Making The Switch: A Beginner’s Guide To Plant-Based Substitutions

March 11, 2020

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If you’re thinking about switching to a plant-based diet — you’re not alone. Athletes world-wide are choosing vegan or vegetarian options over traditional meat-focused meal plans. Plant-based diets can provide a leaner, cleaner alternative to animal-based options and have been adopted by award-winning athletes like Venus Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and our very own India Paulino.

Ready to go green with your diet routine? We’ve got good news — cutting meat from the menu doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your favorite flavors. Check out the mouth-watering substitution list below and start switching it up in the kitchen with these all-natural alternatives:

Portebello Dinner

Skip the steak, mix it up with mushrooms

Switch out steak for Shitake or Portobello mushrooms. Their hearty texture and savory flavor make them the perfect replacement for your favorite cut.

Jackfruit Sandwich

Put away the pork, just add jackfruit

Swap shredded pork or chicken for jackfruit. It can often be found in the canned food section so it’s easy to stock up on. Plus, its stringy texture makes it a spot-on substitute for your favorite pulled pork recipes.

Flax Seed

X out eggs, fuel up on flaxseed

Combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp of water for the perfect egg substitute. Looking for egg whites only? The water found in a can of chickpeas is the perfect replacement for all your egg white needs.


Bye-bye butter, hello avocado

Need to add some creamy goodness to your recipes? Have no fear, avocado is here to add that smooth-as-butter texture you’re craving.

Nutritional yeast

Ditch the cheese, say yes to yeast

Top your next salad with a healthy helping of yeast. That’s right — nutritional yeast is a popular cheese substitute, giving you the cheesy flavor you love with all the dairy-free benefits you’re looking for.

BPI Sports Veggie Protein

Bulk up with BPI Sports Veggie Protein

Shake up your post-workout routine and make the switch to Veggie Protein. A blend of Pea Protein Isolate and Brown Rice Protein provides a whopping 20g of protein per serving with only 2g of fat and 0g of sugar. The best part? This allergen-free formula can help produce the same high-quality results in the gym as whey-based protein without sacrificing any of the taste.

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