Arnold Schwarzenegger Shared the Go-To Salad and Protein Shake He Eats Every Night
Arnold Schwarzenegger has adopted a largely plant-based diet in recent years, espousing the benefits on both a personal health and fitness level, and environmentally. And while he is “not 100 percent vegan,” and may still eat meat occasionally, the seven-time Mr. Olympia winner does not subscribe to the idea that you need to be eating chicken or beef to see gains—or be a man.
“There’s no one that can relate to it better than I do because I’ve lived in that world,” Schwarzenegger said in the 2019 documentary The Game Changers, which explores the rise in veganism in strength sports. “‘Steak is for men’… They show these commercials—burgers, George Foreman with the grill and epic sandwich—this is great, great marketing for the meat industry, selling the idea that real men eat meat. But you’ve got to understand, it’s marketing. It’s not based on reality.”
In the latest edition of his newsletter, Schwarzenegger responded to a fan asking about some of his favorite “go-to” plant-based meals, and offered up two tasty-sounding suggestions.
“Every night I eat a cucumber salad with pumpkin seed oil and a vegetable soup,” he wrote. “Pumpkin seed oil is a huge deal in Styria, the state in Austria where I was born. And it is delicious.”
He then explained that after a training session, he tends to stick to the same post-workout protein smoothie. Schwarzenegger shares the full shake recipe in the YouTube video below, mixing cherry juice, banana, vanilla-flavored plant-based whey protein from Ladder, and water. Then, on some occasions, Schwarzenegger will add his own special ingredient: “A little schnapps, directly from Austria.”
His claims that this helps get protein into your system quicker remain unverified—but if nothing else, a Schwarzenegger schnapps shake sounds like a real treat after a hard workout.
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