Our Vegan Adventures in San Francisco Bay Area: Millennium Restaurant, Davey Jones Deli, Smart Alec’s, Blossom Vegan Restaurant.

Vegan food adventures in San Francisco Bay area

So 2016 is in full swing, and I finally have a new blog post for ya! Even a few months ago, I wouldn’t have expected to start it off with travel adventures, but here we go – we recently went to visit Rob’s side of the family in San Francisco Bay area, and in less than two weeks we’ll be heading to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. One trip down, another to go! This was my first time ever visiting San Francisco and the Bay area, and I was definitely very impressed! I’ve heard that it was a true vegan haven, but since we were with the family, eating at as many vegan places as we could wasn’t really our goal. We still found a few vegan gems though, so hopefully our experience helps you if you head that way at some point! In case you’re wondering, the boots I’m wearing … Read the rest of the post

Top Ten Most Popular Posts in 2015: Vegan Food, Marathoning, and the Never-Ending Search of Awesomeness

Top blog posts of 2015

Oh my, is the year almost over? Time flies when you’re having fun, and there’s definitely been plenty of that going on here in the Vegan Runner Eats headquarters, broadcasting straight from my kitchen table . To finish 2015 with a bang, I’ve put together a list of the most popular posts published this year. In case you’ve just recently joined the Vegan Runner Eats reader family, here’s a great way to catch up! So here we go: in no particular order, the top ten posts of this year. Actually, there is somewhat of an order: I’ve grouped the posts by their topics for extra smoothness of reading Enjoy! 2015: Most Popular Posts about Food & Health (Click on the red title to see each post.) How to Cook With no Oil: 8 Useful Tips. The idea of oil-free plant-based diet has been popularized by such nutrition and health heavyweights like Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., … Read the rest of the post

How to Become Your Healthiest Self by Ditching Your Protein Obsession: Dr. Garth Davis Explains It All in His New Book (and I’m Giving Away a Copy!)

Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis

If you’ve been following Vegan Runner Eats for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of the health aspect of the vegan diet. I especially love it when the facts are presented by highly versed scientists and medical professionals who have devoted their career to studying the connection between plant-based diets and our health. This is why today I’m very excited to bring to your attention a recently published book by Dr. Garth Davis, MD, called Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. To sweeten the deal, I’m also giving away one copy of Dr. Davis new book, courtesy of his publishing company! Dr. Davis has been one of my vegan health heroes for a while. An experienced bariatric surgeon from Houston, TX, he’s been a passionate advocate for a plant-based diet ever since he faced his own … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Girl Power Series, Episode 1: How Lacy Davis Overcame an Eating Disorder, Gained Strength and Started Helping Others Become Vegan Superheroes

Interview with Lacy Davis from Super Strength Health

Hi all! It’s been some time since I published a new post here, so I’m glad to break the silence today with a new series of posts that I’m going to call Vegan Girl Power! My last post about my experience with training for a bikini competition resonated quite a bit with you guys, which sparked a thought that it would be great to share stories of other vegan women who embraced lifting weights and shed the pressure of the society to look a certain way. I learned that weightlifting can give us a great boost of confidence while making us legitimately strong – a quite logical connection, in my opinion – so I decided to ask a few prominent vegan women who lift about their take on the subject. My first guest is the wonderful Lacy Davis from Portland, Oregon! I’m excited to have Lacy in the very first … Read the rest of the post

What I’ve Learned from My Attempt to Train for a Bikini Competition, Plus 6 Things an Aspiring Competitor Should Keep in Mind

Bikini competition training lessons

This post was by no means easy to write. However, I believe that I need to share my experience with training for a bikini competition so that other women in a similar situation could make the right decision. I’ve recently learned a big life lesson: When you’re planning to have your life go in a certain direction for the next few months, life itself won’t necessarily oblige and go that way. Even if it does, it may not necessarily make you as happy in the process as you thought you would be. I know all this sounds vague, but here’s what happened in a nutshell: a few months ago, I announced in this blog post that I wanted to train for a bikini competition (‘bikini’ here is one of the bodybuilding divisions). But as I started training for it following a specially designed diet and workout plan, I realized that the … Read the rest of the post

Our Vacation in Hawaii, Part 2: Finding Vegan Food on Maui is Easier Than You Think!

