Have you ever wondered what your favorite Olympians eat? I know I do. You'd think they'd need a lot of protein, given how much muscle you need to be a professional athlete, much less an Olympian. Some Olympic athletes are vegan or vegetarian, and they're proof that you don't necessarily need to eat meat to be a champion.
You may be thinking, "Wait, won't eating a plant-based diet cause a person to be protein deficient?" Nope! Vegans can get the right amount of protein by eating quinoa, hummus, chia seeds, and many other protein-heavy, plant-based foods. When training for the Olympics, athletes intake a massive amount of calories because they're exercising so much. They need the calories from food to fuel their workouts, and these calories can come from vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
Olympic athletes often have personal trainers and nutritionists helping them along the way. They might be the only one you see competing, but it takes a team of professionals to make an Olympic athlete. Even though it takes a little more planning, many athletes have figured out how to incorporate a plant-based diet in with a super-active lifestyle, and the fact that they win medals doing it is really inspiring.Here are 8 Olympic athletes who've made history while on a plant-based diet.