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.

Homemade BBQ Seitan, Served Three Ways

Vegan BBQ seitan recipe with homemade barbecue sauce

Today I’m going to talk about seitan – a wheat gluten-based meat substitute that’s very high in protein. If you’ve never tried making it at home, my recipe for BBQ seitan can be a good place to start. Seitan originates in Asian cuisine and can be very versatile in everyday vegan or vegetarian dishes. Seitan is pretty easy to make at home: if you make a batch, you can use … Read the rest of the post

Healthy Vegan Minestrone Soup with Kale

Healthy Vegan Minestrone Soup with Kale

Another heartwarming healthy vegan soup recipe is on today’s agenda. This vegan minestrone soup is as healthy as it gets, loaded with vegetables, beans, and lots of flavor. This version of minestrone soup is relatively simple and quick (don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients!), and you can customize it by using different vegetables and their amounts. FYI: In modern Italian language, there are three words that relate … Read the rest of the post

Think You Have No Time to Exercise? Think Again!

In this day and age, the importance of exercise in our life is hardly a secret. Yet so many of us still find it hard to incorporate working out into our daily routine. The main excuse? Lack of time! Are we all doomed to be unhealthy, tired, and overwhelmed, or is there a way out? Every now and then this happens to me: I meet new people, and when they find out … Read the rest of the post

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe from Scratch: Easy, Delicious, and Healthy

How to make homemade peanut butter from scratch

Today I’d like to share my homemade peanut butter recipe that’s been our go-to lately. Making your own peanut butter is a good way to make sure it’s always fresh, plus you get to control the ingredients! A few months ago I brought home a two-pound bag of raw, locally grown peanuts. I wanted to make homemade peanut butter, but didn’t exactly know where to start. Searching the internet gave … Read the rest of the post

Classic Vegan Pizza with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

Classic Vegan Pizza Recipe with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

Rejoice pizza lovers who recently switched to a vegan diet! The painful choice between healthy plant-based cooking and sinful deliciousness is resolved! And I’m not even talking about stepping away from the wholesomeness of fresh ingredients towards highly processed stuff – for this pizza, we’re even making the dough ourselves! Vegan pizza oftentimes can turn into a high-maintenance disaster. Even if it tastes okay, it might still call for too … Read the rest of the post

5 Nutrition Tips for Vegan Athletes

Today I’m going to cover a few nutrition tips for vegan athletes. It doesn’t matter if your idea of exercise is a half an hour walk every night, 2 hours of weightlifting at the gym every day, or something in between: optimal nutrition is a key to optimal performance. When it comes to nutrition and athletic performance, we’ve all heard so much information – often contradictory – that it’s hard not … Read the rest of the post

10 Essential Plant-based Pantry Staples That Make Your Diet Nutritious And Healthy

Health benefits of nuts and seeds in plant-based diet

Whether you are new to a plant-based vegan diet, have been plant-strong for a while, or just stumbled upon my blog out of curiosity, you’ve probably wondered how to stock your pantry and fridge with foods that are the most beneficial for your health. So what are the essential plant-based pantry staples that all health-conscious vegans stock in their homes? It’s a well-established fact: if you want ‘thy food to … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Cannellini Bean Soup and Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Easy vegan cannellini bean soup recipe

It would be wrong to assume that vegan food is somehow more complicated in its preparation than the regular omnivore grub. Enter this simple vegan cannellini bean soup: it’s quick, easy, filling, and oh so heartwarming – a perfect comfort food, I think! And if you pair it with a really simple cucumber-tomato salad as an appetizer, you’ve got a perfect late summer meal! Recently I was on a quest … Read the rest of the post

Our Adventures at the Summerdale Alligator Farm in Alabama + Week 5 of Marathon Training

I know what you’re thinking: marathon training, Summerdale alligator farm, and vegan food? How can these coexist in a single blog post? Here’s my answer: it’s possible! I’m a vegan who’s training for a marathon, and I’m also fascinated by big, magnificent creatures that coexist next to us humans on this planet!  It’s hard to believe that I’m already five weeks into my marathon training! The good news: the way … Read the rest of the post

Delicious Vegan Moussaka with Lentil-Tomato Sauce

Classic Greek Vegan Moussaka| vegan version of a classic moussaka | vegan moussaka recipe

Have you ever had a good Greek moussaka? If yes, I’m sure you appreciated how smoothly all of the ingredients come together. What about a vegan version? Today I’m sharing a recipe for a vegan moussaka with a lentil-based sauce that makes me confident to say that I’ve perfected this dish over the years. Wanna have a bite? Greek cuisine has always been near and dear to my heart. I … Read the rest of the post