How do vegan, vegetarian and other plant-forward diets work for people who engage in intense exercise? Aramark registered dietitian nutritionist Amy Anderson examines how following a plant-only or plant-forward eating pattern can help you hit the gym, trail or road.
The Joy of Soy
No animal protein? No problem. When trying to go vegetarian, vegan or plant-forward, you may question if you’re able to get enough protein each day. Amy says soy-based foods, like tofu, edamame and tempeh are the heroes here with high quality, plant-based protein.
Whole and Ready to Roll
What about before a workout? Set the processed food aside and go with a whole-food-first approach. Plant-forward options like a banana with peanut butter, a handful of nuts or our Strawberry Chia Toast with Greek Yogurt provide the nutrients your body needs to take your workout to the next level.
Now that you’re nice and hungry, give our Eggplant Meatball Marinara recipe a try. The star of this vegetarian dish is—you guessed it—eggplant! It’s roasted with low sodium soy sauce for depth of flavor and mixed with quinoa, onion, garlic and other ingredients for a deliciously satisfying meat alternative.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.