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Ami Mackey
Ami Mackey is a food coach at Engine 2 Extra and has been plant-strong since 2011. She is also the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

Adventures with Ami: Comfort and Health

Spring arrived the other day without any fanfare in my house.  I’ve been busy replenishing my tissue supply, brewing tea, taking hot baths, coughing and being pretty miserable. What I thought was allergies turned into a cold. When I am sick, I seek out comfort.  Many thoughts come to mind.  Lipton Ring O Noodle Soup, [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Vegetable Delivery

Where do you buy your produce?  From the local grocery to the farmers market, warehouse stores or a co-op, there are plenty of options out there.  In some areas, there are more options than others.  We say, do the best you can.  I personally buy a lot of frozen fruits and vegetables at my local [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Build a Bowl!

At our house, we are big fans of the bowl – a one bowl meal with layered ingredients.  There are NO rules. You don’t need a recipe.  You can build one with purpose or with random leftovers.  You can make one to go in a mason jar, have one cold out of the fridge, or [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Investigating Vegetables

How many tomatoes can I realistically eat? This is the thought that crossed my mind as I clicked through pages of heirloom tomato seeds on the web.  I have the opportunity to build a new garden this year.  I have a naked backyard waiting for me under the layer of ice that hides it’s potential [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Winter Fatigue

I’m ready for winter to be over. I don’t think I am alone in this thought.  The past few months have been really hard on most of the country.  The weather has been unflinchingly cold/snowy/ice-filled for most of the country.  Historic storms, ultra low temperatures, school closings, flight cancellations, and even deaths have been reported [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Premium Fuel

I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time around athletes.  From the gym to the City Recreation Center as well as all of the boxing tournaments we attend, I get to talk to many athletes.  I am always astounded by the misinformation that gets perpetuated about nutrition. What really surprises me though is [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Make a Difference

A chance conversation while working in my urban garden with two neighborhood boys who happened by one Saturday started it all.  We talked about vegetables, growing your own food and making healthy choices.  A year later, I was working on an assignment for my plant-based nutrition courses at eCornell. My instructor, Lewis Freedman requested we write about [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Start Exploring

Each time I stroll through the produce department, a new meal idea is somewhere there, just waiting to be discovered.  Could it be the fresh fennel waiting to grace a salad with it’s unique flavor?  Paired with some farro maybe? Or is it the whole pineapple that is on sale waiting to be grilled with [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Finding Gold

I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing week we had in Spokane, WA at the 2014 USA Boxing Elite Championships with Cam F. Awesome.  Getting to see friends from all over the country that we only see a few times a year is always fun!  It is always a challenging week as well. [&hellip