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 Salad Dressing

Here is an easy vegan salad dressing packed full of nutrients thanks to nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite food toppings. It goes great with most everything. It has a pungent cheesy type flavor that integrates well with tomato sauces, sandwiches and soups.

But my favorite use for it by far is as a salad dressing. Your salad can be any kind of salad. Romaine, cabbage, iceberg, pasta or just a combo of vegetables of any sort.

Just sprinkle the yeast generously on top of your salad. Then douse with your favorite vinegar. White wine, red, balsamic. Any will be great. Drizzle with a little olive if you prefer. then a few sprinkles of salt and pepper. Toss or stir and enjoy. The yeast and vinegar combine to make a great vegan dressing that compliments so many different kinds of salads and other dishes as well. Use on rice, risotto, sandwiches. Anywhere you need an extra punch of flavor.

Alternatively you can make the dressing in a separate bowl and have other flavor enhancement options.

Add spicy mustard. Lime or lemon juice. Soy sauce. Maybe some garlic powder. Go wild with your favorite flavors. Whisk to combine. Drizzle over anything that needs a zesty zip of flavor.