One of the best things I did for myself this year was to start taking my running a bit more seriously. I have been running 5k’s for a while now but if I am going to be honest with myself I have to admit that I didn’t push as hard as I could have. This summer that all changed and it has been amazing. I can’t believe how healthy I feel and how much stronger I am than I ever, ever dreamed I could be. I just signed up for my first ½ marathon. It is in about 5 weeks and I have been training like a crazy person.
However, after reading Finding Ultra I realized that I’m not paying enough attention to the food I am putting into my body. Sure I’m vegan but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m eating what I should or enough of what I should to fuel my body.
After reviewing my diet for a few days I found that I eat little to no whole grains on a daily basis. So now I’m working on how to add grains to my diet. One of the best recipes I came up with is the following for amaranth patties. I just love these. I made enough to take them to the office for my lunches this week.
Grilled Amaranth Patties
1 cup cooked amaranth (click here for information on how to cook amaranth)
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons crushed red peppers
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup vegan bread crumbs
1/4 cup wheat gluten
1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1. Knead together all ingredients until the consistency is firm enough to form into patties (may need to add more water if mixture is too dry)
2. Form into 4 patties and grill until firm and well browned on both sides