At times, it’s hard to wrap our protein-obsessed heads around the idea that someone can be meat-free and muscled up.

After all, the vast majority of low-carb, high-protein foods come from, y’know, animals. But between movies like What The Health (which argues that we’re slowly killing ourselves by loading up on chicken, eggs, and steak) and studies delivering the news that vegetarian athletes may actually perform better than meat-eaters, it may be time to start considering whether we really have to choose between meat and muscles.

Because according to a growing number of vegan athletes, you definitely don’t.

We talked to seven guys whose livelihood literally depends on being fit AF—including an NFL player, a pro wrestler, an NBA baller, and top personal trainer Joe Holder (that’s him above)—yet who eat totally animal-free.

Here’s what a day in a vegan diet looks like for the ultra-jacked.

1. Austin Aries, pro wrestler and author of ‘Food Fight’

Diet focus: “I’m usually concerned with keeping my calories up to maintain my size, though I adjust my calories depending on if I need to bulk up or cut weight. I try to limit my intake of things like soy, gluten, and overly processed foods. The easiest way to do this is by making sure I’m eating a variety of different foods every day. This also ensures I am consuming all different types of plant-based protein to cover the full amino acid profile as well as my vitamins and nutrients. I am also a huge fan of spices and condiments to change the flavor profiles of your staple foods.”

Snack: Smoothie with 1 banana, 1/4 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen spinach, 1 scoop Plant Fusion: Cookies and Cream vegan protein powder, 1 tsp cinnamon or cardamom, 2 tsp chia seeds, and water

Breakfast: Grapefruit and 2 pieces of sprouted grain bread topped with a tofu scramble and Indian black salt, which gives the tofu a sulfur taste similar to what you find in eggs

Snack (post workout): Smoothie with 1 cup frozen spinach, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 large orange, 1 scoop Vegan Smart Vanilla vegan protein powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp chia seeds, and water

Lunch: Lentil Macaroni and Cashew Cheese, which is 1 1/2 serving of lentil pasta, and 1 serving of cashew cheese (2 cups raw soaked cashews, 1 cup nutritional yeast, juice of half small lemon, 1 tsp yellow mustard, salt and pepper to taste, all blended in a vitamix with water), and 2 cup broccoli

Dinner: Pre-made whole grain pizza crust (from The Engine 2 Diet), vegan sausage Beyond Meat crumblesfrozen kale, sun-dried tomatoes, organic pasta sauce, nutritional yeast, and 4 slices Go Veggie vegan cheese slices  

Snack: 1/4 cup So Delicious snickerdoodle cashew milk ice-cream and 2 Vans power-grain waffles

Macros: 3,000 cals at 62% carbs, 12% fat, 26% protein

Supplements: 5000IU D3, 2500IU B12, 1,500mg curcumin, 500mg DHA with breakfast; BCAAs, 2g glutamine, 3g creatine post-workout

2. Azad Singh, personal trainer based in the U.K.

Diet focus: “My focus since going vegan in November 2015 has actually never been on protein. It’s so easy to hit the requirement of 1.8g per KG bodyweight with the use of bean-based pastas, tofu, tempeh, seitan, and mock meats, whilst keeping carbs and total calories fairly low. Carbs are always the hardest macro for me to fill in; trying to reach my 600g mark daily on a vegan diet can be tough with such high-fiber foods, but I love the energy in my gym sessions and I’m really beginning to explore more with lentils and quinoa.”

Wake up: Juice (not-from-concentrate), fermented BCAAs, light coffee with soy milk

Breakfast (post-workout): Smoothie with 1 cup oats or bran flakes, 25 almonds, 3 dates, dried coconut, 1 3/4  cups soy milk, 1/2 scoop Reflex Vegan Protein

Lunch: 1 1/4 cups cooked basmati rice, 1 1/2 cups baked beans, and around 3 to 3.5oz extra-firm tofu, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, and olives

Snack: 1/3 to 1/2 cup quaker oats heated with 1 3/4 cups soy milk, then topped with 2 tbsp chia seeds, 5 diced dates, handful of blueberries, sliced strawberries; and banana protein shake

Dinner: Traditional punjabi meal of roti (chapatis) and daal (lentils), topped with texturized vegetable protein, an apple, and pistachios

Macros: 4,000 calories at 70% carb, 10% fat, 20% protein

Supplements: Creatine, fermented BCAAs, vitamin D (when I don’t get out in the sun), and Reflex Vegan protein

3. Cam Awesome, amateur boxer

Diet focus: “Vegan does not mean healthy—plant-based is what’s healthy. I try to stay away from all processed foods and avoid adding sugar, oil, or salt when I cook. I don’t count much, like calories or macros; instead, I understand my body and consciously monitor my intake rather than rely on measuring cups. After a workout—typically strength and conditioning in the morning and shadowboxing at night—I know if my body requires extra calories, protein, carbs, etc. Your body is an efficient machine and attains its necessary nutrition from whole foods.”

