The Engine 2 Diet

What in the world is Engine 2? Engine 2 is a plan of action for following — and sticking to — a heart-healthy, mind-healthy, body-healthy, taste-bud-tempting plant-strong® lifestyle, created by former firefighter, Rip Esselstyn. 


Read on to learn what spurred Rip to create The Engine 2 Diet, plus discover the exclusive in-store Engine 2 Plant-Strong product line. 


Meet Rip, The Engine Behind the Diet

Rip Esselstyn

Rip Esselstynexternal site created The Engine 2 Dietexternal site after he discovered the dangerously high cholesterol level (344!) of one of his fellow firefighters at the Austin, Texas, Engine 2 fire station. The results were so dramatic – and the food so delicious – that Rip wrote a book about it, which became a national best seller.

The Engine 2 Diet Philosophy

The guiding principle is simple: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds have all the nutrients you need. And when you fill your belly with whole, minimally processed plant-based foods, you take charge of your health and become plant-strong®.

Engine 2 is about concentrating on the good stuff:

  • Plant proteins
  • Healthy fats
  • Good carbs
  • Phytonutrients
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fiber

Engine 2 Plant-Strong® Products

Our exclusive Engine 2 products help you eat plant strong, all day long – even when you're short on time. We've partnered with nature's best and brightest foods to create products that strive to adhere to these healthy guidelines:

  • Zero animal products
  • No added oils...ever!
  • 100% whole grains
  • Minimal added sugar, if at all
  • Less than 25% total calories from fat
  • >1:1 ratio of milligrams of sodium to calories (Exception: Condiments)

Eat Plant-Strong, All Day Long!

Discover how delicious healthy eating can be with these Engine 2 recipes.

in-store Healthy Eating Specialist Curtis

"Set yourself up for success by making it easier and faster to make delicious, healthy meals at home than to eat out."

Curtis Whitwam

Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist
Tampa Store; Tampa, FL

Healthy Eating Specialists are available in many of our stores. Check our Store Locator to find out if there's one near you!