As a vegetarian/ mostly vegan, raw-food enthusiast who loves the gym I obviously find it pretty difficuly to find protein-rich meals and shakes for after a heavy workout. Almost every book and every recipe on lean muscle-building relies almost exclusively on meat, dairy and whey shakes for protein intake. What about vegetarians and vegans? What about people who do not want to sacrifice their health but want to build muscle?
Well, I am hoping that this one helps you out as much as it has helped me. Here is my Energise pH Boosting, Vegan Friendly, Protein Shake!
1 avocado, peeled and chunked
1 lime, peeled and halved
1 cucumber (add more or less to change consistency), roughly chopped
Tofu 1/2 to 1 cube (silken or soft)
Soy milk – try to find unsweetend (again add to taste/desired consistency)
1-2 big handfuls of fresh raw spinach leaves
Ice to taste (if your blender can handle ice)
Optional: Dr Young HempH Seeds (source of vegan, alkaline protein)
Peel the avocado and lime and thoroughly wash the cucumber (if it is a thick skinned cucumber, peel some of this away). Then place all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz it all up. If you are particularly keen on lime then you can garnish with some of the zest! This recipe, in my opinion works best with limes, but if you are keen on lemons that try that too (or a combo of both!).
Dependent upon how much tofu and soy milk you use, this can pack a punch of about 20g of protein per drink – which is not far off that of most vegan un-friendly protein shakes and powders. If you add the HempH Seeds then you bump it up to about 25g too!
Give it a go and let me know what you think!