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.

How to Go Veg without Going Crazy: Article 4. Why Going Meat and Dairy Free is Better for Us.

Okay, I finally decided to get into the hottest subject that concerns both pro- and anti-veg people: is it better for us humans to ditch animal foods, namely meat and dairy, and if so, what are the reasons? There is so much info about this all over the internet that if you start digging, you might get easily confused and frustrated. Especially if you are very new to the idea … Read the rest of the post

My (Almost) First Track Workout, and a Swamp Monster Breakfast Smoothie!

Today on the agenda: a track workout I did this morning, and my favorite vegan breakfast smoothie recipe! You know that feeling when you complete something you didn’t know you were strong enough to do? And the feeling of accomplishment that immediately follows? Well, that’s just what I feel today! Here are my immediate reasons: – got up early: at 4:50 am to be exact, long before the sunrise! – … Read the rest of the post

Week 3 of Marathon Training. Our Surprising Vegan Experience in Pensacola, Fla.

Today’s post is about vegan-friendly restaurant scene in Pensacola, Fla (the site of my upcoming marathon!), and my running in week 3 of marathon training. It’s Monday again! I’m amazed at how fast time goes by these days! It must be all the fun that I’m having with my blog, right? It’s hard to believe that I’m starting the fourth week of my marathon training plan as well as the fourth … Read the rest of the post

Guilt-Free Baking: Banana Nut Bread

Ahhh, who doesn’t love baked goods? Especially those that are rich in flavor, comforting, and don’t require a degree in culinary arts to make? Lo and behold today’s leading character – my Banana Nut Bread! Baking, baking, baking… When I was growing up, my mom was the Queen on Baked Goods not just in our family, but for all of our friends and relatives. I myself didn’t discover the joys of baking … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy: Article 3. Scientists and the Whole Food Plant-Based Diet.

I’ve always been very interested in nutrition and how it affects our wellbeing, and the more I read up on the subject, the more evidence I found suggesting that ditching animal-derived foods and consuming lots of unprocessed, “whole” plant-based foods can make a drastic change in how we feel and perform. Practice shows that in many cases, low-fat whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet can even prevent and reverse certain diseases! In … Read the rest of the post

Three Bean Barley Chili

Chili is supposed to be a wintertime meal, a perfect dish for those long, dark evenings when you’re all cozy on the couch with a hot steaming bowl of this velvety goodness … Well, I’ve never been a fan of limiting deliciousness, so why not give it a try in the summer? I first read about the idea of adding a hearty grain to a vegan chili recipe in Scott … Read the rest of the post

Week 2 of Marathon Training. The Goodness of Carbs. Also: Hummingbirds!

I’m two weeks in into my marathon training, so in this post I’m going to recap how the second week went, as well as share with you a secret of my new favorite energy source! Hint hint: it’s been around all along! This week went by very quickly, and fairly uneventful. My running mileage isn’t very high these days – since I replace 2 days of short runs on my … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy. Article 2: Vegetarian, Vegan, And Other Meat-Free Nutritional Approaches

In the previous article, we covered the differences between species according to their preferences in food sources. If you watched the highly informative video in which Milton Mills, M.D., delivered a speech for the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, you might have gotten an idea of where we humans fall in this paradigm. However, there are so many approaches in nutritional science that each claim to be the one and only … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy. Article 1: Omnivore, Carnivore, Herbivore.

If you’ve never given much thought to your nutrition before, and then just recently came across the idea that eating well can do wonders for your health, you must have noticed: it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the existing approaches and terminology that comes with them. I’m going to put together a few articles to help you get an idea how everything works. Please note: I’m not a nutritional scientist, … Read the rest of the post

Kale and Cannellini Bean Salad

Vegan salad with kale and cannellini beans

I just love the combination of kale and beans, and find it extremely versatile, both for cold and warm dishes. They can be combined (along with other ingredients) in soups, stews, pasta dishes, salads – whatever your imagination suggests! Today I’d like to share a recipe for this lovely salad that I mentioned the other day. I like to eat it for lunch every now and then: This salad is … Read the rest of the post