Quick Reviews: Protein Ninja | The Vegan Athlete’s Cookbook | The Great Vegan Protein Book

Here are the latest books I’ve read!

Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero


Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or eat-everything-you-can-get-your-hands-on, a weeknight home chef, everyday athlete, or just a busy person looking wholesome, protein-rich snacks and meals, you deserve something better than another chia seed ball or protein shake for dinner. Award-winning vegan chef Terry Hope Romero leads the charge with 100 lean, mean recipes using a wide range of readily available ingredients — from supermarket-friendly staples to cutting-edge superfoods and an arsenal of gluten- and soy-free options. With an everything-you-need-to-know rundown on plant-based protein sources, and chapters like Stealthy Protein Pancakes, Waffles, Scrambles, & Much Much More, Super Toast: Savory or Sweet, and Better than Ever Burger Bowls, you’ll soon be sneaking plant-based protein into your breakfasts, dinners, and everything in between.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I like some of the recipes and have already tried a variation of a smoothie that was great. However, most of the recipes seem complicated and include ingredients not readily available to the average person. I also don’t like the author’s attempt at humor; it came across as harsh, sometimes condescending, and overall out of touch.

The Vegan Athlete’s Cookbook by Anita Bean


Whether you already live a vegan lifestyle, embrace a meat-free day each week or you simply want to try some amazing flavour combinations, The Vegan Athlete’s Cookbook will help you create easy, nutrient-packed meals to support your training goals.

With a focus on performance, every recipe has been created to provide a high level of nutrients that will fuel your body. All the main meal recipes supply at least 20 g of protein per serving, the optimal amount needed for muscle recovery.

As well as delicious everyday recipes, cooking tips and photographs, the book also contains evidence-based advice on how to fuel your workouts and maximise your performance. It debunks vegan myths, demystifies sports nutrition and will help you gain the confidence to create delicious, nourishing meals that will boost your fitness.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A fantastic resource for anyone considering vegan foods, athletics, or the combination of both. It includes tons of references and really gets into the details of vegan and athletic nutrition without being overwhelming. The recipes look very tasty, cover a variety of cuisines and meal types, don’t seem difficult to make, and include nutritional considerations for optimal impact. I really appreciate the comprehensiveness of this book and feel like I’ll know what I’m doing when I go to meal plan.

The Great Vegan Protein Book by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes


“How do you get your protein?” As a vegan, you’re sure to get asked this question often. Most likely, you’ve even thought about it yourself. Vegan protein comes from things like tofu and tempeh, to beans, nuts, and protein-rich whole grains like quinoa. There are loads of options out there, but how to prepare them? What to put them in? These are questions that can feel daunting, especially if you haven’t used these ingredients before. Never fear, Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes to the rescue. The Great Vegan Protein Book takes you step-by-step through each protein-rich vegan food group, providing you with valuable information on how to prepare the ingredient along with more than one hundred delicious and easy recipes (many of them low-fat, soy free, and gluten-free ). Each recipe uses whole food ingredients that can be easily found at most grocery stores or farmer’s markets-no hard-to-find ingredients or things you can’t pronounce. Say yes to protein and eating better with The Great Vegan Protein Book.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There are certainly some recipes I plan to try, but overall they just don’t interest or impress me. Many have similar spices/ingredients and include a ton of them, requiring significant prep time. The book lacks nutrition estimates aside from protein.

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