Strongest Hearts Extra; Ice Breaker Cross Country Relay Run

Six ultrarunners are attempting to run 3100 miles cross country in just 24 days- that’s over 20 miles a day for each runner! They are raising awareness and funds for mental health resources. We caught up with the legendary ultra runners Charlie Engle, Catra Corbett and David Clark to discuss addiction, veganism and what it’s like to embark on such an epic journey. Follow the run here:...

Strongest Hearts Extra; Stic of Dead Prez and Nutritionist Afya Ibomu

  Last year we sat down with Stic of Dead Prez and Afya Ibomu, a nutritionist and cookbook author. I chatted with them about Hip Hop, veganism, and health- 3 of my favorite things! I remember vividly when my good friend said to me in 2000- you have to hear this Hip Hop track on veganism. I was apprehensive, but boy was I wrong. After hearing Let’s Get Free that one time I immediately bought it and listened to it non-stop. Needless to say, I’ve been a big fan since day one and was stoked for this interview! You can read more about Stic here and be sure to check out his post on Plant-based on a Budget. He also has a book out with Scott Shetler, our star from the pizza prank video: Eat Plants, Lift Iron. You can find Afya’s books here....

Strongest Hearts 15; Naturally Fit Games Part Two – Crossfit

For Strongest Hearts 15 we are at the Naturally Fit Games with the Plantbuilt Crossfit Team.    After our first 10 or so episodes some of the feedback we got was: what about strength and muscle building? I get the benefits for running and cycling, but what about strength athletes? We heard you loud and clear. In fact part of our successful kickstarter campaign was getting to the Naturally Fit Games to film the Plantbuilt Team– over 30 vegan athletes- compete in Powerlifting, Crossfit and Bodybuilding. The Naturally Fit Games are a huge showcase of athleticism; in addition to these three events there’s Jiu Jitsu, MMA and even roller derby. The majority of participants are omnivores and based on my casual conversations most are not familiar with the vegan message. That’s hard for some of us to imagine- but it’s true. I believe we need to use many tactics to spread awareness about ethical veganism and being in this environment confirmed that. And the strength component was so big we had to make 3 separate episodes! Though due to some unforeseen circumstances we are releasing part 2- Crossfit- first. Don’t worry, the powerlifters and bodybuilders aren’t far behind. For some background on Crossfit see Strongest Hearts 12 with Ed Bauer and keep your eye out for more episodes from the Naturally Fit Games. If you like our videos please share them so we can show more people you can be vegan AND an athlete!      ...

Strongest Hearts Extra; Meal Prep with Figure Competitor Ashlee Harrison

Ashlee Harrison is a vegan figure competitor- a type of bodybuilder- but she’s also extremely busy. How does she balance healthy eating, training, working, sleeping and spending time with her partner? By preparing a week’s worth of meals on the weekend! Sound crazy? It’s not and here we show you why. And how you can improve your diet and make your life easier.     Isn’t Ashlee an inspiration? For us mortals who don’t have such a strict training and diet regime we can easily apply some of what she does. Having a solid plan makes executing it that much easier.   Protein- make your own at home Wheat gluten, seitan, wheat meat- whatever you want to call it- is a high protein meat substitute with a history that goes back hundreds (thousands?) of years to Chinese Buddhist monks. It has been eaten in the US for over 100 years as well (the wiki page on gluten is actually very good too).  You can buy it readily at health food stores and Asian markets or you can make your own at home for much, much cheaper! This is a recipe that Ashlee got from her Plantbuilt coach and has since modified. Gluten is primarily protein- but unfortunately its digestibility is very low. It can be part of a vegan diet but it shouldn’t be your main source of protein. For more on protein see this great interactive page by our friend and Registered Dietitian Anya Todd.   Home-made Wheat Gluten 2c vital wheat gluten 1c nutritional yeast 1.5c broth 2T tomato paste 1/4c maple syrup 1tsp maple extract 1.5tsp liquid smoke...