New Breakfast Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Pancakes

Sweet Potato Chia Pancakes

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hi all! Another week flew by, so it’s time for an update on what’s happening in the Vegan Runner Eats headquarters. Before I proceed to tell you about the delicious vegan Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Seed Pancakes, let me share with you the amazingly freeing running experience I had yesterday. You may remember from this post that I decided to stop running for a while in an attempt to give my left foot a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis. After not running for a couple months, I slowly started using a treadmill once or twice a week to run shorter distances – the treadmill belt is softer than asphalt, which provides less impact. My treadmill experiments lasted for over a month until finally I decided to try running outside again yesterday. The best part – I got to try out my new running shoes (in … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Taste of Portland, Oregon: Restaurants, Street Food, and Cycling for Smoothies!

Vegan Taste of Portland OR

…Aaaand here I am with a report about the delicious trip to Portland, Oregon, that Rob and I took this past weekend! If you follow my blog on Facebook, you probably saw that last week I asked Vegan Runner Eats page followers for some tips on picking the best vegan restaurants in Portland – and there were a lot of suggestions from you guys! So today I’m going to share with you the delicious adventures we had in Portland following your advice! (I know, I know – the Neat giveaway has ended, and if you’re here to see if the winner is you, just scroll to the bottom of this page.) In case you haven’t heard about the abundance of vegan-friendly restaurants in Portland, you’re in for a treat. That is, of course, if you’re planning to visit this lovely city in the Pacific Northwest sometime soon. If not, make sure to put it on your … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway! Win 2 Packages of Neat – a Healthy Meat Replacement in Original and Mexican Flavors

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Hi everyone! Guess what: it’s time for another giveaway here on Vegan Runner Eats blog! I feel extremely blessed for the opportunity to bring so many exciting giveaways to the readers of my blog in the past months, and let you know about great products made by small, family-owned businesses all over the country. Here’s what I’ve got for you today: A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative of a small, family-owned company that makes a meat replacement product called Neat. She offered me to sample some of their products and tell the world about my experience. At first, I wasn’t very thrilled as I’m not usually big on processed meat replacers, but after looking at the company’s website, I found out that Neat is made from all-natural ingredients like pecans, garbanzo beans, gluten-free oats, cornmeal, garlic, onion and spices, without any unpronounceable weird stuff at all. … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Runner Eats Blog Is One Year Old! What I’ve Learned About Blogging In The Past Year

10 lessons I've Learned about Blogging

…And this day has come: this month, Vegan Runner Eats blog is officially celebrating its first anniversary!  To celebrate, I decided to share with you 10 things I’ve learned about blogging in the last year as a part of What I’ve Learned monthly series. In case you have a blog of your own, or if you’ve ever wondered what blogging is like, I’m going to show you what it’s been like for me in the past year. (Why a post about blogging, and not about vegan diet to celebrate Vegan Runner Eats’ first birthday?  I wrote about veganism and changes in my health recently: see this post about five physical improvements, and this post about ten changes in my mindset since I went vegan. Also, here’s a post celebrating my blog’s 6 months of existence with summing up some vegan wisdom.) The truth is, blogging is way more than just sitting down in front … Read the rest of the post

How to Beat Treadmill Boredom and Stay Focused on Running: 5 Workouts That Keep Things Interesting

How to beat treadmill boredom

It’s been a while since I wrote about running and fitness in general, so today’s the day for an update! And yes, you’ve read it right – my running as of recently has involved a treadmill. The good ol’ ‘dreadmill’, as it’s known among the running folk for its ability to induce epic boredom. Why have I decided to start using it? Read on – and you’ll find out how I manage to keep my treadmill runs fun and challenging. (The Naturally Nutty giveaway winner is announced at the end.) In fact, it all started with me stopping running for some time. In the past five weeks or so, I made a conscious decision to avoid running so that to give my injured foot some long-deserved rest. You may remember me mentioning plantar fasciitis that’s been bothering me since a couple weeks before I ran my marathon last November – that’s a … Read the rest of the post

