Eat & Run by Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman
As a runner, books like Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run are inspiring. He’s one of the winningest ultramarathoners (any run over 26.2 miles) in the world including the Spartathlon (153 miles), Badwater (135 miles, twice), and Western States (100 miles, 7 times) and happens to be a vegan. Vegan? Don’t comedians joke that vegans lack energy to do anything? This guy turns that idea on its head. Side note: This is an interesting read from the NY TImes on the factors to consider if you’re a vegan athlete.
Jurek started off in cross country skiing and took up running to stay in shape during off season. In his first race he surprised himself by finishing second. He was hooked from that point. The book is less instructive and more about lifestyle choices. Food plays an integral role throughout. He equates many of the health problems his family and physical therapy patients suffered to consumption of animal protein.
He’s big on plant based proteins like soy, tempeh and beans for handy foods like burritos. Contrast that with other runners who might get pizza delivered to them mid-run. Unlike someone like Kathy Freston, at no point does Jurek’s vegan-ism come across as judgemental. What is clear is his competitiveness.
Each chapter features a vegan recipe ranging from basic items like “Minnesota Mashed Potatoes” to “Rice Balls.” The “Incan Quin-wow,” despite the silly name is a quinoa based porridge. It has naturally occurring iron, protein and carbs. The texture after blending is creamy and the flavor, very hearty. A welcome variation to a standard oatmeal and more satisfying. Note: I opted for banana over pear and didn’t have the Flora oil however.
[Modified From Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, page 162]
1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
1 ripe peared finely sliced or 1 banana sliced
¼ cup dried coconut flakes
3 T Flora oil
½ t sea salt or light miso
½ t vanilla extract
1 ½ t ground cinnamon
Garnish: Raisins, apple slices, and chia seeds or your favorite nuts
Cook quinoa for 15 to 20 minutes until water is absorbed. Place the quinoa and all other ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
Here is a link to another recipe from the book, Tofu Feta Pita Pizza which looks great.
Thanks for the follow!!!! 🙂
No problem. I look forward to checking out your recipes.
That recipe sounds delicious. Healthy, comforting, and filling! Great post! 🙂
Thanks. It was definitely the favorite from the book.
I love sweet & salty snacks. The miso in here intrigues me. I’ll have to try! I have a variety of quinoa (regular, red, black), so maybe a colourful medley version… Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Thanks for the comment – never tried red or black – is the flavor very different? Cheers.
What is Flora oil?
Thanks for the question. I don’t use it myself but it’s a blend of fatty acids (omega 3s etc). I think Scott Jurek’s has an endorsement so it shows up in some of his recipes.
Thanks for replying. I had never heard of the stuff.
Haha no problem. I’d never heard of it either. Cheers.
Thanks for checking out my blog! I am actually reading Eat & Run now…great book so far!
I enjoyed your blog. Thanks for the comment. Eat & Run was a fun read – definitely motivating!
Thank you for the like! Your blog is interesting! Blessings!
Very nice post! When using quinoa, I always tell clients to check the package to see if their quinoa is pre-rinsed. If not, they’ll want to rinse is several times before cooking. Not rinsing leaves the quinoa with a bitter taste. For years, I did not think I liked the stuff because I had not yet heard this advise! Thanks for “liking” my post!
No problem and thanks very much for the advice.
An interesting recipe. I often have cooked quinoa in the fridge so it’s ready to add to anything. Thanks for visiting my blog
Thanks for the comment. It has become a favorite. Having some quinoa ready to go is a great idea – that would save almost all of the prep time for this recipe. Cheers.
Haha, I’m in the middle of reading this book and your review appeared! Kismet!
Haha totally. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Cheers.
Today for the second time pick up this book 🙂 – the first time I walked into the book shop, and now when I go home and I looked at the blog followers … open your page and again this book – I will think about that!! 🙂
Haha it’s very enjoyable and that recipe is delicious. Breakfast often feels limiting so this is a great option. Thanks for the comment. Cheers.
I love quinoa! I just put that book on hold because my dad had recommended it. What a fun coincidence!
Nice. It’s a very entertaining book. Thanks for the comment! Cheers.
I love that book and even got Scott Jurek to sign mine!
Oh that’s really cool. Was he nice? Thanks for the comment!
I’m excited to try this porridge! yum! I’ve been wanting to switch up my oats lately. thanks for posting.
Awesome. You’ll definitely love it and get more nutrients too. Check out his book. It’s very inspiring.
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