News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Food and Recipe of the Month: Spring Mix Soup

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  The weather is getting warmer and our meals are getting brighter. The transition from winter to spring means we are able to include more fresh produce as growing season is beginning. One of the earliest and quickest growing produce we have in Ontario is Spring lettuce mix. These adaptable greens can handle cooler temperatures and moist weather. They’re a perfect April ingredient. Spring lettuce mix often includes a variety of greens including, spinach, radicchio, arugula, and frisee. This variety of greens offers a range of different nutrients. The most notable ones being fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Fibre is a powerhouse nutrient in produce with the ability to reduce risk of cancer and chronic disease, including Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found mostly in leafy greens. It helps with blood clotting, wound healing, and can aid in bone health. Vitamin C is also a nutrient that promotes wound healing and skin repair. This means that leafy greens are an essential ingredient for healthy skin. Finally, antioxidants are found in all fruit and vegetables. Their abundance in leafy greens is quite notable. Antioxidants… Read More


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April Social Group Events

Vegetarians of High Park: Grab yourself some treats from nearby Raw Lioness or Bunner’s Bake Shop, then join us in Vine Parkette for a picnic on Sunday, April 11th at 1:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, this picnic is capped at 10 so make sure to RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by Monday, April 5th if you would like to attend. The Toronto Starch Solution Group meets the first Friday of each month at 7 pm on Zoom. Their next meeting is Friday, May 7th. If you are interested in learning more about health promotion and maintenance through whole foods, plant-based eating, join them, bringing your questions, struggles, or success stories to share. Email starch.tva@gmail.com for the Zoom link or you can go to Don Heights Unitarian Congregation’s website and click on the zoom link there. Toronto Veg Fitness is now hosting a weekly virtual HITT workout together every Thursday at 5:30 pm. Visit their  Facebook Group for more info and the Zoom link!… Read More


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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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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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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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