Our Adventures in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA: Beautiful Views, Whimsical Art, and Delicious Vegan Food

Friday Harbor marina and ferry landing

Hi all! So I was planning on posting a new update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training this week, but last weekend Rob and I discovered a new little gem here in the Pacific Northwest – a city of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island that happened to be quite vegan-friendly – so today I decided to share our adventures from last Saturday instead of a marathon update. As you may know, we live on Whidbey Island that’s located just to the north of Seattle. If you look on the map, you’ll see that there’s a whole constellation of islands to the north and a little to the west from us called San Juan Islands. We heard that things were beautiful over there, which makes San Juans a popular vacation destination in the summer – so popular that you have to make hotel/bed-and-breakfast/camping reservations half a year in advance. Last summer that … Read the rest of the post

Product Review: Sunwarrior Plant-Based Protein Powders, Sprouted Barley and Supergreens, Plus How I Used Them

A review of vegan protein powder and supplements by Sunwarrior

Hi all! Today I’m going to review a few products by Sunwarrior – a company that produces plant-based vegan protein powders and various other biologically active supplements. I’m not usually big on taking protein powders and supplements, but this time I decided to test a few products by Sunwarrior after learning that they are an all-vegan company, and aim to use only ‘clean’ ingredients. The subject of vegan athletic nutrition rings close to home for me these days as I’m getting closer to my second marathon since going vegan (third marathon overall). It’s been proven many times over, including with my own experience, that being vegan is in no way going to put limitations on how well we can perform in endurance sports including running marathons. But one thing I often see people getting confused over is whether or not they should use supplements while training for endurance events, from … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series: Sandy’s Journey of Going from Vegetarian to Vegan to Plant-Based, and Gaining Health and Wisdom on the Way

Everyday Heroes Series - the story of Sandy

It’s time for a new episode in the Everyday Heroes series, and today I’m excited to introduce you to Sandy from California! Sandy’s story is particularly interesting because she became a vegetarian 40 years ago and then made a switch to veganism 20 years later, but still struggled with her health. Eventually Sandy took the leap and went fully plant-based. Not only did she lose a lot of weight since then, these days she also enjoys life to the fullest as an active hiker and a volunteer at an educational farm. Here’s Sandy’s story in her own words: 1. Introduce yourself: your first name, city, state. My name is Sandy and I live in Los Altos, CA which is in the middle of Silicon Valley. I am 68 years old. 2. What inspired you to go vegetarian, then vegan and eventually plant-based? I started reading about animal abuse and exploitation and became … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Vegan Collard Wraps with Kimchi and Sweet Potato Filling, and the Time I Met Scott Jurek in Person

Collard Wraps with Kimchi and Sweet Potato Filling

I know it’s been forever FOREVER since the last time I posted a recipe, but it’s all going to change today! I’m particularly proud of today’s recipe for vegan collard wraps with kimchi and sweet potatoes because they seem to me like the healthiest food out there, with all of the veggies, fiber and probiotics – a perfect meal for springtime! Here’s the deal in our household: Rob eats almost all plant-based foods I put in front of him (a huge improvement from when we first met!), but there are a few things he won’t touch. Collard greens are one of those things. He’s not thrilled with kimchi either. I, on the other hand, like both quite a bit, even thinking of fermenting some kimchi at home in the near future. So a couple weeks ago, when Rob was out of town on business, I knew it was my chance … Read the rest of the post

This is 30: a Milestone Birthday, My Life Story until Now, and the Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in My Twenties

Vegan chocolate birthday cake

Hi all! The week since my last post has been a whirlwind: last Friday we flew to New York to spend the weekend with Rob’s family and attend our nephew’s christening, then came back to Washington on Monday just in time to celebrate my birthday the following day. The big 3-0 has finally caught up with me, and what’s a better way to celebrate it than with a giant vegan chocolate birthday cake?! You know how milestone birthdays have a tendency to stress us out because we assess our lives and what we’ve achieved so far? Well, I’m glad to admit that I enjoyed my 30th birthday way more than the previous couple ones. And I’m not just saying this because I want you to think that I’m oh so perfect (spoiler alert: I’m not), but because I embraced everything that happened to me in my 20s as a pretty crazy … Read the rest of the post

