Salsa Sam Does Salsa-Inspired (no fat, no salt) Tofu!


Well folks, I (Salsa Sam Shorkey) have perfected yet another delicious protein source for my competition dieting as a vegan bikini competitor.  It’s no surprise how much I love Mexican food.  And well, since I can’t hog out on chips & salsa these days, I can definitely salsa-up the copious amounts of tofu I’m eating.  Continue Reading …

Sam Shorkey’s All-You-Need-is-an-Exercise-Ball Workout


Here is another killer at-home style workout that doesn’t require anything except your fine self and an exercise ball!  I originally created this program for my dearest mommy to help get her swimsuit-ready for our family trip to Cuba last year.  It really targets the core, glutes and legs.  Do four sets of 15 reps Continue Reading …

Sam Shorkey’s Super Simple Slow Cooker Beans


I love my good ol’, trusty crock pot.  Well, I should add that I certainly don’t enjoy how it makes my entire apartment reek like onions for DAYS– but using a slow cooker is oh-so convenient AND so damned easy!  So alas, I endure the strong smell of stew that lingers on my clothes and Continue Reading …

Get Jacked on the Beanstalk with this Upper/Lower Body Split Program


  With the glutinous holiday season in full effect and a billion Christmas parties to attend, it isn’t always easy to find time for the gym.  So for those of us who can only dedicate two or three days per week to working out, I (Samantha Shorkey) recommend breaking up those workouts into upper body Continue Reading …

Protein Packed Sweet & Spicy PB Thai Medley


Today’s guest post recipe comes from full-time working mom AND winning vegan figure competitor Melissa Hauser (aka Plant Powered Hauser.)   This “yummy mummy” just KILLED IT at the NPC Natural Open Colorado competition on October 12th taking home a first place trophy in her division AND the overall title! Her physique was on point and Continue Reading …

Fall for THESE ‘HOT-UMN’ Abs! Sam Shorkey’s At-Home Ab Workout

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Abs…  So hard to get ‘em and so easy to lose ‘em.  I love how people think a washboard stomach can so easily be obtained from 100 crunches every night.  If you haven’t heard countless fitness pros say it a million times, here’s once more: ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN.  Or here’s an even Continue Reading …

Easy & Guilt-Free Raw Vegan Pear Pie


Well my bodybuilding competition is finally over which means it’s time to get back into my healthy vegan baking!  Those of you who know me know that I’m a HUGE dessert addict and I still can’t believe I managed to give up sugar for so long in order to win that show!

The Vegan Project Does Northern BC


Aaaand we’re back! Jacked on the Beanstalk: A Vegan Bodybuilding Adventure came to an end on Monday, and we’ve still got visions of beautiful BC countryside and orange, rippling muscles dancing in our heads. Most of all, we’re incredibly proud of our friend Samantha Shorkey for winning first place in her division at the Northern Continue Reading …

Bon Voyage, #TeamShorkey!


The day has finally arrived! Jacked on the Beanstalk: A Vegan Bodybuilding Adventure is taking off! Salsa Sam and The Vegan Project hit the road from Vancouver today, stopping in Prince George tonight, and then onto Fort St. John to cheer Sam on as she competes in the Northern BC Classic bodybuilding competition on Saturday.

Salsa Sam, Let’s Make a Meal!


Last night I was doing my nightly Instagram creeping when I came across the profile of Joel Rosa (@JDABIG1) a vegan firefighter/paramedic from Maryland who’s also big into crossfit and did I mention, a total hottie?  Joel’s instagram was filled with all kinds of plant-based food porn – and more specifically, great meal ideas for Continue Reading …