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The Best Vegetarian Post-Workout Meals For A Fitter You

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If you take your health and fitness seriously, you probably know that post-workout meals are very important. As a vegetarian, you might be even more concerned with what to eat for your post-workout meals for optimum health.

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How can you, as a vegetarian, supplement your training with good quality foods to fuel your body?

Firstly, what’s the big deal about your post-workout meal?

Stand by for the science-y bit: when you exercise, your body uses the glucose (a form of sugar, or carbohydrate) stored in your muscles, as glycogen, to fuel the workout. Strength training demands good nutrition for muscle recovery and growth. A sports drink isn’t going to cut it.

It is vital you replenish your body’s depleted reserves of glycogen soon after. Also, fueling up the right way after your workout is important to build muscle and accomplish your fitness goals.

This is why your post-workout nutrition is so important – your meal should contain enough protein AND carbs. Protein to help you muscle up and carbohydrates to top up your glycogen stores.

Without these two, your recovery will not be optimum, your energy stores might not get topped up and your future training sessions might suffer as a result of your inadequate nutrition.

On to our list of post-workout meals!

Remember: aim for a combination of high-quality protein and carbohydrates, calculated per kilogram of body weight. Stay away from fat-heavy dishes as lots of fat, especially after a rigorous training session, isn’t really helpful.

Post-Workout Breakfasts

1. Green Waffles with Cream Cheese

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 419kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: healthy upgrade to your normal breakfast!

We’ve made eating your greens easy with these delicious green waffles (“green waffles? really?” he says like the boy in the Green Giant advert!). With 20g of protein and a good amount of healthy fats and carbs, these waffles make excellent post-workout meals.

2. 3-Ingredient Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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4.75 from 120 votes
Protein: 26g
Calories: 367kcal
Ready in:12 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: gluten-free and super easy to make!

High on the satiety factor, this is the breakfast that will keep you chugging along through the day. Just the dish to tuck into, if you are one of those that gets their workout sesh in at daybreak.

3. Healthy Greens and Beans on Toast Breakfast

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4.50 from 2 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 384kcal
Ready in:18 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: beans on toast, with a twist!

Looking for healthy new toast recipes? Try our greens and beans on toast! White beans in a herby green sauce with feta! Chockful of healthy carbohydrates and ample protein to last you all morning.

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4. Yogurt Breakfast with Raspberry Compote

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4.50 from 6 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 324kcal
Ready in:18 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: very filling, keeps you full for longer

A filling post-workout meal that leaves you plenty of calories for the rest of your day’s meals AND keeps you going for longer? Yes, please!

5. Grapes ‘N Roses Overnight Oats

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4.86 from 7 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 417kcal
Ready in:4 minutes

Bonus: prep the previous night, so it is ready to tuck into in the AM

This is a combination of foods that match very well together: Grapes + Walnuts + Yogurt + Cinnamon = excellent overnight oats!

6. Mint Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie

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4.75 from 8 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 442kcal
Ready in:7 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: has enough nutrients to be classed as a health drink!

A cool and refreshing summer drink that is healthy too? Our pineapple and spinach smoothie with fresh mint is just delicious to sip right after your long run!

7. Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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4.75 from 120 votes
Protein: 26g
Calories: 367kcal
Ready in:12 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: gluten-free and plenty of protein

12 minutes from start to finish. Just three ingredients. Cottage cheese, eggs, and oats. And with a whopping 36 grams of protein!

8. Spinach and Chickpea Bake

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 330kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: keeps you full for hours!

This spinach and chickpea bake is easy, delicious, and super healthy – a breakfast your body will thank you for!

9. Breakfast Beans and Eggs

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4.88 from 8 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 406kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: say no to mindless snacking, with this satiating breakfast

Try breakfast beans and eggs, for a hearty breakfast that will satisfy you until lunchtime, and quash the urge to snack!

10. Couscous Kaiserschmarrn Recipe

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 376kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a new twist on an old fave that’s high in protein

Love pancakes, but looking for something new? Try our couscous kaiserschmarrn recipe – delicious shredded pancakes that are healthy and tasty!

Post-Workout Lunches & Dinners

11. Lentil Tabbouleh

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4.80 from 5 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 460kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high fiber, high protein, real filling!

Looking for an easy tabbouleh recipe? Get a load of our lentil tabbouleh – a protein-packed take on the classic dish!

12. Healthy Egg Salad

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 419kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: works as a standalone, post-workout meal

Looking to up your salad game? Try this healthy egg salad recipe with quinoa and beets – the perfect weight loss lunch (find more veggie quinoa meals here!)!

13. Black Bean Burrito Bowl

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 28g
Calories: 516kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a fiesta for your tastebuds!

In this healthy burrito bowl, we’ve got quinoa, avocado, pineapple, tofu, and adobo sauce, for a sizzlingly tasty meal! Oodles of goodness in one bowl.

14. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta & Pesto

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 518kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: full of beta carotene-y goodness

Looking for a tasty, healthy new way to use up some sweet potatoes? Try this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with red pesto! You are welcome 🙂

15. Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad Bake (Protein Recipe)

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 548kcal
Ready in:42 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: perfect for midweek dinner

This time-saving traybake with sweet potato, broccoli, and quinoa is big on superfood nutrition, and even bigger on taste. Top up with some chia seeds for extra crunch (not to mention weight loss benefits of chia seeds!).

16. The Bicep Buster

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 35g
Calories: 647kcal
Ready in:14 minutes

Bonus: keeps you going all day!

Time to get those biceps out!! This protein-packed baked potato is an absolute protein star – and awesomely tasty to boot! A great option if you are looking for a simple yet healthy meal.

17. Oven Roasted Broccoli Halloumi Traybake

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 32g
Calories: 548kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high protein, high fiber

Looking for a healthy vegetarian dinner? Try this simple oven-roasted broccoli with halloumi & lentils. You will nail your fitness goals, no problem!

18. Avocado Chickpea Salad with Quinoa

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 476kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke Fox

Bonus: perfect on-the-go meal that’s healthy and yummy

Supercharge Your Lunch: High in protein, and fiber, and comes together in 5 minutes before you go to work. An easy, tasty and healthy meal you will go back to again and again!

19. One Pan Mediterranean Couscous Bowl

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 20g
Calories: 553kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a light dish with a high amount of fiber and protein

Try this Mediterranean couscous bowl with yogurt dressing. It is the perfect post-workout meal, no matter the time of day, and gives you enough energy to tackle whatever the day has in store. we guarantee you will want to go back to it again and again!

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings:2 servings
Calories:627kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium leek
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 3 tsp paprika powder
  • 3 small sprigs of rosemary
  • 5 oz bell pepper, red (1 medium-small red bell pepper)
  • 2 cup peas
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • cup couscous
  • 1 ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp mint, fresh
  • 4 tbsp soy yogurt (or low fat Greek yogurt)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp parsley, fresh (chopped)
  • 1 lemon (or ½ per taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads (optional)

Instructions

  • Slice leeks, garlic. Dice red bell peppers and halve the tomatoes.
    1 medium leek, 2 clove garlic, 5 oz bell pepper, red, 10 cherry tomatoes
  • In a large pan add the olive oil over high heat. Add the leek and capers and cook until they brown.
    1 ½ tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp capers
  • Add garlic, paprika and saffron threads if using. Cook for 1 minute until the aroma from the paprika and saffron comes out.
    3 tsp paprika powder, ¼ tsp saffron threads
  • Add fresh rosemary, red bell pepper, peas, and cook until the bell peppers soften and the peas are tender. Season with ¼ tsp pepper and ¾ tsp salt.
    3 small sprigs of rosemary, 2 cup peas, ¼ tsp black pepper, ¾ tsp salt
  • Add couscous and vegetable broth. Once the liquid boils, mix and put a lid on and rest for 5-10 minutes, depending on your brand of couscous.
    ⅔ cup couscous, 1 ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • Mix yogurt with mint, 2 tbsp water and ½ tsp of salt.
    2 tbsp mint, fresh, 4 tbsp soy yogurt, Salt to taste
  • Use a fork to fluff couscous and add halved cherry tomatoes. Taste and add extra salt if necessary. Drizzle lemon juice to taste and chopped parsley. Serve with mint yogurt sauce.
    4 tbsp parsley, fresh, 1 lemon

NOTES

Looking for more delicious lunches?
One Tray Dinner Roasted Asparagus & Halloumi
Fresh & Zesty Lentil Tabbouleh
Creamy Coconut Mushroom Stew
Thick & Spicy Corn Chowder
Picnic Perfect Greek Pittas

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
The Best Vegetarian Post-Workout Meals For A Fitter You
Amount per Serving
Calories
627
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Sodium
 
1723
mg
75
%
Potassium
 
1005
mg
29
%
Carbohydrates
 
114
g
38
%
Fiber
 
22
g
92
%
Sugar
 
21
g
23
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Vitamin A
 
7192
IU
144
%
Vitamin C
 
220
mg
267
%
Calcium
 
200
mg
20
%
Iron
 
8
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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20. Kidney Bean Chickpea Salad

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4.93 from 13 votes
Protein: 27g
Calories: 445kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: gluten-free, high fiber

This simple chickpea salad is the first step to eating better by building powerful eating habits with simple yet delicious ingredients. Way to set you up to crush your next session at the gym!

21. Lentil Tacos

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4.89 from 17 votes
Protein: 29g
Calories: 599kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: tacos that are healthy, tasty, AND easy? Shut up!

These veggie lentil tacos are our new go-to meal. SO TASTY and stacked with lentil protein and fiber, it’s time to take your main meal to the next level. Topping up your body’s fuel stores has never been more fun!

