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...

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 are the Strongest Hearts

[see the bottom of this post for how you can get a copy of the zine made by the 2012-2013 Sea Shepherd Antarctica Crew!] Welcome to Strongest Hearts: new name, new look, same ideals Matt and I have been working out the details of this new venture for quite some time.  Day in the Life was born out of a kitchen-table discussion where we noticed we have really awesome friends doing rad things. While it seems totally normal to us, (cause doesn’t everyone run 100 miles or ride their bikes for 48 hours?) we want to share with the rest of the world what is possible when you eat plants and push yourself outside your comfort zone.  We want to showcase veganism and awesome athletic adventures.  What followed was the creation of  an 11 episode web-series that have been viewed in more places than I can count.  And, on a personal note, it inspired my lazy self into becoming an… athlete. Gasp. When we first discussed a new name and website, we threw out one we had both thought of at the beginning of our project. Strong Hearts is a zine written by my friend and hero of the animal rights movement, Rod Coronado.  I originally found out about Rod when I was 15 years old, after reading an Earth First journal article. He had sunk a whaling ship after working with Sea Shepherd.  I told my teacher at school that I  would one day make a documentary on both Rod and Sea Shepherd.   We are the Strongest Hearts To sum up the 15 years since then, I...

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...