Okay, so you’ve seen the videos, you’ve heard about factory farming, and you’re ready to stop eating animals. Great news! A well-balanced vegan diet provides all the nutrients you need to be in tip top shape.
Not only is it easy to be a vegan athlete, it’s healthier to be a vegan athlete! Animal products are high in saturated fat, and contribute to cancer and heart disease (also, the high sulfur content of animal protein actually weakens people’s bones—not cool). Protein, calcium, and other nutrients consumed from non-animal sources are much healthier and much more efficient for our bodies.
What about protein, iron, and calcium, you ask? Here’s the scoop:
- Foods with protein: quinoa, broccoli, spinach, peanut butter, chickpeas, tempeh, lentils, and many vegan meats.
- Foods with iron: beans, potatoes, tahini, almonds, raisins, kale, brussel sprouts, chickpeas, bagels, tempeh, and tofu.
- Foods with calcium: beans, kale, soy milk, tofu, broccoli, and fortified orange juice!
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