Breakfast: Oatmeal with banana and peanut butter

Snack (post-workout): Garden of Life protein shake

Lunch: Chipotle sofritas with brown rice, veggies, and black beans

Snack: Banana and peanut butter

Dinner (post-workout): Usually 50% mixed veggies and 50% meat substitute, like Field Roast sausages, a Beyond Meat Burger, or Beyond Meat Chik’n

Macros: 2,500 to 3,000 calories at 40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein

Supplements: Protein powder when needed, but not every day

4. Griff Whalen, former NFL WR

Diet focus: My biggest focus in my diet is just making everything as clean and unprocessed as possible, with little to no added oils and sugars. Aside from vitamins, I currently don’t use any supplements for anything—no protein, no pre-workout. I feel better just eating whole foods and getting it that way.

Breakfast: Overnight oatmeal with 1 cup oats, 1 cup cashew milk, 2/3 Tbsp. maca powder, 1/2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds, 1/3 Tbsp. cocao powder, 1 date, a dash of cinnamon and Himalayan pink salt

Snack (post-workout): Smoothie with 1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, 2 dates, 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, 1/4 cup blueberries, 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, handful spinach and arugula

Lunch: Large portion of grains with vegetables like peas, broccoli, spinach, and legumes like black beans, chickpeas, or lentils

Snack: Raw vegetables and hummus, banana, or a cup of berries

Dinner: Big spinach or kale salad with a ton of toppings like olives, carrots, avocado, corn, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds, dressed with apple cider vinegar and olive oil or a scoop of hummus; side of rice

Macros: 3,500 to 4,000 calories at 65% carbs, 18% fat, 17% protein

Supplements: Vitamin B complex, turmeric, and vegan DHA-EPA omega-3

5. JJ Redick, NBA Guard

Diet focus: “During the season, my main focus is staying healthy and feeling strong. I’ve always had a leaner frame, so balancing my intake of protein, fat, and carbs is an important focus that guides my food choices. I’ve found that incorporating plant-based protein items like Beyond Meat into my diet can deliver just as much protein, if not more, than some traditional meat items, while making me feel healthy, fit, and agile.”

Breakfast: Overnight oats with almond butter, chia seeds, and blueberries

Snack (post-workout): Protein shake with spinach, kale, banana, and vanilla plant protein powder

Lunch: Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger on a whole-wheat bun topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and spicy vegan mayo

Snack: Raw almonds or hummus with fresh veggies, like tomatoes, carrots, cucumber

Dinner: Mexican quinoa bowl with black beans, roasted veggies, avocado, and mango salsa

Macros: 2,500 to 3,000 calories at 55% carbs, 22% fat, 23% protein

Supplements: Vegan protein powder

6. Joe Holder, founder of The Ocho System and Nike master trainer

Diet focus: “My biggest focus is on actually eating enough, since the amount of calories I need is high and I am fairly active. I take carbohydrates well so I don’t fear them or limit them in any way, except in terms of processed foods. Also make sure to chew my food, especially with digestion of dark leafy greens, and drink enough water.”

Wake up: A glass of room-temperature water

Breakfast: Smoothie with red oak leaf lettuce, 10g of essential amino acids, 30g of pea protein, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 banana, 1 Tbsp. ashwaganda root, 1 tsp. chlorella, and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Snack: Low-sugar fruit or handful of nuts

Lunch: Breakfast bowl from NYC restaurant Jack’s Wife Freda: red quinoa, pita bread, arugula, tomato, radish, and spaghetti squash

Snack: Smoothie with dandelion greens, hemp protein, acai berries, goji berries, blueberries, and unsweetened almond milk

Dinner: Sweet potato, curried chickpeas, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts

Late snack: Protein shake with pea and brown rice protein, arugula, almond butter, and BCAAs

Macros: 3,000 calories at 50% carbs, 30% fat, 20% protein

Supplements: BCAAs and EAAs to help with muscle repair

7. Torre Washington, professional bodybuilder

Diet focus: I tend to eat the same thing daily for about two to four weeks, with a few indulgences here and there, leading up to competition. Food is fuel, so I typically focus on getting in as much of a variety of plant-based, whole foods as possible—the less processed, the better. For me, eating is about being mindful and intuitive to what the body needs, feels like, and (for some) what the body looks like. I monitor based on portion or serving size, but when I’m training someone, I do encourage counting calories and monitoring macros until they get a feel for and understanding of what works for their bodies. At the very least, I drink 1 gallon of water everyday, training day or not.

Breakfast: Drink of 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and a dash of cayenne in 8oz of water with 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 tsp natural crunchy peanut butter, 1 tsp blackstrap molasses, 1 banana, and 1 serving of cherries

Lunch: ½ lb pan seared tofu with lots of cayenne and nutritional yeast flakes, 1 baked sweet potato with skin, 2 cups broccoli, 1 cup asparagus, and 1/2 cup non-dairy ice cream for dessert

Snack: 1 to 2oz Beanitos black bean chips, 4oz baked tempeh, and salad with romaine lettuce, sprouts, onion, tomato, cucumber, carrots, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, and lemon juice and apple cider vinegar as dressing

Dinner: 1 bowl of cold whole grain cereal with almond milk (while I prep dinner), then 1 cup curry chickpeas with carrots and white potatoes, 1 serving brown rice, 1 cup asparagus

Macros: 3,500 calories at 70% carbs, 10% fat, 20% protein

Supplements: None

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