products i’ve been loving

Today’s post is all about playing catch-up! I was given the opportunity to try a few different products in my absence and wanted to make sure you all knew about them. Also, i wanted to highlight a couple sweet treats in Toronto all you Torontonians need to try before the summer officially leaves.

chocolate syrup, chips and Kit bar

Firstly, the wonderful people at Whole Foods gave me the opportunity to try a few sweet treats! This Fox’s All-Natural Fair-Trade Chocolate Sauce uses fair-trade sugar and cocoa powder to make a nice alternative to Nestles. It is delicious on top of coconut ice cream and makes it extra special. And for even more chocolate: Harrison’s Original Sweet Shoppe fair-trade certified and nut free chocolate chips! These help up really well in baked goods and pancakes (see below). They didn’t melt as much as other chocolate chips I noticed, but I actually quite like that they held their own more! The Kit’s Organic Bar is a new product from the people of Clif’s bar. It’s ingredients are similar to Larabars but have more texture so this was a nice change! They are gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free!

  pancakes and cookies



Oh wait, there’s more chocolate? Yes! I’ve shared before how much I love Alter Eco’s chocolate so I was stoked when they asked me to try their new Deep Dark Sea Salt bar. 70% chocolate with sea salt throughout the bar not just sprinkled on top. Perfection. Bonus that the ingredients are 100% fair-trade and 99.5% organic!

alter eco deep dark sea salt bar


vanilla nut granola

TastyMakes is a new, exciting company on the scene run by a certified health and nutrition coach and raw chef. They deliver health raw snack straight to your door in the form or crackers, granola and barbites. I got to try the Vanilla Nut Granola which was amazingly crunchy- is not always the case with raw granolas.

fig onion crackers

The Fig & Onion Crackers. The granola was amazingly crunchy, which is not always the case with raw granolas and the fig and onion crackers were so packed with flavour, they didn’t need any dips or toppings. They offer snack packages or you can build your own!


 

isa does it

Isa Does It. This cookbook really needs no introduction or recommendation from me, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Isa is a Vegan Queen and her recipes don’t disappoint. Try the Nachos and the Pizza Bowl. Ok??


  how to be vegan

How To Be Vegan by Elizabeth Castoria. I appreciated this book more now than I can possibly explain in this little blurb so maybe I will try in another post. It might surprise you- Gabby, you’ve run a vegan blog for years, and YOU need advice on how to be vegan? Yes, BUT that’s not why it was amazing. In this book, Elizabeth gives easy, practical and NON-JUDGEMENTAL tips on how to go completely vegan or simply incorporate more vegan living into your daily life. Lately my life has been operating under the principle that we all need to do the best we can. Elizabeth recognizes that full-out vegan is not for everyone but that if everyone simply bought more cruelty-free products or ate more plant-based meals, animals and humans would be in a much better place. She has great tips for eating, travel, decor and even dating! I loved how it was small too so if you need inspiration on the go, it fits easily into a bag. I seriously recommend this book guys. Go buy it.


And finally, before the weather gets even colder, all of you who live in Toronto need to go get those frozen treats stat:

Bang Bang Ice Cream Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich

Vegan, gluten-free ice cream sandwich from Bang Bang Ice Cream. The cookie is packed with oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips and the ice cream is a rich chocolate. This picture is only of the half-sandwich. Let’s all just try and imagine how epic a full one would be.

Bunner's Soft Serve Swirl

Vegan soft-serve from Bunner’s! I know vegan ice creams are pretty easy to come by these days, but soft serve? That’s a little trickier. Bunner’s offers vanilla, chocolate or the option to swirl them together. They also have a huge selection of vegan, gluten-free baked goods. I love their date squares but have never managed to resist them long enough to snap a pic! I got this at their Kensington location, i am not sure if it is available at their Dundas store.

Ok that was a long post but it gets us all caught up as ready to plunge into fall! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

I was provided with some of the above products free of charge but was in no way obligated to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

let’s catch up over some tea (and gf tea & date quick bread)

tea and date quick bread (vegan and gf) - the veggie nook

It’s been a while eh?

This past summer was both difficult and wonderful all at the same time and it left me with little time to blog. It started as an accident and became a conscious decision to take time for myself.

