Vegetarian Bodybuilding Diet
Building muscle while on a vegetarian bodybuilding diet can be challenging but it is not impossible. Vegan bodybuilding is not the most popular muscle building diet amongst bodybuilders but it can be done and there a a small handful that do it.
This article is not to weigh in one way or the other when it comes to vegetarian bodybuilding. Personally I would find it difficult to eat a vegan bodybuilding diet. But for those who have chosen to follow a healthy vegetarian diet as a way to build muscle and get big in the gym I thought I would pass this article on to you. What this article is about is a single day of a guy who has been able to pack on muscle while following a Vegetarian Bodybuilding diet.
My friend and fellow strength coach Jason Ferruggia eats a healthy vegetarian diet and has been able to but on some good size and strength. Take a look at his vegetarian bodybuilding diet and pick up a thing or two about building muscle while being vegetarian.
He has put out a great healthy vegetarian diet recipe book jammed pack with killer recipes. For those of you who are not necessarily into vegetarian bodybuilding I still recommend you check it out. You can never have too many vegetables or too many protein sources.
The Jason Ferruggia One Day
Vegetarian Bodybuilding Diet Plan
One of the most frequent email requests I get is for a description of my vegetarian muscle building diet. Since there is such great interest in this topic I thought I would share it with you today.
Vegetarian Bodybuilding Breakfast
My day always starts with a shake. This will normally consist of rice, pea or hemp protein, or some combination of the three. I blend 30-40 grams of protein in 8oz of organic coconut milk and 8-12 oz water. I also blend in a banana, mixed frozen berries, a tablespoon of cacao nibs, and 2 tablespoons maca powder, which is tremendous for increased testosterone production and virility. This shake is absolutely delicious.
Some time a few hours later, I will have a few tangerines and some pistachios/cashews or a couple apples with almond butter. The fresh ground almond butter from Whole Foods is one my favorite things and I could easily eat an entire container in one sitting. Sometimes for a treat at night I mix it with organic honey and kill the entire container, washing it down with a cup of hemp or almond milk.
I am big fan of high sodium intake for strength and energy production so I always have a few pickles every day and add sea salt to much of food.
Vegetarian Bodybuilding Lunch
This usually consists of some kind of legumes or beans, which are a mainstay in any vegetarian bodybuilding and muscle building diet, with organic brown rice or quinoa. I will sautÃ© black beans with peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic and mix that in with the rice. I top it with salsa and some fresh avocado. That is my Mexican style rice and beans. Sometimes I just mix the beans and rice or quinoa with marinara sauce. I always cook enough for two days.
I will sometimes have a salad with that or eat some raw veggies or mix some steamed kale or spinach into the whole thing.
Occasionally I will have a couple almond butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. I have cut out peanuts and peanut butter completely due to the deadly toxins that they contain, along with wheat because of itâ€™s inflammatory properties, so these are not eaten as much as they used to be. I get some brown rice bread for the times I do eat these.
Snack- Similar to above. When Iâ€™m not near food I always carry Raw Organic Food Bars with me and a variety of nuts. If I am home and have had fruit for my first snack I try to make this snack raw veggies and hummus along with a decent amount of nuts.
I also drink another protein shake some time during the day which is usually right after I train. It is similar to the shake above except that I donâ€™t include the coconut milk or the cacao but I do use the maca powder. I blend a banana, almond milk, water, frozen spinach (you donâ€™t taste the spinach at all so this is nowhere near as gross as it sounds) with Vega and some extra protein.
During my workouts I drink coconut water or regular water. And I try to drink at least a half gallon of water throughout the day out glass or my Sigg bottle and do my best to avoid plastic because of the estrogenic effects. I also drink a couple cups of green tea each day.
Vegetarian Bodybuilding Dinner
I normally cook some kind of stew consisting of a large variety of vegetables and some kind of legumes. For example, the other day I got home and all that we had was squash, onions, spinach and garlic. I threw it all in a pot with vegetable broth, salt, pepper and yellow peas, which have 10 grams of protein per Â¼ cup (you would have to eat a lot of meat to equal the protein in two cups of yellow peas). I let that cook for 2 hours and then mixed in some quinoa. It was absolutely delicious. Other times we will mix brown rice in with a variety of other veggies and lentils. If I was trying to get lean I would probably skip the brown rice. Adding potatoes (even just one) to the stews makes them creamier and even more delicious.
I severely limit my soy consumption because of itâ€™s estrogenic effects but for the occasional cheat meal I will have some tofu with brown rice or some kind of meat substitute with brown rice pasta.
I also eat soy and wheat free veggie burgers one or two nights per week and always have a huge spinach salad mixed with tomatoes, broccoli, olives, peppers, onions, carrots, apples, berries, nuts, seeds, avocado, and whatever else I can fit in there. I top that with olive oil, Vega oil and balsamic vinegar.
Dessert- Occasionally, when I am going to cheat I will have some organic coconut milk ice cream. This is, obviously, made with coconut milk and not cows milk. It is delicious and pretty healthy. Coconut milk contains healthy MCTâ€™s and has none of the dangers of cows milk. It is sweetened with organic agave syrup. I highly recommend it.
The only other cheat dessert that I will regularly eat is organic, dark chocolate. This has been shown to have a variety of health benefits. The brands I buy are those that support slave free, fair trade practices. These include Newmanâ€™s Own, The Endangered Species Chocolate Company and Green and Blacks.
So thatâ€™s my vegetarian muscle building diet. Itâ€™s very easy to follow, and a whole lot healthier than eating pounds of red meat and saturated fat.
As you can see a vegetarian bodybuilding meal plan can be done.