Several years ago I was pretty athletic – from 2004 – 2010, to be specific. I stopped chasing skinny after going vegan and now I focus much more on fitness and health (versus weight and size) and I feel less pressure to run miles and miles each year. But when I was racing I explored the web and read many books to get a grasp on how to fuel up.
My tips kitchen tips for the new vegan who considers herself an average athlete:
- Read up! I found some solid nutrition advice and suggestions from bloggers, athletes and authors.
- Explore what foods work for you and develop meal plans accordingly.
I wrote a few pieces on the subject for One Green Planet:
Chocolate “Ice Cream” for Breakfast
(No longer available on One Green Planet, so here you go!)
Serves 1 -2
1/2 c cashews
1/2 c frozen mango chunks
Half a frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/4 c uncooked, rolled oats
Place all ingredients in a food processor (use the S blade) and pulse to desired consistency.
This is a refreshing, filling breakfast — and it just happens to double as a terrific, healthy dessert, too!
Arshad Bahl took control of his son’s diet when, at the age of two, he was diagnosed with autism. Through a plant-based diet his son was transformed – and so was Arshad. I hope you’ll take some time to read his story and his advice for parents of children with autism (as well as severe gastrointestinal issues). The endurance and recovery bars that Arshad has developed are delicious and really do that job.
How do you fuel up for your workout?