Durian-tree-at-Leilani-Farm-Sanctuary-in-Maui-Hawaii

Hi all! I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post, but things have been crazy busy around here, so I apologize for leaving you hanging in anticipation for today’s post about vegan food on Maui! Anyway, better late than never, right? So, during our recent trip to Maui we discovered that this Hawaiian island was very vegan-friendly. As a result, I had a number of people tell me that they were planning to go there on vacation pretty soon, so they were looking forward to a post where I’d share all the details about where to find vegan food on Maui. Your wish is my command, so today I’ll be sharing our experience of eating at various vegan-friendly places on Maui. Get ready for all of the vegan deliciousness, Maui-style! (To learn about all of the fun things to do on Maui, check out my previous post.) Before we took off for our … Read the rest of the post

Our Vacation in Hawaii, Part 1. Things to Do in Maui: from Hiking Black Sand Beaches to Visiting an Animal Sanctuary and Driving to the Top of a Volcano

Black sand in Waianapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii

Hi all! As you probably know, we recently went on vacation in Maui, Hawaii, and now that we’re back, I’d like to tell you everything about this adventure! Yep, it took me a while to put this post together because, you know, life interferes, but better late than never, right? 😉 To begin with, let me say that we had a wonderful time, and were surprised to find out that Maui is a perfect place for a vegan-friendly vacation. I originally wanted to put together just one post about our experience, but realized that it would most likely be mile-long, so I’m splitting my recap in two parts. Today I’ll tell you about all of the awesome places we visited on Maui – hopefully you’ll find this useful if you’re ever planning to go there yourself. My next post will be about all of the vegan food on Maui, and I’m sure you’ll … Read the rest of the post

My Top 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks with Best Recipes for Easy, Cheap and Delicious Plant-Based Meals

Top 5 most useful vegan cookbooks, reviewed

Every now and then I get asked to recommend my favorite vegan cookbooks. For someone who just switched to the vegan or plant-based diet, owning a useful and dependable vegan cookbook (or five) can make or break the whole deal with this new dietary choice. Of course, I know that being vegan goes beyond just what we put on our plate (I hear ya, ethical vegans!), but since food still remains the most frequently used tool on the way to a cruelty-free world, today I’d like to focus on vegan food, and particularly cooking it with the help of useful vegan cookbooks. So for today’s post, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favorite vegan cookbooks. In doing so, I went beyond selecting books with pretty pictures and nice fonts, but rather asked myself these questions: Do I use this cookbook a lot? Does this book call for everyday, easy-to-find ingredients? Is … Read the rest of the post

PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein Powder Review + a Giveaway of a Full-Size 1.2 lb PureFood Package!

PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein review and giveaway

Hi all! I’ve got a new review and a giveaway for you today, this time it’s PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein Powder – a product so new to the market that you can’t even buy it yet! That is, until August 6th when the company is scheduled to launch. The founder of PureFood Company has asked me to try out his creation and share my thoughts with my blog readers – that’s you, duh! Also, the winner of this week’s giveaway will be getting a whole bag of PureFood probiotic Plant Protein to try for free! So why did I decide to give protein powder another try? Well,remember my new fitness goal that I’ve announced a few weeks ago? In case you haven’t seen this post, I’ve decided that after doing my share of running races of all distances, I wanted to try myself at training for a bodybuilding competition in … Read the rest of the post

VeganRunnerEats Recipes are Selected for NutritionFacts.org Healthy Recipe Directory!

Hearty Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup -vegan recipe approved by Dr. Michael Greger

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you today: doctor Michael Greger and his team at NutritionFacts.org are putting together a recipe directory for healthy plant-based recipes, and four recipes from Vegan Runner Eats have been approved by Dr. Greger himself to become a part of it! In case you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of Dr. Greger and his site, NutritionFacts.org, here’s what you need to know. Dr. Greger reviews all of the leading research papers on nutrition published every year so that you and I didn’t have to, and puts them into informative and entertaining videos and articles that are way more palatable for the average human beings like ourselves to comprehend. When I first went vegan, Dr. Greger’s site and his multiple lectures on YouTube helped me learn so much about how to do this plant-based thing right, and since then I have … Read the rest of the post