4 types of food for a vegan swimmer (and swimmers in general!)

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Written by: arena coaches at 5 April '17 0
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Here are 4 types of vegan food that are highly recommended for a sportsperson/swimmer.

We recently discovered there really are vegan swimmers. So, let’s look at four types of food a non-vegan swimmer could introduce into their diet.

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The first type of food we suggest you try it is quinoa. If you have never heard of it, it is actually a pseudo-cereal. “Pseudo” because it really belongs to the spinach family, but has certain characteristics that mean it is classed as a cereal. It can be eaten as an alternative to rice and is full of calories, with a high protein content. It is an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It can be eaten as a main meal but my own tip is to eat it in a salad, particularly in summer, together with tomatoes and olives.

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The second type of food I recommend are peanuts. They are an excellent source of protein and provide your body with the unsaturated fats it needs or, in other words, those “good” fats (the famous omega3s and omega6s), which are good for you, unlike saturated fats. The important thing is to eat some every day, preferably between meals. The same can be said about all dried fruits, but if you are particularly fond of peanuts you might opt for peanut butter spread on one or two slices of bread as a pre-training snack (at least one and a half hours before working out).


Dark chocolate is the third type of food. It has powerful anti-oxidising properties and is also extremely good for your cardiovascular system. The important thing is to make sure it has a cocoa content of at least 65%. Do not eat too much, but my advice is…on second thoughts, you probably do not need any advice about how to eat chocolate!! 🙂

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The final type of food we recommend are avocados. This a fruit that comes from Mexico which is full of calories and rich in healthy fatty acids – which we have already mentioned – vitamins and antioxidants. It also has a high protein content for a fruit. We suggest using it to “brighten up” a salad (possibly containing quinoa) or as a guacamole sauce (made by mashing up avocados and adding lime juice and salt).


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