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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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.

Weekly Leeks Feb. 26-March 11: Waste Not Want Not

Waste Not Want Not

Throwing food out is just the worst. Neither of us enjoy doing it and when we must, we are filled with a sense of guilt. Coming from households that make use of every little thing – my (Sarah) father will literally turn any leftover meal into some form of soup – this is a value that has been instilled in us since childhood.

Food waste is a serious problem especially in our very privileged western world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  1/3 of all food produced (about 1.3 billion tonnes) is never used. And not surprisingly, fruits and vegetables are wasted the most.

But people are making positive changes to move towards less waste. Two incredible beings, Tessa and Saasha, have created an app that can help you and your community connect to share food that might otherwise be wasted. Check out their story and innovative app here.

At home individuals are also striving to reduce waste. Using a can of chickpeas? Don’t throw away that lovely liquid! There are so many things you can do with aquafaba. Got leftovers hanging around? Get creative and see what else you can make. Here are a few ideas.

Weekly Leeks Feb. 12-25 Edition: The Perils of Plastic

As part of our Weekly Leeks series, we’ll be sharing helpful resources, interesting articles, and other insightful materials to help encourage and support the journey towards becoming more environmentally conscious and ethically responsible citizens. Continue reading “Weekly Leeks Feb. 12-25 Edition: The Perils of Plastic”