PEANUT BUTTER-MOCHA PROTEIN SHAKE (DAIRY-FREE)
Need some caffeine to kick-start your day or workout?
This dairy-free protein shake can double as breakfast, or a pre-workout boost.
I religiously use caffeine in the form of coffee for my pre-workout (with a dash of beta-alinine). Energy drinks overload my central nervous system and make me feel like crack-cocaine had intercourse with clenbuterol (hardcore weight-loss stimulant).
Enough silliness, let’s get right to it! Vegetarian bodybuilders will love this concoction.
Chia seeds (superfood) provide fiber, quality protein, zinc, and B vitamins. Banana protects against muscle cramps during workouts, and provides complex carbs and electrolytes. Peanut butter provides protein, fiber, electrolytes, Vitamin E healthy fats, and…the texture and taste that only peanut butter has.
- 2 shots espresso, or 1 cup organic iced coffee
- 1 tsp all-natural, no sugar added peanut butter
- ½ ripe banana
- 4 tbsp. rolled oats (use 2 tbsp for lower carb)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 serving chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 6 ice cubes
For more ideas on how to kick-start your day or your workout, watch this video – How To Start a Vegan Diet for Fitness: Foods To Eat + Tips
8 REASONS TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET
Supporting farmers markets has a high positive impact on your individual heath, animals, the community, and the planet. Here are eight good reasons to give it a try:
1. Highly Nourishing Foods
Most of our “food” found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques and picking produce right before the market.
2. Sustainable Practices for the Environment
Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,000-2,000 miles to get to your dinner table. The shipping alone uses substantial amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. The processing methods of conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture. Not to mention, this process pollutes our water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products.
Fruits and vegetables from the farmers market is transported 1/10 the distance in most cases and is mostly grown using methods that minimize the damage we are making on the planet.
3. Promote Humane Living Conditions of Animals
I know we’re vegetarians here, but many of us are disgusted at the inhumane practices of industrialized meat production. At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been treated humanely, raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets. Most of them have also been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages.
4. Taste What Real Food Used to Taste Like
The fruits and veggies you buy at the farmers market are fresh and flavorful. Nothing compares. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no long-distance shipping, no sitting for weeks in storage. This is what real food tastes like—fresh from the farm.
5. Support Local Family Farmers
Since large agribusinesses dominate food production in the U.S., small family farms have a hard time competing in the marketplace. Buying directly from farmers helps correct a collective error that our society has made with the industrialization practices that are ultimately hurting us. It’s frightening to think what our future looks like without small family farms, they need our support.
6. Know Where Your Food Comes From
A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.
7. Foods Not Available in Most Grocery Stores
At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average grocery store: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.
8. Build Community
Coming to the farmers market is more like therapeutic experience than it is shopping. And, it is place to meet up with the other members of your local community (a practice that’s almost extinct in modern times).
Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.
V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.
A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.
The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”
To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – How to Kick-Start Your Day or Your Workout?
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