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No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self Paperback – October 1, 2013
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A Fancier Sports Drink
This delicious sports drink recipe combines whole dates with maple syrup and a little bit of salt (for electrolytes) and lemon juice (to pack in a little more sugar and balance the sweetness of the dates and syrup). If desired, substitute coconut water for the water to add more potassium and other electrolytes as well as a different flavor. Because coconut water has sugar in it, you’ll want to omit the maple syrup. Finally, use whole, fresh dates if you can find them, rather than the dried, packaged kind that come with the pits already removed—fresh dates blend with the other ingredients much more easily and taste better.
Process all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Strain through a metal strainer into a pitcher or bottle and discard any solids that remain in the strainer. Two cups (475 ml) of water will produce a relatively sweet sports drink, but once you’ve blended everything together, you can dilute the drink as desired with more water.
Yield: 16 ounces
Per Serving: 153 Calories; trace Fat (0.1 Percent calories from fat); trace Protein; 42 g Carbohydrate; 4 g Dietary Fiber; 0 mg Cholesterol; 485 mg Sodium
- 2 cups (475 ml) water, more to taste
- 2 fresh medjool dates, pits removed
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
"Considering No Meat Athlete is about eating a plant-based diet and running distances most people don't even like to drive, Matt Frazier presents the tools and information he shares in a way that is downright approachable, leaving his readers energized with a sense of possibility." - Brendan Brazier, Ultramarathon champion, professional Ironman triathlete, and author of Thrive
"Matt Frazier takes all the guesswork out of maximizing your health the plant-based way with his bulletproof primer No Meat Athlete. Whether you are an elite marathoner or a weekend warrior, this clear, concise, and no-nonsense book is your one-stop roadmap to creating and maintaining a sustainable plant-based lifestyle. All hail the running carrot!" - Rich Roll, plant-based ultra-distance athlete and author of Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
"If you were not feeling inspired or empowered before reading this book, you certainly will after. No Meat Athlete is the plant-based fuel that will keep you running strong!" - Terry Walters, author of Clean Food and Clean Start
"Well-organized, very accessible, and a joy to read. This book gives you the real how and why of healthy living with real-life applications and even actual training plans and easy recipes - Frazier nailed it with this book." - Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto
". . . an excellent resource for the new or experienced athlete. If you are looking for an outstanding guide to improving your health and fitness, No Meat Athlete is the book for you." - Robert Cheeke, author of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet
"If you've been waiting for the inspiration to turn your life around (by changing what you eat), here it is. It might not make the industrial food complex happy, but you'll be glad you did." - Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
"Matt lays down a foundation for thinking about and moving in an important direction. His guidance feels safe and challenging. His wisdom and insight comes not a moment too soon." - Sean Astin, actor
"Matt Frazier has done us all a great service by answering many of the questions asked when athletes are either curious or doubtful about changing to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Matt's the guy to listen to." - Danny Dreyer, co-author of ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiMarathon
"From basic nutrition to cross-training to what to eat for breakfast, everything you need to know to be a happy, healthy, and active vegan is here, no matter what size or shape you are!" - Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week and Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
"As a runner who began competing in the days of the traditional steak training meal, I welcome this book's enlightening confirmation of my own experience: Athletes who pass on the meat can perform at the highest level and still enjoy their meals to the max. The human future will depend on a far more plant-based diet, and top athletes are showing just how rewarding that will be." - Ed Ayres, founder, Running Times magazine, and author of The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance
"No Meat Athlete will not only power your strength and endurance, it will give you an extra edge in every aspect of your life." - Neal Barnard, M.D., author of Power Foods for the Brain
"Matt Frazier is a rising star in the world of vegan athletes. Covering the mechanics of diet and training as well as the transformative nature of a whole foods-, plant-based diet, he demonstrates that a body running on plants is probably the one ahead of you at the finish line!" - Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of The Vegan Table and The Joy of Vegan Baking
"Anyone can become a No Meat Athlete, and Matt Frazier provides the roadmap to wellness and performance no matter where the journey takes you." - Scott Jurek, world-renowned Ultramarathon champion and author of Eat and Run
