Monday, February 25, 2013

Urban Herbivore: Vegan Restaurant Review

Urban Herbivore is an independent restaurant that started in the heart of Kensington Market in downtown Toronto. It's now grown successfully into several stores that serve epic vegan food.

My suggestion is the grain bowl + 6 toppings. STUDENT-ESQUE price point, AMERICAN (haha) portion sizes and ALL options made healthy, and homemade - with - love. Colourful, vibrant juices, fresh salad bars, and grain bowls from $9 plus stews and soups. Good option for students, and busy people on the go! Check it out at Eaton's Centre, Kensington, and Dundas West.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to Go Gluten Free.

I decided to write about this pertinent topic because of history in my own journey to being raw.
The major obstacle standing in my way of reaching that LUSH number of 70, 80, or even 90% raw was my addiction to wheat. [These are personal tips, take what applies to you]

Here are my biggest tips on going gluten free:

1) Analyze your eating habits mentally. Do you eat late at night after work, or do you have regular meals that include wheat. For me, I would eat healthy all day (that means raw and vegan) then at night I would make myself a few pb+j sandwiches on toast. Once you find out where it's sneaking in. . . ISOLATE and ANNIHILATE.

2) You have to be drastic. There's no phasing this out, baby. It's black or white. You're either glutenfree or you're an addict. Create a list of reasons why. It might be longer than you thought. Post it somewhere.

3) Find alternatives. In the beginning, the smallest step might be switching from pasta to quinoa, or from couscous to black or red rice. Yes, it's cooked, but who cares! You are on your way to raw at your own pace, and the more you do it without shaking your mental

4) BE PREPARED. Scenario #1: You go to a sushi restaurant...everything looks yummo, but you want soy sauce. . . bring your own. Scenario #2: All your friends want to go to a bakery. Source out the gluten free ones, and direct them there. Scenario #3: You really want a snack with your hummus that isn't veggies, and it isn't pita. . . STOCK UP on rice crackers.

5) Get a buddy. This is so crucial. I might be making it sound like life or death, but for me it is. When I look at gluten, my brain is trained to say, "CANCER. POISON." and that is because of what it does to my body. Having a friend or two that avoids wheat/gluten as well helps me when I want to get tips or remember why I removed gluten to begin with.

Comment below with your tips!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Health and Wellness Parties: Toronto!

YAYY Here are some pictures from the latest Juicing Party in Toronto I hosted. Once a month a bunch of health-curious people meet and we learn more about antioxidants, how to juice/make green smoothies interactively. FUN + FREE. Anyone interested can PM for details.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Spinach Ice Cream For Breakfast? I THINK, YES.

Used my new vitamix aka Miss Vita. To conjure this loverly breakfast creation.

-half a bag of the BIG LEAF nasty spinach that no one likes to put in salads.
-2 cups water
-2 cups frozen fruit (I LIVE IN CANADA DON'T JUDGE ME. Peaches, pineapple, cherries)
-2 FRESH bananas

PULSE IT. The smoothie setting is REALLY scary in the mornings...very loud.

It should turn into a LUSH spinach green coloured SORBET.
Take a spoon to that and ENJOY :D