The Story of Vegan Runner Eats in 2014: a Cross-Country Move, Counting Blessings, and a New Perspective

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Is it only me, or does everyone feel like this year has sped up towards the end? I can’t believe we’re less than a week away from Christmas already! This year has been very eventful both for me and for Vegan Runner Eats, so today I’ve put together a timeline of all pivotal moments that happened around here. Last week must have been one of the craziest of them all. On top of launching a giveaway of Journey Bars (I’m announcing the winner at the end of this post), writing a recipe for the Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014, catching up on all of the sock monkey orders for my Etsy shop – oh, and I shouldn’t forget my full-time job! – I had everything planned out and scheduled right until our island in the Pacific Northwest was slammed by one of the worst windstorms in years on Thursday night. Dozens … Read the rest of the post

Broccoli-Apple Winter Salad ‘Tacos’ with Creamy Pumpkin Seed Dressing – Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014

Broccoli Apple Winter Salad Tacos VVP 2014

…Aaand the day of the Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014 has arrived! In case you don’t know what it’s all about, I’m here to help: the Virtual Vegan Potluck is an online event that unites lots and lots of food bloggers to link up to each other’s posts and form a long chain of delicious vegan recipes, from appetizers to beverages, entrees, desserts and so much more! My today’s recipe of Broccoli-Apple Winter Salad ‘Tacos’ falls under the Salads category. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll see buttons that you can click in order to move to the previous or following recipes in this recipe chain, and see a link to the list of all participating blogs. As you can tell from the title of this post , today I’m sharing a recipe for Broccoli-Apple Winter Salad ‘Tacos’. The idea for this recipe was one of those accidental … Read the rest of the post

New Review and Giveaway: Journey Bars – Nutrition Bars that are Savory! Plus and Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe.

Journey Bar Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative of Journey Bar, and asked if I would be interested in checking out these savory nutrition bars and possibly creating an everyday recipe with one of them. ‘A SAVORY nutrition bar?’, I thought, ‘That sounds interesting!’ So I decided to give them a try, and today I’m hosting a giveaway to give you a chance to try them out too! Let’s face it: there are tons of nutrition/energy bars out there on the market, but the absolute majority of them are sweet, so much that sometimes they are nothing more than candy bars disguised as a good-for-you snack. As I found out, the creators of Journey Bars – avid world travelers and backpackers – became concerned with this issue, and set out to develop a savory snack bar that would not only be low on sugar, but also deliver nutrition from real food … Read the rest of the post

Our Vegan Thanksgiving Recap: Recipe Hits and Misses

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Recap

I thought of beginning this post with ‘I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already passed!’, but looking at the amount of holiday leftovers that have overrun our fridge in the past week, I can’t help but believe that Thanksgiving 2014 is already behind us. So today I decided to post a recap of all of the delicious, cruelty-free vegan Thanksgiving recipes both Rob and I made to celebrate this holiday. This year, it was just the two of us at our Thanksgiving celebration. Because both of our families are too far away – Rob’s on the East Coast, mine in Russia – and the fact that we both are very introverted to make new friends easily, we realized early on that this Thanksgiving wasn’t going to be too crowded at our house, and made peace with that. However, I wanted to pull all the stops and cook a lot of traditional dishes anyway. This is … Read the rest of the post

Running, Blogging, Living: on Finding Balance

Running, Blogging, Living - searching for balance

A couple weekends ago, I found myself quite emotional: it was the weekend of Pensacola Marathon, the race I’ve participated in for the previous three years, starting with my first half marathon in 2011 and following with full marathons in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 race was especially near and dear to me because I started this blog in an effort to document training for it as a runner who became vegan a few months earlier. As I was watching race reports and pictures pop up on Facebook from my running friends back in Alabama, I found that I was sad not so much because I wasn’t participating in the race this time– we’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest earlier this year, and I’m not planning on traveling back to Pensacola, FL, anytime soon – but because I’ve been running much less these days, which prompted thinking whether or not … Read the rest of the post

