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.

Easy Vegan Chili

It's always nice to cook from scratch. But there's not always enough time. Sometimes we just want simple and fast. This vegan chili recipe is all those things and tasty too. We'll utilize store made chili and augment it for that great kick of flavor that you expect from homemade, only in way less time.

1 can hormel vegetarian chili (which is also vegan)
1 jalapeno pepper diced
6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1/2 cup frozen mustard greens
1/2 cup frozen corn nibblets
1/4 cup canned black beans rinsed
2 tsps olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup white rice
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp curry powder
5 tbls nutritional yeast
2 cups water for cooking the rice

Cook rice and greens in 2 cups water and half cumin seeds. When rice has absorbed almost all the water add can of chili. Heat for 2 minutes on medium low heat uncovered, stirring often.

Add garlic and chili pepper. Cook 2 minutes longer. Add frozen corn. Stir to combine. Turn off heat. Keep pot of hot burner. Stir in black beans, spices, rest of cumin seeds and yeast. Taste. Adjust spices to taste.

Remove from hot pot to heat safe storage container. Serve immediately with crusty bread and sprinkled with additional yeast.

For great sandwiches let cool for 20 minutes and store in fridge overnight. Add chili mixture to kaiser roll slathered with spicy hummus and top with lettuce, black olives and onions.