Did you know that 5 of the most important vegan foods can make all the difference for people seeking to change to a plant-based diet? The bulk of calories in the average American diet come from meat. This poses a problem for people considering a switch to a vegan diet. They need to replace these meat-based calories with plant-based foods rich in protein and healthy fats. These foods must not only be healthy but also tasty and calorie-rich to support their busy lives.
As You Eliminate Meat, Add These 5 Important Vegan Foods To Your Diet
Hands down, pumpkin seeds are the most underrated and underutilized food source for anyone looking to grow stronger. Not only are pumpkin seeds super healthy because they’re loaded with good fats and are high in fiber, but they also contain a very impressive spectrum of amino acids.
Pumpkin seeds are especially rich in an amino acid called leucine, which is crucially important in protein signaling after a workout. Pumpkin seeds are nearly 50% protein by weight and 50g/day would provide you with a great source of post-workout protein.
Whether you’re vegan or not, oatmeal makes a great addition to your nutrition program. Oatmeal contains a wide spectrum of amino acids, fiber (both soluble and insoluble), and is a rich source of complex carbohydrates.
Oatmeal tastes great cooked on its own as a cereal. It tastes even better in granola.
- bananas, and
Eating these fruits can rapidly replenish muscle glycogen levels. This makes them the perfect post-workout snack to combine with your plant-based protein.
Fruits in general also serve as a major source of micronutrients in your diet, so be sure you get plenty of them!
Soy is one of the oldest and best-known sources of natural, plant-based protein. Naturally low in fat and carbohydrates, it provides a wide spectrum of amino acids and is considered to be a complete protein.
In addition to protein, soy also contains a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great substitute for fish and other omega-rich meats. Soy foods are rich in:
- antioxidants, and
- essential polyunsaturated fats.
Since traditional bread is made from processed flour and processed wheat, consider switching to bread made from sprouted grains to give your overall health a mighty boost.
Eat These Five To Thrive!
The more you look, the more you will discover that there is a huge array of foods you can eat on a vegan diet for optimal performance, health, and longevity.
Eat these five important foods and continue to actively seek other plant-based sources of protein, carbohydrates, and fats and you will not only survive but thrive!
To Your Health!
Sharon Iezzi, Manager
Oklahoma Academy Country Store