charles-halford-592x400Who says you can’t be the brawn on a plant-based diet? Not actor Charles Halford, who credits his vegan diet for staying fit — and bulking up.

The character actor, best known for his roles on last season’s “True Detective” on HBO and the new NBC show, “Constantine,” talked to Men’s Journal about his fitness regime, which includes adhering to a vegan diet.

“Beans and nuts are big part,” he tells the mag.  “I have been vegan now over 15 years, vegetarian for more than 20. I’ve run the gambit of healthy and unhealthy diets, because it is very possible to be an unhealthy vegan or vegetarian.”

Halford says he sticks to raw and natural foods, and stays away from processed food.

“I mix it up and I’m never bored,” he says. “I also put hot chilies on everything, whenever possible.”

When asked how to bulk up on a vegan diet, Halford credits Vega brand nutrition as well as vegan creatine and L-Carnitine complimented flax oil. He also reiterates what vegans know already: that protein is found in every solid food — not just in meat.

“Protein is everywhere, and I eat a lot of everything vegan throughout the day. The guys on set have taken to calling me ‘brontosaurus.’ Fair enough.”

In the interview, Halford even gives the recipe to his favorite red kidney bean salad: “Mix red beans, julienned bell peppers, green onion, red onion, and hot chilies — I like habanero. Add diced cilantro to taste. Then toss it all with a little olive oil, red wine vinegar and dash ofsalt and pepper. Top it with sprouted sunflower seeds and a drizzle of fresh coconut milk.”

Sounds delicious, Charles!

How Constantine Star Charles Halford Stays Fit on a Vegan Diet | Ecorazzi.