21 Best Muscle Building Foods for Vegetarians

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-05-03 11:48:14 -0500
Started 2012-04-27 18:47:41 -0500

Many of these foods are ones that we talk about eating regularly because they are so D friendly. I've got some good friends on this list: quinoa, avocados, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, broccoli, and cauliflower to name a few. Why not check out this listing to see what foods you eat that are also considered muscle building?


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John 2012-05-03 06:49:47 -0500 Report

I am by no stretch of an imagination vegitarian, but I counted 9 items from my diet. I don't do grains or legumes, and some aren't regionally available - I've never seen a collard green.

Caroltoo 2012-05-03 11:48:14 -0500 Report

Me neither, but felt they would be good recommendations for all us. I've seen/bought a collard green, but couldn't figure out what to do with the tough thing and haven't tried again. I'm gluten free so use quinoa in place of most grains. Legumes, I do some. I use a different protein powder because I'm not vegan and do eat milk products.

granniesophie 2012-04-29 11:42:19 -0500 Report

I learned a few new things with things, but I have to add a comment here, which I also may start a new discussion with- our newspapaer here in AZ just had an article on Friday about how brown rice is full of arsenic and how no one should ever eat it at all!

Caroltoo 2012-04-29 11:51:36 -0500 Report

Wow, that's a new one to me! Can't be the rice per se, would have to be the processing or fertilizing. Can you find out more? Makes me think of how my diebetic educator dismissed wild rice: (sniff) sticks and weeds. That was one we chose to disagree on.

jayabee52 2012-04-29 14:56:36 -0500 Report

I looked the news up and found this article from Feb 15 on ABC news. See it here ~ http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/02/brown-ri...

Caroltoo 2012-04-29 16:40:29 -0500 Report

Thanks, James. The article states that arsenic has been found in brown rice syrup used to sweeten toddler formula, candy bars, etc. Suggests we avoid all products sweetened with brown rice syrup and notes that brown rice syrup is now used to replace high fructose corn syrup, so that means we have a lot of places to look for it.

Also indicates pregnant women are very susceptible to this form of toxicity which is harmful to the fetus. Another factoid is that brown rice is able to absorb arsenic from the environment and ground water in much the same way that apples can.

jigsaw 2012-04-28 18:13:01 -0500 Report

There were only 5 foods on that list that were NOT in my diet. Some of them like quinoa will be added, some I simply dont like, and a couple I have never tasted. Since I am very sensitive to rice (only brown rice in my diet) I plan on trying quinoa as a substitute. Healthy food choices and variety is the key to nutritional success IMHO! The more restricted a diet is, the greater the chance of a deficiency of some sort down the line!!! These are excellent foods for non-vegetarians also.

Caroltoo 2012-04-28 18:29:18 -0500 Report

Yes, actually Al, that was why I posted this. We have vegetarians and perhaps it will be of help to them, but the majority of us are not. Foods that are complete enough to be healthful in the vegetarian diet should be very beneficial as a part of a non-vegetarian diet.

jayabee52 2012-04-27 19:49:10 -0500 Report

quite an impressive list. I an gonna have to do some additional research on some of these to see if I may be able to fit them into my renal meal plan.

Caroltoo 2012-04-27 19:54:00 -0500 Report

Hope that you can! Yes, I was surprised at some of these. Never saw broccoli or cauliflower in that light though I have increased both recently after reading some of the other benefits. The protein powder, I'm not at all surprised about, but had never heard of that particular one. Darned if I know what to do with collard greens though! Maybe someone out there in DC land will have some ideas.

jigsaw 2012-04-28 18:26:16 -0500 Report

I recently inreased my consumption of cauliflower also. I cook it in a Dutch oven at 500 degrees for 45 to 60 min. Then I mash it with garlic and butter using a hand mixer to a mush. Replaces mashed potatoes, and I do my best to believe that it is. Besides it is a super nutritional food! Broccoli has been a staple in my diet for years. Broccoli and chicken, and various other stir fries are complimented by broccoli. I also love fresh broccoli in salads.

jayabee52 2012-04-27 22:05:14 -0500 Report

there are things like chia seeds which I have heard has a lot of potassium, which is good for regular folks but I have to watch my intake of it. Almonds and nuts and dry beans (not green beans) of any kind are on my no-no list due to potassium issues also.

The cauliflower and Broccoli surprised me with the protein content. That was really good to hear!

jayabee52 2012-04-27 23:17:04 -0500 Report

To which whey product do you refer? Nothing I could see in the slide show mentioned whey.

Might you be referring to my mention of Whey low in a discussion on alternative natural sweeteners?

Caroltoo 2012-04-28 02:43:57 -0500 Report

Ah, you are right … I named that incorrectly. It was a high protein shake made of pea-rice-hemp powder which they state is high protein, fiber, and taste while being low carb.

jayabee52 2012-04-28 14:06:52 -0500 Report

I thought that pea rice hemp powder might be the one about which you were inquiring. I don't know that much about it. Again I would need to google research that. I however had never heard of someting like that before. I had used a protein powder based on peas before several years ago before I developed kidney problems, but have never even heard of someting like that mixture before. I will have to go back to see if there is any links to this product are available.

Oh, on a side note, I found a source of the cinnamon for that which is called "true" cinnamon and ordered a lb of it. Perhaps once I start taking that I will note a change in my BG levels.

Caroltoo 2012-04-28 15:20:53 -0500 Report

I am curious about the taste of the pea, hemp, rice product and a little leary of the rice since I am so reactive to white rice, at least. Betting this would include the hull in a pulverized form which could make a substantial difference.

Let us know how the cinnamon works for you.

jayabee52 2012-04-28 15:36:42 -0500 Report

it'll probably take a week to get here from FL. And will take longer to get good results from the trial.

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