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Soyrizo Scramble: a healthy option

Simone Grandmain
Special to the Sun
The cover of "Core Body Basics: Why your workout isn't working out!" by Dr. Christopher Vaill Walcott.

You know what they say: “If you hang around a barber shop long enough, you’re bound to get a haircut.”

Well, the same logic can be applied to the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District (TDRPD) facilities: If you hang out here long enough, you’re going to get in shape.

The place is a mecca for personal trainers, ultra runners, skiers between seasons, fit housewives, retirees who do not look like they have reached that legal age of 65, and just health enthusiast in general.

Not all local folks either. TDRPD gets its share of exercise devotees from out-of-town, those who keep up his or her regimen even when traveling. Go figure.

A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Christopher Vaill Walcott from Philadelphia popped in while visiting Truckee-Tahoe and shared some tips from his book, “Core Body Basics: Why your workout isn’t working out!”

He had a very attentive audience of women, all listening raptly and trying his suggested exercises. In fact, the audience was all women. This is probably due to the fact that Dr. Walcott looks a lot like actor Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy’s “Dr. McDreamy” fame.

He could say, “Drop and give me fifty,” and we would probably all hit the floor and really do push-ups instead of pretending we thought the expression meant fifty winks.

It was neat to see him in person, as we had just been passing around a fitness manual he also wrote. In that book, Dr. Walcott suggests starting your day with protein (about 15 grams) as soon as possible, which helps to stabilize your blood sugar and keep you fuller, longer. Most of us in the TDRPD Club had been doing this with Greek yogurt and were, frankly, “so over it.” His recommendation: The Soyrizo egg-white scramble.

Seems weird a guy from Philly would know about “Soyrizo,” which is a meatless, soy, “chorizo,” but apparently man does not live by cheesesteak sandwiches alone.

This “sausage” is spicy, low in fat, and a perfect protein pick-me-up in the morning. You can make the scramble ahead of time, bring it to work, microwave it for about 45 seconds and you are good to go.

Add it to your breakfast lineup; add “Core Body Basics” to your reading; add the Walcott sit-ups to your routine; and add a McDreamy to your arm — or look and feel great for the McDreamy who’s already by your side.

This column comes courtesy of Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District staff and members, inspiring creative, active lives for a healthy mountain community. For more information on how you can get in your best shape for the summer, visit

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