The Vegan Athlete

The Vegan Athlete

A Complete Guide to a Healthy, Plant-Based, Active Lifestyle

Karina Inkster


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Cook smarter and feel better with one hundred delicious recipes! Completely revised and updated from the author's previous Vegan Vitality, this is the ultimate guide to veganism for active lifestyles.

More than eight million North Americans choose to exclude meat from their diets, and an additional twenty-five million rarely eat meat. Many of these individuals consume no animal products whatsoever. Why do these vegans and vegetarians choose to forgo steak, yogurt, or ice cream? Most commonly, they cite increasing and maintaining personal health. Add to this the steadily growing population of health and fitness enthusiasts who adopt plant-based diets temporarily to meet their performance goals, plus those looking to vegan diets for weight loss, and we’ve got a full-blown diet and lifestyle movement quickly expanding across the globe!

This is a comprehensive active-living guide and cookbook for current and aspiring vegans and vegetarians interested in making regular physical activity a part of their lives. Fitness and nutrition coach Karina Inkster motivates and inspires readers to increase the quality (and length!) of their lives by enjoying a whole foods, plant-based diet and engaging in regular exercise. Recipes include:

  • Apple spice baked oatmeal
  • Open-face smoky melt
  • Vegan scalloped potatoes
  • Homemade energy bars
  • Thai peanut curry with veggies, tofu, and pineapple
  • African stew
  • Clean 'n green flatbread
  • No-cream of cauliflower soup
  • Mediterranean medley salad
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberry smoothie
  • So many more!

With healthy living advice for everyone from beginners to amateur athletes, as well as a well-rounded collection of one hundred mouthwatering recipes specifically created to fuel active living, this book sets itself apart by bridging the gap between diet and fitness, approaching health holistically and as a long-term lifestyle. Also included are interviews with vegan athletes and fitness professionals, each providing their own recipes, top-secret tips, and habits for healthy, active plant-based living.


Karina Inkster:
Karina Inkster, MA, PTS, is a fitness and nutrition coach and is also the author of Foam Rolling: 50 Exercises for Massage, Injury Prevention, and Core Strength, and Resistance Band Exercises: Strength Training at Home or On the Go. She holds a master’s degree in gerontology, specializing in health and aging. Vegan since 2003 and vegetarian since 1998, Karina hosts the No-Bullsh!t Vegan podcast (, busting myths and providing evidence-based advice to kick butt with your health and fitness—on a vegan diet. Her award-winning online coaching programs help vegans worldwide live their healthiest, most plant-strong lives. Karina has been weightlifting, swimming, jumping rope, and power yoga-ing her way to fitness since 2003. When she’s not working with her clients, writing, or doing a ridiculous number of chin-ups, you’ll find Karina playing accordion, piano, or Australian didgeridoo; hanging out with her two cats; or sneaking spinach into her husband’s smoothies. She is based in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Visit her website at