozen petite corn kernels
½ lb. of frozen shelled edamame
1⁄4 cup of finely chopped red onion
1/3 of cup sliced green onion
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil or oregano
Fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoons of olive oil
1⁄4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
What to do:
Before you start your salad, make sure to prepare your edamame according to directions found on the package, as the process can be slightly different for different brands.
Take all the salad ingredients – edamame, onions, bell pepper, parsley, corn kernels and spice herbs and combine them in a bowl.
To make a dressing, take your olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and spices, mix or whisk them well to combine and then simply add the veggies into the dressing. Toss it all around until everything is equally coated and juicy. Eat and enjoy.
Eating delicious and hearty meals after working out is crucial both when you’re trying to lose weight, as well as for building muscles. These simple vegan recipes will hopefully inspire you to give them a try and even become more creative in the kitchen yourself. Do you have any favorite post-workout foods? Let us know all about it in the comments.