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Veg Out 495: Globally Local with James McInnes

You may know Globally Local for their Famous Burger, or their BacUN Breakfast Sandwich, but did you know they started out selling produce? Or did you know about their charitable work, or plans for expansion? James McInnes, the CEO of Globally Local, joins the show to talk about their approach to fast food and veganism, and shares the many exciting things you may not about Canada’s first fast food chain. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Veg-Out-Globally-Local.mp3 Download the episode.   Listings:  Sausage Party Burfdae Party  Join or renew your TVA membership before March 31st to get 15% off Fauxmagerie Zengarry’s Online Shop Register for the March 30th online cooking demo with Sam Turnbull      … Read More


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Veg Out 494 – Updates and Economics with Nital Jethalal

Join Ana and Sweta for an information-packed episode. Catch up on what the TVA has been up to and learn about the economics of plant-based eating with our guest Nital Jethalal. Nital is the President of the Board of Directors for the TVA and founder of Plant-Based Economics (PBE), a NGO focused on evaluating plant-based nutrition economics and policy in Canada. As a long-time vegan and TVA member, Nital shares some fascinating insights on behaviour changes that can support shifting to a plant-based diet. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/VegOut20210306.mp3 Download Episode Links Plant Based Economics C40 Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry Meat the Future documentary Chicken Farmers on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Vegan Dad on the Old Canadian Food Guide Plant Based Data Dr. Nicholas Carter on Instagram Loaded Queso Dip and Q&A with Sam Turnbull! TVA Lunch Club Toronto Veg Fitness HITT Workouts Credits Hosts: Ana & Sweta Guest: Nital Jethalal Editing: Sweta Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 493: Companion Animal Nutrition with Dr. Sarah Dodd

Steve and Ana are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Sarah Dodd on this episode of Veg Out! Sarah is a veterinarian with a special focus on companion animal nutrition.  Her studies have taken her around the world:  She has lived in England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, the US and she is back to Canada where she lives with her happy rescue dogs. She graduated from veterinary school in 2016. Since then she has pursued her passion in nutrition with a clinical nutrition internship and a Master’s degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. She is currently completing her nutrition residency with the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition And enrolled in a PhD, studying plant-based diets for pets. Today, Sarah shares her vegan journey with us, talks to us about her research and her practice and she shares the results of both as it relates to supporting companion animals transition to a plant-based diet. This is an insightful and educational discussion. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/VegOut20210220_withDrSarahDodd.mp3 Download the episode TVA Events! Online lunch club is still going and has been fun! Thursdays at noon you can bring your lunch to a Zoom call with other… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegan Danish Bakery

Discount: 10% off  Veg Status: All vegan Where: 2 locations! 7718 Yonge Street in Thornhill, and 1312 Queen Street West in Parkdale I’m no stranger to Vegan Danish Bakery, and have probably written several profiles about them before. But every time I go, they seem to have new surprises that I just had to share with you! This beautiful, rather fancy bakery, will wow you with their huge selection of decorative cakes, cupcakes, and of course danishes. But having had the pleasure of enjoying those items in the past, on my recent two visits I opted to try all new items! On the first visit, I had an apple turnover that was topped with giant crystals of sugar and a vanilla glaze, and a classic chocolate croissant. That may sound like enough but how could I possibly resist the gigantic, gooey pecan caramel sticky bun staring back at me from the case? We were getting our items to go, and the owner kindly let us know we should warm the items in the oven before eating them. Was she ever right! That sticky bun fresh out of the oven was the perfect way to cozy up on… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Microgreens

Care of Andrea Howe, of Glowing On Greens Microgreens are an exciting, fairly new ingredient to add to our meals. Due to their small size, they are more concentrated, meaning they have higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants when compared to their mature, full grown counterpart. Microgreens come in different varieties, including alfalfa sprouts, broccoli shoots, amaranth, and watercress. They are a crunchy and delicious ingredient to add as a garnish, or to include in salads and sandwiches. Microgreens have become popular due to their beautiful addition to meals, and their nutrient profile. Studies of microgreen have found they have up to 40 times higher the antioxidant level compared to their more mature versions. Higher levels of antioxidants in the diet can lower the risk of many chronic diseases and cancers, including heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. These crunchy greens also contain fibre, which can help to lower the risk of various diseases and cancer. Along with benefits to your health, microgreens are a fun way to add an extra element to your dish, along with added benefits to your health. Try using them as a garnish to your soup, stew, or in this Warm Sweet Potato Couscous… Read More


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Valentine’s Specials Galore!

