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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: Flavorful Herbs

Life can get crazy busy sometimes. Sometimes a little reset is necessary. Fresh foods, simple foods, flavored with herbs and spices, nothing processed, just whole, real, wholesome foods.  How many different herbs have you tried to incorporate into your meals?  Have you ever grown herbs on a windowsill or in your garden?Herbs are really easy to grow and can be just the [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Saying Goodbye to Coffee

If I close my eyes, I can still see myself in my Nana’s kitchen.  It’s breakfast time and I am up with the sun.  I can smell the coffee brewing and the sound of the percolator bubbling.  She always used a percolator so when I started drinking coffee in 1996, I did too.  Strong dark [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Updates

It’s March already!  February was a busy month for the Mackey family.  We kicked off February with a 28 Day Engine 2 Challenge at the Whole Foods Market in Overland Park, KS.  We had such a great group of participants, so many already knee deep in plant-strong goodness, learning more each day to ensure their [&hellip

Adventures With Ami: An Interview With Cam F Awesome – Boxer

This week I would like to introduce you to one of my plant-strong clients, Cam F Awesome.  Cam is an amateur boxer, 8 time national champion, volunteer with the Big Brothers & Sisters program and champion for cancer prevention via plant based living.  Cam and I met at his boxing gym in 2012 and shortly [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Volunteer

So outside of E2, my blog, my work and my volunteer activities… I have a life Though…my husband may argue that point I love boxing, traveling and gardening. We have a glorious urban garden, where we grow a variety of vegetables.  Heirloom tomatoes are our favorite thing to grow.  I love the feeling of freshly turned earth [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Running Back in Time

  If you know me at all, you know how I detest cardio. Fitness in general for that matter. I have had moments of like with a few things in the arena of exercise. I really enjoy Bikram (hot) yoga. For real. I like riding a bike for transportation, but not for fitness. There is a difference. [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: The Joy of Plant-Based Eating

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: Whatever it Takes

According to Yahoo! News… Nearly two thirds of adults set fitness goals as part of their New Year’s resolutions. But 73 percent abandon those goals without success, often within six weeks or less, according to a new US survey announced Wednesday. On average, those people who set fitness resolutions say they have tried and failed [&hellip

Adventures with Ami: Numbers

  I’m really good at trivia. I tend to remember all kinds of details and facts.  From things left over from high school Chemistry to dates and numbers.  I’ve got all kinds of data rolling around up there, just in case I ever need it. Weighty memories… I weighed 7 pounds  8 ounces when I was born 40 [&hellip