Vegan Fitness for Mortals: a New Book for Health-Conscious Vegans by Ellen Jaffe Jones

Hi all! Today I have a new book review and a giveaway for you: Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. In case you’re aspiring to be more active and get your health in check in the upcoming year, this book may be just what you need 🙂 If you’ve ever tried to research vegan nutrition and fitness tips, you may have experienced confusion since there is so much information out there. Focus on protein or carbs? Go short and fast or long and slow? And what about injury prevention? Navigating through all available information can present a challenge of its own since the more sources you research, the more opinions you will hear. This is where Vegan Fitness for Mortals comes in handy. The book’s author Ellen Jaffe Jones has been a prominent member of vegan community for many years as a vegan fitness coach, book author, vegan cooking instructor, public speaker and an … Read the rest of the post

I’ve Decided to Stay Vegan – and Here Are 10 Reasons Why

Believe it or not, I don’t have a lot of vegan friends on my personal Facebook page. Whenever I happen to meet a cool vegan person, I sometimes get too lazy to look them up and send them a friend request. So when a vegan Facebook friend of mine recently announced that he was getting off the vegan grid after advocating for it for many years, I felt a familiar tinge of disappointment. “Oh man, now all of his non-vegan friends will be convinced that being vegan is unsustainable…” Eventually, I managed to overcome my initial judgmental thoughts and wished him the best of luck. At the same time, I asked myself, “Why is it that I never feel like I don’t want to be vegan anymore?” The ex-vegan movement seems to be on the rise these days. In the past couple years, some big-name vegan bloggers have announced that … 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!)

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

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

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

Easy Vegan Pasta Primavera Recipe

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

Quick Recipe: Chili Taco Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind over here! Since I started my new job, there hasn’t been enough hours in a day, it seems, to do everything I need to do. I used to be able to put a nice, freshly cooked meal on the table every night, but now I’m scrambling to find time even to sit down on our couch for five minutes! The whole time management issue has been a challenge, especially since I still very much want to keep this blog going, and exercise regularly. When free time becomes a luxury, you’ve got to get inventive. That’s exactly what I did the other night when I made this chili taco salad, and it was a huge hit! A little backstory: Rob and I agreed that if we wanted to have homemade dinners every day throughout the week, we would have to spend a good portion of … Read the rest of the post

10 Healthy Food Combinations to Maximize the Benefits of Your Plant-Based Vegan Diet

A few months into my near-constant research of the plant-based vegan diet I developed a list of easy food tweaks that allowed making my newly adopted plant diet even healthier. Since I was constantly on the lookout for ways to eat better, I was glad to find out that we can bring out the healthy potential of some foods by combining them with certain other foods (I’m going beyond the protein-combining myth here!). Today I’m going to share with you my list of 10 plant-based food combinations that made a difference for me. Interestingly, I use these tips  almost on autopilot these days because they are so easy to implement in my daily routine. Even if you’re not a vegan and just randomly stumbled upon this post, you can still reap the benefits of these little tweaks! 10 Healthy Plant-Based Food Combinations 1. Beans and lemon juice. Think it’s an odd combo? Quite the opposite: … Read the rest of the post

Overnight Oats – a Quick Vegan Breakfast for Busy Days, Plus Four Tasty and Nutritious Ways to Serve Them

Overnight oats for breakfast have been all the rage in the blogosphere lately, and it’s no wonder: they make for a delicious, filling vegan breakfast that takes very little effort to make. Just soak the oats overnight in your favorite non-dairy milk, add a few ingredients in the morning, and voilĂ ! I’ll tell you a secret, however: I’ve been eating this stuff for literally half of my life, since middle school, long before overnight oats became trendy. To this day this is my default breakfast for the mornings I don’t feel like making anything complicated. Today I’ll share with you four delicious ways I love making  overnight oats, and a few tips on getting them just right. Clockwise from to left: Pumpkin Oats, Plain Oats, Chocolate Oats, Swamp Monster Oats When I first started making overnight oats for breakfast before school, I used the same combination of ingredients: rolled oats soaked in water, walnuts, raisins, … Read the rest of the post

First Steps in Going Vegan: Where to Start, What to Expect, and How to Stick with It

I’ve had the idea for today’s post for some time. Too often I see that people who decided to go vegan experience a number of difficulties on their journey, especially at first, so I decided to put together a post that could help them reduce their troubles. Regardless what brought you on the vegan path – compassion for animals, environmental concerns, search for better health – you should know that you’ve made a noble choice, and sticking with being vegan will only get easier for you with time. It’s easy to get confused in your initial research about the vegan diet and lifestyle: internet is full of contradicting information; the reaction of friends and family might be less than approving; settling into a new shopping and cooking routine can challenge even the most determined types. However, your transition will go more smoothly if you keep your eyes on the big picture. There … Read the rest of the post

Weeks 15 and 16 of Marathon Training. Race Day is Almost Here!

Sharon Stone reportedly once compared her expectations of working in a movie with James Woods to the expectations of a pregnant woman: at first she’s very excited, sometime midway she feels like she’s made the biggest mistake of her life, and towards the end she just wants it all to be over. Well, I have neither worked with James Woods nor expected a child (yet), but at this point I have very similar feelings towards training for my marathon. Which is only three days away now! (Warning: this post might seem a little cheesy at times!) Fridge art: the training plan I was very loosely following. More like, kept an eye on. As you see, at least I was able to finish most of the long runs. What can I say? I’ve embarked on a challenge to train and then run a marathon while eating a plant-based vegan diet to show that it can be done healthfully. All … Read the rest of the post