Chanterelle Stir-Fry with Potatoes and Herbs

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Today I’d like to share with you a recipe that’s been near and dear to me ever since I was a kid growing up in Russia: a delicious and simple stir-fry of chanterelle mushrooms and potatoes. The chanterelle season in central European Russia falls on mid-summer, so this dish was always a treat we used to have a few times every June and July. Since I came to the US eight and a half years ago, I never had a chance to find chanterelles again until Rob and I moved to the Pacific Northwest earlier this year. We found out that this type of mushroom grows pretty well around here, but the season falls on September-October. A couple things to clarify: 1. No, I didn’t put on my brand-new rubber boots and set off on a mushroom foraging trip in the nearby woods to find me some chanterelles for this stir-fry, even though that probably would have been … Read the rest of the post

How to Beat Gym Boredom: 5 Workouts that Kick Your Butt in Under 30 Minutes

5 Workouts to Bust Gym Boredom

If you’ve ever committed to a gym routine only to find yourself bored and unmotivated a couple months later, I feel your pain. I myself used to be less than excited about going to the gym regularly, but kept coming back only because I knew that the gym was charging me every month regardless of the frequency of my visits. Running saved me from quitting exercise back in those days, but that’s a different story. Today I’d like to tell you about the little tweaks I’ve implemented into my workout routine that get me excited about going to the gym almost every day, plus share with you 5 workouts that bust gym boredom and keep things interesting. In the past year or so, I’ve changed my approach for gym workouts, and finally started seeing results while spending less time at the gym! These are the 3 steps that made the difference: 3 … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: All-Natural, Organic Vegan Skincare Products by SkinnySkinny – a $42 Value

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As you know, I’ve been running giveaways here at Vegan Runner Eats on a monthly basis. I’m particularly excited to bring you today’s giveaway of organic vegan skincare products by SkinnySkinny, an all-natural beauty care company based in Brooklyn, NYC, because supporting a vegan business is always great! I came across SkinnySkinny while researching fully vegan beauty care products, and was impressed by their commitment to create all-natural, cruelty-free products using environmentally friendly practices, from buying wind-power energy for their facilities to using eco-friendly packaging. Clara, the creator of SkinnySkinny, knows about the need for ‘green’ bodycare products from her own experience: she battled acne and other skin issues for years while using conventional products with harsh chemicals that seemed to make things even worse. Eventually, Clara stepped away from paying attention to big-brand advertising, and went on to combine her knowledge of aromatherapy principles with her passion for all-natural … Read the rest of the post

Tried And True Recipes Series #3: Comfort Food Edition! 5 Recipes From All Over The Vegan Blogosphere

Tried and True Recipes Series #3

Hi all! It’s time for another episode in the Tried and True Recipes series, this time it’s all about comfort foods! Fall is in full swing, and I find myself craving foods with rich, complex flavors. In case you think that finding those on a low-fat, plant-based diet is a challenge, I’m going to show you that it’s not hard at all: the recipes below hit the spot without containing lots of added fat, except for one of the desserts that’s nut-based. Read on, and get your comfort food fix without busting your waistline! Check out other episodes in the Tried and True series over here. Tried And True Comfort Foods From All Over The Blogosphere Recipe #1: Smoky Mac’n’Cheese A few weeks ago, I came across this recipe for smoky macaroni and cheese from My Darling Vegan blog, and immediately realized that I HAD to make it that very night! I … Read the rest of the post

New Breakfast Recipe: Pumpkin-Carrot Pancakes

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Hi all! Phew, the past couple days have been quite hectic over here: I’ve planned on publishing today’s post earlier in the week, but on Tuesday our landlady found out that the wiring in the house we’re renting from her has gotten pretty bad, so she turned the power off in the house and asked us to spend the night in a hotel. As it turned out, finding an available room at a hotel on Whidbey Island is not an easy feat on a Tuesday night during the off season (hotel attendants go home early). By the time we finally found a room, it was already too late, and blogging was the last thing on my mind. The situation repeated on Wednesday because the electrician wasn’t done by the end of the day, so Wednesday night was also spent at a hotel. Finally, on Thursday the wiring in our house was … Read the rest of the post