"In this fantastic book, Matt clearly lays out a simple but powerful plan for changing your eating habits. In small steps, you can create a healthier, stronger, more compassionate diet that will fuel the best version of you." - Leo Babauta, simplicity blogger at zenhabits.net
"Inspiring, encouraging, and packed with practical information, this is a book that will help anyone at any fitness level learn to eat and train for optimal plant-powered health." - Virginia Messina, M.P.H., R.D., author of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her
"This book is a fantastic, no-fuss, no-judgment approach to plant-based eating and fitness. Whether you're curious, brand-new to this, or just keeping the blade sharp - get educated, get fed, get fit - read this book." - Osher Günsberg, TV host, Australian Idol
". . . filled with practical advice, solid nutrition information, running tips and training plans, and recipes to fuel athletes of all abilities. . . a comprehensive guide to what you need to be healthy and fit while eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet." - Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D., co-author of Simply Vegan and The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets
". . . an inspiring and empowering book for people interested in being healthy, happy, and active. I highly recommend this accessible, life-changing book." - Gene Baur, founder, Farm Sanctuary
About the Author
Author and plant-based endurance athlete Matt Frazier runs several marathons and ultramarathons each year, and recently completed his first 100-mile ultramarathon. He is the author of the hugely popular blog, No Meat Athlete, which attracts 170,000 unique visitors a month. His newsletter and blog have over 35,000 subscribers, and his Facebook page has received 50,000 "Likes." He is the author of No Meat Athlete and No Meat Athlete Cookbook, and is featured regularly in running magazines, websites, and books, including Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier and Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. He lives in Asheville, NC. www.nomeatathlete.com.
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As a plant-centered omnivore, I appreciate that Matt's goal is not to convert anyone to his ideology, but to have an open and honest discussion about what has worked best for him. The recipes are simple, and are designed for those of us who live in the real world and can't afford the time and money to cook gourmet meals with impossible to find ingredients. What his recipes do deliver, aside from great taste, is a gateway to plant based meals. And even if you are a meat eater, you can always use new vegetable recipes....
I used his Roadmap to Marathon to train for my first ultra-marathon, and I can personally say that his demeanor and attitude as an author as just as valuable as his technical insight.
Matt has accomplished a lot in his running career, but his raw honesty about struggling to stay motivated and fighting the constant battle of excuses are a true inspiration for anyone who thinks that a common person can't accomplish great things. He is genuine in his approach, and it shows.
My only regret is that I won't get to run with him on his book tour. I owe this man a personal thank you.
The middle section of the book is recipes, including easy recipes for making your own sports drinks and gels and energy bars. The last section is a beginner to intermediate guide to running (which could be applied to other sports) with advice for pre, during, and post workout nutrition. The book also includes 5k and half marathon training guides.
If you're a vegetarian/vegan and an athlete, much of the information in this book may not be new to you. However, I highly recommend it for those who are interested in going plant-based/vegan and/or for those who are interested in beginner to intermediate running.
Found his book so far very helpful for forming habits, running form, etc.
I preferred his book to Thrive for the most part, since Thrive seems to have oils in almost all recipes, and No Meat Athlete recipes etc. seem more helpful for oil-free; as well as his running centered approach.
I do both yoga & running, although this book does not really talk about yoga. If you are a female and looking for a plant-based diet & yoga book, The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health is pretty close to plant-based, she recommends primarily plant based & avoiding many animal products.
The No Meat Athlete Podcast is also pretty great. If I did not have enough cookbooks I already like I might get the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, especially since you can make many recipes oil-free.
I also appreciate Matt's laid back attitude about veganism. I've eaten a mostly vegan diet for several years and have always been put off by the people in the vegan community who are more abrasive in their attempts to get people to follow a vegan lifestyle. Matt's take on it is much more welcoming: while he and his co-author make a clear and strong case for all of the benefits of eating a vegan diet, they don't argue that it's the one and only way people should eat or shame anyone for not being vegan. The recipes in this book are also tasty and generally pretty quick to prepare, which makes it a good place to look for recipes to make on a busy weeknight.