Easy Vegan Pasta Primavera Recipe

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The other day I was making this Pasta Primavera for dinner when it hit me: this dish embodies everything I believe vegan food should be – easy, quick to make, tasty and healthy – so it would be unfair to not share this recipe here on the blog! In fact, I’ve been making some variation of this pasta quite regularly because this recipe always saves the day whenever I’m too tired/lazy/pressed for time to make a more elaborate dinner. Plus, Rob being half-Italian is a big fan of pasta! The hands-down awesomeness of this recipe is that it’s very customizable depending on what ingredients you have on hand. I like it with spaghetti, but any pasta shape will do. Fresh veggies are great, but if you don’t have a lot of them, you can easily use a bag of assorted frozen vegetables in a pinch. Store-bought pasta sauce will work … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: Three Jars of Organic Almond and Pumpkin Seed Butter from Naturally Nutty

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Hi everyone! I’ve got something pretty awesome for you today – a giveaway of delicious organic almond and pumpkin seed butter by Naturally Nutty in not one, not two, but THREE amazing flavors! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Katie, the founder of Naturally Nutty – a small family-owned and operated company based in Traverse City, Michigan. Katie, a vegan runner and a mom of three, decided to start making her own healthy and organic nut and seed butters back in 2007, after searching for a healthier peanut butter alternative for her kids and not finding any among the big commercial brands. (You can read her story here.) Fast forward to today, Katie’s small company has grown to make an impressive lineup of all-organic peanut, almond, pumpkin and sunflower seed butters in various flavors, from plain to decadent – Mocha Almond Butter, Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter, White Chocolate … Read the rest of the post

New Series: Tried and True Recipes! Plus Our 4th of July Weekend Trip to the Mountains

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You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes lately. Before I pull out the “It’s hard to blog regularly while having a full-time job!” card, I’ve got to admit that lately I’ve been making a lot of recipes from various vegan cookbooks and blogs as opposed to experimenting on my own. So the other day I had an idea to put together a post about those recently tried recipes and share all that vegan deliciousness with you – after all, this post about my 10 favorite recipes from other blogs from a few months ago remains one of the most popular posts on Vegan Runner Eats. Then I had an even better idea – what if I start a new series here on the blog, and regularly share a few of the recipes I’ve recently tried? So today I’m introducing the new series that I’m calling Tried and True Recipes! … Read the rest of the post

What I’ve Learned Series: June 2014 Edition

What I've Learned June 2014

Here we come again – the month is almost over, and it’s time for another episode of What I’ve Learned series! As you remember, every month I put together a list of 10 random facts of knowledge that come to my attention during that month so that you have something to learn too! As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts – or recently learned facts – in the comments below. To see past editions of What I’ve Learned series, click here. What I’ve Learned in June 2014 – Ten Random Facts of Knowledge 1. Only 0.05% of Americans have ever run a marathon. 2. Gardening tip: if you’re growing plants for their fruit or root, plant them in a place where they’ll be getting lots of sun every day. If you’re after their leaves or stems, they’ll be just fine with partial sun! This sums up pretty much all of the … Read the rest of the post

Fremont Fair: Seattle’s Quirkiest Neighborhood Shows Us More Than We Asked For

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Wow, this past weekend was definitely something to remember! On Saturday, Rob and I visited the Fremont Fair – a giant fun event celebrating the summer solstice that took place in Fremont, the quirkiest neighborhood of Seattle. This annual fair took place for the 43rd time, and while we only found out about it a few days ago, we were definitely glad that we did! Just how quirky is Fremont, you may ask? After living in the Deep South for almost eight years, I consider seeing anyone wearing clown shoes on an average day the pinnacle of quirkiness, but for the dwellers of Fremont it’s just casual Tuesday morning attire. In fact, this Seattle neighborhood has an official motto of ‘delibertas quirkas’ – the freedom to be peculiar. The Fremont Fair concentrated this free spirit the same way sugar cane juice is concentrated to turn into molasses – it may be light and thin at first, but … Read the rest of the post