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(Updated May 6, 2020) | While it isn’t always given an accurate representation, optimal health, nutrition, and fitness go hand in hand with choosing a plant-based diet. Due to the fact that a plant-based diet is naturally anti-inflammatory, it may help quicken recovery times and even improve mental clarity, allowing many top athletes to stay focused.

Whether you’re already an athlete in training, fitness fanatic, health-conscious, or just want to feel like one—keep reading for 11 high-protein, vegan meals that will have you feeling energized to do your gym-thing.

11 High Protein Meals For People Who Want To Eat Like An Athlete

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
This Indian recipe is packed with protein. | Simple Vegan Blog

1. Simple Chana Masala

Served with some basmati rice and steamed veggies, this Indian recipe is made with protein-packed chickpeas (chana) and is oil-free. This 30-minute recipe is so simple, tasty, and healthy—it’s perfect for a hearty, post-workout meal and is meal-prep friendly if you enjoy cooking your food in bulk.

Get the recipe here.

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
Try this eggplant and seitan sandwich. | OrganicAthlete

2. Hot Eggplant and Seitan Open-Face Sandwiches

Seitan is a vegan meat-like product made from wheat protein; therefore it packs a hearty dose of those amino acids! There are a number of ways in which you can cook seitan, but this eggplant and seitan open sandwich recipe is certainly up there with the best.

Get the recipe here.

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
This fire-roasted tomato pasta features chickpeas and arugula. | No Meat Athlete

3. Fire-Roasted Tomato Pasta with Chickpeas and Arugula

Chickpeas are filling and boast a high amount of protein—especially when paired with the carbohydrates from pasta they make the perfect training fuel. However—training or not—this meal is sure to be a hit with any foodie.

Get the recipe here.

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
Try this tempeh sloppy joe. | OrganicAthlete

4. Tempeh ‘Sloppy Joe’

Tempeh, often seen in a block-like form, is simply fermented soybeans. Soybeans are rich in protein and are a highly versatile ingredient in the kitchen. They can even be used to make vegan ‘bacon’ if a sloppy joe isn’t your thing.

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5. One-Pot Red Lentil Dahl
This red lentil dahl is protein-dense.

5. One-Pot Red Lentil Dahl

This protein-dense lentil dahl features ample spice, flavour, warmth and comfort—and it’s made using only one pot! (You can totally go back for guilt-free seconds!)

Get the recipe here.

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
Try this vegan quinoa sushi recipe. | Divine Healthy Food

6. Vegan Quinoa Sushi with Tofu ‘Steaks’ and Chickpea Bean ‘Egg’

This recipe is perfect for experienced foodies who are up for creating a great meal. Quinoa is a complete protein as it contains all nine essential amino acids. When served with tofu and chickpeas—you’ll definitely be getting those ve-gains.

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11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
These tacos feature soyrizo and refried beans.| Bon Appetit

7. Tacos With Soyrizo and Beans

Tacos are a beloved Mexican dish. When filled with soy ‘chorizo’ and refried beans, they make the perfect, protein-dense meal or appetiser. These tacos are exploding with flavor and are sure to fill up rumbling bellies.

Get the recipe here.

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
Try this protein-packed cookie dough porridge. | Nutrition in the Kitch

8. Cookie Dough Porridge

This ‘cookie dough’ porridge is the perfect recipe to start your morning. It will fuel you up from the middle of the day until dinner, or replenish your energy after a training session. Oats are also a brilliant food for reducing stress and have high amounts of protein.

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Try this quinoa corn edamame salad recipe. | 86 Lemons

9. Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad

Not only is this an easy, fresh, and delicious vegan meal (or side dish), it’s also gluten-free. Quinoa is a brilliant plant source of protein with all essential amino acids. Edamame beans also have a high protein content. Paired together, quionoa and edamame beans make a fantastic and uber-flavorsome combo!

Get the recipe here.

11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
Try this mac n’ chard. | No Meat Athlete

10. Mac N’ Chard

Chard is a dark leafy green that is packed with nutrients, including protein. “Yum!” doesn’t quite cover it with this recipe. You’ll have to make it after your next sweat-sesh to find out for yourself.

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11 High Protein, Low Fat Vegan Meals for Aspiring Athletes
This vegan lasagna is high in protein and low in fat. | This Vibrant World

11. Vegan Spinach Ricotta Lasagna

For a high-protein, low-fat recipe, try this vegan spinach ricotta lasagna! It is bursting with flavor and features a delicious vegan ricotta filling.

Get the recipe here.

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