About Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

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.

Weeks 9,10,11 of Marathon Training. Staying on Track with Race Preparation when Traveling.

Wow – It’s been three weeks since the last update on my ongoing marathon training! It’s no wonder there’s been a pause: all of the traveling of the past couple weeks took its toll on my dedication… but all is not lost! Sure, I’ll admit that it’s been a challenge to stay on track with my training while hopping all over the continent from Florida to Georgia to South Carolina to Washington state, … Read the rest of the post

Our Travels in the Southeast, Part 3: Charleston, SC

As you may know from my previous posts, a couple weeks ago we undertook a road trip along the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Coast to learn more about the history, architecture, and – of course! – vegan food of the region. Today I’m going to tell you about the wonderful city of Charleston, South Carolina, where we stayed for a couple days. We enjoyed exploring the historic downtown, took a ferry … Read the rest of the post

Black Bean-Potato Stew with Kale

Vegan Oil-free Black Bean-Potato Stew with Kale

Just before we left Alabama, I made this black bean and potato stew on a night I was craving something warm and comforting with no added oil. This dish turned out to be one of those one-pot wonders that don’t require a lot of attention an can be prepared well within an hour. I usually add kale to soups and stews in the last couple minutes of cooking (or even as … Read the rest of the post

Our Travels in the Southeast, Part 2: Savannah, GA

During our recent tour of the Atlantic coast from Northern Florida to South Carolina, we were lucky to spend a couple of days in the beautiful Savannah, Georgia. This was my first time visiting Savannah, and I absolutely fell in love with its architecture, history, and sweet southern charm! It was also helpful that we found good vegan-friendly restaurants to dine in. Click here to read my previous post about the … Read the rest of the post

Our Travels in The Southeast, Part 1: Amelia Island, FL, and Jekyll Island, GA

Outside of Fort Clinch, Amelia Island, Fla A couple weeks ago I mentioned on Vegan Runner Eats Facebook page that I would be doing a lot of traveling in the following month. Here’s the deal: my husband Rob and I had planned a road trip-style vacation for the last week of September, during which we decided to travel the Atlantic coast from Amelia Island, Fla, to Charleston, SC. And just as … Read the rest of the post

Eggplant Roll Ups with Black Bean-Potato Filling – Oil-Free Vegan Recipe

Eggplant roll ups are the kind of dish that looks quite fancy, yet can be made without putting in lots of effort. Today I’m sharing my vegan eggplant roll ups recipe that features a delicious and healthy potato-based stuffing, and can be easily made gluten-free by using tamari instead of soy sauce. I have to admit: not all of my recipe inventions come out great the first time I make … Read the rest of the post

Hearty Barley-Lentil Soup with Potatoes

A simple recipe for a comforting, hearty soup comes in very handy on those days when you’re pressed for time to cook dinner, and yet you’re in the mood for a warm, filling soup that tastes like you had to put a lot of effort into it. I tend to use lentils in soups quite often because they are filling and yet relatively quick-cooking – other kinds of legumes are … Read the rest of the post

A List of 10 Common Questions Newly Vegan Athletes Ask: Part 2 of 2.

Today  we continue with the list of questions that are most often asked by active people who are transitioning to a plant-based vegan diet. The answers to these questions can also be beneficial to established vegans who are interested in adding more exercise to their daily routine.  Our previous post with the first five questions and answers can be found here. Whether your idea of exercise consists of a 30-minute … Read the rest of the post

A List of 10 Common Questions (Newly) Vegan Athletes Ask: Part 1 of 2.

Whether you’ve followed a plant-based/vegan diet for a while and recently decided to get more active, or you’ve been athletic for some time and are thinking of switching to veganism, you’re likely to have some questions and concerns about how to do it right. Today’s post is going to cover 10 most commonly asked questions by newly vegan athletes. First of all, let me bring on some good news: you’ve … Read the rest of the post

Week 8 of Marathon Training. Classic Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries – the Most Comforting Breakfast!

Uh oh – time is going by so fast! Can’t believe I’m writing a report about week 8 of my marathon preparation. Another eight weeks, and my race will be here! I know, I know – I might sound kind of stressed saying this, but actually I’m kind of excited! Yes, setting any big goal (including running a decent marathon on a vegan diet) will bring plenty of stress and … Read the rest of the post