healthy vegan friday #68

I got rid of my Metropass this month. For those of you who don’t know- the Metropass is the card one uses to access all of the public transit in Toronto. I decided that by having one, I was missing out on key walking opportunities. I love walking everywhere and have so much fun discovering new little corners of the city. 

This might seem like a tiny, inconsequential detail to all of you, but it instilled an important shift inside me. You see, I am happiest when I am spending time outside, when I am moving and when I am connecting with the people and places around me. By taking transit fairly often over the last year I felt like I had started going through the motions of my commutes- hours spent in a daze that I can never get back. By giving up this piece of plastic, I am now engaged again. My mind is whirling with excitement over both new discoveries and comforting constants in my daily walks. I feel a lightness I have been missing.

The reason I am sharing all of this with you- it’s the small things in life that are the big things. The tiny details and the moments are what really matter. The journey, not the destination. The smallest things can mean a world of difference to your happiness. If any of you has something like this that you think is holding you back, I urge you all to make a change. It might seem like it doesn’t matter, but I assure you it does. We all deserve to be fully living and enjoying each moment. Allow yourself to, you are worth it!


Now for what you all came here for, Healthy Vegan Friday!

We had 57 mouth-watering submissions last week! In case you haven’t seen the post or all the awesome submissions, head on over to check it out. For those of you who don’t know, Healthy Vegan Fridays is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself, Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan and Katherine @ Green Thickies. It is a place to share your healthy vegan recipes that make use of whole ingredients and minimize the use of processed and refined foods. The recipes shared on this link up are intended to emphasis the beauty, creativity and benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet!

Most Popular Submissions

Pumpkin Cookie Dough No-Bake Bars from Egginon

Delicious no-bake bars filled with all of our favourite fall flavours.

Hi, My Name is Chastity and I am a Food Addict from Chastity @ My Healthy Chef

In this wonderful post, Chastity opens up about her struggles with food addictions and how she began her road to recovery.

Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Brownies from Shobelyn @ Easy to Cook Meals

A delicious and thoughtful post. I always love when desserts help you to squeeze in extra veggies to your diet!

My Top Picks

Favourite Way to Start the Day: Pumpkin Chai French Toast from Davida @ The Healthy Maven

This breakfast would warm you up on even the coldest mornings!

Favourite Main EventGolden Pumpkin Harvest Soup with Apple and Mushroom from Nikki @ Eat to the Beet

This sounds like fall in a bowl to me- so many warming flavours!

Favourite Healthy Indulgence: Gingerbread Muffins from Jackie @ Sometimes I Miss the SkyThese would be a much more welcome Halloween treat than the traditional don’t you think?

Now for Healthy Vegan Friday #68!

My Submission for the Week:

Savoury Pumpkin Hummus

I bet you can’t resist eating spoonfuls out of the bowl. I dare you not to!

And just a quick request- PLEASE put a LINK BACK to this blog party on the post you are linking. We want to try and spread the word about Healthy Vegan Friday and would really appreciate your help doing so! 

So, if you have a healthy vegan recipe (or 2) to share, please add it to the list below! If not, feel free to browse the submissions and get inspired! You can also check out our Facebook pagePinterest board and feel free to tweet about it using the hashtag #VeganFridays. Feel free to grab our button (code is on the sidebar) to help promote this even and show your vegan pride.

You don’t have to be vegan to submit, just needs to be a vegan recipe. So share that creativity of yours!

Thanks and happy Friday!

Submission Guidelines

▪   maximum of 2 submissions per week

▪   you do not have to be a vegan food blogger to link up, but all recipes must be 100% vegan.

▪   all recipe submissions should focus on the most whole, unprocessed and unrefined ingredients as much as possible, although we will still accept recipes that make use of some processed/refined ingredients.

▪   you may submit current or past recipes, just make sure they are not ones that you have shared previously on this blog hop.

▪   besides recipes, feel free to submit informative posts that are aimed at promoting vegan, plant-based diets.

▪   you must provide a link back to this blog party on your submitted post. You can either grab our badge to display or a clickable link back somewhere on the post you are submitting.

▪   when linking up, please make sure to link back to the post you are submitting, not the homepage of your blog

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15 thoughts on “healthy vegan friday #68

  1. Yes. The seemingly-littlest things, like a long-overdue catch-up with a darling soulfriend and immediate plans afterwards for pancakes-for-dinner, are absolutely what make life soar. Can’t wait to see you tonight. xo

  2. These look like some great recipes, I am looking forward to checking them out! It’s ironic this is the first month I actually got a metro pass. I still have to walk 20 minutes to the subway anyways so I still get to enjoy walking time, but now I have more freedom to get on and off and explore new areas. I am loving the freedom it gives me. It is interesting reading your opposite perspective though :) I definitely agree that small things are big things :)

  3. I totally get it, Gabby! When I lived in Washington, DC, I was lucky enough to live close enough to work to walk. I didn’t own a car or a metro pass. I walked EVERYwhere – even to the grocery store – even in the rain. It was wonderful. And you’re right, you just have to be engaged (otherwise a bus might run you over… ;-) ) with what’s going on around. Now I’m out in the boonies and have to drive to stores. That’s the downside. The upside is I have 160 nature-filled acres in which to roam around.

  4. Foregoing the metro pass is a small thing in concept, but really big in reality. Wow, bravo for making such a bold stride out- literally! It would be really hard for me to consider, especially as the weather grows colder, but I wish I had the strength and bravery. Truly inspiring!

  5. You are so right, it is definitely the small details that matter most! What a great idea to ditch the Metrocard. I hope your time outside leads you to fun new places and on exciting adventures :)

    Amazing looking recipes! I want to try all of them! That pumpkin chai french toast, oh my!! Hope all is well!

  6. I loved this post Gabby! I’m sure there are little things that are holding me back and am going to have a think and make some changes. Thank you for the inspiration :)
    I’m sharing my beetroot & sweet potato salad with baked cashew cheese this week!

  7. Yup I opted to not get a metropass through work. Financially it doesn’t work out for me to get one anyway but I also find I am way more apt to walk just so I can save myself the $6 :) Have a lovely weekend Gabby! Thanks for featuring the french toast. Let’s grab brunch one of these days!

  8. Gabby, I really liked what you shared about getting rid of you Metropass. It really is the little things that make the journey. Having curiosity about everything around you makes life interesting and keeps you young. I know that most of us get so caught up in work and family that we don’t always have time or energy to be curious, to pay attention to the little things. I know your life will be better for this change.

  9. Thanks for hosting Gabby! As I was reading your intro, I scanned the words initially and saw the phrase ‘I am now engaged again’ and got so excited for you, hehe. :-)

  10. I WISH I could get rid of my metropass. It is so expensive!! Haha but I would love to be able to walk to work. Unfortuantly, I just don’t have the time to walk to my office in the morning. It would probably take me an hour and a half. Awesome recipes.. thanks for sharing!

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