One of my readers, Manoj, asked how he could follow a low-carb bodybuilding diet like MANS while being a vegetarian.
Manoj eats eggs so that’s a great protein source that should form a staple in a vegetarian, high-protein diet.
I hope you eat other diary products too as that will make life a lot easier. Cheeses, cream and butter will make life easier for you.
* As an omelette with some mushrooms & tomato
By the way, I’m not a vegetarian and I have eggs for breakfast 95% of the time.
As for substituting meat on your dinner plate try:
* soy beans
* meat substitutes like Morning Star Farms
A great snack idea is a whey protein shake made with cream and water. This ensures you get enough protein and fat, while keeping carb intake low.
Nuts should factor highly in your diet too. The 2 nuts I consume regularly are walnuts and almonds. These are a great source of protein and fat. They are also the lowest-carb nuts out there. Sometimes I take a handful of these nuts, crush them and pour over 100 ml of heavy cream. Then I mix in a spoonful of granulated splenda to sweeten – delicious!
Also, instead of meat snacks you can have nut-based ones instead. Try the Go-Lower bar for a low-carb, high protein snack.
Not only are these good for filling a low carb wrap, but you can use them in conjunction with whey protein powder to make your own protein bars that you can prepare in advance and have on-the-go.
Any flour recipe can be made by replacing the flour with either Soy Protein Isolate, Almond Flour, or a combination of both. I love making protein pancakes from soy protein isolate, eggs and heavy cream – one of my favorite late-night snacks.
I hope this gives you some ideas Manoj. Also for you, and all other vegetarians, here are some books I found on the subject to help make your low-carb vegetarian life easier.
You certainly can build muscle mass on a vegetarian diet. I hope some of these tips make meatless, bodybuilding easier and more delicious.
Do you know of any other vegetarian sources of protein? Please leave a comment below if you do to help others reading this article.