If you’re a runner you may be familiar with his name. But if you are a vegan/vegetarian runner you know about Scott Jurek. He runs 50 mile races and wins. He runs 100 mile races and wins. He runs races that call for running as far as you can in a 24 hour time period– he’s basically a running superhero and he’s vegan. I read this book in July and it was just what I needed to get myself psyched up for a 10 mile race. Because to me, 10 miles may as well be an ultra marathon, and reading about his incredible distances certainly puts mine into perspective.
An interesting feature of this book is that a recipe is included at the end of each chapter. That’s something I’ve never seen before but found fun and creative. One recipe in particular caught my attention– tofu feta cheese– it looked quick and easy but I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with its taste and ease of preparation as much as I did. I’ve made it 3 times in the past month and I’m still not sick of it. The protein from the tofu and nutritional yeast are super satisfying and the flavor punch from the miso is phenomenal. If you are trying to quit cheese but struggling, I strongly urge you to give this a try!
Ingredients (just 3!):
Mash ’em all together (I used a potato masher) and you get tofu feta:
It may not be much to look at but neither is real feta. And now that I look at the actual recipe from the book (scroll up a little after clicking on the link) I see that he adds a bit of lemon juice or cider vinegar too– oops. It’s good without it though!
Try this on salads, in wraps or by the spoonful. Here it is on steamed spinach:
Reading Eat and Run helped get me in the running mindset when I needed a push. Try immersing yourself in a good book on whatever subject you are interested in focusing on in your life (perhaps nutrition and health?) Books can be excellent motivational tools. If you’re working hard at improving your diet, it can be valuable to have an inspirational book on your coffee table or nightstand to support you in between visits with your nutritionist (or if you’re just doing it on your own!)
Can you think of any books that have been powerful motivational tools in your life?