Our culture unfortunately pairs meat with masculinity in a way that discourages many men from taking steps towards making their diet more healthy and ethical. This blog is geared toward the average man who did not grow up learning how to cook, has a need for sports nutrition, but also wants to take steps toward a healthy and cruelty-free lifestyle. Most of these RECIPES therefore are quick, cheap, protein dense, and delicious. You will also find "KNOWLEDGE DROPS" for vegan FAQs I commonly hear from men, and also vegan sports supplement reviews. There are also TRANSITION STORIES from real men for motivation and inspriation. Good luck to all: if I can do it, you can do it. Fear not my enculturated brethren! Of course, this blog is equal opportunity and people of all genders will hopefully enjoy these recipes!
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Whether you need a good brunch food for your guests who passed out on your couch the previous night, or you are feeling frisky and want some breakfast for dinner, this is the dish for you. Once you make the ultimate casserole, you will never go back. My mother supposedly invented this, so you know its good. Massive protein-carb-iron-delicious ratio for the muscle minded out there too. VCFM on facebook
Serves 4, or if you are like my brother and me, 2
What you need:
What to do:
For the tofu scramble (this is one good way to make vegan scrambled eggs!):
Now in a large pan fry the hash browns such that they are brown on both sides.
Then mince your sausage (add vegan bacon too if you’re feeling naughty) and fry it lightly in a small pan
Assemble the casserole in the baking dish:
Total prep + cook time: 40 minutes
Contains a lot of: Protein, Iron, Vitamin C, Calcium
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This recipe will first of all teach you how to make seitan from scratch which is going to save you tons of money and give you lots of protein for your meals. It’s an old recipe I really like from Post Punk Kitchen. Most people use seitan as a meat/pork substitute but this particular recipe to me tastes more like chicken. Also, I’ll give you my VCFM original spin on it to make stand out (Spicy BBQ style).
Makes enough for about 4 people. As some of you know by now, VCFM is now on facebook.
Step 1: Make the Seitan
What you need (make sure to check step 2 below for sauce ingredients):
Now that you have homemade seitan,
Step 2: make it spicy BBQ style
What you need:
Here are two awesome post-workout shakes that are packed with protein, vitamins and calories. Get healthy and get big at the same time.
Shake V1: the Chuck Berry
(note: these measurements are approximate - I just eyeball it. The goal is to make enough to fill one 8-12oz glass).
Shake V2: The Monster
Contain a lot of: Protein, Vitamin C, Iron, omega-3/6, Fiber
There are few people in the world who are better athletes than NFL players. Not only can NFL players push as much weights as many power lifters, but they are also fast as sprinters! This news story about a vegan NFL fullback is just one of many awesome publicity pieces that have been coming out lately as more people come to their senses about the vegan diet. An increasing number of athletes are going vegan, and the results are always the same. Not only do they experience no losses in performance, but they experience increases in performance.
If any man thinks he has a greater protein or sports-nutrient need than a 6’0, 242lb NFL fullback, he is living in a dream world.
For a broader overview of current professional atheletes who are vege/vegan check out a related article. Very eye-opening for the doubters.
What people will eventually realize is that most professional athletes and weight-lifters eat meat because of arbitrary tradition, not because of confirmed science or experience that suggests that a vege/vegan diet can’t work. I really don’t know how to stress this fact enough. Next time you are in the gym or another context, ask someone why they need to eat meat. First they will say, “I need the protein.” If you press them as to why they think that they will say, “I just know you can’t get enough protein from plants”. Then you refer them to my earlier post to show them this is incorrect. Then they will say, “I need for meat increased performance, it just makes sense.” Then you will refer them to this post.
Inevitably if you ask a man why he wouldn’t go vegetarian or vegan, the hands-down number one remark is “Well I couldn’t get enough protein”. The purpose of this post is to show you why this is wildly false, and how to practically make sure you get the protein you need.
Claim 1: A vegan can’t have a high protein diet. False. There are so many plant-based sources of substantial protein that this commonly-held belief is hysterical. Here is just a sample of good plant-based sources of protein
Tofu: 8g / 4oz
Seitan (wheat gluten): 20g / 4oz
Tempeh: 20g / 4oz
TVP: 24g / 4oz
Lentils: 12g / 4 oz
Black / Pinto Beans: 12g / 4oz
Brown Rice: 5g / 4oz
Note that if you are like me, you will eat more like 6oz for a meal. Note the new totals. Now let’s compare this to the all-mighty meat sources.
Chicken: 35g / 4oz
Beef: 28g / 4oz
Fish: 20g / 4oz
So now we see the comparison. You can get a bit more protein per oz if you eat an animal. But at what cost? In doing so you also get a huge amount of cholesterol and fat if you’re eating any non-fish meat. If you’re eating fish over time you’re getting enough mercury to kill a small child. And of course, there is the ethical problem which to me is the most important.
But let’s go back to the original claim: you cannot get protein from plants. While you may have to eat a few extra calories to get the same protein as a meat diet, it is clear that you CAN get just as much protein with a plant diet. As it turns out, if your a weight lifting, you will want the extra calories in the first place (particularly if you are a hard-gainer like myself).
Claim 2: Fine. You can get protein but its not the same quality. You guessed it, also FALSE. When you talk about “quality of protein” what you typically mean is amino acid profile. The fact is however, any time you eat some type of rice and some type of bean together you are getting the elusive complete amino acid profile. And by the way, tofu, tempeh and TVP all contain all the essential amino acids, which some might count as most important. Seitan has them all except is low in lycine. In terms of supplementing, I prefer taking raw pea and rice protein in tandem for a complete profile. They are both cheaper than whey also. You can check their labels and see combined they have the full profile. Also check out Spiruteen which is a blend of pea, rice and soy. It’s good stuff but also very expensive. Sticking with the raw stuff does the job and saves your wallet.
Claim 3: Plant protein is not absorbed as well as meat protein. This claim seems to be true, but unsubstantial. The numbers I’ve seen in scientific studies range from around 10-30% less absorption. What does this mean practically speaking? Well, if we assume one absorbs all the protein in a 20g of protein slab of meat, and then another eats a 20g slab of seitan and absorbs 90-70% of it, they will get 18g - 14g. So it doesn’t equate to much. The people who would be most worried about this difference will be bodybuilders. However, to counter-act a small reduction in absorption, the vegan only needs to consume some more calories. Of course, if your bodybuilding, increasing calories is the name of the game. So in the end the vegan ends up in a great position for muscle building.
In conclusion, protein intake just isn’t a problem for vegans. *If* you are an advanced bodybuilder or power-lifter, any you are worried even though the numbers suggest you shouldn’t be, why not just try it? My rule of thumb when I first started power-training as a vegan was: after a few weeks of a circuit, if I wake up and my muscles feel like they haven’t recovered, then I need to eat more protein and calories. If I increase protein and I still feel I haven’t recovered, I need to make sure I’m doing a good job mixing protein sources to achieve the complete profile. I’ve never encountered the issue after over a year of lifting, and have witnessed the same gains I was making on a complete meat diet. But I guarantee if you follow the rule you could get by even without supplementing.
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