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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: Plant-Strong 101: Beans and Lentils

Beans and lentils come in an amazing array of shapes, sizes, colors, textures and flavor profiles. These incredible beauties make such a wide variety of meals around the world. You’d be hard pressed to find a cuisine that doesn’t include a bean or lentil. Most of us are familiar with black beans, kidney beans, navy [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Whole Grains 101

We could talk about grains for hours.  This is the condensed version of what you need to know for following our Engine 2 plans. For our purposes today, the following definitions apply: 100% Whole Grain: This generally applies to ingredients in products like breads, crackers, tortillas, cereal and pasta.  Look for the words: whole, cracked, rolled, or [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Plant-Strong 101 Fruits and Veggies

If you had to name as many varieties of vegetables as you could, how many do you think you could name? Seven, fifteen, thirty-three? What about Four hundred? 400?! I have a poster in my sun room that is an illustrated guide to over 400 varieties of vegetables. I wish I had it printed on [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Meal Planning 101: What’s For Dinner?

What’s for dinner? This question is tough enough some days without changing up the way you’ve been making dinner for years and tackling a new style of eating.  There are many ways of tackling this question.  Some prefer cooking from recipes, having structure and a firm plan. Others look for bulk cooking plans, utilizing large [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Plant-Strong Kitchen 101

We got our first microwave in 1980.  It had a dial instead of buttons.  I remember cooking in it as a kid – poorly I might add.  It changed the way things were done at our house.  We didn’t have to ‘cook’ any more, we could just heat stuff up.  If you are 45 or [&hellip

Adventures With Ami: The Scent of Sugar

While shopping for groceries last week, I took a wrong turn into the candy aisle.  Not an aisle I frequent these days.  It was a long cart ride to get to the end of it. Somewhere in the middle of the jumbo sized bags I noticed it. The unmistakable scent of sugar. Like a bag [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Food Journal

On Engine 2 Extra, one of the ways people like to stay on track is by keeping a food journal. This allows the coaches to comment and help when needed, and gives people a big picture of what their food intake looks like. Even our coaches like to keep food journals! Today, we took a [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: The Salad Dressing Problem

If you are anything like me, the dressing used to be your favorite part of the salad That doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying salads now.  There are so many options for dressing up a salad once you start thinking outside the bottle!  I like to use the little quilted jelly jar sized canning [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Planning to Succeed

I wrote this blog on New Years Day 2012. I wanted to share it with you here. ————- So we dabbled a bit with this last year. All was going well and then we were thwarted by life and Chicago deep dish pizza. Here in 2012 we’ve made a resolution to live more consciously. We [&hellip