22. Spinach Feta Pancakes

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4.92 from 37 votes
Protein: 29g
Calories: 459kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Sofia & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: hulk out with these gorgeous pancakes

Leafy greens? Check! A good amount of fat and carbs? Check and check! These feta and spinach pancakes are quick and easy – and cover a whole range of important nutrition and health markers.

23. Lentil Patties

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4.96 from 23 votes
Protein: 28g
Calories: 405kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: serve with a side salad for a burger-in-a-bowl meal

These awesome high-protein vegetarian lentil patties can be used as lentil burgers or fritters, and even made vegan, too! The right high-protein meal to make you feel great!

Healthy Post Workout Snacks, Zero Junk

24. Smashed Cucumber and Edamame (vegan protein snack)

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 146kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: quick snack, anyone?

Try this oriental-inspired smashed cucumber and edamame recipe, a quick high-protein snack to have at home or on the go!

25. High Protein Yogurt Dip

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 42g
Calories: 1052kcal
Ready in:3 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: the perfect companion to veggie batons

This scrummy dip is the perfect thing to eat with crudites. The best and most wonderful snack your body needs after a bruising session at the gym! You will be hard-pressed to come up with another dish with this much protein!

26. Healthy Yogurt Parfait

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4.67 from 9 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 301kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: tasty, nutritious, and endlessly adaptable

This yogurt parfait is rich with fruits and nuts and is a deliciously quick way to ward off hunger pangs. Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack!

27. Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago)

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 186kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: perfect in every bite!

More high-quality protein and flavor? Check. These flavourful soy sauce eggs with jammy yolks are beyond addictive!

Ask, and we shall answer!

What are good post-workout meals?

A smoothie that is full of good protein and carbs makes an excellent post-workout meal for a vegetarian. Try our Fresh and Minty Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie. Or a filling dish such as beans and eggs.

Or literally any of the other 25 in this list 🙂

What constitutes a good post-workout meal?

The best post-workout meal contains both proteins and carbohydrates in sufficient quantity. Just how much is ‘sufficient’ depends on your current body weight, fitness goals, and activity levels (and, for example, whether you are looking to lose weight, or trying to work out how to keep weight off).

Generally speaking, 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight is sufficient for the needs of the average couch potato, while athletes, powerlifters, etc need to aim for 2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight, minimum.

What are the macros of an ‘optimum’ post-workout meal?

The ‘optimum’ post-workout meal should contain at least 30g of carbohydrates, up to about 1.2g of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight. Likewise, at least 20g of protein but potentially up to 40g, depending on your body weight.

To be safe, let’s say at least 30g of carbs + 20g of protein.

The easiest way to remember is via this simple equation:
minimum protein intake for post-exercise meal = body weight in kg divided * 0.35
Eg. 70 kg person = 70 * 0.35 = at least 24g protein.

How long after your training session should you eat your post-workout meal?

Until recently, a strict window of 45 minutes after an intense training session was given as the ideal window to consume the post-workout meal. This usually took the form of a protein shake.

Whilst this is still true and an early source of protein is great for muscle recovery and muscle growth, recent research has shown that your post-workout nutrition in the hours following your workout is just as important – and you needn’t rush it in the 1-2 hours immediately after your training session.

For best results, it is important you need to continue to eat good protein foods during the hours, and even the day after your workout.

Can you build muscle as a vegetarian?

Vegetarians can build muscle just like our meat-eating friends do! You can read our brilliant article on how you can build muscle on a vegetarian diet (and check out Dave’s muscly biceps as proof!) where we have given tips on how you can build a successful vegetarian diet plan.

While it is true that, unlike animal products, most vegetarian protein sources are not considered a complete protein as they do not contain ALL the essential amino acids, the American Dietetic Association has stated that a well-balanced vegetarian diet containing the right nutrients can meet current recommendations for protein.

This is great news for all those vegetarian and vegan athletes looking for plant-based proteins to improve their exercise performance and muscle growth (any athletes reading might also want to check out our high calorie veggie meals)!

How can vegetarians get 100 g of protein a day?

Eggs are the top sources of protein for vegetarians, clocking in at 7g of protein per egg. A serving of our Healthy Egg Salad will give you 24g of protein. A bowl of our Mediterranean Couscous at lunch will give you another 24g of protein.

Some fruit with our yummicilous High Protein Yogurt Dip makes an excellent tea-time snack and will give you 28g for 200 g of dip. Round off your day with some lentil tacos for dinner, with a whopping 29g of protein!

That’s a grand total of 105g of protein! #result!

If you need a hand getting started, we have developed a weekly meal plan that is full of recipes containing lots of protein, at least 25g of protein per 600kcal!

Sign up and you will find hitting 100g of protein in a day will be a breeze!

I hope we have busted some myths about building muscle on a vegetarian diet and given you some great vegetarian post-workout meal ideas. Do give them a go and tell us your views and reviews in the comments section 🙂

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