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While it isn’t always given an accurate representation, optimal health, nutrition and fitness come hand in hand with choosing a plant-based diet – as it is known for a wealth of benefits upon our bodies. Whether you’re already an athlete in training, fitness fanatic, health-conscious or just want to feel like one – these 10 high-protein meals without any form of meat or dairy will have you feeling energized to do your gym-thing.

Due to the diet being naturally anti-inflammatory, it is said that a plant based diet can quicken recovery times and even improve mental clarity, helping many top athletes to stay focused.

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

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 work out meal and is meal-prep friendly if you enjoy cooking your food in bulk.

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2. Hot Eggplant and Seitan Open-Face Sandwiches

Seitan is a believable vegan ‘meat’-style product made from wheat protein; therefore it packs a hearty dose of those amino acids! The ways in which to use seitan are just about impossible but this eggplant and seitan open sandwich recipe is surely up there with the best.

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3. Fire Roasted Tomato Pasta with Chickpeas and Arugula

Chickpeas are filling and boast a high amount of protein – especially when paired with carbohydrates from pasta they make the perfect training fuel. However – training or not, this meal will go down a hit with any foodie.

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4. Tempeh ‘Sloppy Joe’

Tempeh, often seen in a block-like form is simply fermented soybeans which is rich in protein and a highly versatile ingredient. It 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

LIVEKINDLY brings you a protein-dense lentil dahl with ample spice, flavour, warmth and comfort – and all made in only one pot! Which you can totally go back for guilt-free seconds.

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

Although a bit more of a complicated recipe, this is perfect for experienced foodies who are up for creating a great meal. Quinoa is a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids, when served with tofu and chickpeas – you’ll definitely be getting those ve-gains.

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7. Tacos With Soyrizo and Beans

Tacos are a beloved Mexican dish and when filled with soy ‘chorizo’ and refried beans make the perfect, protein-dense meal or appetiser that explode with flavour and fill up rumbling bellies.

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8. Cookie Dough Porridge

This ‘cookie dough’ porridge is perfect to start your morning, fuel you 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 plentiful amounts of protein.

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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 and edamame beans also have a high protein content. A fantastic and uber-flavoursome combo!

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10. Mac N’ Chard

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

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