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.

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

Reasons to Ditch Meat and Dairy, and Why It’s Worth It

What are the reasons to ditch meat and dairy? Today I’ve finally decided to get into the hottest subject that concerns both pro- and anti-veg people. 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 of living meat and dairy free. There are plenty of individuals, groups, … 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

Vegan Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Vegan banana nut bread recipe

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 Vegan Banana Nut Bread recipe! 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 … Read the rest of the post

Scientists and Researchers of 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

Vegan Chili with Barley

 Today I’d like to share my new recipe for vegan chili with barley. I know – 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 … Read the rest of the post