I’m buffing up. I’ve bought some lovely vegan running shoes (because cows are cool and killing them is cruel), and so far this week, I’ve already run 11 miles. I feel great! I wonder if I could say the same if I was weighed down with all the fat a meat-eater has in their diet?
I eat a healthy and varied vegan diet, so I know that I’m getting everything I need without any of the negative effects and health risks that meat-eaters face every time they eat animal flesh or delve into some dairy. With such an advantage, I’m bound to be strides ahead of the competition in any running race I enter.
When I feel the need for an extra protein boost, I snack on nuts and add extra pulses to my daily meals. There are also some great vegan protein snack bars available these days for those of us that need to grab something on the go.
I recommend that every vegan who exercises try Trek Bars. You can order them online or find them at your local Holland & Barrett. Not only are they really tasty, they are also made from raw ingredients and full of natural goodness.
As for “junk food”, I made high-protein bean burgers today. To make them, you will need the following:
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 can of kidney beans
- 1 carrot, grated
- 2 or 3 wheat breakfast biscuits (such as Ready Brek or Weetabix), crumbled, or 1 cup of rolled oats (trust me on this)
- Spices and soy sauce, to taste
Sauté the onions and the garlic until tender and move to a separate bowl. Mash all the ingredients together until the kidney beans are unrecognisable. Keep adding the crumbled wheat biscuits until the mush holds together; the cooking process will also help hold it together. Shape into small patties (don’t make the patties too big or they’ll burn before they cook through) and fry on both sides until nicely browned.
Serve with pita bread or a nice wholemeal and some salad to keep it healthy (or a cheeky slice of white bread, if you’re feeling naughty).
I know there are many health benefits to being vegan and that lots of athletes have adopted meat-free diets, but even if there were no health benefits, the ethical issues surrounding slaughtering animals for food would still convince me that a vegan diet is the way to go.