The way your muscles respond to exercise training can depend largely on the availability of amino acids from protein. This is why athletes are accustomed to guzzling down protein within the first couple of hours after their workouts. That time frame has been called the post-exercise “protein window.”
Nearly every source of meat is a leader in protein intake, but whether you're vegetarian or simply want an occasional break from a meat-centric routine, plant-based protein can be more than simply a substitute. Fill your plate with these protein-rich, multidimensional staples to help shrink your waistline, keep much-needed variety in your diet, and get nutrients to help keep you healthy.