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6 Revolutionary Vegan Diet Books Athletes Need To Read

Training is just half of the game. The food that’s fueling your preparation is just as important. Discover veganism for athletes here!

Veganism has exploded in popularity, and is now making waves across the professional sports world. When the likes of Mike Tyson and Ricky Williams are vegan, that really makes you think. They must be doing something right, and diet is bound to be part of that.
Veganism’s negative sides are flooded with myths. These books reveal the truth, and tell the amazing positives that veganism has for athletes and for the environment.

#1 Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
Who suggested this book?
The Eat & Run by Scott Jurek was recommended by Ivana Krizanovic from Veganizmija. You can find out more about Ivana Krizanovic here or read their book recommendation below.

Scott Jurek is a living legend and one of the greatest runners of all time. In his days, he was victorious in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events, and has dominated the sport for nearly two decades!

In his book Eat & Run, he reveals all. He lets us in on his pre-vegan life, his transition into veganism and ultrarunning, as well as what it took in order to achieve that level of greatness. And as a bonus, he shares some amazing recipes from his personal vegan archive.

#2 Vegan Made Simple by Tess Begg

Vegan Made Simple by Tess Begg
Who suggested this book?
The Vegan Made Simple by Tess Begg was recommended by Ivana Krizanovic from Veganizmija. You can find out more about Ivana Krizanovic here or read their book recommendation below.

The recipes are highly nutritious and don’t take a lot of time (nor money) to prepare, so they are ideal for anyone transitioning into veganism, as well as gym junkies and people with busy schedules.

A lot of her recipes are accompanied by video links, and the readers can always go to her Youtube channel for additional content such as workout videos, vegan tips and advice, vlogs as well vegan travel videos.

#3 Shred It! by Robert Cheeke

Shred It! by Robert Cheeke
Who suggested this book?
The Shred It! by Robert Cheeke was recommended by Corina Froese from Dandelion Creative Co.. You can find out more about Corina Froese here or read their book recommendation below.

This book covers all the bases on whole food, plant-based eating. Though it’s perfect for athletes, it’s simple and concise enough that anyone can pick it up and follow along. I recommend it to my clients because it gives a great overall view of what a plant-based lifestyle can look like.

#4 Vegan Meal Prep by JL Fields

Vegan Meal Prep by JL Fields
Who suggested this book?
The Vegan Meal Prep by JL Fields was recommended by Caleb Backe from CalebBacke. You can find out more about Caleb Backe here or read their book recommendation below.

Meal Prepping is a vital part of any athletes routine, Kai Greene a top professional bodybuilder was quoted saying “the most important equipment for bodybuilding is Tupperware”. This book gives you 8 meal preps and over 70 recipes to choose from. Catering to individuals nutritional needs and preferences. It makes becoming vegan simple and if you’re already vegan it will give you some new avenues to help you prep your meals for the week. Overall, this book is great for any vegan athlete.

#5 The No Meat Athlete Cookbook, by Matt Frazier

The No Meat Athlete Cookbook, by Matt Frazier
Who suggested this book?
The The No Meat Athlete Cookbook, by Matt Frazier was recommended by Cynthia Lopez from Smart Healthy Living. You can find out more about Cynthia Lopez here or read their book recommendation below.

This is a wonderful recipe book with quick and easy options for the vegan athlete. It is 100% focused on real, whole, nutrient-dense foods to ensure the body’s delicate nutrient needs are being met.

#6 The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook by Ginny Kay McMeans

The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook by Ginny Kay McMeans
Who suggested this book?
The The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook by Ginny Kay McMeans was recommended by Cynthia Lopez from Smart Healthy Living. You can find out more about Cynthia Lopez here or read their book recommendation below.

This is another great resource for athletes, as it teaches you how to meet the body’s protein needs, which is the main challenge for vegan and plant-based athletes. While being a vegan athlete is certainly possible and can be hugely beneficial, it’s key to go about it in an informed and systematic way as to not deplete the body, and lack of protein is common. This cookbook steers you in the right direction with meals high in nutrients and plant-based protein.


Who contributed to this article?

Ivana Krizanovic from Veganizmija

Corina Froese from Dandelion Creative Co.

Caleb Backe from CalebBacke

Cynthia Lopez from Smart Healthy Living

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  1. Yaaay, thanks for accepting my suggestions Benjamin, I’m so happy both made it in the article! And on another note, seeing Cynthia recommend The No Meat Athlete Cookbook just made me realize I absolutely have to have it. I’ve been eyeing it for some time now, but I think it’s officially time to buy lol

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