Going Vegan in Vancouver

Calling all the vegan-curious: thinking about taking the Big Green Plunge? Honestly, there’s no better time–and Vancouver is definitely the place to do it! Our beautiful city has been ranked highest in the world for green initiatives, restaurants, and open-mindedness. Stay right where you are—you’re in good hands.

The transition from omnivore to herbivore has never been easier—but sometimes we still need help. We all need a little extra love in times of lifestyle transitions, and going vegan is no joke. The following information will hopefully be of help, but if you need more, just let me know. M’kay?

Let’s get to it…

Sprouted mung beans in jar

Products

The great news, is that there are an incredible assortment of yummy products to help you go from milk and meat to tea and tofu. Some local products and ideas that I’m totally in love with right now include:

Earth’s Own milk alternatives. This Vancouver-based company produces a pretty amazing variety of almond, cashew, rice, soy, and coconut milks. Back in the day, these alternatives were kind of nasty, but in 2015? They’re to die for.

Protein bars made with great, wholesome ingredients, such as oats, dried fruit, and cacao nibs. I love some of the Clif and Luna bars, but there are plenty of options in this department. Visit Oh She Glows, and learn how to make your own.

Meat alternatives. People think that once you ditch the meat, you have to become best friends with tofu and seitan. But that’s not true—you just need to know that there is plenty of protein in plants, and some have more than others. For example, my personal fave protein sources are beans, oats, mushrooms, and nuts. See? Easy-peasy. By stocking up on a variety of gorgeous fruits and veggies, your body will know what to do. Just sit back, and relax.

(If you’re buying canned beans, I totally recommend using Eden brand, because their canned aren’t lined with BPA.)

Vancouver even has two fabulous organic fruit and veggie delivery companies, so you can place an order and have high-quality, local produce delivered right to your own door. No excuses, right? Visit:

  • SPUD. They give you $10 off your first order…
  • Green Earth Organics. 10% of their profits goes to a variety of local charities and non-profit groups!

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Restaurants

The following restaurants are my go-to choices for Vancouver. If you want a full list of vegan restaurants in Vancity, refer to EarthSave’s Veg Directory. In the meantime, check these out:

vegan resources

Resources

A little extra information can’t hurt, right?

  • EarthSave Canada (located in Vancouver) has a ton of great resources on their website.
  • A list of the very best vegan food blogs can be found HERE.
  • HealthCastle Vancouver has lots of fab ideas and information about going vegan HERE.
  • Last, but certainly not least, The Vegan Project is a great place to find out everything there is no know about taking the plunge into VegLand.

There ya go!

Good luck, and if you’re looking for a great recipes to help you cook fabulous vegan comfort food at home, pre-order my new book, Vegetarian Comfort Foods.

 

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