Question:

I am trying to gain weight, and knowing what to eat and when to eat it is difficult for me as I am a vegetarian. I prefer to work out late at night around 9:00 PM. Do you have any tips on when to eat and what to eat? 
– Hailey P. 

Answer:

When to eat is a matter of your hunger and routine. Your late exercise schedule offers an opportunity there. If you don’t already consume a post-workout recovery shake, doing so can add a couple hundred calories before you end your day. Try an Orgain® Vegan Organic Nutrition Shake, an OWYN™ Vegan Plant-Based Protein shake, or a Garden of Life Organic Protein Plant-Based Drink. Foods and snacks are fine, but a liquid beverage is quick and delivers nutrients to support immediate muscle repair and synthesis. 

High calorie vegan items include canned coconut milk, nut butters, tahini, sweet potatoes, avocados, oats, soybeans, dried fruit and most tortillas. Lacto/ovo vegetarian choices also include cheese, yogurt and eggs. Don’t forget about adding calories through condiments like pesto, hummus, vinaigrettes, marinara, and vegan mayo. 

You’ll want to incorporate at least one high calorie food each snack and meal. There are so many high calorie dishes you can create on a plant-based diet! Breakfasts suggestions are banana-nut pancakes made with almond milk, chia seed pudding or avocado toast. Lunch and dinner options include butternut squash ravioli with pepitas, meatless chili with cornbread, and coconut curry with tofu, noodle and veggies.  

– Debbie J., MS, RD

Disclaimer: Author is an Orgain® Brand Ambassador and has received product samples.

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

Some questions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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