Healthy Living

Food of the Month: Horse Radish

November 05, 2013

Care of Amy Symington

Horse radish, a member of the Brassicaceae family, is an often forgotten or snubbed root veggie.  Similar to its cruciferous cousins, radish, mustard and wasabi, horse radish packs a pungent punch not only flavour-wise but nutritionally speaking as well.

When intact the small root is practically odorless, however, once broken down its strong smell and sharp, spicy taste could bring even the toughest spice eater to their knees, or rather, to their nose.

It can be classified as a ...


Totally Delicious: Delicata Squash

September 25, 2013


Care of Laura Wright

TVA_delicata1I could not be happier at the sight of a few striped delicata squashes forming in the garden toward the end of August—and not just because it’s sometimes referred to as “Bohemian Squash.” Along with the teeny apples adorning the trees, this is one of the first waves hello from Autumn. Some sources throw it into the “summer squash” category (along with pattypans and ...


Walk or Run with the Toronto Vegetarian Team

September 12, 2013
Click here to see the Toronto Vegetarian Team’s page and sponsor a runner on the team!

Are you a plant-powered runner? Or do you just love to go out for a long walk on a beautiful autumn morning? Want to spread the word that vegetarians are strong and healthy?

Then join the Toronto Vegetarian Team at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 20th! You can sign up to walk or run the 5k, 1/2 marathon or full marathon ...


The Almighty Eggplant!

August 30, 2013

Care of Amy Symington

Eggplant, or aubergine to our Queen loving commonwealth mates, is the king of the nightshade plant family for good reason.

Although anywhere from white to green varieties are available, generally eggplants have a deep, glossy, purple skin.  They are spongy in texture and are mild, yet bitter in flavour.  They grow from vines just like their cousins the tomato and the pepper, and are native to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The antioxidant content of eggplant is tremendous, helping to ...


Viva La Lemons!

June 28, 2013
Care of Amy Symington

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Lemons are unquestionably the most versatile fruit known to human kind, used worldwide not only for eating purposes, but also for other vital household remedies as well. It is great for freshening and sanitizing any surface area, removing unwanted arm pit stains from your favourite t-shirt, and is an amazing cleaning agent for all that copper, brass or stainless steel you need looked after.  ...


Info for doctors & dietitians about veg nutrition

January 09, 2013

The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada have both released statements affirming that vegetarian and vegan diets are healthy at all stages of life, including infancy, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy, and old age.

We encourage you as health care professionals, to support your patients’ choice to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet.

In fact, given that diet is strongly related to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes (see journal articles linked below), we hope you would encourage your patients to move towards a ...


Compassionate and Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

January 01, 2013

Start the year off right by making some key changes to your routine. Many of the following resolutions benefit animals and the planet, and can lead to enhanced health and well-being. If your plan involves going vegetarian or vegan, be sure to check out our one week Veggie Challenge. Participants receive supportive emails with recipes, tips and information about nutrition.

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Start by reading our Top ...


Fabulous Fats: Omega 3s

December 19, 2012

Care of Nimisha Raja and Karen Soper

This month, we’ve got a basic reminder on the importance of Omega Fatty Acids. These are referred to as the Omega 3 and 6 fats that are healthy and good for you. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are not manufactured by the body – hence they must be acquired from the diet.

Some of the functions of healthy fats in our bodies include:
•    Transporting essential fat-soluable vitamins D,E,A, and K,
•    Enhancing and maintaining normal ...


Ten Tips for Staying Healthy in the New Year

December 18, 2012
Instead of focusing on one healthy food this month, we thought we’d start the new year off by providing you with Nimisha Raja’s top ten tips for a healthier you in the new year.
1. Get the junk out! Eliminate refined flours, sugars and oils. This is the single most important step you can take towards improving your health.
2. Drink LOTS of water – very important to stay hydrated to flush out toxins and keep ...

Vegetarian Nutrition

December 13, 2012

Vegetarians can rest assured. Plant-based foods are loaded with nutrients including ample protein, iron, calcium, vitamin Diodineomega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. Vegans require a reliable source of vitamin B12.

 Whether you eat a vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet, the key to health is simple. Include a wide variety of different foods in your diet – no one food source is nutritionally complete by itself. Vegetarians choose ...

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