The Spectacular Plant Based Runner

I am living proof that a plant based diet is orders of magnitude better than one that includes meat or dairy.

I took up running when I was 43 years old. It was a not too terrible transition from cycling.

I excelled at distance running. Increasing my mileage up to about 10 miles for long runs.

The thing is, I drink 4 beers most every night. Yet, still, I'm able to achieve this higher level of fitness.

I"m not fast. But I have endurance.

I've been running a couple years now. There's been some decline as I surpassed age 45, but overall, I'm still doing okay.

I've never been a stellar athlete. Even when I was young and sober. But I'm stronger now, even as I age, even as I drink. It says a lot about how our choice of diet affects our overall health.

I should stop drinking. If I did, I'd probably be superhuman.

So what could a plant based diet do for those who are already young and sober? It would probably be spectacular.

Vegan Beans Remoulade

Remoulade sauce is a mildly spicy, interesting flavor to enhance many different kinds of beans. Chick peas, red beans, pink, black. It'll work on almost any kind.

Ingredients:

1 can beans of your choice (or mix a few of your favorites)
3 Tbls spicy mustard
1 1/2 - 2 Tbls ketchup
1 tsp or 2 takeout packets soy sauce
2 cloves finely minced garlic
zest and juice of one lemon
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl whisk together mustard, ketchup and soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, onion powder, chili powder and garlic powder. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Add only 1 1/2 Tbls of ketchup at first and taste. If you like it that way great. If it's a little too mustardy for you add the extra ketchup.

Add several shakes of salt and pepper, stir and taste. Add more seasons if you prefer.

Rinse your beans and then add to your remoulade mixture. Stir to coat beans in sauce.

Chill for two hours to eat cold over bagel or toast.

Beans in remoulade can also be heated in a sauce pan or the microwave if you prefer them warm over pasta or rice.