Reader Question: Raw Vegan Bodybuilding
Reader Pat asked an excellent question about how to keep up with a high protein diet while bodybuilding:
I have a question for vegans on this site. I am starting a bodybuilding program and part of the training encourages us to eat 100 grams of protein daily. Right now I eat raw vegan…and there is NO way I can get that protein in. Ideas out there?
It’s great to hear about athletes embracing veganism! It’s a common misconception that vegans can’t be athletic or get enough protein. Now that folks like Mike Tyson and the Old Spice guy embracing veganism, that perception is shifting.
The RDA for protein is around 50g per day if you’re eating a 2000 calorie diet. For someone like Pat who is trying to quickly build up muscle, it can be a little bit tricky to get so much more than the normal amount of protein through a raw vegan diet.
To reach twice the average daily value of protein, Pat will probably be eating a lot more raw nuts and drinking raw nut milk.
Sprouted beans are another good source of raw protein. Most folks are familiar with alfalfa and soybean sprouts, but you can sprout pretty much any bean, if you’ve got the patience. Just cover with water, changing the water daily, until a little shoot forms on top of the beans. Then, you’re ready to munch them as a snack or toss them with a salad. Here’s a great resource for folks looking to sprout their own beans and grains.
And now I turn to you, seasoned vegan foodies! Where else can Pat squeeze in a bit more raw, vegan protein?
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