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.

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

Week 4 of Marathon Training. Are All Runners Smug?

Today on the agenda: discovering the reasons why some runners come off as smug to other people, why it’s counterproductive, and how we can avoid being perceived as smug. Another Monday has rolled around – and this means that it’s time to share how my training went in the fourth week of my marathon prep. Before you start yawning and rolling your eyes (‘Who cares?!’), let me say that in … Read the rest of the post

Oatmeal-Banana Pancakes with Quick Blueberry-Peach Compote

Let’s agree: pancakes are the ultimate breakfast comfort food. Not many other breakfast dishes can compare with pancakes in versatility: they can be big, they can be small, they can be topped with maple syrup or honey or bananas or chocolate syrup, they can have chunks of fruit or chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter chips baked into them – and that’s even before we dig into all the varieties of pancake batter! For … Read the rest of the post

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