Discover How Vegans Become Powerful

If you’ve chosen to live the vegan lifestyle, then chances are, you’ve heard it all.

From the lie that there’s not enough protein on the vegan diet to grow your muscles to the myth that vegans don’t make world class athletes. But when have rumors held you back in the past? We’re here to go beyond rumors and speculation, to get to the bottom of how vegans are able to build significant muscle. We discuss how hard-hitting vegans like UFC star, Nate Diaz, came to embrace veganism and we provide lists of the most protein rich foods on the vegan diet. With tons of useful info to help fit vegans, this is The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Muscle Building.


The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Muscle Building

Growing muscle isn’t easy no matter what diet you follow. But where there’s an ironclad determination and the effort to back it up, there is a way. With our guide, you’ll soon see that the vegan diet holds all of the keys to bulking up and taking your body to its greatest limit. Check out our 3-prong approach to helping you gain significant muscle mass as a vegan. 

Finding the Best Protein

For vegans, building muscle means knowing the foods that are rich in vital protein and nutrients. Our articles on the most protein-dense beans, seeds, nuts, and veggies will help you chart your course to growing more muscle than you ever thought possible.

Making Powerful Meals

But it’s not enough to know the raw ingredients that are packed with protein – we have to know how to use them. This is where our blogs on vegan power breakfasts and vegan meals for every occasion come in. Our easy-to-use recipes and tips can be applied instantly so you’re making vegan meals that are loaded with protein – the protein you need to become stronger.

Go Beyond the Basics

We thoroughly understand that it takes more than protein alone to grow real muscle. This is why we go past the basics and delve into topics like which supplements you may need to complete your diet as a vegan. And did you know that while fruits are not rich in protein, they can provide the secondary nutrients you need to grow muscle? We discuss that as well, explaining the top fruits that are useful for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who want to increase their muscle.

Bonus: Vegan Motivation

Anyone who has followed a fitness routine can tell you that the greatest struggle is often not against the weights but in your own mind. Boost your motivation by seeing how badass vegans have overcome remarkable obstacles to make a name for themselves against world-class competitors. If you want to excel as a fit vegan, it takes more than knowing how to make a great vegan burrito – it takes the unquenchable willingness to thrive.


Not All Veggies are Created Equal – 10 Protein-Packed Veggies that Build Muscle

Veggies are the cornerstone of the vegan diet and they often provide many health advantages in one place. Check out this guide to see the top ten that will help you build and sustain muscle.

  • Did you know that peas contain 8g of protein per cup?
  • Learn the vital difference between vegetables and fruit
  • Discover which vegetable grew to 2,200 acres to become the world’s largest organism
  • Learn why foods like broccoli and spinach are bona fide superfoods.

These 10 Vegan Staples Will Pack on Serious Muscle

We can’t keep every vegan food in our pantry at once, but simplifying it to these 10 will leave you with solid options that provide a high-protein snack in recipes or on the go.

Peanut butter and almonds are two staples of any vegan muscle builder's diet.
  • From pumpkin seeds to tempeh, learn about the vegan staples that are packed w/ protein!
  • Check the protein content of 10 vegan staples all in one comprehensive source.
  • Did you know Christian Bale was vegan? Discover 3 more A-listers who stick to plants.
  • Which vegan staple is so versatile, it can be ideal as a dessert or a main course?

Sweet but Powerful – 6 Fruits that Facilitate Muscle Growth

Some bodybuilders forgo fruit because they confuse its fructose with refined sugars. Learn why this is a misnomer and discover the advantages fruit offers to those who want to get shredded.

  • Learn the 2 reasons that fruits are beneficial to building muscle
  • Discover 6 nutrients that are needed for muscle growth and are found in fruit
  • Do you know which fruit is perfect for shedding pounds?
  • Guess which fruit is rich in protein, good fats, fiber, and B vitamins!
There's more to building muscle than protein.

Add the Power of Plants to Your Smoothies – Soy, Pea, and Hemp Proteins

No matter your fitness goals, protein shakes are a priceless tool for getting the results you want. Explore the differences between three of the most popular plant protein powders in this blog.

  • Learn about the 6 advantages of smoothies along with a brief history.
  • Discover 4 terms you should know if you ever shop for protein powder.
  • Explore the hidden advantages of pea, hemp, and soy proteins.
  • Get a specific product recommendation for each of the major vegan proteins.

The Most Important Meal – 6 Powerful Vegan Breakfast Options

Breakfast isn’t always the most important meal of the day, but with these awesome vegan breakfast options, it can be! Expand your vegan diet plan with these killer breakfast ideas.

  • Learn about the 6 advantages of smoothies along with a brief history.
  • Discover 4 terms you should know if you ever shop for protein powder.
  • Explore the hidden advantages of pea, hemp, and soy proteins.
  • Get a specific product recommendation for each of the major vegan proteins.

Prepare Your Ultimate Beach Body with Protein-packed Vegan Snacks

Snacking is a part of life, especially if you’re someone who needs extra calories and protein for bulking up. These quintessential vegan snacks will ensure that you’re never without protein.

