HIGH PERFORMANCE PLANT-POWERED SHAKE

WARNING:  This High Performance Plant-Powered Shake is NOT for the faint of heart. This is my go-to morning shake recipe that is formulated to provide all the energy and building blocks needed for the serious endurance athlete looking to fuel and recover from their intense workouts.

Ok… I might be laying it on a little thick… To be honest, I came up with this shake recipe for my hubs (Michael), who’s an athlete but also a bottom-less pit that needs a crazy amount of energy to fuel even his body’s most basic needs, let alone his workouts!   This morning shake recipe initially started out rather simply, but has evolved over time into a powerhouse of plant-based superfoods that our morning routine cannot go without.  So for all the people in Michael’s office who see him slurping these down each morning and are wondering what on Earth is in there… Now you know!

Oh, and don’t judge a shake by it’s colour… this shake actually tastes GREAT, and is probably one of the most nutritious meals you can start your day off with.    Check it out!

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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!

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.

Cheers!

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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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Perspective Piece: Raising Vegan Kids

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 Raising Vegan Kids touches on a topic that is close to our hearts, raising plant-based children, and family.  Written by our friend Sara Howick of plantsformypeople.com we hope you find this entry as inspirational, thoughtful and educational as we have.
Whether you’re new to plant-based nutrition and are slowly integrating some of the principles into your daily life, or already 100% vegan, we trust that some of Sara’s invaluable insights, tips, and experience will help enrich your knowledge base and foster a greater confidence in your choices, as it has ours.

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