Have you been watching the Olympics? I’ve been really enjoying coming home each night to watch an hour or two of figure skating, slope style, luge, skeleton, speed skating, you name it, I’ll watch it. I am in awe of all the athletes and how hard they train for a once-every-four-year-event. I also think this is pretty hilarious. You have to check out the full gallery:
While I am nowhere Olympic athlete status, I think all athletes (beginner or Olympian) have something in common. We all work hard to get fitness into our daily schedules, we train for different goals, and we all have to eat healthfully to fuel our bodies.
One key component to an athlete’s diet is protein. Some people believe protein is hard to come by for vegetarians. Well, Señor Carnivore, pardon e moi but you are wrong! (Yup, that sentence had three languages in it. I call it Franglish. You are welcome to use it.)
Anyway, if you look beyond the herd of cows, plant-based protein is actually very easy to come buy. Where do you think cows get their protein anyway? Chicken? Nope! There are tons of veggies, seeds, and legumes out in the world that are incredible sources of protein, and lately I’ve been getting my protein from a source that combines all three of those things into one delicious meal: Sunshine Burgers.
Sing it with me: Good day, Sunshine… Great song. I digress.
These bad boys are all vegan, certified organic made with non-GMO whole food ingredients such as beans, seeds, veggies, and spices. They are also free of gluten, soy, corn, canola, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and eggs – just simple ingredients combined to create delicious flavors!
My favorite way to eat these burgers is to crumble them up into salads. Garden Herb (brown rice, sunflower kernels, carrots, herbs, and sea salt – yep, that simple!) is one of my favorites. I also love the Falafel burger as a salad topper.
Hemp & Sage Breakfast is another incredibly delicious one! I crumbled this one into a high-protein, vegan breakfast scramble. Recipe below!
Another fun fact about these burgers? They come fully cooked, so all you need to do is bring them up to temp. I bring a frozen one to work, and come lunchtime, it’s ready to crumble up – but you can also heat them up in the microwave, on the stove, or in a toaster oven. You can eat them as a patty, crumble them up like I do, or even form them into meatballs! They’re really versatile, and more importantly, really delicious!
These burgers are the perfect healthy fuel for any athlete (vegan or not), and a delicious way to enjoy my Olympic-viewing parties – and by parties I mean me and my boyfriend tuning in over dinner – with Sunshine Burgers!
Now, if only eating Sunshine Burgers could turn me into an Olympic athlete, well them we’d really be onto something…
What fuels the athlete inside you?
- ¼ block firm tofu
- 1 small handful kale, chopped
- 2 small mushrooms, chopped
- ½ Hemp & Sage Breakfast Sunshine Burger, defrosted
- pepper to taste
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- ¼ avocado, sliced
- Press out your tofu to remove excess moisture.
- Spray a pan with non-stick spray and heat over medium heat.
- Crumble the tofu into the pan and cook, stirring occasionally. Season with pepper.
- Allow the tofu to cook for about 2 minutes, then add in the kale and the mushrooms. Stir in nutritional yeast.
- Crumble up the Breakfast Hemp & Sage Sunshine Burger and add to the pan. Cook an additional 2 minutes.
- Serve topped with avocado slices, salsa, or over toast, and feel as unstoppable as an Olympian!