I won’t bore you with all the details of my absence, but I will certainly highlight some of the more wonderful things: Continue reading

healthy fun dip {rhubarb + coconut sugar}

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

Remember those Fun Dip candies they used to have (or still have for all I know). If came with a candy stick that you licked and then dipped into candy powder? It was definitely one of my favourite candies but I now cringe at the fact that it was basically sugar on top of sugar. With artificial colours and flavours to round it all out!

This post isn’t a recipe, more of a fun idea that I’m sure most of you have done at some point in your life. But I had completely forgotten about it until the rhubarb made an appearance at the market a few weeks ago. So just in case you have all forgotten about it too or have never tried it before, I thought I’d post it here. If you’ve never tried it, I demand you go buy rhubarb before it goes out of season and do it.

The idea is simple: dip rhubarb in sugar. Eat. Repeat. Reminiscent of Fun Dips but so so SO much better for you.

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

I remember doing this a lot as a kid. Going out and picking rhubarb from the garden (whilst also catching butterflies and caterpillars- yes I had a sheltered upbringing), running to the kitchen while tracking dirt everywhere. I would spread rhubarb out all over the table and frantically try to reach the jar of sugar. You see, dipping rhubarb in sugar was about as close as I was ever allowed to get to eating pure sugar. And since rhubarb season is short, I couldn’t waste a single second. And I would eat until every stalk was done.

But  now that I’m older, I realize how truly delicious this snack is and not just because it’s sugar-dipped fruit. Sugar is the perfect compliment to tart rhubarb. These days, I use coconut sugar, or even sometimes maple sugar for a special treat. Coconut sugar is low-glycemic so it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar and maple sugar retains more nutrients than a refined cane sugar. However, you could use any sugar you wanted here!

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

Now since I’m a nutritionist, I couldn’t share this idea without looking up the nutritional stats of rhubarb. Turns out it’s pretty damn good for you! It is lower in calories and sugar than most fruits. It’s packed with fibre to help delay the absorption of the sugar into your blood stream. It is also rich in antioxidants (disease fighters!), B-vitamins (energy!), vitamin A (skin and vision), and vitamin K (bone health and blood clotting)! However beware- the leaves are high in oxalic acid which can be toxic! You are unlikely to suffer sever consequences from a few leaves, but best be safe and not sorry.

Healthy Fun Dip
 
Sort of like that fun dip garbage you used to eat as a kid, but healthier!
Author:
Recipe type: dessert, snack
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw
Ingredients
  • Rhubard
  • Sugar of choice (I like coconut or maple)
Instructions
  1. Cut off funky bits of the rhubarb.
  2. Dip end in sugar.
  3. Bite end off.
  4. Repeat.

 

pizza quinoa

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Hello all! Yes I’m back and I do apologize for taking an unannounced vacation from blogging. I was just having a little crisis of spirit coupled with looking for another job AND wanting to spend every second outside because it’s so nice out. All of those conditions are not conducive to blogging. Taking a step back from this aspect of my life though helped me sort through all my weird thoughts and find solutions in the real world so it was well worth the break! But what do I know? Maybe none of you even noticed! If that is the case let’s forget I said any of this and get onto today’s post.

Lately, my food has been simple. Eating simple foods is something I have started to do because 1- it’s easier on digestion, 2- it’s fast and easy and 3- it allows you to really taste the food you’re eating instead of masking it with other flavours. And since I’m no great culinary genius, simple food has a much greater chance of tasting good than trying to get complicated.  Continue reading

strawberry banana green tea smoothie

Isn’t it strange how you can be wandering through life, totally secure with who you are and where you’re at, then in a single moment it can all come crashing down? Suddenly you are not who you thought you are and the things that you thought, aren’t true. How is it that the world can shift so suddenly and completely?


strawberry banana green tea smoothie #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

Spring has sprung and that means more smoothies. I am such a fan of this blended meal, but in the winter I just can’t stomach the cold, rawness of them. But I’ve missed their convenience, fruity creaminess and all the different superfoods and flavours you can toss in.

So when I was asked to try out Kiss Me Organics matcha, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. Smoothies, smoothie and more smoothies. I was pleasantly surprised by this matcha- usually the less expensive ones are bitter and lack the real green tea flavour I love. I can’t say this was the best matcha I ever had. But was it a killer balance of quality and price? Hells yes. My friends, if you are looking for a matcha that is readily available online (on Amazon, in Canada too!) and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, I’ve solved all your problems. Continue reading