Sauteed Vegan Ham Kale Spinach & Mango

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  • Kale
  • Mango
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Basil 
  • Cayenne Pepper


1. Wash mangos, beets, spinach and kale.  Chop mangos and beets into large chucks.

2. In a medium stovetop pot or pan, pour a small out of olive oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan).  

3. Add in cayenne pepper, salt & basil to taste. 

4. Simmer for 30 seconds on LOW

Add two handfuls of kale, it takes the longest time to cook and semi-crunchy kale is delish. 

Add chopped mango & spinach, stir in with the sautéing kale. 
Using a large bamboo spoon, gently stir to combine. 

Add "ham" substitute, cut to size.  This can be replaced by any desired vegan protein (recommendation Pinto beans).

Add chopped beets last and drizzle with olive oil. 
Gently mix all ingredients.

Cook for 5 minutes over med-low heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook to desired tenderness & season to taste before serving. 


Simple Vegan Tofu Soy Fried Rice Recipe

Simple Vegan Tofu with Rice and Soy Sauce Recipe

My vegan fried rice with tofu!

Cooking Vegan with Minimal Ingredients

Sometimes you look in your fridge and it feels like the inside of an empty igloo in a barren frozen tundra. It had been a hectic few weeks and I had not gone food shopping but had a hungering for carbohydrates and protein when I woke up at 11:30 AM Saturday morning. (it was a late night!) I needed a hearty meal and felt like skipping breakfast to go straight to lunch.

 I looked around my kitchen and decided that my last remaining block of extra firm tofu would be a solid protein source and struck gold with an unopened container of long grain texmati rice. This block of tofu was destined for greatness. Tofu fried rice was on the menu today! I boiled the rice for about 15 minutes as my diced tofu was frying in olive oil with chopped up onion, salt, pepper and a touch of paprika and turmeric for flavor. Luckily, i had packets of soy sauce leftover from a previous delivered meal and used the packets instead of buying a bottle of soy sauce. The meal was simple, filling and I even had leftovers which i enjoyed later on.

Brand: Rice Select Long Grain Texmati Rice

Vegan Tofu Fried Rice Ingredients/Preparation (makes a large amount)

  • 5 cups of Rice Select Long Grain Texmati Rice
  • 8 cups of water
  • Half of an onion diced up.
  • One large block of tofu (firm or extra firm) cut into medium squares
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric 
  • Soy Sauce                                 Almost ready for my stomach!

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil 6-7 cups of water with a pinch of salt 
  2. Place 5 cups of rice in boiling water and let cook for 15 minutes or until rice is at desired consistency
  3. As rice is cooking, heat up a large pan and place tofu and onions in pan
  4. Cover tofu with a decent amount of olive oil and continue to stir until tofu turns golden brown
  5. Add salt, pepper, turmeric and paprika and soy sauce to the stir fry and continue.
  6. Add soy sauce to the rice and mix tofu in.
Enjoy! This meal is inexpensive easy to cook and satisfying. It's also great to save for later in a container and will taste just as delicious the next day.

NYC Workout Adventure: Central Park Run and Hudson River Kayak

Running and Kayaking Cross Training

Last week me and my college roommate went on a spur of the moment adventure that turned out to be a great cross-training workout. Pier 96 on the west side of New York City offers free kayaking from 9:00AM to 6:00PM during the summer months in an enclosed area of the Hudson river. Around 4:00 we decided we would run through central park diagonally to reach the boathouse for some free kayaking.

Pier 96 Boathouse Location: West Side and 96th

The Route - 3.1 Mile Run

We left my apartment on 87th and Lexington around 3:30 PM and began a swift jog across central park, following the sun to make a diagonal path across the park as seen in the above diagram. It was a really warm day out to run in central park and our hearts were racing by the time we reached the wall at the west side of the park. 

We had a dilemma, either jump the wall or keep running along the perimeter to find an exit. Naturally we decided to jump the cobblestone wall on to around 69th street, a nice extra upper body boost. From here we ran down a few streets and avenues for another mile, running up and down the concrete streets to reach out destination at pier 96 boathouse. The run incorporated a mix of hills, dirt, grass and concrete terrains and interval spring training. It was a solid 3 mile run and we still had kayaking to look forward to.

