Healthy Vegan Fridays [21]

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Thanks for joining us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! Anna, Kimmy, and I have loved sharing the best healthy vegan recipes of the web for the past 21 weeks, however, all good things must come to an end :( Due to personal issues, this will be the last HVF that we will be hosting together. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed exploring HVF as much as we have loved hosting it. Kimmy will be taking it on solo from now on so be sure to keep linking up with here! Here are the top recipes from this past week’s link party as chosen by number of votes as well as a few favourites that caught my eye:

1. Chocolate Banana Spread from Egginon

A cheater nutella with only 3 ingredients; yum!

2. Veggie Sausuages from Delicioso

A healthier version of ‘faux’ veggie sausages.

3. Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream from Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes

Summer beckons, and so does this frozen treat!

My picks:

Green Tea Almond Cake with Coconut Glaze from Farmer’s Market Vegan

‘ve been loving green tea in everything; this cake is no exception!

Chocolate Coconut Snack Mix by Creating Silver Linings

A perfect decadent on-the-go treat!

Healthy Mocha Hazelnut Shake by Coconut and Berries

This combination is right up my alley; you can’t go wrong with nutella and coffee!

Thank you again so much for your support these past few months. It has been a pleasure to host such an amazing collection of foodie creativity. If you’re at all interested in helping out with HVF, be sure to get in touch with Kimmy :)


Get your veggy on:

06. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Review, Round Up, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , | 6 comments

Get Your Om On at OmT.O.

The sun has been shining, and boy does it feel good! The temperatures in these parts have been confirmation that summer really (finally) is right around the corner. In just a few short weeks summer will be officially here, and OmT.O. will be happening in the beautiful Distillery District of Toronto to help ring in the season!

Om T.O.

I was invited by the folks of OmT.O. to attend this full-day celebration of summer, and although I can’t attend, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity on extending the invite to you (plus a chance to win some yoga-inspired swag)! Here’s the lowdown: on Saturday June 21st from 9 am to 5 pm in Toronto’s historic Distillery District (55 Mill St.) everyone is invited to attend a full day outdoor yoga extravangaza! The event is completely free, and eight back-to-back  40 minute yoga classes will be offered by teachers from studios all over the city. You can look at the full schedule online here, so you can have your pick of class, style, or teacher.

OmTO Event

OmT.O. is also offering a chance to win a B Yoga mat for ten yogis who completes all 8 yoga classes (remember: savasana and child’s pose are totally yoga! ;) ). If you feel like this challenge is for you, be sure to get there early; the first ten people to sign up will get to try out the B Yoga mat all day and then take it home with them!

B Yoga Mat Prize OmT.O.
This event really isn’t one to miss! Despite your age, gender, or experience level you are bound to find something for you. Bring a friend, a mat, your sunscreen and shades, and get your om on! The folks from OmT.O. are also generously providing an awesome prize pack up for grabs to any Toronto/GTA resident interested in elevating their practice and spreading the word about the event. One lucky winner will get a B Yoga Mat, a 5 class pass to Spynga (which I attest is pretty neat!), and Kashi cereal and granola bars! The winner will be announced June 20th, so get sharing! Use the rafflecopter below to enter, and help spread the word by tweeting at @OmToronto using the hashtag #OmTO14. More information about the event is available at omto.ca

Will you be in attendance? What class are you most looking forward to?

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Get your veggy on:

03. June 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Fitness, Travel, Yoga | Tags: , , , , , , , | 13 comments

Healthy Vegan Fridays [20]

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Welcome once again to Healthy Vegan Fridays! Anna, Kimmy, and I had a bit of a moment when we realized that this is the twentieth week that we have all come together for HVF reborn! We thank you so much for your continued interest and creativity in all that vegan deliciousness has to offer :) We’re back to sharing our own favourites this week, and man, there were a ton of yummy entries to choose from. First, let’s take a look at the top picks from last week, as chosen by number of entries:

1. Caramelized Black Bean Spread by Ellie Slices Bagels

Ellie shares this tasty twist on a delicious dip!

2. Chewy Coconut Butter Cookies by Yup, It’s Vegan

I have a jar of coconut butter burning a hole in my pantry; this cookies studded with macadamias and ginger look like the perfect remedy to my problem!

3. A Cookie by Any Other Name by My Sister’s Pantry

These yummy gluten free cookies are sure to please anyone; vegan or not!

My picks:

Banana Split Waffle Sticks by Detached and Connected

Take a second and gape in the beauty that is this treat. Mmmmmm

Vegan Mocha Almond Fudge Soft Serve by Bite-sized Thoughts

I am always on the prowl for new soft serve ideas; this one fits the bill!

Oven-baked Summer Squash Fries by Urban Naturale

Let’s face it; deep fried is not always the healthiest. This recipe looks like an awesome alternative!

