Using the latest research in sports nutrition, The Vegan Athlete’s Nutrition Handbook: The Essential Guide for Plant-Based Performance by Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, helps athletes maximize their performance, expedite recovery, and optimize their health through balanced, plant-based eating.

Debunking the myth that a plant-based diet and high-intensity athleticism just don’t mix, The Vegan Athlete’s Nutrition Handbook is a comprehensive guidebook for anyone looking to dive deep into the science behind plant-based eating and peak performance. Making the choice to switch to a plant-based diet shouldn’t mean giving up your gains—in fact, incorporating more plant-based foods may even give you an athletic advantage — provided you know how to properly fuel your body while eating vegan.



The Vegan Athlete’s Nutrition Handbook features:

  • Breakdown of key macro and micronutrients in a plant-based diet
  • The latest information on healthy supplements
  • Over 25 flavorful and fueling vegan recipes
  • Sample meal plans to create nutrient-rich, complete vegan meals
  • Guidance on the top athletic concerns, including bone health and rapid recovery

The book provides expert guidance for everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes, whether you are plant-curious, transitioning to a plant-forward diet, or want to refine your existing plant-based nutrition plan. With easy-to-follow vegan menus, recipes, tips, and tricks that can enhance performance, boost recovery and improve health, there’s no reason not to be a vegan athlete!





The handbook’s author, Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for 25 years, specializing in heart disease, diabetes, sports nutrition and women’s health. For the past ten years, she has focused on plant-based lifestyles through inspiring and educating people about plant-based eating to optimize their health and the health of the planet. Nichole has been featured in Yoga Journal, Veg News and Atlanta Journal Constitution through her plant-based chocolate company, Nicobella Organics. She also has a plant-based blog for wellness tips, recipes and inspiration called Purely Planted.