I don’t think I will find too many vegetarians here but if there are, how are things going for you? My goal at the moment is to decrease fat, so I am eating maybe like 1500 calories a day. One big meal a day for lunch and smaller meals throughout the rest of the day plus going to the gym.
Has anyone done green smoothies here? Blending spinach, kale, parsley, etc. with fruits? It gives you a lot of energy and would be good for cutting I would imagine. Not to mention the plethora of nutrients and antioxidants you get. [/quote]
Blending with most fruits is going to be close to disastrous, because you’re basically nailing your body with a huge influx of sugar.
Personally, I’ve had good results with variations of the basic meal-replacement type shake as suggested in ‘The Virgin Diet.’
This consists of frozen kale and/or spinach, coconut milk drink (the milk replacement stuff made of coconut milk & water), flax and/or chia seed, a serving of berries (something on the lower glycemic/sugar end of the spectrum like raspberries or blackberries), and a big serving of pea/rice protein powder.
End total calories are manageable, macros are very solid (and easily adjustable for your personal program), glycemic index is low, fiber & micronutrients are excellent. Plus your primary energy source is seed & coconut fat, as opposed to a huge blast of sugar as would be the case from just blending assorted fruits. For me, this keeps energy levels steadier, and it personally manages hunger a lot better than more sugar-based shakes/smoothies.
Vegetarian/vegan strength training is easily do-able, but it does have its own set of challenges.