My Submission- Homemade Vegan Naan

Vegan Naan Flatbread Horizontal

Now its your turn to share some vegan goodness with the blogging community! Use the linky below to link up one or two vegan recipes for next week’s HVF post (make sure you link back somewhere in your post)! If you’re new to HVF and would like to know more about getting involved, click here or leave a comment and I’ll be sure to reply :) To stay up to date on all things HVF, be sure to like our Facebook and Pinterest pages, tag your tweets with #VeganFridays, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Get your veggy on:

30. May 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Round Up, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , | 13 comments

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You You Can’t

Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend enjoying the gorgeous weather. This was a big weekend for me, as the day of my first half marathon finally rolled around! I ran the Toronto Women’s Runs Half-Marathon; it’s an awesome running series and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in running organized races. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather; it was sunny and relatively cool, and the park was beautifully scenic. I was surprisingly calm at the start gate, that is until I accidentally deleted my playlist two minutes before gun time! I frantically assembled a few of my favourite motivating tunes, and we were off!

Half Marathon Finish Line

1 hour and 48 minutes later, I crossed the finish line! I was a little bit shocked by my time; I knew I was going fast but the only goal I had in my mind was to finish in one piece. I felt really good throughout most of the race, save for the last two kilometres which were purely mental. The second best part aside from my finish time was watching my aunt cross the finish line as well. This was her twentieth half-marathon which blows my mind a little; go Zia!

Suzanne and Zia

We loved the finisher ‘medals’, which are these awesome necklaces by Foxy Originals. I can totally flaunt my medal without looking completely obnoxious :P

Focy Originals Finisher Necklace Medal

As any runner can attest, the best thing about post-race day is a free pass to eat just about anything you want. We opted for Fresh, where I heroically demolished the Sam Houston Burrito salad, Quinoa Onion Rings, and Cornbread. The hunger monster still wasn’t tamed, as I continued to enjoy frozen mango bars and double stuffed oreos with peanut butter like it was my job :P

Sam Houston Burrito

On a more serious note, I really want to emphasize that this experience has been a long time coming for me. Way back during my eating disorder treatment, I had a psychiatrist tell me that due to my compulsive tendencies and ill-health, I would never be able to run again, never mind a half-marathon. I remember how terrible it felt to have someone tell me that I couldn’t do something. After working closely with a doctor I trusted, we finally decided I had reached a healthy weight and state of mind that would support me in reaching my goal to prove that psychiatrist wrong. If you have an ‘impossible’ goal, I hope you too can find it within you to work hard and prove all the unbelievers wrong!

What is your ‘impossible goal’?


Get your veggy on:

27. May 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Fitness, Personal | Tags: , , , , , , | 19 comments

Healthy Vegan Fridays [19]

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Thanks for joining us once again for Healthy Vegan Fridays! Anna, Kimmy, and I love exploring the culinary creations that you dream up each week. Last week we had a whopping 40 submission; thank you so much for helping this community grow! In addition to sharing last week’s top three submissions, we are sharing another Healthy Vegan Profile instead of our own favourites. We have been getting awesome feedback about the profiles, so if you want to get your pretty face featured out this form.  Without any further ado, enjoy this plant-based goodness:

1. Baked Quinoa Pie by Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too

Everything is better in pie form!

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge by Vegan 101 Girl

This fudge recipe is so simple; only five wholesome ingredients!

3. No-bake Strawberry Cream Pie by Practical Stewardship

This healthy pie is a perfect summer treat; no oven required! 

Healthy Vegan Profiles

1. Your name, blog name and URL, and one little-known fact about you.

Alessandra

Alessandra Seiter, and I blog at Farmers Market VeganAs a child, I despised all fruit except for apples.

2. What is your favourite vegan recipe?

Currently, it’s this chickpea salad sandwich from Olives for Dinner on Ezekiel bread with lettuce and tomato, accompanied by a side of roasted brussels sprouts.

3. What is your favourite vegan ingredient or vegan cooking substitution?

Right now, I’m a huge fan of liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and dried chiles. They add an enormous amount of unique flavor to any dish. My favorite substitution is maple syrup for honey or refined sweeteners. But honestly, I would also swap maple syrup for just about any ingredient…

4. Who inspires you most, and why?

Right now, I draw huge inspiration from my college professors. I’m a Geography major, and the department’s faculty constantly challenges me to grapple with the realities of a rapidly globalizing world, as well as to contemplate modes of creating a more socially just society.

5. Name three things you never leave home without.

My burgundy glass Lifefactory water bottle, my brown Matt & Nat wallet, and the appropriate amount of clothing to keep me at a good temperature!


 

Now its your turn to share some vegan goodness with the blogging community! Use the linky below to link up one or two vegan recipes for next week’s HVF post (make sure you link back somewhere in your post)! If you’re new to HVF and would like to know more about getting involved, click here or leave a comment and I’ll be sure to reply :) To stay up to date on all things HVF, be sure to like our Facebook and Pinterest pages, tag your tweets with #VeganFridays, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!


Get your veggy on:

23. May 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Recipe, Round Up, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , | 7 comments

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