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 Rice a Roni Herb and Butter

The rice a roni flavor herb and butter is lacto-vegetarian. It contains some milk products, but no eggs or animal stuffs. It has a surprisingly good flavor. It's quick and easy to make a complete meal from a box of flavored rice. And it can taste outstanding as well.

Ingredients
1 box rice a roni herb and butter flavor
1/2 cup frozen mustard greens (spinach, collards or kale are fine too)
1 cup canned, rinsed black beans

In a large sauce pan, add the amount of water indicated on the rice a roni package, plus 1/4 cup. I never add the butter or margarine. I don't taste any benefit from it. You can add if you like. But don't add the extra water if you do. Add flavor packet and rice. Set on high and cover. Bring to a boil.

Personally, I never do the recommended saute first thing either that rice a roni calls for in the directions. I've tried it and don't see a difference. Better just to make the rice without the extra steps. Tastes as good and is less effort.

Once rice mix has come to a boil add mustard greens and lower heat to maintain a soft simmer. Keep cooking with lid on. Monitor closely. Rice easily boils over.

Depending on how you prefer to eat and whom you're feeding, you can add the beans in different ways. If everyone enjoys beans and rice, by all means, add them to the cooking rice a roni pot. Add beans when there are only a few minutes left in the cooking of the rice.

If you have bean haters to contend with the beans can be added to individual portions. Especially if you plan to microwave most portions. Better to leave the beans out. This way you can heat the rice longer, as it takes more time to reheat. Microwave rice for about 1 minute. Then add beans and microwave another minute more. This is for a fairly small microwave. For more powerful models lower the cooking time. better under heated than over when it comes to microwaving.