12 Vegan Foods That Are Great for Energy

You can use the vegan foods on this list to add energy to your workout or just your day. Read this guide, and add healthy energy to your diet.

Have you ever asked yourself, “What foods are vegan?” The answer is that the tastiest and healthiest foods are.

It’s not hard to find foods that are vegan. Just go to your local farmer’s market and you’re likely to find many wonderful superfoods that are cheaper than meat, fish, and eggs. Best of all, fruits and vegetables will reinforce your body with energy, rather than put it at risk for cancer and heart disease like animal products do.

Keep reading to learn about 12 vegan foods that are great for boosting your energy.

12 Vegan Foods for Energy

1. Mushrooms

If you’re like me, you didn’t enjoy eating mushrooms as a kid. Now that I’m a big and strong adult, I’ve realized that mushrooms are a wonderful source of protein and fiber.

They’re also one of few sources out there for CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). What’s so great about CLA? Studies show that it can lower your risk of getting breast cancer.

If that wasn’t good enough, mushrooms are also a robust source of potassium while also being quite low in sodium, fat, carbs, and calories.

They can be delicious on pizza, in soup, in stirfry, or anything else you can think of. By the way, if you haven’t tried a portobello mushroom burger, then you are missing out on a tastebud bonanza.

2. Quinoa

If quinoa isn’t on your vegan diet food list, then it certainly should be. It has a taste all to itself and can be adapted into a variety of yummy dishes.

What’s so great about such a strangely-named seed? Aside from a wealth of protein and amino acids, quinoa gives you a generous dose of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, and manganese. It also has flavonoids, which can prevent heart disease, asthma, cancer, and more.

I like to put quinoa in my salad for lunch and use it in a Mexican stirfry dish for a heartier and easy-to-make dinner. You can even eat it as a simple yet scrumptious side dish.

3. Spinach

Popeye the Sailorman is what he is because he eats spinach by the can, but it’s not just for masculine sailors. When I want a real dose of girl power, I treat my muscles to a tasty spinach dish.

Like Superman who can leap an entire building in a single bound, a single serving of spinach can provide your body with calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, folate, and more. After you’ve spent a productive day at the gym, these are the nutrients that will help your muscles grow.

If the taste of spinach isn’t for you, then consider putting your spinach into a smoothie with blueberries and pineapple. A Vitamix can become your best friend as you make super-smoothies for breakfast every day. I find that it’s the best way to start the day both energized and comfortably full.

4. Peas

Peas might not look like much at first, but they prove that big surprises can come in small, green packages. When your mother urged you to eat your peas rather than pile them on the side of the plate, she had a good reason. One cup of peas can give you nearly 8 grams of protein, a bunch of potassium, 80 percent of your daily vitamin K intake, and 30 percent of your vitamin A intake.

Although not the best to eat by themselves, at least in my opinion, peas are better paired with mashed potatoes or some other classic side dishes. Additionally, pea soup can be a nice, heartwarming meal. Surprise yourself by trying to come up with new ways to use these little green energy boosters.

5. Oats

Did you know that only 5% of Americans eat the daily recommended amount of fiber? Aside from keeping your gut healthy, fiber can also help you maintain a healthy weight and protect your heart. One of the best sources of fiber is oats.

Not only are oats full of fiber, but they also offer a hefty dose of protein, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, iron, and other vital nutrients. Oatmeal is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts, but I also like to experiment with different granola bar recipes.

6. Chia Seeds

A vegan diet is much more nutrient-dense than the standard western diet, but there are still some common vitamins and minerals that can be hard to get. Since most people get their omega fatty acids from fish, vegans have to be mindful of eating enough fatty foods like nuts and seeds.

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Since they’re so tiny, you can incorporate them into any meal without noticing them. Even if you can’t taste chia seeds, your body will benefit from the omega-3s, protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and other nutrients.

7. Fruit

When it comes to foods that are vegan, fruits are the tried-and-true method for staying healthy and boosting energy. Why waste your money on energy bars when you can bite into a juicy apple or pear?

Fruits don’t have all the same nutrients, of course, so variety would be good for your tastebuds as well as the rest of your body. For example, oranges will give you a nice shot of vitamin C, bananas are perfect for potassium and fiber, and pomegranates are packed with antioxidants.

If you want to get the best deal on fresh fruit, then you should stake out your local farmer’s market and see what they have. Fruits are great to eat at pretty much any time of the day but they also work as a nifty snack between meals. You’re likely to catch me with an apple or a banana a couple of hours before dinner.

8. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a bodybuilder’s best friend. For all the carbs that are in potatoes in general, with sweet potatoes you can also get your fill of vitamins A and C. Your digestive system will also thank you for the fiber.

Sweet potatoes are one of those calorie-dense vegan foods that are worth their weight in gold. The sugar in those carbs will combine with the other nutrients to ensure that you have the energy for a great workout at the gym or elsewhere.

Sweet potato is phenomenal when worked into a curry dish. If you’re feeling adventurous, next time you make veggies burgers you can also have it with a side of sweet potato fries.

9. Brussell Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are another one of those vegetables that most kids hate. Funnily enough, I ate them up when I was a child, which is a good thing because it means that I was getting my full daily vitamin C requirement, some of my required folate, and loads of fiber, protein, and potassium.

They’re even a super source of beta carotene, which has a medley of health benefits, including the prevention of cognitive decline, the reinforcement of your immune system, the reinvigoration of your lungs, and more.

Brussel sprouts are quite easy to cook too. If you boil a bunch in a pot with a pinch of salt, you’ll have plenty throughout the day to just pop into your mouth like flavorful candy.

10. Brown Rice

A healthier alternative to white rice is brown rice. It can work as the energy-boosting foundation for many different recipes, including stirfry and vegan fried rice.

Because brown rice is a whole grain, its fiber can lower your cholesterol levels, give you a streamlines digestive system, and even prevent the formation of blood clots. With so many nutrients, including protein, iron, and selenium, brown rice is truly an energy-boosting food.

You probably already know that Chipotle has a tasty tofu option called sofritas, but next time you pay them a visit, you should go for the brown rice instead of the white rice. Their burrito bowls make me a very happy woman.

11. Almonds

I’m definitely one who can go nuts for nuts, but if I had to pick a favorite, then it would be almonds hands down.

From fiber and copper to riboflavin and protein, almonds should be your go-to source for all-day energy.

You can pack them for a snack on the run or slice them up to add a marvelous texture to your oatmeal. They’re quite versatile and can be just as at home in a dessert as they are in a savory pasta dish.

12. Cacao

When I have a sweet tooth, I often break out the cacao and make some to-die-for chocolate chia pudding.

Not only is cacao the essence of decadence but it is chockful of magnesium and chromium in order to give you long-lasting energy while also maintaining your blood sugar.

It’s the perfect ingredient to have in your dessert after a lovely meal at your local vegetarian restaurant.

Ready to Boost Your Energy With These Vegan Foods?

Now that you know about 12 vegan foods that are great for boosting your energy, you can improve your diet and feel ready to conquer each day.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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