News has just hit that Damian Lillard has downscaled his fully vegan diet to be more flexitarian, in order to maintain his weight. “I did it, but I started to lose a little bit too much weight with all the games and practices and all that, I had to balance it out, so now I’ve been mixing it up a little bit more, having vegan meals, still mixing it up with other stuff,” Says Lillard.

Weight loss can be one of the many benefits when first transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, yet for some, this is not a desirable side effect. People, who have a genetic predisposition to losing weight quickly, or those who have worked hard building up muscle mass and may be worried that they are not able to maintain it on a vegan diet.

However, there are many healthy, calorie dense plant foods that can help maintain a healthy weight. Moreover,  a plant-based diet is naturally anti-inflammatory, resulting in shorter recovery times for athletes and even improve mental clarity, helping to stay focused.

So, Damian Lillard – will you reconsider? After all, you’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of a vegan diet, while your experience came with more weight loss than expected – here is what you should eat to maintain a healthy weight with a kind plate.

What Damien Lillard Should Eat to Maintain Weight on a Vegan Diet


1. Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza

Healthy, high-protein and full of color! (hint: colour = nutrients)

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2. High Protein Burger

No need for Wendy’s wen you can make your own.

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3. Sesame Soba Noodles with Tempeh Croutons

This recipe is full of plant-based calcium, helping maintain those strong bones!

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4. Black Bean and Smoked Tofu Stew

This recipe makes your taste buds take a trip to Brazil while your body makes those ve-gains.

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5. Novak Djokovic’s Vegan Lasagna

You don’t get to look like Novac without knowing a thing or two about protein.

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6. Breaded Tofu Steak with Flaxseed Bread

Your body needs carbs for protein to build on, perfect for helping you bulk up before b-ball season.

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7. Raw Gluten-Free and Vegan Bounty Protein Bars

You’ll find bountiful vegan protein here.

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8. 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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9. Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

What’s better than a high-protein egg quiche? A high-protein, cholesterol-free vegan quiche.

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If you’re looking to gain or maintain weight on a vegan diet, an important thing to remember is in addition to high-energy meals, you have to get those high-energy snacks in too. Nuts, avocado on crackers, hummus and crudites/crackers, granola clusters/bars and supplemented smoothies are some examples.


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