Protein Penne Pasta
Prepare pasta according to instructions on the package.
While pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce.
Add almond butter, tamari, rice vinegar, and chili garlic sauce to a blender and puree until smooth.
Heat sauce in a small saucepan until warmed.
When pasta is cooked, drain pasta and toss with almond butter sauce, onion, bell pepper, cucumber, and cilantro.
Garnish with lime wedges.
Being powered by plants has plenty of amazing performance benefits and can significantly improve many health factors. Plants are incredibly nutrient-dense and provide a lot of energy. Athletes who eat a well-balanced, plant-based diet are able to perform just as well as those who consume animal-based foods. Any athlete (vegan or not) who consumes a colorful variety of products will see positive health benefits such as increased energy, glowing skin, and improved mental acuity.
A struggle for athletes eating a primarily plant-based diet is that it takes a lot of plant matter in order to meet the caloric needs of a training athlete. Properly balanced vegan meals have more than one source of protein blended together with healthy fats to supply sustained energy, better nutrient absorption, and additional calories to support training.
This vegan protein recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Surprisingly easy and flavorful meals such as this appeal to, and benefit, non-vegan athletes as well.
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