The latest professional athlete to speak out publicly about their decision to go plant-based is none other than 21-year-old NBA star Jahlil Okafor, a center for the Philadelphia 76ers. Oka initially tried out a plant-based diet because he was on a conquest to lose some weight from his 6-foot-11  frame.

“It wasn’t easy. The first drastic change I made was my diet. I became a vegan. I did it gradually. First I got rid of dairy and meat and my favorites, like cheese,” Okafor told Metro. His change in diet helped Okafor lose 20 pounds; he is now 253 pounds and feels healthier than ever.

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“The reason for doing that was to become healthy,” Okafor said. “I read this offseason that dairy was an inflammatory and my knee was swelling up, and I am a full-on vegan now. I feel great and I am going to stick with it.”

Eat to Succeed on a Plant-Based Diet

Okafor cites eggs and cheese as the two ingredients he misses the most, along with McDonalds’s notoriously unhealthy sausage McGriddles. Luckily, it’s not difficult to recreate the flavors and textures of traditional foods on a plant-based diet, with none of the inflammatory side-effects of dairy!

This Breakfast Sandwich With Tofu Egg and Tempeh Sausage is a perfect stand-in for a McGriddle.

Victoria Rand and Christopher Bill show you how this plant-based version puts its original counterpart to shame. The tofu egg is perfectly textured, colored with turmeric, and stacked on top of a savory piece of maple syrup-smoked tempeh, and then sandwiched between two homemade English muffins that are fresh out of the oven.

Can’t go wrong with a Spicy Tofu Scramble and Avocado Breakfast Burrito!

Sara Hohn‘s awesome breakfast burrito is the right way to kick off your morning. It’s stuffed with scrambled tofu, made spicy from fresh jalapeño peppers, fresh greens, avocado, and a zingy hot sauce, makes this a satisfying and manageable breakfast or brunch. You could even add black beans, or a drizzle of Sriracha, if jalapeño isn’t spicy enough for you.

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These Omelet Muffins are good to eat on-the-go!

Evi Oravecz‘s recipe may look fancy, especially if you call it a soufflé and serve it as a part of a beautiful dinner, but it’s super simple actually. All you need is a food processor, a few simple ingredients, and some baking ramekins.

If you’re worried about inflammation, check out this Anti-Inflammatory Diet Check-List That Can Transform Your Life, and then read about Why an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Naturally Help You Manage or Lose Weight.

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We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Jahlil Okhar/Facebook

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