It’s that time of year again! Time for all things pink and love filled! If you’re pro-vday, or anti-vday, you can still appreciate a post full of delicious specials! Plus, this year there’s no fighting for a reservation at the restaurant, you can enjoy all these meals from the comfort of your own home, BYOC (bring your own candle-light!) Read on! Community has a great Valentine’s menu up for grabs! A three course meal for two with an optional wine paring, it looks delish to us! Pickup on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy a delicious vegan date night in with Eva’s Original Chimney’s meal deal specials! 2x Burgers or tacos 2x Drinks 1x Sharable side 1x Eva’s ice cream pint 1x We love you surprise 😉 Available through Eva’s Original, Guerrilla Burger or Happy Taco for takeaway or delivery!   Speaking of ice cream… Hotel Gelato is offering up a special Blood Orange Sorbet!    Chocosol has a great chocolate gift pack; because who doesn’t love chocolate?!… Read More


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Veg Out 492: Vegan Facts & Foibles for February

Your friendly hosts have been collecting fun facts and foibles and want to share them with you, our listeners! With Veganuary having just wrapped up, a lot of folks are talking veganism, which is great! What’s not-so-great is the misinformation that’s often shared in the media or dominant conversations (beware of soy! vegans don’t get enough protein! plants have feelings too!). We take a lighthearted look at some of the better-proven facts, from brain size-to-intelligence ratio to fish feelings to phytoestrogens (not the same as animal estrogen), and explore a few of the weird/wild/wacky things the food industry does to appeal to customers, often leading to less-than-nutritious products. Why not share your own facts and foibles at TVA Lunch Club? It’s a low-key way to take a lunch break and socialize while we’re all cooped up at home. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/VegOut20210206.mp3 Download episode Links TVA Lunch Club Adam Ruins Everything – The Awful Truth About Salmon and Tuna Credits Hosts: Sarah, Steve and Sweta Editing: Sweta Write Up: Sarah Bradley Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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February Veg Guide Updates!

Happy February! We made it through a cold, locked-down January, and think that is deserving of a treat! Here’s some great places you can check out, enjoy!   Khau Gully 1991 Yonge Street This omnivore Indian restaurant at Yonge and Davisville has an amazing vegan menu, including vegan butter chicken, vegan naan, and much more! They offer takeout and delivery, and did we mention VEGAN NAAN? We’re excited!    Plant Lyfe 998 Queen St. E. This spot on Queen E. in Leslieville offers all vegan hot + cold drinks and foods (including smoothie bowls, toasts, baked goods and specials). Plus, when spaces open up again they have a beautiful lounge and meditation studio, offering classes as well! We can’t wait to take a class and have a juice after!    Tapi Go! 835 Bloor St. W. Tapioca Crepes are a staple Brazillian street food, and Tapi Go!, a new spot in the Annex offers vegan options in their sweet, and their savoury crepes, and they’re seriously tasty! We like the Vegan Rainbow Tapioca: Traditional white base… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Roasted Beet and Potato Salad

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Beets take the prize for the prettiest and brightest vegetable. Their bright red colour and earthy taste can be a great addition to salads, juices, or roasted on their own. Beets are a root vegetable and are generally harvested at the end of the summer and late fall. Like other root vegetables, they can be stored for many months and be a great addition to our diet in the winter months. Beets have an impressive list of nutrients that provide many benefits to our health! Their bright red colour comes from a pigment called betalain, a unique antioxidant not found in many other red fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants have been seen to have anti-inflammatory effects, and to reduce oxidation in the body. Basically, they can help fight harmful factors in our body that can lead to the development of disease. Beets are also exceptionally high in nitrates, which play a role in lowering blood pressure, enhance exercise performance, and reduce inflammation. Finally, beets are packed full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that is important for immune function and skin repair. While beets contain many benefits, their antioxidant content is what is… Read More


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Veg Out 491: Animal Justice Academy with Kimberly Carroll

Ana and Jeanette are thrilled to be joined by Kimberly Carroll on this episode of Veg Out! Kimberly has an extensive background in animal rights activism, including co-creating the “why love one but eat the other” transit ad campaign, as well as co-founding Mercy for Animals Canada. She is also a campaign strategist for Animal Justice, Canada’s only national law advocacy organization working on behalf of animals. As a coach for changemakers, she empowers and helps leaders and activists in the veg community. And if that wasn’t enough, she is also a director with the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.  Kimberly joined us to talk about the upcoming Animal Justice Academy, which is a 6 week online bootcamp that will empower you to make a better world for animals. The Academy takes place Jan. 25-Mar. 5, 2021. Enrolment is open now at https://animaljusticeacademy.com/ https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Veg-Out-Kimberly-Carroll.mp3 Download the episode. TVA Events! Join the TVA Lunch Club! Every Thursday at noon you can bring your lunch to a Zoom call with other vegetarians and… Read More


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