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Plant-based Chat with Luckie Sigouin

Join us for a Plant-based Chat with Luckie Sigouin. He's an entrepreneur, Fitness Coach, Vegan Ironman, and passionate about educating and inspiring The Fit Vegan Community. We cover some important topics including how he became vegan, his misconceptions when he started (vegans are skinny and weak), how important plant-based whole foods nutrition is, and so much more.

Enjoy this episode of Plant-based Chats! 

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Kiddos in a Plant-Based Kitchen

By Kate Young, RHN
Nutrition Consultant at Kelowna Choices Markets

Spending time in the kitchen can be stressful for some families, especially as younger children seem to eat almost non-stop!  One way to make cooking more enjoyable is to involve the whole family! Things take less time with more hands on deck, kids are shown that they are valuable and capable, and it allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones. Plus, you get to create something nourishing and delicious!

Here are 5 tips to involve your kids in the kitchen:

Let them choose meals or ingredients- This is very helpful for keeping the whole family happy! When everyone gets to have their say and input, they feel more empowered. This can also help mitigate push-back from kiddos, especially the younger ones who are trying to find their place and personal power in the family structure. Maybe each family member gets to choose dinner on a specific day each week, or your 3-year-old gets to choose whether you use a...

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One Home, One Planet

earth day Apr 22, 2020

This year, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day comes to us at a cataclysmic time. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on every aspect of our daily lives, challenging the very threads that hold our society together.

But there is an underlying message that we’d be remiss to ignore. We are all connected. We all share one home. We are all citizens of the planet. And we each have a responsibility to the earth and to those we share it with.

Watch the rest of this message here:

 

Check out a few opportunities to learn more and to get involved here: 

Take care!

- Stevan Mirkovich and the Veg Expo Team

 

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Feel Your Best Right Now

Feeling your best during times like these can be a challenge on your mind, body and spirit. Here are a few simple tips we have been implementing into our routine that have been helping the days go smoother: 

  • Mental health practices: ask yourself what makes you feel secure and grounded? It could be journaling, stepping outside into the fresh air, dancing like no one is watching, or practicing mindful meditation. Find what works for you and prioritize it! You deserve to take 15 minutes out of your day for yourself. 
  • Get your greens: try your best to have something green in *most* of your meals. We know that 100% of daily meals is a challenge, so aim for 75%! It could be adding spinach to your smoothie, sautéing baby bokchoy or steaming some frozen broccoli. Raid the freezer section for your favourite versatile greens and add a handful into each meal, we promise it is easier than it sounds! 
  • Get your vitamins: no surprise here! We encourage...
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Planted Expo Is Now May 29-30, 2021!

health and safety Mar 24, 2020

Event Health & Safety

Updated June 10, 2020

Planted Expo has moved to May 29-30, 2021!

Like most of the world, Planted Expo is following the COVID-19 developments very closely. We are in regular communication with Vancouver Convention Centre and the Health Authorities as we monitor the latest advice and directives.

Planted Expo has deeply held values around health, well-being, and compassion. As you might expect, with the current global reality, our number one priority is the health and well-being of our world, country, and city. 

Every effort is being made to ensure everyone involved with Planted Expo’s show receives the best service. This includes considering a variety of contingency plans for all possible outcomes. That being said, we've moved our expo date to May 29-30, 2021!

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will update this page as needed. Please feel free to reach out to info@plantedlife.com with any...

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Veg Expo 2020 Updates

news Feb 19, 2020
 

We’re thrilled to be the new owners of Veg Expo! 

Growing up in Vancouver was amazing. There was no better place in the country to transition to plant-based vegan living. But even here in Vancouver, we remember walking into grocery stores and wondering what to buy, what to eat, where to eat. But we did it. We journeyed together, with our families, including raising our kids plant based and are so happy to be a part of this amazing movement and community.

We want you to know that Veg Expo exists to support the plant-based small business community. We are so inspired to see all these businesses bring their amazing products, services, and messages to every Canadian.

And we are so excited to be a part of this: especially because so many of our friends and neighbours are asking questions about how to live their best life, how to care for our ailing planet, how to live with more compassion towards our animal friends, and how to regain their health and the health of those they...

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Weight Loss and Plant-Based Nutrition

plant-based nutrition Feb 10, 2020

You can't out train a bad diet.

Weight loss. Diet and exercise fads and books and supplements and exotic miracle cures – you name it – weight loss products are an enormous money-making industry. Some people look for an easy way to lose weight, and some people put in tremendous effort following one of the many restriction-based diets that remain popular.

The simplest way to understand weight gain versus weight loss is Calories in versus Calories out. People who want to lose weight essentially need to ensue they have what’s called a caloric deficit. This means that they are spending more calories (just living, exercising, etc.), than they are taking in in the form of food. While we’re on this topic, a helpful thing to know is that one pound of fat is around 3,500 calories, so in order to lose about a pound a week, you’d have to create a DEFICIT of about 3,500 calories per week, which would work out to about 500 calories a day. That might mean...

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Travel Tips for Plant-Based Vegans

When you are away from home, sometimes you can feel stranded. You’ve committed to eating an optimal diet consisting of a variety of amazing plant foods and you have ditched the meat and dairy. You’ve gotten into a groove at home. You know how to stock your refrigerator and pantry, you know how to combine these foods and make them flavourful. You know how to shop, and you don’t bring in the things that you used to be addicted to and that used to make you feel lousy.

But you’re on vacation or on a business trip. It’s not just another outing from which you’ll be returning home on the same day. And you can only bring along so much from your own house.

How do you not give in to what’s around you and what’s being dangled in front of you? It’s that hurdle called convenience. Often what’s readily available simply does not jive with the choice we’ve already made.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Go to the bulk-bin section of a...
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About That Protein

plant-based nutrition Jan 31, 2020

“BUT WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN FROM?”

The first myth we need to squash is that plant foods are deficient in protein. We can get plenty of protein from legumes, which are the pod family of plants, such as beans, lentils, peas, and even peanuts. Even vegetables typically talked about as being starchy veggies, like broccoli, contain good amounts of protein.

Here's a quick list of Top 10 Vegan Protein Sources per 100g:

  1. seitan 75g
  2. hemp seeds 36.7g
  3. peanuts 26g
  4. pumpkin seeds 19g
  5. almonds 21g
  6. SUNFLOWER seeds 21g
  7. tempeh 19g
  8. lentils (cooked) 18g
  9. cashews 18g
  10. flax seeds 18g

There are twenty (20) amino acids that can make up a protein, but nine (9) of these are ones the body can’t make on its own and MUST get from food—that’s why these are called “essential amino acids.”

Animal protein has all nine amino acids, so people have charged vegans and vegetarians for eating sub-par or inferior protein because most plant proteins do not have all nine...

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