About Alina

Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Being vegan eventually opened her eyes on the issues of animal welfare, environmental protection, human rights and feminism. Alina hopes that her blog will help its readers on their path to making this world a better place.

Running For Two: 9 Lessons I’ve Learned About Running During Pregnancy

Hi all! I haven’t written much about my personal life lately, so the truth is, a lot of things have changed in the recent few months, and even more are about to change in the nearest future. The biggest change, which I’m finally ready to talk about here on the blog, is the fact that I’m getting ready to become a mommy in October! The road to becoming pregnant has not been the smoothest, and I’ll talk about it sometime in the future. Rob and I happy that things have finally worked out for us, and looking forward to finding out what this vegan parenthood thing is all about! Getting pregnant coincided with a renewed interest in running for me. When I started this blog almost four years ago, being a runner was a sizeable part of my identity, but after completing my last marathon in June 2015, I lost … Read the rest of the post

Never Say Never: Why I’m Against Boycotting Non-Vegan Businesses That Offer Vegan Options (and a Few Cases When I’m For It)

When it comes to spending money at non-vegan businesses, the vegan community seems to be divided on whether or not those businesses are worth supporting. To clarify my point, I’m talking about restaurants, stores, and companies that are not vegan overall but list vegan-friendly options as a part of their menu or product offering. Every now and then some of these companies get called out for selling something  made with a certain degree of cruelty, and various animal welfare organizations plea the average vegan shoppers like you and me to boycott them. Overall, I agree that the calls for boycotting can be beneficial: even if a store or a restaurant doesn’t lose all of its business, the outcry of animal rights advocates raises awareness about the cruelty that animals in food supply chains of those businesses have to go through. There are plenty of success stories too: The Humane League … Read the rest of the post

Easy Vegan Potato Salad Recipe – a Perfect Side Dish for Mother’s Day Brunch, Barbecues, Picnics, etc.

Hi all! Today I’m sharing my easy vegan potato salad recipe that’s been a big hit at potlucks, outdoor gatherings, or just as a side dish for a casual homemade meal. I’m so excited that it’s finally May! All of the opportunities for warm weather picnics and gatherings with all kinds of vegan deliciousness are here again, with Mother’s Day approaching in no time. Over here in Western Washington state, we’ve had a long winter (it snowed at least three times! 🙂 ) and a rainy, chilly spring, so I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit. I’m usually pretty bad with posting seasonal recipes in time for various occasions when they’d be perfect to enjoy, but this time, with Mother’s Day approaching, I was determined to share a recipe that’s both appropriate for a nice springtime brunch (bring on the mimosas!) and calls for fresh, seasonal … Read the rest of the post

5 Microwave-Friendly Vegan Recipes for Any Occasion. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

I’m always fascinated by how people find my site through searching for various things online. The other day someone searched for ‘vegan foods in microwave’, and it got me thinking. There’s probably plenty of vegans who find themselves with a limited access to traditional kitchen appliances (say, in a hotel or a college dorm), or don’t want to fire up a stove on a hot summer day, etc. Thankfully, if you have a microwave available, you can still make tasty and healthy vegan meals  – and the fact that microwave cooking is usually pretty quick is a nice bonus! Some of us may scoff at my claim that cooking in a microwave can be healthy. But apparently, as Dr. Michael Greger suggests in this video on his NutritionFacts.org website, microwaving has been shown to be one of the best cooking methods for preserving nutrients in vegetables, and in some cases … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Black Lentil and Ginger Borscht with Cashew-Sunflower Seed Sour Cream

As someone who was born and raised in Russia, I’ll admit that borscht was as big of a staple in our diet as some of the Western stereotypes about Russia may paint it. Every family had their own cherished recipe that was followed religiously and made at least every other week year round. Even though the main ingredients usually stayed the same (beets, cabbage, potatoes), other components added to borscht often varied from family to family. I’ve posted the veganized version of my family’s borscht recipe before. Recently, however,  I decided to experiment with my classic vegan borscht recipe – and my new Black Lentil and Ginger Borscht recipe was born! Of course, adding ginger to the classic Russian borscht may sound like blasphemy to a traditional Russian housewife, but I wasn’t afraid of ruffling some feathers here. I found that it actually brightens up the beet flavor, taking the … Read the rest of the post

