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.

Easy Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Blueberries

Hi all! Sorry for keeping silent here on the blog for the past few weeks: our baby daughter Juliana Mary was born on October 1st, and as you may suspect, our lives have changed forever! I’m still going through a major adjustment period, getting used to accomplishing  way less of my usual tasks during the day and sleeping in 2 or 3-hour increments at night. But everything fades when I … Read the rest of the post

Berry-Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipe, a.k.a. My Favorite Vegan Pregnancy Smoothie

Vegan pregnancy breakfast smoothie

Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for a vegan breakfast smoothie that’s been a lifesaver for me during the past few weeks of my pregnancy. You certainly don’t have to be pregnant to drink it, but it makes a lot of sense to have it every now and then if/when you’re pregnant because of all the nutrition packed in it. Okay, I’ll admit that it may look … Read the rest of the post

My Vegan Baby Shower: Mission Possible! The Menu, the Recipes, Plus the Food Prep Schedule

A couple weekends ago I hosted my vegan baby shower. At 7.5 months pregnant, it was no easy task, but in the end everything turned out wonderful! Today I’m sharing how I managed to put together a delicious vegan spread for this party that was enjoyed both by vegans and non-vegans, plus the food prep schedule I used to make it all happen. To be honest, the idea of a … Read the rest of the post

Working Out During Pregnancy: Full-Body Workouts for Each Trimester

Working out during pregnancy remains a subject of controversy: it seems like people either believe that it’s important to stay active and maintain strength during these nine months, or that pregnancy requires avoiding physical exertion as much as possible. I lean towards the first group of thinkers as I’m seeing great benefits of staying active into my third trimester: I hardly have any aches or pains, my energy levels are … Read the rest of the post

Working Out and Lifting Weights During Pregnancy: 5 Things to Keep In Mind

When I announced my current pregnancy to my parents back in March, the first thing they said was, ‘You should stop going to the gym now!’ I’m not kidding 🙂 The myth that pregnant women should avoid working out while pregnant runs deep in our society – it’s even deeper in Russia where my parents live. Thankfully, more and more women are witnessing great benefits of staying active for as … Read the rest of the post

Our Travel Adventures in Victoria, BC: Vegan Restaurants, Chocolate Treats, and Pickle Boat Rides

A few weekends ago, Rob and I spent a lovely weekend in Victoria, British Columbia. We don’t have an opportunity to take a longer vacation before our baby arrives in October, so going away to a new place for a weekend whenever we can has been a nice alternative. We haven’t been to Victoria yet since we moved to the Pacific Northwest three years ago, so this was a perfect … Read the rest of the post

Summertime Cookout Special: Vegan Hot Dogs with Currywurst Ketchup Sauce

Ever since I moved to the United States eleven years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the ways of celebrating various national holidays around here. The 4th of July, like other summer holidays, are particularly appealing because of their laid-back vibe of family gatherings, cookouts, watching fireworks, etc. Rob and I usually spend this day together, and while there’s no need to cook up a storm just for the two of … Read the rest of the post

In Defense of What The Health: an Open Letter to Progressive Vegans

In defense of What The Health documentary: why progressive vegans shouldn't dismiss this movie because of some flaws.

If you’re interested in veganism and/or plant-based diets, you’ve probably heard about the new documentary called What The Health. It’s created by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn – the same people who had previously authored Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. While this documentary was officially released a few months ago, recently it’s been one of the top things discussed in the vegan community after it was added to Netflix. (Please note: … Read the rest of the post

Running For Two: 9 Lessons I’ve Learned About Running During Pregnancy

Hi all! I haven’t written much about my personal life lately, so the truth is, a lot of things have changed in the recent few months, and even more are about to change in the nearest future. The biggest change, which I’m finally ready to talk about here on the blog, is the fact that I’m getting ready to become a mommy in October! The road to becoming pregnant has … Read the rest of the post

Never Say Never: Why I’m Against Boycotting Non-Vegan Businesses That Offer Vegan Options (and a Few Cases When I’m For It)

When it comes to spending money at non-vegan businesses, the vegan community seems to be divided on whether or not those businesses are worth supporting. To clarify my point, I’m talking about restaurants, stores, and companies that are not vegan overall but list vegan-friendly options as a part of their menu or product offering. Every now and then some of these companies get called out for selling something  made with … Read the rest of the post