Zac Efron has admitted that incorporating a vegan diet into his daily life has completely changed him. The 30-year-old Hollywood actor is well known for his High School Musical days and even more so for his chiseled looks, witty personality and sleek style. Lately, he’s confessed that the effects of growing up in the spotlight can eventually take its toll. In an effort to take better care of his body, Zac has been getting more sleep, working out consistently and has switched to a clean, meat and dairy free diet to help him feel more energized.
He told Teen Vogue, “I’ve been experimenting with eating purely vegan. That’s completely changed the way that my body works, and the way that I metabolize food, the way it turns into energy, the way that I sleep. It’s been brilliant. It’s been great for my exercise, and great for my routine.”
“Sometimes I love to let it all go out the window, and take a break from grooming for the entire week,” he continued. “I love to be the guy that, three hours into my day, somebody close to me will be like, ‘Dude, what’s on your mustache?’ And I’ll be like, What the heck?’ And it’ll be the smoothie that I drank an hour ago, before all of my meetings that nobody chose to tell me about! I kind of just relax with it all. I don’t really care as much anymore.”
Eating a plant-based, vegan diet filled with high fiber foods and complex carbs helps to increase natural energy. Goodbye to the days consisting of constant coffee refills and unnatural energy sources.
Here are some of our favorite high energy, high protein recipes for you to try.
These gluten-free, Vegan Burrito Bowls are perfect for a post-workout session meal. It’s a hearty meal packed with essential carbs and protein. What’s better than a black bean and tofu combination? If you’re looking for something a bit heavier, opt for the Eggplant Burger. Not only are these recipes filling and savory, but they’re packed with protein and vitamins.
Also, did you know that plant-based protein powder is just as effective as whey protein for building muscle?
Zac, we’re major fans of smoothies, too. Here are some of our favorites.
If you’re looking to feel energized at breakfast, between meals or in the middle of the day, then opt for a protein-packed smoothie like the Protein Rich Green Smoothie. This smoothie is simple-to-make and is packed with kale and hemp seeds. These ingredients provide you with quick energy and 10g of protein!
If you want something a little creamier, try the Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie consisting of coconut milk, avocado, ginger root and antioxidant-rich spices for an added punch.
Sometimes a smoothie just doesn’t cut it. If you love them as much as Zac Efron does, but you’re looking to be a little more satisfied and full after eating, try a smoothie bowl instead. A smoothie bowl is a thick blend of whole foods, such as frozen fruits, fresh vegetables or oats and yogurt. This Silken Tofu Chocolate Smoothie Bowl is sweet and high in protein. If you’re searching for something more nutrient dense, try this Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie for the ultimate combination of super greens and vegan powders. While you’re at it try this Blueberry Hempseed Protein Smoothie Bowl or an Exotic Detox Smoothie Bowl to meet all your early-morning needs and cravings.
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