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July 2019 Social Groups

Dinner Social Group Meet with like-minded people for good food and conversation at Udupi Palace (1460 Gerrard Street East) on Thursday, July 18th at 7 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by July 16th. Toronto Veg Fitness Enjoy an outdoor yoga session in Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday, July 20th at 10 am. The yoga will cater to all skills levels, so no prior experience is necessary. All you need to do is show up at the park with your own yoga mat or towel, ready to try it out! Afterwards, they will head out for a short cool-down walk to Bloomers for some drinks/treats – or if you’re feeling ready for lunch, they have a fantastic lunch menu. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca Toronto Starch Solution The Starch Solution way of eating is designed to prevent, improve and even reverse many of the chronic diseases people experience, and is based on Dr John McDougall’s book by the same name, focusing on whole foods, plant based, prepared without added fats or oils. If you would like to learn more about this way of protecting and improving your health, join them at 18 Wynford Drive on… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Peaches

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  Summer weather calls for peachy moods, and peach-filled recipes. This bright fruit is packed full of flavour and nutrients, and a perfect addition to your plate. Peaches are known for their abundance of antioxidants. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that aids in cell repair from free-radical damage, protecting your body from aging and disease. Additionally, they contain fibre, that key nutrient for improved overall health. Fibre reduces inflammation and can improve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS. It also reduces LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, thus reducing risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. This juicy fruit can be enjoyed in a variety of ways like baked in a tart, sliced in a salad, or grilled as a decadent accompaniment. Peaches are an Ontario grown summer fruit and can be found at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Try this rich grilled peach pancake recipe at your next family brunch. Blueberry and Grilled Peach Pancakes Ingredients – 1 cup oat flour – 1 tbsp flax seed – 1 tbsp baking powder – 1 tsp cinnamon – ½ tsp salt… Read More


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Discount Profile: Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie is a popular pizza restaurant located in Little Italy. There are several locations of this all-vegan restaurant on the West Coast, but Toronto is the first location on the East Coast. Recently they joined the Veg Card program, and they now offer TVA members 10% off! I visited recently for supper with my mother, tried a bunch of dishes, and did not leave disappointed! The day that my mother and I visited was the first day that they started offering table service in the restaurant, so if you’ve visited before; you don’t need to order at the counter anymore! We ordered local beers, garlic knots and a small pasta salad while we decided which of the many pizzas we’d be trying.   The garlic knots came with cheese on top, and a generous ranch dipping sauce. The knots made it both crispy and soft, and we devoured them so quickly!  The pasta salad was full of vegetables, with large chunks of artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus. It reminded me of the Mediterranean pasta salad I used to order from grocery stores in my omnivore days, but a million times better. Read More


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Veg Out 453: Restaurant Closings and Openings

Steve and Jeanette reminisce about Vegetarian Haven, a favourite restaurant of the veg community that is sadly set to close on July 13th. But when one places closes, there’s always another one opening up, so we chat about the new locations for Bunners and Copper Branch, and new Thai veggie spot called Mugi. Steve also gives a shout out to the pop up spot Fat Choi. Listen now to Veg Out! Closings: Vegetarian Haven Awai Through Being Cool Openings: Bunners Copper Branch Mugi  … Read More


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Veg Out 452 – Fermenting Foods with Culture City

In today’s podcast Steve and Sweta chat with Damon Dewsbury founder of Culture City.  Culture City makes fermented foods from around the world.  He creates modern techniques to bring these foods to life in new and interesting ways. Listen to how he creates soy-free tempehs, mustards, non-soy miso and many other delicious products. Listen Now to Veg Out   Links Culture City’s Website… Read More


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Veg Out 451: Staying motivated with the Veg Fitness Group

On today’s edition of the show, Mark and Jenn from the Toronto Veg Fitness Group return to get us excited about getting active for the summer. We talk about how to start a new fitness routine, staying motivated, monthly challenges and tips for running, just in time to sign up for the Veg Team running at the Scotiabank Waterfront 5k, half and full marathon. We also preview the upcoming TVA fundraiser Vegan Rock 11. Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: June 2019!

It’s very nearly summer! It’s warm out, there are flowers everywhere, my eyes are running with allergies and it’s time to tell you about SO many new places that have opened recently. Tuck in folks, because vegan stuff is popping up all over the place! New Vegan Businesses Nourish Moi 229 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga This Port Credit restaurant is having its grand opening this weekend! Serving up staples like salads, sandwiches, & bowls along with brunch and fun cocktails, Nourish Moi looks like a great place to eat next time you’re walking along the lakeshore.   Vegan Bear 335 Yonge Street The food market at 335 Yonge Street is now even vegan friendlier! Vegan Bear serves up vegan gyros, and shawarma from their food stall, giving Ryerson students, tourists, and people at Yonge and Dundas a “street meat” option that’s cruelty free! Grab a bite, eat outside and soak up the summer rays.     New Locations of Popular Favourites Bunners This gluten free bakery will be opening its third location this summer! The new location will be near Dundas and Ossington, and conveniently close to Trinity Bellwoods park! We’re… Read More


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Join the Toronto Veg Team in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half/Full Marathon or 5K

Run or walk the 5k, half, or full marathon to raise funds for the Toronto Vegetarian Association on October 20th! All team members are invited to a post-run dinner at Cosmic Treats at 10% off and receive a discounted rate for their race registration and the opportunity to purchase a discounted Toronto Veg Team shirt. Be one of the first 12 people to sign up and you’ll get FREE registration!   Here’s what past team members have to say about their experience on the team:   “I was thrilled with the amount of resources, support (and fun!) I received in running with the Toronto Vegetarian Team. This was my first 10k. I had a lot to learn – both in running and in successfully fundraising for a cause near and dear to my heart. But I felt well prepared with the amazing help of TVA along the way. Still learning and hope to participate again! Plant powered, for life!” – Stephanie Kittell   “This walk is an event I look forward to for months. I also enjoy fundraising and fortunately I have a loyal group of friends who do not tire of supporting the cause year after year. My family has… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Strawberry season is an exciting time of year because it means longer, warmer and sunnier days in addition to eating these sweet, sun-warmed berries! Aside from being almost everyone’s favourite tasty treat in spring they are also something to feel good about including in your daily diet! Berries, in general, contain anthocyanins, which are dark colour pigments found in fruits and vegetables and also a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. They are also an important component of an anti-inflammatory diet aiding in the reduction of chronic inflammation which has also been linked to an increase in chronic disease. Moreover, they contain high levels of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant which helps to neutralize damage-causing free radicals in the body. Enjoy them in smoothies, your granola, a chia pudding parfait or baked in pies, tarts, muffins, cakes and scones or simply eat them out of a bowl straight up! Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup chia seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup… Read More


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Veg Out: 450: The Starch Solution

On today’s podcast, our volunteers speak with Judy Newman, coordinator of the Toronto Starch Solution Social Group. You can find a number of social groups and veg meet-ups through the TVA. The Starch Solution Group meets on a monthly basis to share delicious food, ideas, recipes, support, and get to know one another as we improve our health and our lives following the guidelines in Dr John McDougall’s book, The Starch Solution. Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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