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.

Leftover Tomato Sauce Uses

Here's a dilemna I often find myself in. I use half or 3/4 a jar of tomato sauce and don't know what to do with the rest. Freezing it has pretty unsavory results. It loses all flavor.

It's not a bad idea to use it as a sandwich condiment. Spread it on bread like you would mayo or mustard. Then add your other sandwich fillers. I find tomato sauce works best with kaiser rolls or toasted wheat bread. Generously lather both sides. Add black beans or kidney or pinto. Season with garlic powder. Drizzle with hot sauce. Finish with lettuce and any other fresh produce you have on hand. Corn, onion, pepper. You can't go wrong with fresh crunchy vegetables to top your sandwich.

Another interesting use for left over pasta sauce is to use it as a salad dressing. Assemble your salad as you nomrally would. Crisp lettuce, bell pepper, crunchy carrots, rich olive.s Or whatever makes a good salad in your mind. Add a teaspoon or two of the jar sauce. Then dilute with some hot sauce and vinegar. All kinds of vinegar play nicely. Red, white, balsamic, apple cider. It makes a really nice salad dressing that both sweet and savory.

One more great use for that left over tomato sauce is to dress potatoes and beans. If I have a batch of nicely roasted or sauteed potatoes I really enjoy smothering them in some pasta sauce. It's a really nice combination. I might add other things. Like broccoli or sauteed garlic or beans. But a lot of folks don't realize how nicely potatoes pair with tomato sauce.