Published on June 7th, 2015 | by Mark0
Vegetarian Bodybuilding Meal Plan
If you are looking for a vegetarian bodybuilding meal plan, then you’re at the right place. I know it’s hard to find a good weightlifting nutrition programs for vegetarians. The problem is that there is not a lot of protein in fruits and vegetables.
There is a solution to the problem, though. You have to get your protein from beans. You can also get protein from grains, especially rice. And here’s the best part…if you combine beans and rice, you can make a full protein. It’s almost the same as if you were to eat meat (as far as the protein types going into the body). By the way, that’s a good thing.
You can also get a can of Vega One vegetarian meal supplement to augment certain meals if you feel that you need it. Vega One has half of all the vitamins and minerals you need for a given day in one serving, too.
But something to consider…according to Dr. Ted Broer, producer of the program Eat, Drink, and be healthy, you really don’t need to be eating protein in the morning anyway. It is best to stick to fruits, oatmeal, and other grain cereals. The reason is that the fruits and cereals are easier to digest than protein sources.
By the way, another source of good protein is from nuts and various nut butters. Eating nuts will give you a certain amount of protein. Not only that, but some of these nuts can provide you with certain essential oils (such as Omega 3). So nuts can be a powerhouse food in moderation.
But you should watch how many nuts you eat at one time. Because of the fats from the natural oils in the nuts, the nuts themselves are high in calories. A ¼ cup of Walnuts has about 200 calories. So eat nuts sparingly.
And a warning on nut butters. They are extremely difficult for a child’s body to digest. So parents should wait until a child is at least 5 years old before feeding children any nut butters. If you feed a kid younger than five years nut butters, it might upset their stomachs. And the nut butter won’t digest properly. So feeding a young child nut butters will probably cause more issues than benefit. Just don’t do it.
Finally, here are some meal ideas for a vegetarian diet.
Make a fruit bowl of in season fruit. It would be best to make sure that the fruits are organic. And definitely make sure that you stay away from Monsanto’s “Frankenfood”. And if you get the fruit that’s in season, then it will most likely be fresh. Make sure to clean with a surfactant (ie dish soap) to get any dirt and grime (or pesticides of non-organic) off the fruit.
Another idea is to fix some Oatmeal. And I’m not talking about the pre-sweetened boxed garbage, either. I’m talking about the oatmeal that you have to boil down to the consistency that you like. Add a tbsp. of Brown Sugar, and a dash of Cinnamon. You can also add about ¼ scoop of Vega One (or more to taste). Be careful, the Vega One has some detox ingredients in it that may upset your stomach if you add too much.
For lunch, you can either indulge in a veggie platter of seasonal vegetables or fix a salad. If it’s possible, see if you can get beans with that veggie platter. If you are getting a Salad, then see if you can have the salad topped with beans. This way you get your protein for lunch.
For dinner, you will want to have a combination of beans and rice. This way you get a full protein. This is why most Mexican meals have a mix of beans and rice.
Then you can add in fibrous carbs as well. The fibrous carbs will help with regularity. Also, you can eat a lot of fibrous carbs and you will eat too many before you overeat your calories for the day.
The meal combinations here are endless. So I will leave you to experiment. But always have a rice or other grain for the starchy carb. This is so you can get that full protein.
And don’t worry about the high Glycemic Index (GI) of the rice. GI is calculated with the food by itself. In a mixed meal, the GI of all the foods in the meal average out. So a high GI food will “drop” to the average of the overall meal.
Of course, you can mix in nuts. But as I mentioned earlier, you want to watch how many nuts you are eating. Because of the fat in the nut oils, nuts are very high-calorie foods. And by the way, seeds are also on the table as far as snacks are concerned.
Also, if you allow dairy into your diet (some vegetarians do), then dairy is a great source of protein. Especially reduced fat cheeses and either 1% milk, skim milk, or goat’s milk. If you don’t allow dairy into your diet, then please disregard.
It is easy to come up with a vegetarian bodybuilding meal plan. All you have to do is follow the suggestions above. Then if you feel that you need more protein in your meal for bulking, add it from the beans. The starchy carbs may have too many calories to use for increasing your protein. Stay Strong.