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They can run, but they can't hide from veganism

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Coordinator If your New Year’s resolution is to encourage more people to go vegan, it seems you’re not alone. Saturday, January the 5th, the first weekend of 2019, witnessed a thrilling exhibition of vegan-related stories from mainstream media outlets. It seems everyone and anyone can’t stop talking about the fact that veganism is here to stay and is going to be a dominant force in society and economics in 2019 and beyond. CBC dedicated 10 minutes to the plant-based revolution. As ‘meat-eater’ Elmer Kim states: “I’ve got to tell you… This is absolutely going to revolutionize the food industry. The beef industry, if they don’t get this right, they’re going to be like the taxi industry. They’re going to look like Blockbuster because this is coming down like a tidal wave.” Click here to watch this clip which is sure to excite you about the progress we are making! This was accompanied by both an online article and a clip on CBC Radio promoting Veganuary, that included comments from me about the 7-Day Veggie Challenge and how it can support people doing… Read More


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Tips For Getting Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Care of Emily Wood, RD Emily Wood is a plant based Registered Dietitian, wife and mom of 2 young, energetic boys that are thriving on a plant based diet. She operates her own coaching business, where she helps people transition to the plant based lifestyle to revitalize their energy and vitality, so they can reach the level of ultimate health and happiness in their lives. She holds a Plant Based Certificate from the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Join her Plant Based Lifestyle for Busy Moms Facebook Group to connect with other inspiring, health-bound moms. Let’s face it, most kids don’t LOVE their veggies. When my kids first started eating solid food, I always offered a wide variety of vegetables, which they usually gobbled up! But as they grew and started developing a taste for other things, it got more challenging. The good news with kids is that they need a lot of calories to meet the demand of their rapidly growing bodies. But with that said, you still don’t want to be feeding them fat, sugar, and refined foods all day. I have found a few ways that have really helped me to… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates — January 2019!

Happy New Year! We’re pleased to report that we’re starting 2019 off with a bunch of new vegan businesses to tell you about!   Cinnaholic Danforth — TVA Members save 15%  319 Danforth Ave. The third Toronto location of this delicious vegan dessert chain is now open on Danforth near Broadview (and conveniently close to Big Carrot)! Stop by for gourmet vegan cinnamon buns, cookies, brownies and more! And, if that’s not enough to lure you, all Cinnaholic locations now offer TVA members a 15% discount!         Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant 2437 Finch Ave. W, Unit 1 This new restaurant near Weston Road and Finch serves a variety of mock meat dishes, soups, stir fries and noodle bowls which are almost all vegan, and are all vegetarian! And they deliver via Skip the Dishes too! We can’t wait to try them out when we’re in the neighbourhood.       Gemaro Bakery 149 Main St. This vegan, gluten free and allergen free bakery just opened up a retail location… Read More


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Veg Out 439: Controversial Plant-Based Burgers

On today’s episode of Veg Out, Sweta, Lisa, and Steve talk about the recent news of Impossible Burger and Nestle’s new plant-based burger. There has been a lot of news and it’s been a hot topic in the vegan world. For the articles/products mentioned: The Impossible Burger Faces Second FDA Hurdle – The Star Nestle’s New Plant-Based Burger – Bloomberg Clean Milk Upcoming Events: TVA Joint Fundraiser with Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank at Away For more upcoming events at the TVA, visit our Events Calendar! Listen Now: Veg Out 439 – Plant-Based Burger Controversies FINAL (Image from Impossible Foods)… Read More


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January 2019 Social Group Events

TVA Reads On January 16th, join the TVA Reads to discuss Happily Ever Esther. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Dinner Social Group On Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm, join this group to try a new veg-friendly discovery, Khau Gully. It is located at 1991 Yonge Street. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by January 15th.  … Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Clementines and Cranberry Sauce

 Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  Winter has arrived, and so has its symbolic box of clementines! This tiny fruit is packed with sweetness and nutrients to help you get through the cold months. They’re a cross between a sweet orange and a mandarin orange, giving us this succulent and convenient snack. Clementines have essential vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. In addition, they are packed full of vitamin C. This antioxidant is great in aiding in collagen synthesis, leading to healthier looking skin by reducing formation of wrinkles and repairing damaged skin. Clementines are a natural source of folate which is great for our brain. Folate can help with winter sadness by reducing distress and depression. Another great addition clementines offer for the winter months is their variety of antioxidants, and its ability to help with immunity. Winter is known for colds and flu season, and a diet rich in antioxidants can help with sickness by protecting against free radical damage. Although clementines are a great healthy snack on their own, they can also be added to dishes such as salads, jams, or loaves. Try this Cranberry Clementine Sauce to serve with your favourite holiday dish. Clementine Cranberry… Read More


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The Tipping Point is Here

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I just can’t stop sharing my excitement about all the signs that we’ve reached a tipping point with the popularity and awareness of vegan food in Toronto. Earlier this year, popular local Italian chain Il Fornello launched their huge, plant-based menu complete with arancini balls and agnolotti in “butter” sauce, and not long ago we learned that famous local chef David Lee decided to close his popular omnivorous restaurant Nota Bene to replace it with a second location of the vegan restaurant Planta. But make sure you are sitting down because you won’t believe the news I’m about to share with you. You may have already heard from us that the Toronto Vegetarian Association won Best Food Activist Group in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards. We are so humbled, grateful, and excited about this incredible achievement! (Thanks so much if you voted for us!). But we weren’t the only vegan establishment that went home with an award this year. Check out this list of plant-based businesses that won in a dozen categories! And again, we’re not just talking about winning in a vegan category. These businesses won best… Read More


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Veg-Friendly Resorts

A common question that repeatedly comes up in the Toronto Vegetarian Association Facebook group is: do you have any recommendations for a veg-friendly vacation resort? Many thanks to members of the group who have responded! Check out these options below. More to come soon! If you have any other suggestions to add please email admin@veg.ca Ylang Ylang in Costa Rica Lands in Love in Costa Rica Sandos Caracol EcoResort in Mexico (one on site restaurant is vegetarian) El Dorado Seaside in Mexico (clearly labelled vegan options on menus)        … Read More


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Veg Guide Updates — The Big Holiday Specials Post!

Happy December everyone! This is a jam packed update filled with specials from our Veg Guide businesses for all your holiday get togethers, gift ideas, or just good meals with great friends! Alter Foods Rose Tea & Treat Special $9 Bring some warm, pink love into your holiday season with our Rose-inspired tea and treat combo for $9.00. This includes our Cherry Rose Cheezecake (Layers of sweet, dark cherry cashew cheeze are fragranced with subtle rose tones and joined by a simply silky vanilla centre, all on top of a walnut date crust, and topped with a decadent cherry compote) and Cardamom Rose Latte (Our home-brewed cardamom rose base has notes of orange peel and anise, combined with superfoods maca, lucuma, and steamed to comforting perfection with coconut or almond Mylk).       Ahimsa Yoga Ahimsa Yoga will be offering a great deal of  5-class gift cards for $60+hst, from December 5-31. Fine print: Class passes only valid only at our Toronto location. May buy multiples, but only one per recipient. Limited quantities available. Buy the gift cards here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=11707&stype=42&sLoc=0&giftCardID=538   Better Cookies Christmas time… Read More


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Discount Profile: Cinnaholic

It’s no secret that I have a huge sweet tooth. So, of course, the opening of an all-vegan cinnamon bun shop almost right around the corner from home sent me running soon after Cinnaholic opened their first GTA location in the Promenade Mall in Thornhill. Yes, you heard that right. Vegans now have their own version of Cinnabon, but better. Why is it better you ask? Because Cinnaholic goes over the top with creative concoctions well beyond the classic cinnamon bun. The first time I went, my father and I split two flavours. One was The Cookie Monster, which is topped with, among other things, raw cookie dough! On my second trip (yes, there has already been a second trip…) I got the Hot Cocoa, which is topped with chocolate brownies and vegan marshmallows. Choosing just one or two flavours is a very difficult decision. There were flavours such as Blueberry Pie, Nuts About Maple, Strawberry Dream, and so many more. To make things more complicated, you can also choose from 17 flavours of frosting such as cake batter, banana cream, and hazelnut, and 20 toppings such as coconut, pretzels, various fruits, and caramel sauce, to create your… Read More


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