Fuel up! Vegan ultrarunner shares recipes for lentil burger and smoothie

/ Source: TODAY

For ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek, being vegan is simply a way of life. He runs hundreds of miles, sometimes for as long as 24 hours straight, so his diet is everything when it comes to persevering through both mentally and physically exhausting moments while pounding the pavement.

In his book "Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness," which he wrote with author Steve Friedman, Jurek not only shares his journey on becoming one of the greatest ultramarathon runners of all time, but also dishes on his transition from a meat-eating athlete to a strictly vegan diet. He includes his favorite vegan recipes that help him successfully hit the road.

Try his lentil-mushroom burgers and a strawberry-mango smoothie, which are guaranteed to keep your appetite satisfied and your body energized.

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Excerpted from EAT AND RUN: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, © 2012 by Scott Jurek. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.