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Athletes are Turning to Plant-Based Diets for Performance – Here’s Why

Being an athlete involves many components: a natural athletic ability, the right mindset, fierce determination, confidence, commitment to training  – and, of course, fueling your body with food that keeps you firing on all cylinders! Simply Delish shares why these athletes are making the switch and how YOU can too!

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Athletes are Moving to a Plant-Based Diet – Lately, there has been a big move for athletes to go plant-based, here’s why:

  • Excellent health benefits – a plant-based diet is HIGH in nutrients and LOW in fats. Lots of fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts contain lots of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and protein.
  • Research says plant-based eating can improve heart health, protect against cancer, and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

So why wouldn’t that enhance physical performance as well? That’s precisely what many athletes that have “made the switch” are finding out!

Fact: Plant-based food can be packed with protein – some have even more protein than meat. Take lentils, for example – a 100-gram serving only has 116 calories total but is 31% protein. Pretty incredible that lentils have more protein than a hamburger! Many athletes choose a plant-based keto diet – substituting animal protein with plant protein can have high-impact benefits.

The best of the best are believing it! Tom Brady even partnered with Purple Carrot, a veggie food delivery company, to get people to “Eat Like A Goat” and follow his plant-based diet. And we all know he is an athlete that takes his nutrition and conditioning VERY seriously! It’s not just Tom – tennis player Venus Williams and basketball player Kyrie Irving rave about the results of their plant-based eating.

Reasons Why Plant-based Eating Works

  • A plant-based diet might help with recovery times. Evidence from Harvard Medical School found that plant-based eating delays the onset of muscle soreness, lessens joint pain, and enables quicker healing.
  • Why? Plants have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the cause of many of our ailments. It’s an immune response that is natural – but can often go too far and lead to health problems like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and even cancer.
  • And, of course, bringing down inflammation is a vital part of recovery and feeling good for athletes.
  • Another factor may be that plant-based diets have been shown to improve blood viscosity, which helps deliver oxygen around the body, promoting healing efficiently.

A Great Addition to a Healthy Lifestyle: Simply Delish Puddings and Jels are so Versatile

Here’s the thing: A plant-based diet must be easy – for athletes and all of us. And tasty, too, right? If you are following a low-carb, keto lifestyle, then you need to know about Simply Delish gelatin Free Jels and Puddings.

Simply Delish is a dessert company that believes in tasty AND healthy – and is tackling the low carb/KETO, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free movement. Our plant-based natural jels and puddings are the perfect addition to anyone’s diet that is looking to “have it all”!

Here’s a great raspberry Chia seed recipe to start you off! (pictured)