After going vegan last year, Detroit Lions’ running back Theo Riddick has said that his new diet has done wonders for his recovery and performance.

“I turned vegan over the summer,” Riddick told The Detroit News in August 2017. “I’ve noticed a difference just with my energy level.”

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He recently spoke to M Live, and said that his recovery has improved dramatically thanks to his healthy diet.

“I just think my recovery level was just phenomenal. I think when I was younger, to be honest I wouldn’t really feel better until probably Friday. And then you go back out there and play on Sunday,” He told M Live.

“I can say last year I was feeling good by Tuesday,” he added. “And to have that recovery level on my side and working with me, instead of against me, has given me the chance to play all 16 games.”

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So what does this vegan athlete eat to keep up his performance?

“I’m not a junk-food type of eater. I’m like a smoothie guy,” Riddick told The Detroit News. “I do a lot of fruit and throw my kale and all my protein in there and that’s how I get everything.”

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Want to Eat Like a Vegan Athlete?

If you’re interested in improving your own performance in sports, workouts, or just in your own daily life, check out How Eating Vegan Makes Me a Better Athlete.

And take a look at these protein-rich recipes!

Kale Honeydew Melon Smoothie

This healthy smoothie has kale, protein-rich chia seeds, and almond milk! Try this Kale Honeydew Melon Smoothie as a workout snack or healthy breakfast.

Superfood Protein Shake

This Superfood Protein Shake has a ton of protein to keep any vegan athlete going. With superfoods like maca, chia seeds, goji berries, and hemp seeds, it’s packed with essential nutrients.

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

This Strawberry Kale Smoothie is perfect for anyone looking for a tasty and nutritious way to get their protein in.

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