Strongest Hearts 12; Crossfit Instructor Ed Bauer

It feels so good to post this episode. We’ve only known Ed Bauer a few years, but he’s like an old friend. And in our series we’ve met lots of super nice folks, but he just may be the nicest. And you asked for a strength athlete or a Crossfit athlete. We are delivering on both and one upping you by bringing a Crossfit coach. Boom.   Ed is part of the Plantbuilt Team that is traveling to Austin for the second year in a row to compete in the Naturally Fit Games. A whole team of vegans to show definitively that one can get enough protein on a plant-based diet. You can support them here and pick up lots of cool stuff. Honestly, I’m not sure how they are giving away so many great awards! And thanks to our successful kickstarter (still time to give!), we will be there to capture the games and interview the team. See more about this below. Thank you Ed for sharing your workouts with us and we look forward to shooting with you again in Austin.   This episode was made possible by a seed grant from the awesome Pollination Project. We had nothing to go on when we wanted to start shooting new episodes again and they came through in a big way. Without them we couldn’t have gotten back out there nor had the funds to even begin organizing our kickstarter. Thank you!        ...

Strongest Hearts Extra; Timeless Coffee Roasters and Bakery

Our first episode on our new site! And it’s the first one where we depart from our athlete focus to feature some folks kicking ass in another way: Owning and operating Oakland’s Timeless Coffee Roaster and Bakery.  Here at Strongest Hearts we spend a lot of time at small vegan businesses and figured, why not feature them too? We are pleased to introduce you to co-owners RJ and Violet.       Are you stoked for some good coffee and treats now? Be sure to visit them in Oakland next time you are near the Bay Area. And if you are craving chocolate, we are going to shamelessly plug Matt’s upcoming book on cacao that features 75 chocolate and cacao recipes by Joshua Ploeg. If you like this episode, please consider donating to the Strongest Hearts kickstarter so we can continue making them. Thanks for watching and keep your eye out for our next episode with Crossfit coach Ed Bauer!    ...

We have a kickstarter!

Hello everyone! First time posting from the new blog beyond our initial set up. It feels pretty good. 🙂 We are excited to announce a kickstarter to fund the next phase of our project.  We don’t make any money from these videos but they definitely cost money to make: travel, editing, assistants, batteries; these things add up. As you can read on the official kickstarter page we do everything we can to make these on a limited budget. When you support us your money goes a very long way! We want to continue making these and have a lot of potential episodes coming up. Actually, we have a new one coming out very shortly. It’s not on an athlete, but about our friends’ super unique vegan business. It’s part of our expansion to cover more angles of the people we know working to make a difference in the world. We are stoked and you should be too. Please share our kickstarter widely and keep an eye out for new episodes!...

But what do YOU buy?

[Originally posted to True Love Health] “But what do YOU buy?’ A question I often hear. And a difficult one to answer! Like most people, I go through phases with what I feel like cooking and eating and that affects my shopping. While I eat strictly vegan, I am not as strict with local and organic, but I often will pay a little extra for these. I balance it by saving money by soaking and cooking my own beans and preparing as many foods as possible from scratch. I’m not as awesomely cheap at my good friend Steevo who survives as an elite road racer on mostly oats and peanut butter and makes his own bagels, but I am frugal. AND I eat great, healthy food. For the first time in my life I’m walking distance from a member-owned organic vegetarian co-op  and it’s expanding my usual food purchasing.  Here’s my recent score: Now this is not all I eat, as it doesn’t include staples like peanut butter, rice, tortillas nor as many vegetables as I eat, but I wanted to share what $42 can get you at an organic co-op: 1.5 pounds garbanzo beans 1.5 pounds lentils 5.5 pounds bananas 2 pounds purple potatoes 0.75 pounds broccoli 0.2 pounds garlic 2 pounds tofu 1/2 gallon soymilk 5 pounds russet potatoes 2.5 pounds pink lady apples 1 pound zucchini 3 pounds canned tomatoes 8 ounces vegan ravioli (It was on sale!) And fortunately over 25 pounds of food fits inside my messenger bag: Combined with my staples, this is many days worth of food, without that much labor (the...

Salad Perspective

I eat giant salads: For most people salad consists of a pittance of iceberg lettuce, gross tomatoes and a few uninspired cucumber slices. Boring and far from a meal. Heck, I was one of those people still many years after I went vegan. I’m not sure what changed, as it has been gradual and painless- enjoyable even- but somewhere along the way my ideas progressed. And I have to remember this in my work. When I say ‘salad’ what I picture and what others picture can be drastically...