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

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

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

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

Everyday Heroes Series: Meet Susan from Wisconsin, an Avid Hiker Who’s Passionate about Our Planet

I am excited to bring to you a new episode of the Everyday Heroes series, in which the readers of Vegan Runner Eats tell us about their journeys to becoming vegan/plant-based. Please meet Susan from Wisconsin – her journey began a year and a half ago, and while she’s not a 100% vegan yet, she’s been on the right track to make all of the important changes in her diet and lifestyle. In the last year and a half, Susan has lost weight and improved her cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Besides her motivation to become healthier, Susan is also driven by her love for our planet. An avid hiker, Susan appreciates the beauty of our planet and makes a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste her household produces. Here’s Susan’s story in her own words: 1. Introduce yourself: your first name, city, state. My name is Susan and I live … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: Win a Copy of Mark Sutton’s ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’, Autographed by the Author!

I’m excited to announce yet another giveaway today on Vegan Runner Eats – this time, the winner will get an autographed copy of ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’ by Mark Sutton. A few weeks ago just after we moved to Washington state, I received a copy of this cookbook from Mark, and immediately started binge-reading it. You may remember from this post that we ran into trouble with getting our worldly possessions transported to us – it took almost a month for them to cross the country, which made me miss my kitchen supplies like never before and left me unable to cook anything more complicated than a veggie burrito. As I was waiting for my kitchen stuff to arrive, I got plenty of time to familiarize myself with Mark’s pizza cookbook and pick a few recipes to make … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Gingered Broccoli & Cauliflower. Plus the Giveaway Winner Announced!

Oh my, so much has happened in the past few days! The biggest change of all (at least for me) is that I’ve just started a new job – yes, something other than tending to this blog like it’s my full-time occupation 🙂 Am I excited? Of course! I mean, it’s going to be great to be out of the house and around other people, especially since I was beginning to feel like all of the stress over my blog was slowly making me go cuckoo. Plus, I am going to use my writing abilities full time at this job and get paid for it – not too bad, huh? But wait – what about this site?! You need not worry: I am going to continue to pay as much attention to it as I can, but at the same time I don’t want to spread too thin in all … Read the rest of the post

Homemade is Better! 10 Delicious Ideas for Homemade Versions of Everyday Kitchen Staples that are Better and Healthier than Store-Bought.

I’ve never been a fan of cutting corners. In fact, ‘taking the road less traveled’ has long been the story of my life… Okay, explaining this would require a different blog post – or a whole different blog – so today I’m just focusing on how (and why) this applies in the kitchen. The biggest reason for cooking at home a lot for me is the fact that it’s healthier. That’s a no-brainer: even vegan restaurants tend to use some ingredients that are far from doing us any good (like oil, fake meats, etc.), plus is there anyone reading this who lives in the land that’s robust with numerous vegan restaurants? If you are one of the very few lucky guys, you’ve probably noticed that even in a vegan paradise, eating out a lot still costs a pretty penny. The obvious solution: let’s cook healthy food at home! For those … Read the rest of the post

5 Easy Plant-Based Dinner Recipes I’ve Been Making while Waiting for My Kitchen Supplies to Travel across the Country.

As much as I’d like to think about myself as not very attached to the conveniences of modern day life, every now and then life proves to me the opposite. Upon realizing this, I often feel very embarrassed that a minute ago I might have been crying like a little girl over something that wasn’t worth it at all. You probably know from my previous posts that my husband Rob and I have recently relocated from Alabama to Washington State. We’ve moved into a new house less than a week ago, and as of right now, we are still very much looking forward to the moment when all of our worldly posessions finally get delivered to us. Until then, we’ve been stuck sleeping on an air mattress, sitting on the floor all evening, eating from paper plates, and – my personal ‘favorite’ – cooking meals in a tiny pot and … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified. How to Cut Soy out of Your Plant-Based Diet if You Decided to Go Soy-Free.

Once again, welcome to the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today’s post covers the aspects of going soy-free. While soy remains a polarizing subject among healthy eating specialists, you’ll see that cutting it out of your plant-based diet is not very complicated if you choose to do so. Whenever I have a conversation with non-vegan people about our respective diets, I often hear from them the idea that being vegan must require eating lots of soy products (at least in their opinion). I personally don’t have anything against soy as long as it’s organic and non-GMO, but I often find it hard to convince my non-vegan friends that eating soy is not at all a requirement of a vegan diet. I might make tofu or tempeh a few times a month, but if all soy products mysteriously disappeared tomorrow, I know for sure that my husband and I would definitely not starve to death. Every now … Read the rest of the post

Carbohydrates or Fat: Which One Makes Us Pack On the Weight?

Ever since I developed an interest for nutrition, I’ve had so much contradictory information pass through my brain that I’m surprised that my head hasn’t yet exploded. Fat doesn’t make us fat, carbohydrates do! – Carbs are good, eat more of them for more energy! – Olive oil is good for your heart! – Cut out all oil for better health! These days, it’s easy for an average person to get confused while trying to figure out what type of eating behavior is the healthiest. For as long as I remember, I’ve always had a notion in my mind that eating lots of carbohydrates (breads, pasta, potatoes, etc.) could make me gain weight. The proponents of low-carb diets said that all of the carbohydrates we consume turn into sugar, and sugar then turns into fat in our bodies. Early in my twenties, I even tried the famous Atkins diet for a month but soon quit after my … Read the rest of the post

10 Tried-and-True Plant-Based Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’ve put together a list of 10 tried-and-true plant-based recipes that I’ve made many times, and truly enjoy every time I make them. Also, the winner of the most recent giveaway is announced at the end of this post. When I first made a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, I was a little overwhelmed by the necessity to replace all of the recipes in my pre-vegan dinner rotation with a completely new recipe lineup. Thankfully, I soon discovered that Pinterest was a great place to look for new recipes for a newly vegan cook like myself. I was amazed by all of the vegan deliciousness that already existed in the blogosphere, and before long, making dinner didn’t sound overwhelming to me anymore 🙂 Fast forward to this day, I am quite comfortable between all of my vegan cookbooks and Pinterest to decide what I’m making for … Read the rest of the post