  • Review a list of 10 vegan ingredients that are loaded with protein.
  • Discover 5 vegan snacks that are ideal for grabbing on the run.
  • See which company makes high-quality vegan protein bars with pea protein.
  • Follow a link to PETA’s top protein bars for fit-conscious vegans.

Always Prepared – Vegan Power Foods for Every Occasion

Ever wonder what an ideal choice is for a high-protein vegan dish on date night or as a midnight snack? We want you to have options between the basic three meals, and you’ll find them here.

  • Explore why eating at different times of the day has differing effects on your body.
  • Discover dishes ideal for pre-workouts, work lunches, family dinners, and more.
  • Learn the ideal characteristics for each of these meal categories.
  • Never go hungry again – 5 food examples are provided for each situation.

Finding Your Whey – 6 Vegan Supplements that Help You Get Shredded

Since vegans don’t consume meat, there are certain supplements that will help you fill in the gaps, and get the nutrients you need to build serious muscle – We cover those here.

Vegan protein powders can help supercharge your muscle building.
  • Learn some key facts about supplements, including how not all of them are vegan.
  • Get the lowdown on 3 EXCEPTIONAL vegan protein powders.
  • Expand your knowledge of testosterone boosters, pre-workouts, and more.
  • Read detailed info on vegan supplements all in one complete source.

Find Out Why these 5 Badass Athletes Became Vegan

Optimizing your vegan diet is only one part of crushing your fitness goals – Motivation is the other half, so see how some legendary vegans came to love the plant-based lifestyle.

  • From MMA to tennis, learn about star athletes and why they committed to veganism.
  • See why Mike Tyson attributes veganism to his improved health and sobriety.
  • Read how Venus Williams almost had to retire until she switched to the vegan diet.
  • Discover how the bad boy of MMA, Nate Diaz, embraced the vegan lifestyle.
Did you know that Venus Williams is vegan?

The Warrior Vegan – Exploring the Influx of Vegan MMA Stars and Bodybuilders

It’s a fact – many MMA fighters and bodybuilders are finding world-class success on the vegan diet. Find out why veganism is the most appealing diet for even the most hardcore athletes.

  • From MMA to tennis, learn about star athletes and why they committed to veganism.
  • See why Mike Tyson attributes veganism to his improved health and sobriety.
  • Read how Venus Williams almost had to retire until she switched to the vegan diet.
  • Discover how the bad boy of MMA, Nate Diaz, embraced the vegan lifestyle.

Resources for Vegans Who Want to Grow Muscle

How serious are you about taking your muscles to the next level on the vegan diet? For those who want to dig a little deeper, these resources will provide useful information that you need to sustain a high level of motivation, learn more about veganism, and accomplish your goals.

5 Must-Read Books for Vegan Athletes

  • The No-Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts—and the Rest of Your Life by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romanie
    Awarded as Sports Illustrated’s Best Health and Wellness Book of 2017, No-Meat Athlete is a fully-loaded vegan cookbook by one of the greatest ultramarathoners of all time, Matt Frazier.
  • Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-based Recipes for Peak Health by Brendan Brazier
    The keywords in the title of this book are “Peak Health”, since that is what these recipes are designed for. Thrive Foods will help you optimize your foods for peak performance.
  • The 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas N. Graham
    If you’re interested in switching to a raw vegan diet, then this book details the benefits and means to make it happen. The author is a resounding expert on the raw vegan lifestyle.
  • Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
    Rich Roll was an overweight 40-year-old who vowed to change for the better. Finding Ultra details how he went from slouch to legend with the vegan diet and daily training.
  • Food Fight: My Plant-Powered Journey from the Bingo Halls to the Big Time by Austin Aries
    As the first successful vegan pro-wrestler in the WWE, Austin Aries knows what it’s like to be a vegan in a non-vegan environment – follow his remarkable journey in his book, Food Fight.

5 Podcasts that Vegan Athletes Should Check Out

  • No Meat-Athlete Radio with Matt Frazier
    Also the author of the award-winning book by the same name, No Meat-Athlete Radio is a podcast about achieving your best body, performance, and self through the vegan diet.
  • Vegan Athletic Podcast with Daniel Bovalino
    A podcast that is distinctly for vegan athletes, Vegan Athletic Podcast covers topics about how athletes train, perform, and fuel their bodies.
  • Rich Roll Podcast with Rich Roll
    A highly-respected vegan author in his own right, it makes sense that Rich Roll would have a popular podcast. Follow his discussions and commentary on vegan athletics in his hit podcast.
  • The Vegan Body Revolution Show by Thomas Tadlock
    The ultimate podcast for vegan muscle builders, this one covers all you’ll need to know to bulk up or get shredded as a vegan. One look and you’ll see that this guy knows his vegan proteins.
  • Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack! By Callie and Nichole
    If you prefer vegan dietary issues discussed from an unabashedly female perspective, then Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack Attack may be the ideal podcast for you.