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 ūüôā 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 ‚Ķ 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 … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Overnight Oats – a Quick Breakfast for Busy Days, Plus Four Tasty and Nutritious Ways to Serve Them

Overnight oats for breakfast have been all the rage¬†in the blogosphere lately, and it’s no wonder: they make for a delicious, filling vegan breakfast that takes very little effort to make. Just soak the oats overnight in your favorite non-dairy milk, add a few ingredients in the morning, and voil√†! I’ll tell you a secret, however: I’ve been eating this stuff for literally half of my life, since middle school,¬†long ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

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

Today I’d like to talk about first steps when going vegan for those of us who are considering a switch to a vegan diet. Too often I see that people who decided to go vegan experience a number of difficulties, especially at first. That’s why today I’m going to share the exact steps that helped me on my vegan journey. Regardless what brought you on the vegan path – compassion ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

Vegan Stuffed Italian Rice Balls: How I Veganized My Husband’s Family Recipe for Thanksgiving

Vegan stuffed Italian rice balls recipe

Did everyone have fun this Thanksgiving?¬†We sure did! This was our first Thanksgiving since going vegan. As if this wasn’t challenging enough, we also traveled to our friends’ house in Panama City Beach, Fla. What was¬†the challenge, you might ask? Well, I had to make sure my husband and I had plenty of vegan food choices at the overall non-vegan Thanksgiving table our friends were planning to have. To make ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

Homemade Pumpkin-Walnut Bread Recipe – Oil-Free, Refined Sugar Free

As much as I love baking, I’ll admit that I’m not very good at coming up with my own recipes for baked goods.¬†Following¬†other people’s baking recipes? – No problem, I do that at least once a week. Coming up with my own stuff? That’s trickier, since baking is kind of an exact science. Imagine my joy when this pumpkin-walnut bread actually came out good! This pumpkin bread is moist, dense, ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

Pensacola Marathon Recap: What I Learned from Running My First Marathon Since Going Vegan

Wow – I can’t believe¬†Pensacola Marathon is¬†already over!¬†This past Sunday, 11/10/2013,¬†I’ve completed my Vegan Marathon Challenge – something that I’ve been working on for sixteen weeks as I trained for my first marathon (my second overall)¬†since¬†going vegan to show that regular people like myself can accomplish serious athletic goals like running a marathon just fine on a vegan diet. Another little milestone: I started this blog on the first day ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

Easy Vegan Kale Pesto Recipe with Cashews

Dairy-free pesto recipe with kale and cashews

Pesto is one of those delicious and versatile Italian condiments that can brighten up any dish, from sandwiches and wraps to pastas and soups. This vegan kale pesto recipe yields a delicious pesto bursting with flavor and packed with healthy nutrients. The classic pesto recipe calls for pine nuts and parmesan cheese. I’m one of those people who doesn’t tolerate pine nuts very well, so I was pleasantly surprised to ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

Our Travels in the Southeast, Part 3: Charleston, SC

As you may know from my previous posts, a couple weeks ago we undertook a road trip along the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Coast to¬†learn more about¬†the history, architecture, and – of course! – vegan food of the region. Today I’m going to tell you about the wonderful city of Charleston, South Carolina, where we stayed for a couple days. We enjoyed exploring the historic downtown, took a ferry ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post

Hearty Barley-Lentil Soup with Potatoes

A simple recipe for a comforting, hearty soup comes in very handy on those days when you’re pressed for time to cook dinner, and yet you’re in the mood for a warm, filling soup that tastes like you had to put a lot of effort into it. I tend to use lentils in soups quite often because they are filling and yet relatively quick-cooking – other kinds of legumes are ‚Ķ Read the rest of the post