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.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

This very simple and easy recipe uses pouch mashes taters to quickly cook a satisfying and complete meal. It only takes about 10 minutes to make, yet is extremely nourishing.

Ingredients

1 pouch Idahoan garlic masheed potatoes
1/4 cup frozen mustard greens or spinach
1/2 cup canned black beans rinsed
1/3 can of white shoepeg corn (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup frozen baby carrots
4 cloves fresh garlic largely diced (optional)
2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Set two cups water to boil in a medium to large pot as per mashed potato package directions. Adding greens or spinach and carrots to the water.

When pot begins to make sounds, but isn't yet at a boil at garlic, beans and corn.

Wait for pot to come to a boil.

Turn off heat. Add potato packet. Stir until thoroughly combined. Remove to cool burner and continue to stir until completely thickened.

Sprinkle hot individual servings with yeast and stir to combine.

Super filling and very tasty. Packed with nutrients.

This recipe would also work well vegan. Using plain potato flakes and soy milk. Add some extra garlic and some rosemary or basil.