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Feeling a bit weak or low on energy?  After eating this yummy salad, you can practically feel the nutrients feeding your muscles (recipe below).

The consumption of adequate protein is a primary concern to the discerning vegan.  In fact, the most common question I get from other athletes is ‘how do you get enough protein in a vegan diet?’  It’s definitely something to be conscious of.  Protein is necessary to feed your muscles, and deterioration of lean muscle mass is not something you want to experience.  Not only can your lean muscle mass decrease, which can lead to unwanted weight gain, but weak muscles are much more susceptible to injury.

Protein sources closest to their original state are ideal for assimilation.  For example, a raw organic sunflower seed is considerably less altered when compared to a packaged, processed protein supplement deriving amino acids from soy, pea, hemp, etc.  I have nothing against protein supplements –  I use them every day – but the more natural fuel you can give your body, the better.

Enjoy this delicious, warm salad made with kale, one of the most nutrient-dense veggies available, and packed with protein, vitamins, essential fatty acids and fiber.

Salad Ingredients:

2 bunches of kale, de-stemmed

½ tomato, sliced

½ avocado, sliced (2 grams protein)

1 stalk of celery, finely chopped

4 tbsp sunflower seeds (12 grams protein)

4 tbsp hemp hearts (16 grams protein)

1/8 cup loosely packed dulse, ground in a coffee grinder

Lightly steam chopped kale leaves (1-2 minutes max) until bright green.  Spin wet leaves in a salad spinner to dry excess water.  In a bowl, toss dressing and kale until leaves are fully coated (careful not to use too much dressing, yields will vary).  Plate the greens (makes 2 meal-size portions) and add celery, avocado and tomatoes.  Sprinkle sunflower seeds, hemp hearts and dulse evenly and top with a drizzle of dressing, sesame oil and rock salt.

Dressing:

1/3 cup of tahini

1 ½ to 2 lemons, juiced

¼ cup of rice milk

1 clove of garlic

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

½ tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend for about a minute. Add salt and lemon to taste.  It should have the consistency of a Caesar dressing.

It’s so healthy, your mother would be proud!  This dish takes nearly all common allergies into consideration, so keep it in mind if you’re having a super picky eater over for dinner.

~The Vegan Project

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Really simple.  And pretty cheap.  The udon noodle are 99cents in the organic produce section, smoked tofu runs about $3.99 (soyganic, saltsping brand is around $5) and you’re only using half the block.  And the veggies are interchangeable (use what you have!)  Stir fries are fun and easy (15 minutes max) and a great way to bring out your creative cooking side-the possibilities are seriously endless!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 package of Mr Noodle udon noodles

1 chopped green onion

1/2 block of smoked tofu cut into cubes

2 cups spinach

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

2 tablespoons of crumpled nori

1 teaspoon soy sauce

A few shakes of hot sauce

Lots of fresh cracked pepper

Directions:

Sautee the tofu cubes in sesame oil.  Add the udon noodles (they stick together a bit, but no biggie), green onions, soy sauce, hot sauce and crumpled nori.  Add the spinach towards the end with the sesame seeds and cracked pepper. Done!

~The Vegan Project

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