4 Tips to Help Adopt a Plant-Based Diet

If you are reading this chances are you either a) have a plant-based diet already, b) enjoy eating plant-based foods, c) may be feeling somewhat inclined to make some adjustments to include more plant-based foods or d) all of the above. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, moving towards a plant-based diet can seem rather daunting at first. But trust us, you can do it and there is no better time to start than now. Here are 4 useful tips that can help ease this transition.

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“But Where Do You Get Your Protein?”

Hi all, Chantal here! Today is my daughter Vivienne’s first birthday, and it also marks our family’s 1 year anniversary of going 100% plant-based.  I’ve been reflecting on our journey thus far and thinking about some the questions we’ve encountered since making our lifestyle choice known to family and friends…

“But where do you get your protein?” – As a vegan this is probably one of the questions I hear the most.  The answer is simple – from food!   Yes, plants have protein!   Here’s my take on clarifying this notion that still mystifies many…

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A Day in the Life of a Vegan Kid – Mealtimes + Supplements!  Yes! Sara Howick of plantsformypeople.com is back this month with a guest post focused on kid-approved plant-based meal ideas and recipes.   She also covers the basics of supplementation – a topic that often seems more complicated than it really needs to be.

When I was transitioning my family to a plant-based diet Sara was a big help when it came to sharing resources and answering my questions regarding supplements, particularly for raising healthy and happy vegan kids – I hope Sara’s suggestions are as helpful to you as they have been for me.




The Plant Powered Pantry

We’d like to officially welcome Sara Howick of plantsformypeople.com who will be contributing some helpful and well rounded content to veganleeks on a monthly basis.   Sara’s first perspective piece Raising Vegan Kids” was very well received – not to mention invaluable to anyone raising vegan kids or thinking of transitioning their family to a plant-based diet… so we decided to invite her to contribute on the regular!

Today’s post by Sara features a practical starter guide to stocking your plant-powered pantry.  Enjoy!

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BEE Kind

For many of us, our childhood summer days were spent avoiding these furry little guys. I can still remember a flock of us screaming across the field at lunch recess, running wildly as if our lives depended on it. Ironically they do.

Who would have guessed that two decades later these vital creatures, that keep our ecosystems balanced, would be added to the list of endangered species?Even if you aren’t particularly fond of bees – their buzzing sound perhaps still stirs some fear inside – you are dependent them. You see these black and yellow insects play an integral role in our survival as a species.

To boil it down: Humans need bees because 70 of the top 100 crops harvested globally rely on pollinators according to this recent article. So this means no bees = no nutritional plants = decreased chance of us sustaining our ever-climbing world population = YIKES! This is very, very serious people!

Even General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios has taken action setting into action the distribution of 200 million wildflower seeds for pollinator habitat. In one week, they exceeded their goal and will send out a total of 1.5 billion seeds #bringbackthebees.

Want to do something? This is an area you can act upon. Don’t wait. David Suzuki provides a list of ways you can make a difference.

So bee aware, bee active and bee kind to these little guys before it’s too late.

Community Leeks: NDG Seed Savers and Exchange

In an effort to build a community of environmentally conscious citizens we’ve created Community Leeks as a platform for people to share thoughts, stories, recipes and resources.

Today’s Community Leeks entry is from a local environmental initiative: The NDG Seed Savers and Exchange. Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization who’s mission is to save and share seeds in an effort to maintain our natural biodiversity. Mass farming practices, the loss of ecosystems and consequently, the loss of many food and medicinal plant/seed species have inspired two passionate women – Jacqueline and Tanya – to become ambassadors for seed saving and exchanges here in Montreal. Their vision and action are inspiring, and provide us with the opportunity to become part of a larger movement to help preserve and protect our natural world. Jacqueline and Tanya, thank you for sharing your story.  Continue reading “Community Leeks: NDG Seed Savers and Exchange”