Going veggie is a great thing, in the two years that I was vegetarian I was introduced to a lot of great new foods and my intake of ‘clean’ wholefoods was at its best. Nevertheless, training, particularly on a low carb/high protein diet, is difficult as a vegetarian. The more filling fruits such as bananas are high in carbohydrates and natural sugars despite the brilliant micronutrient profiles, and meat substitutes such as tofu can be expensive.
To make meals easier try to incorporate lots of these foods which are all higher in protein than carbs
- GoNutrition whey protein
- Cottage cheese/greek yoghurt
- Peanut butter
- Meat substitutes such as quorn
Some vegetarian meal ideas that I have posted on my Instagram in the past are detailed below
(Left: mixed beans, spinach and onions with spices and brown rice. Middle: spicy bean burger, bulgur wheat and green beans. Right: quorn ‘chicken’ dippers, a sweet potato with peanut butter and mixed veg)
Make sure to be smart with your supplements. The lack of meat may mean that it’s beneficial to take BCAAs (make sure that they are suitable for vegetarians as many pills aren’t) or even iron and vitamin B12 for women in particular. Keeping your diet varied to eliminate the temptation to over indulge on easy vegetarian food is also important.