Kayaking - Upper Body Workout

We arrived at Pier 96 and within 10 minutes we were on the beautiful Hudson river kayaking away. It was completely free and all we had to do is sign a waiver and lock our belongings up in a locker. They even provided a lock. Kayaking is a great upper body workout and we spent about 45 minutes in the water and even had a few races of our own. It is very peaceful and relaxing on the water and a nice change of scenery from concrete jungle of the city. 

Post Workout Walk

After we were done with kayaking (and pretty tired at this point) we decided to walk back to my apartment to top off the workout. We had a nice brisk 3.1 mile walk back to my apartment and stopped at Papaya king for a nutritious 10oz papaya drink to refuel. Overall this workout hit upper body, lower body strength and cardio and provided a nice change of scenery. Will have to try this workout again in a group setting!

Workout Stats

  • Cost: Free
  • Total mileage traveled: 6.1 Miles
  • Muscle groups worked: legs, core, arms, shoulder, back
  • Intensity 8/10

Gaiam Restore Total Body Massage Roller Review

Foam Rollers, Massagers and your Health

Running consecutively over time provides some pretty nice wear and tear on your body. As a runner, you should actively seek out new ways to heal and respect your body to keep it functioning like a well oiled machine. If you have not seen our article Runners and Foam Rollers, Why Every Runner Should Have One you should check it out and learn why foam rollars are essential to the longevity of serious runners. 

The foam roller is a simple and perfect tool that uses your own bodyweight to massage out tight spots that devlelop over time from muscles tearing and rebuilding. Sometimes a foam roller is not a practical item to carry around especially when traveling. The Gaiam Restore Total Body Massage Roller is the perfect "to go" roller for your muscles. I recently purchased this niftly little device at Modells a week ago for about $20 and I am pleasantly suprised on the value of this product. Here is what I like about the Gaiam Foam Roller

Features and Benefits

Compact and easy to put in a running bag -  The product is about a foot long and very easy to handle. The two grips have rubber grooves and bumps that enable a firm grip and reduce the chance of the roller from slipping in your hand during use. It pretty much can be stored anywhere you can imagine. I keep it near my bed so I can make sure I use the roller often.

Effectively relives tight muscles while increasing circulation - For a small piece of plastic you would be suprised at how effictive it is in loosening up your muscles. I have found that it is especially effective in loosening your quads and calves and really makes your legs feel fresh after using for about 15 minutes. Your hamstrings are a little tougher to roll out as it's awkward to reach that part of your leg with the handle positioning.

Four individual grooved massagers - For the price point, this product is very sturdy and seems like it will last a while. (will update you if it breaks of course!) There are four rotating hard plastic massagers on metal rod that work out the kinks in your legs as your roll up and down.

Overall for $20 this is a must have product for any runner serious about keeping their leg muscles at maximum performance. I still believe a traditional foam roller is more effective and practical for serious runners, but this little gadget is a good tool in your arsenal.

Vegan Vanilla Cocoa Almond Milk

Vegan Breakfast Drink: Vanilla Cocoa Almond Milk!

Before adopting a plant based eating lifestyle I always loved chocolate milk as an energy boosting treat. One morning I woke and was craving a cold cocoa beverage and realized how simple it would be to create a vegan version of chocolate milk. The recipe is simple, inexpensive and the ingredient measurements can be increased or reduced depending on how sweet or tart you like your chocolately beverage. To limit my sugar intake, I chose the unsweetened version of almond breeze but feel free to use the sweetened if that is your cup of tea!

Difficulty: Very Easy
Cost: $.50
Time: 1 minutes
Serves: 2

1.5 cups Vanilla Almond Breeze (sweetened or unsweetened)
2 tablespoonts Chatfields All Natural Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon Wholesome Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar

1.Pour two cups Cocoa Powder into a cup. 
2. Mix in 1.5 cups of Vanilla Almond Breeze.
3. Add two tablespoons of raw can sugar
4. Mix, refrigerate overnight and shake well. 

Let us know your twist on Vegan Chocolate Milk in the comments section!

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