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 like the most appetizing thing ever, but hey, some great things in life sometimes come in less than perfectly looking packages 🙂 For almost all of my pregnancy, my go-to breakfast during the week has been oatmeal of some sort – overnight oats, steel-cut oatmeal, or these microwaveable packets of oats in maple-brown sugar flavor that I had a craving for early on. However, around 7 months into my pregnancy oatmeal started giving me heartburn, and I knew that I … Read the rest of the post

How to Become Your Healthiest Self by Ditching Your Protein Obsession: Dr. Garth Davis Explains It All in His New Book (and I’m Giving Away a Copy!)

If you’ve been following Vegan Runner Eats for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of the health aspect of the vegan diet. I especially love it when the facts are presented by highly versed scientists and medical professionals who have devoted their career to studying the connection between plant-based diets and our health. This is why today I’m very excited to bring to your attention a recently published book by Dr. Garth Davis, MD, called Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. To sweeten the deal, I’m also giving away one copy of Dr. Davis new book, courtesy of his publishing company! Dr. Davis has been one of my vegan health heroes for a while. An experienced bariatric surgeon from Houston, TX, he’s been a passionate advocate for a plant-based diet ever since he faced his own … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Marathon Training Q & A: Your Most Popular Questions Answered! Plus a Bonus: Race Nutrition Tips from Blog Readers

…So here I am, only two days away from Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon, and closer than ever to being able to write about something other than running and marathon training soon :). All of the training with its ups and downs is in, and since I can’t change anything at this point, I can only hope that everything works out well this Saturday. So today I’m going to reflect on my vegan marathon training once more, this time in the form of a Q & A. By now I’ve covered just about everything about my training process in my marathon training updates, but there have been a few aspects that skipped my attention. Some of the questions below have been sent to me by readers like you, and others are most frequently asked by people in my day-to-day life when they find out that I’ve been training for a marathon. Plus, … Read the rest of the post

What a Vegan Marathoner Eats on a Long Run Day for Best Performance and Optimal Recovery

Ever since I started this blog almost two years ago, one of the most popular search terms that people ask Google before it sends them to this site has been ‘What a vegan runner/marathoner eats’. I can see the interest because both running and veganism are becoming more mainstream, especially after successful vegan runners like Scott Jurek have spoken about their diet as a huge enhancer to their performance. I personally have noticed that my recovery from hard workouts and long runs has been nothing short of remarkable, especially as I’ve been training for Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon that’s now only a week away. So today I decided to share with you my exact menu on one of my recent long run days that helped me bounce back from running 15+ miles on Sunday morning and have a quality strength training session at the gym on Monday evening. I have to … Read the rest of the post

Product Review: Sunwarrior Plant-Based Protein Powders, Sprouted Barley and Supergreens, Plus How I Used Them

Hi all! Today I’m going to review a few products by Sunwarrior – a company that produces plant-based vegan protein powders and various other biologically active supplements. I’m not usually big on taking protein powders and supplements, but this time I decided to test a few products by Sunwarrior after learning that they are an all-vegan company, and aim to use only ‘clean’ ingredients. The subject of vegan athletic nutrition rings close to home for me these days as I’m getting closer to my second marathon since going vegan (third marathon overall). It’s been proven many times over, including with my own experience, that being vegan is in no way going to put limitations on how well we can perform in endurance sports including running marathons. But one thing I often see people getting confused over is whether or not they should use supplements while training for endurance events, from … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series. How to Replace Butter and Eggs in Baked Goods and not End Up with Cardboard.

Welcome to the third episode of Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are going to talk about vegan baking. I’ve always been a huge fan of homemade baked goods thanks to my mom: she used to bake delicious (but not vegan) treats all the time when I was little. As I got older, I embraced baking at home myself but rarely tried to experiment with unfamiliar recipes. Once I became vegan, a whole new world of amazing vegan baking opened up to me. I was surprised to find out that vegan baked goods could be not only much healthier than their conventional versions, but also quite delicious! I mean, why do people even bother baking with butter and eggs if the same desserts can be successfully made without them?! What Butter and Eggs Do in Baking, and How We Can Replace Them Here’s the deal: butter/margarine/shortening and eggs are widely used in conventional, non-vegan … Read the rest of the post

10 Healthy Food Combinations to Maximize the Benefits of Your Plant-Based Vegan Diet

A few months into my near-constant research of the plant-based vegan diet I developed a list of easy food tweaks that allowed making my newly adopted plant diet even healthier. Since I was constantly on the lookout for ways to eat better, I was glad to find out that we can bring out the healthy potential of some foods by combining them with certain other foods (I’m going beyond the protein-combining myth here!). Today I’m going to share with you my list of 10 plant-based food combinations that made a difference for me. Interestingly, I use these tips  almost on autopilot these days because they are so easy to implement in my daily routine. Even if you’re not a vegan and just randomly stumbled upon this post, you can still reap the benefits of these little tweaks! 10 Healthy Plant-Based Food Combinations 1. Beans and lemon juice. Think it’s an odd combo? Quite the opposite: … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Runner Eats Blog is 6 Months Old! 6 Things I Learned about Plant-Based Diet Since Starting This Blog.

I looked at the calendar the other day and realized that this week marks a half-a-year anniversary for Vegan Runner Eats blog! What started as a way for me to document the training for my first marathon since I went vegan has now turned into something bigger and better: the marathon turned out to be a success; my story was shared on Forks Over Knives site; people have been reaching out to thank me for the inspiration on their plant-strong journey. Best of all, I’ve got lots of ideas of what I want to do next with the blog to make it useful to anyone who’s interested in plant-based diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned, and if you haven’t yet, please subscribe to the updates via email (the box on the right), Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Since starting Vegan Runner Eats, I’ve learned so much about the plant-based (vegan) diet that today I’d … Read the rest of the post

White Potatoes – A Nutritional Powerhouse That’s Seriously Underrated. Plus: Why Potatoes Are Not Fattening.

I never get tired saying that potatoes are one my favorite vegetables: I cook them at home a few times a week, plus I’ve featured a number of recipes with potatoes on this blog. White potatoes were a big part of my menu while I was training for a marathon last November, and later during my running streak that lasted from Thanksgiving till New Year’s Day. So whenever I hear someone declaring that a white potato is a starch-laden vegetable with hardly any nutritional benefits that will make us all fat and devoid of energy, I shake my head with disappointment at yet another expert who didn’t do their basic homework. Carbohydrates have gotten a lot of bad rap lately. New low-carb diets keep popping up every day with claims of turning us into slender, energetic machines if only we stop consuming all carbs altogether. And yet our society is growing fatter and unhealthier year by … Read the rest of the post

First Steps in Going Vegan: Where to Start, What to Expect, and How to Stick with It

I’ve had the idea for today’s post for some time. Too often I see that people who decided to go vegan experience a number of difficulties on their journey, especially at first, so I decided to put together a post that could help them reduce their troubles. Regardless what brought you on the vegan path – compassion for animals, environmental concerns, search for better health – you should know that you’ve made a noble choice, and sticking with being vegan will only get easier for you with time. It’s easy to get confused in your initial research about the vegan diet and lifestyle: internet is full of contradicting information; the reaction of friends and family might be less than approving; settling into a new shopping and cooking routine can challenge even the most determined types. However, your transition will go more smoothly if you keep your eyes on the big picture. There … Read the rest of the post