Rich Roll was recently named the Fittest Vegan On Earth by Men’s Health. The ultra-endurance athlete is known for his athletic accomplishments and his inspiring story of getting healthy after struggling with substance abuse and a junk food diet.

“My plant-based diet is not a hindrance, it’s a secret weapon,” Roll told HuffPost.


So, what does the world’s fittest vegan eat now?

Roll’s athlete diet involves whole foods rich in protein and nutrients. He told Chalkboard that he likes to start his day with water and apple cider vinegar, before downing a nutrient-packed green smoothie.

“My green smoothie recipe varies considerably,” wrote Roll, “but it generally includes dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard; 1 beet plus beet greens; 1-2 bananas; ½ cup of blackberries or blueberries; coconut water; 1 tablespoon each of chia seeds, hemp seeds and ground flax seeds, maca powder, spirulina powder and acai powder.”

Rich Roll / Instagram


For lunch, Roll said he likes to keep things simple. The ultra-endurance athlete wrote that he likes to snack on fruits and raw nuts, and have a big salad with vegetables and balsamic dressing as his lunchtime meal.

At dinnertime, Roll said that his wife Julie Piatt often prepares some of the couple’s own recipes, including vegan lasagna, burritos, or rice and quinoa with black beans.

“We do eat a lot of Mexican food,” Roll told HuffPost.

During his workouts, Roll said he likes to drink coconut water and eat fruits like bananas along with almond butter or sweet potato.


Rich Roll / Instagram

Eat Like An Ultra-Endurance Athlete!

Looking to eat like the fittest vegan on Earth? Here are some recipes from the Food Monster App to give you a whole day of nutrition!


Beginner Green Smoothie

This Beginner Green Smoothie is perfect for those who are just starting out with adding smoothies to their morning routines. This simple smoothie is packed with nutrition to start your day!

Simple BLT Salad

This Simple BLT Salad has all the flavor of a classic BLT sandwich, but in light and healthy salad form perfect for lunch! The ‘B’ in this recipe is for protein-rich black beans!

Tempting Tempeh, Beans, and Rice Burritos

Here’s a great idea for dinner! These Tempting Tempeh, Beans, and Rice Burritos have crumbled tempeh and a spicy tomato sauce.

Looking for more plant-based cooking info? Download the 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 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day.


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