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Soba NOodle BOWL

PLANT-BASED DIET MYTH #3 Athletes can’t be strong on a plant-based diet.

This is possibly one of the biggest myths! To gain muscle, we must do two things: • Work out to break down muscle tissue, and then • Refuel/rebuild with high-quality protein. Our body converts protein into individual amino acids to help repair and rebuild muscles—most importantly the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Leucine, in particular—immediately after a strength workout—helps to stimulate protein synthesis. Try a post-workout meal of a cup of lentils and at least 1 oz of pumpkin seeds. I’m also a huge fan of post-workout protein smoothies, to hydrate and get adequate amounts of BCAAs.

3333333 PLANT-BASED DIET MYTH #4 Plant-based diets are boring.

I couldn’t disagree more! Try new foods—colourful plant-based options are endless. Think about eating the rainbow; the more colours you eat, the more diversity in nutrients and flavour. Get creative with herbs and spices—garlic, ginger, and citrus—to boost flavour as well as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.


What’s your favourite plant-based dish?

Use your favourite veg or make it as-is. Warm or cold, it makes great leftovers! Serves 4. 4 cups water

Topping Ideas

1 tsp


1 cup

shelled edamame

8 oz

soba noodles


green onions, cut on a diagonal

Almond Sauce 1 clove garlic, minced ¼–½

hot pepper, minced

1 lime, juiced ¼ cup almond butter 1 tbsp

Vega® Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend

½ tbsp agave ¼ cup water

1 carrot, cut into 2" matchsticks ½

English cucumber, cut into 2" matchsticks

½ cup daikon radish, cut into 2" matchsticks 1

red pepper, julienned

¼ cabbage, julienned ¼ cup roasted almonds, chopped

Pretty much anything with or on noodles is my jam—a Soba Noodle Bowl is a staple in my house. It’s super quick to prepare, flavourful, and fresh. 

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.


Blend all almond sauce ingredients together until smooth.

Cook soba noodles for about eight minutes or until al dente. Rinse, chill, and set aside. Combine soba noodles, veggies, and almond sauce in bowls. Top with almonds and serve.

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