Our Vegan Experience in New Orleans During the Mardi Gras Weekend of 2017

When it comes to celebrating the start of spring with lots of great music, delicious food, and mingling with thousands of like-minded people till late at night, few places can compare to New Orleans during the annual Mardi Gras celebration.  A couple weeks ago Rob and I got a chance to go to New Orleans just for that reason. We’ve been to the Big Easy many times before, including a few times since Rob and I went vegan, so it was only a matter of time before I finally wrote a post about our vegan experience there. When we lived in Alabama, New Orleans was just 2.5 hours away, and my first visit there happened during Mardi Gras weekend of 2011. A lot has changed since, most notably our move to the Washington State, but whenever we get an opportunity to go back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, we always know that … Read the rest of the post

Real Talk: My Plan on Fighting the Injustice Towards Animals, Humans and the Environment in Today’s Social Climate

When I decided to go vegan almost four years ago, I felt confident in my decision because I knew that the impact of my choice was going to be positive. In a search for a lifestyle that could be good both for myself and for the living beings around me, I knew I was making the right decision. In the past year, I’ve experienced a major personal growth spurt which often felt quite painful, but in the end (or at least right now, since I don’t believe there will ever be an end to this growth) I knew that this change was for the better. I couldn’t simply stand by looking at the major shifts in the way our society was thinking, talking and operating. I was brought to my knees by the big waves of change crashing against us, but when I rose, I didn’t see things the same … Read the rest of the post

Guest Post: Vegan Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant Rolls Recipe for Valentine’s Day

Today I have a guest post for you from Amily who reached out to me and asked if she could share  one of her favorite vegan recipes with the readers of Vegan Runner Eats. Amily’s Vegan Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant Rolls can become a great addition to your Valentine’s Day dinner. Here’s what Amily says: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and streets start flooding with energized romantics, toy hearts and chocolates of all shapes and sizes. This time of the year, especially, we are all craving to surprise our loved ones with a delicious dinner. Today I’d like to share a recipe for my Vegan Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant Rolls – a healthy, heavenly starter dish that’s guaranteed to win the heart of your Valentine, whether they are vegan or not. PrintVegan Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant Rolls These Eggplant-Ricotta Rolls take about 30 minutes to make, and serve 4 people as a starter – a … Read the rest of the post

Interview with Melissa Johnston – a Vegan Pacific Crest Trail Hiker and Author of Forest Filth Blog

Hi all! Today I’m thrilled to bring to your attention my interview with Melissa Johnston – a vegan adventurer and author of the Forest Filth blog and the popular @forestfilth Instagram account who has recently finished the thru hike of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). At only 19, Melissa planned out her journey to cover the entire 2650 miles of the trail spanning from Mexico to Southern Canada, and successfully completed it by herself in the span of 5 months. Today Melissa has agreed to share her experience with the readers of Vegan Runner Eats, and give the aspiring PCT thru-hikers a few tips on how to do this as a vegan. To read more about Melissa’s Pacific Crest Trail experience, check out her blog where she logged her journey almost daily during the hike. For more of Melissa’s everyday adventures, follow her on Instagram. Desert section of the … Read the rest of the post

Why I’m Saying No to Diet & Exercise-Related New Year’s Resolutions, and What I’m Going to Do Instead

Happy New Year everyone! ‘Tis the season for getting bombarded with messages about setting our New Year’s resolutions, particularly the ones that focus on getting healthier. And if you’ve ever watched TV or browsed the internet around this time of the year, it seems like our health aspirations will never be complete if we’re not aiming for weight loss. Crash diets and intense 4-week ‘full body transformation’ fitness programs have stuffed the pockets of various health gurus way before we realized that something fishy was going on – that is, those methods didn’t seem to work long-term, or made things even worse for us in the future, both physically and emotionally. To break the vicious cycle of mass media telling you that you’re not good enough unless you’re trying to reshape yourself via drastic diet and exercise routines, I’m inviting you to say no to setting diet and weight loss-related New Year’s resolutions! And since I don’t want to leave … Read the rest of the post