Nutrition Tip: Top 12 Sources of Complete Proteins for Vegetarian (or Not!) Athletes


If given the choice of picking my last or favorite meal, I’m pretty sure it would include a big, juicy steak off of my dad’s grill, combined with some home-grown vegetables (also grilled) and maybe my mom’s apple pie. It’s true, I’m a country girl at heart!

So why would I choose to write to vegetarian athletes about their protein sources?

While I am not, nor could I ever imagine being, a vegetarian myself, I have coached one this past volleyball season and am surrounded by a number of trainers and co-workers who are vegetarians or pescetarians. I have therefore had to be much more mindful of the resources and guidelines I provide others, especially as I remind them to properly recover after a tough workout or tournament weekend.

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