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 3 Update: New Surroundings, Running in the Wild, and an Unexpected Injury

Rock'n'Roll Seattle marathon Training month 3 update

…Okay, when is an injury ever expected? But anyway, can you believe that I’m already more than halfway into my Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon training?! Month 3 was eventful, to say the least: you may remember me mentioning in my previous marathon training update that Rob and I were moving into a new house in a different neighborhood, so that alone brought so many new experiences. Bring on the new running routes – even though this area is just as hilly as our old ‘hood, if not hillier! Thankfully, the move was successful, and now we’re thoroughly enjoying living without landlords for the first time ever and making plans on what we’ll be doing with the house soon. Oh, and hoping that this darn injury takes care of itself soon. It better! Ups and Downs of Month 3 Ups: 1. I’m glad to say that I was able to maintain my … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Menu Bingo: a Fun Way to Plan Your Meals. Guest Post by Trina

Vegan Menu Bingo - a fun way to plan your menu for the week!

Hi everyone! Rob and I are busy moving into our new house, so today I have a guest post for you written by Trina. Trina has been vegan since early 2014, and in this post she’s going to tell you about her favorite fun way to decide what vegan recipe to cook every day – Vegan Menu Bingo! Here’s what Trina has to say: Vegan Menu Bingo If you’ve just gone vegan, then you probably find yourself scrambling for new recipes to cook every day. Vegan Runner Eats has plenty of delicious vegan recipes that bust the myth that going vegan can be boring, but it can also be a harrowing experience to try and decide what to cook. Creating a meal plan can be just as frustrating as finding recipes that you’d actually want to try, but today I’d like to present a solution: Vegan Menu Bingo! Bingo has always been a popular game because it … Read the rest of the post

Cookbook Review: Vegan Ethiopian Extravaganza in Teff Love by Kittee Berns, Plus an Interview with the Author!

Ye'Diflin Misser Sambusas - Ethiopian lentil-stuffed pastries with a chickpea flour crust

I can’t say that my vegan cookbook collection is huge: I’m usually quite picky about adding another book to my rotation because not every cookbook is set with recipes that I would be willing to make every day to justify its spot on my book shelf. One cookbook I knew right away I would be using a lot, before I even received it, is the recently published Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopian Cooking by Kittee Berns. Today I’m happy to share with you my experience with cooking from Kittee’s wonderful new book as a part of Teff Love blog tour (you can see the lineup of all participating bloggers here) – and there’s even an interview with Kittee below in which she shares her favorite recipes and useful tips to get the most out of the book! Ethiopian cuisine, and its vegan version in particular, is like one of those … Read the rest of the post

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 2: Ups and Downs, Snacking Extravaganza, and Legs that Don’t Run in Sync

Rock'n'Roll Seattle marathon training update, month 2

Believe it or not, it’s time for the second update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training! Time flies when you’re having fun – and so did month two out of five of my marathon preparation. I’ve proven to myself before that it’s possible to train for a marathon as a vegan, so this time around, I’ve set to prove that one can balance marathon training with working a full-time job. Overall, this month went fine, with a few ups and downs that proved once again that I’m only human. I’ve been on the same 5-workout per week schedule, with three solid runs and two strength training sessions at the gym. Most marathon training plans will tell you that running only three times a week is not enough, but I’ve learned from training for my two previous marathons that too much running is a surefire way for me to get injured, … Read the rest of the post

10 Homemade Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressings: Quick, Healthy and Foolproof. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

10 quick and easy homemade vegan salad dressings - no blender or complicated ingredients needed

Do I need to prove to you that salads are healthy? Most likely, you already know that a variety of fresh, raw vegetables served on a bed of greens is almost always a good idea as a healthy meal or a side dish. Why ‘almost’? Because it’s often easy to sabotage the healthfulness of your salad by drenching it in oily store-bought dressing that has a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients. I’m not even going to talk about shredded cheese, bacon bits and croutons as salad ingredients because here at Vegan Runner Eats we’re all about the healthy vegan stuff. (Why do I recommend skipping oil? See how it affects our health in this post, plus get my top 8 tips on cooking oil-free.) So what’s the next logical step for a person who decided to ditch as much processed store-bought junk as possible? Make homemade salad dressings! The abundance of … Read the rest of the post