Is there anyone here that has experience with being a vegetarian and eating right for strength training? I'm not a fan of protein powders, so I really want to get it all from food. I'm constantly reading that you should eat protein, protein, protein for building muscle, but I know that most vegetarian sources of protein aren't complete proteins. Which ones should I eat? When and how much? Any help, greatly appreciated.
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Vegetarian Nutrition for Training(4 posts)
Any tofu is really good for you. In fact, some people argue that it's better than the real meats, because it's lower in fat content. The main reason that a lot of veg. sources of protein aren't as good is because of the lack of amino acids. I'm not sure how strict of a vegetarian you are, but cheeses/yogurts/eggs all have some of these amino acids. Also, you can consider oils that contain Omega3 to help boost (it's usually found in fish).
I was a vegetarian for 6 years. I know how hard it can be. I eventually gave it up so that I could train healthy.
I'm not sure if this site helps, but there's a list of high protein foods, and examples of protein in vegetables and wheats at the bottom...
Look into Hemp Protein. I use Nutiva. It has a good amount of protein and fiber. Hemp is also the only complete vegetable protein with all 21 amino acids. I used to use whey (with no chemicals added - just plain), but I am gravitating towards more vegetables than meats in my diet.
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