May 7, 2015
Health Tip: Vegetarian Athletes Need Plenty of Protein
Here's where you can get it
(HealthDay News) -- Weight lifters and athletes don't have to eat meat to build muscle.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these protein tips for vegetarians:
- Eggs and dairy products are complete proteins, which contain nine essential amino acids.
- Eat small amounts of protein throughout the day, so your body always has what it needs.
- Balance protein with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Half of your daily calories should come from high-quality carbohydrates.
- Also eat healthy sources of fat, including walnuts, almonds, olive and canola oils, and avocados.