VegNews: The Vegetarian and Vegan Movement In Canada



This just may be responsible for a puddle of drool on keyboards across the Globe.

Including my own.

Meet Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter and a Gala Apple!


In unison, they make something I’d like to call Crunchy Buttaaaah.


I will not rest until the smooth, buttery, sweetness meets my lips once again.

Until then, I present to you another Afternoon Powersnack recipe!

This recipe is a wake-up call for when your forehead feels like it is going to meet the keyboard at the strike of 3pm. DONG!

Start with pumpkin.


Most importantly, add chocolate lava.


Not just any chocolate lava though…high-protein chocolate lava!


And carob lava.


And a hint of sweetness because that is a lot of pumpkin!




Meet Chocolate Carob Pumpkin Pudding! It is high-fibre, high-protein, and packed with nutrients!


High Protein Chocolate Carob Pumpkin Pudding


  • 1.5 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Vega Chocolate Protein Powder (or other sweet chocolate protein powder)
  • 2-3 tbsp carob powder, to taste
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Drizzle of maple syrup, to garnish
  • Unsweetened coconut, to garnish


Directions: Scoop the canned pumpkin into a medium sized bowl. In another medium sized bowl, scoop the Vega protein powder and carob powder and mix. Add 3/4 cup Almond Milk and whisk well until all clumps are gone. Add this mixture to the pumpkin and mix well. Now add the maple syrup, 1 tbsp at a time. Adjust to taste. Add more syrup if necessary. Garnish with coconut.

Makes four, 1/2 cup servings at 140 kcals, 2 grams fat, 8 grams fibre, 7 grams protein.


This healthy pudding is nice because it isn’t super sweet and overwhelming, but I will warn you it is nothing like the pudding I used to eat as a child (you remember those Jell-O packs?). This is healthy pudding made with pumpkin so keep that in mind! You can modify it any way you wish. If it isn’t sweet enough, add more sweetener. If you want less sweetener in it, you can have it without. I added a couple tablespoons of maple syrup and was quite happy with the result. I really like that there are 8 grams of fibre and 7 grams of protein per half cup. It is very filling!


VegNews: The Vegetarian and Vegan Movement in Canada

vegnews1Several months ago I told you that I was interviewed for a VegNews magazine article. Well, it is finally in print in their Sept + Oct 2010 issue!

The article is on the vegetarian and vegan movement in Canada and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it!

I highly recommend checking out this Food issue if you can get your hands on a copy. It features over 115 veg recipes too.

VegNews also has a wonderful Tree-Free subscription option. Instead of getting a magazine you will be delivered an on-screen digital edition. Cool stuff, right?



I really love this quote from the article, written by Moira Nordholt,

“Canadian vegetarians are in the business of making a compassionate lifestyle hip, accessible, and mainstream…As evidenced everywhere from way up north in Whitehorse, where the city’s second vegan restaurant is set to open this year, to Vancouver, where innovation in vegan foods is taking all of North America by storm, to Montreal, where the raw vegan movement is growing like Wheatgrass, there’s an evolution happening in the Great White North. Suddenly, vegan is en vogue. There’s long been a veg movement in Canada, but it is now driven by a seemingly unstoppable momentum.”

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I am on the right below. :)


It will be fun to see how the movement continues to spread across Canada in the future. :)

Is there a vegetarian or vegan movement where you live? Are vegetarian and vegan foods readily accessible?

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TheHealthyApron August 26, 2010

I would say Ohio is semi-vegetarian friendly but living in the mid-West, when you go out for dinner, the vegetarian options are limited. There are more and more veggie burgers popping up but I would like to see more vegetarian options!


Jessica @ How Sweet August 26, 2010

I think vegan/veg foods are available here, though I am not one. But – I really like the desserts. That counts right? :)


Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 26, 2010

Firstly – good gosh at that breakfast – that looks AMAZING!
Secondly – there most definetly is not a vegan movement near me…i struggle sooo much to get good vegan food!


Daniel August 26, 2010

No movement or any sign of improvement in sight near where I live. Maybe around me, within a 50-100 mile radius, that I’m not aware of, but my town lacks so much. I’m amazed that there are even a couple of vegetarian options at the local “restaurants” (read:crappy home-town style grease shacks) even though they’re basically salads with iceberg lettuce and canned, soggy, salty vegetables.

Fortunately I’m able to make do with what the grocery store and local farmer’s market sell and I’m not at a complete loss. I think that Canada is doing an awesome thing and I’m happy for you that you got published in the magazine and are a part of it!


Violetta Dima August 26, 2010

Sadly there are pretty much no vegan options where in Regina, Saskatchewan. That could be because there is pretty much nothing here, lol. But I think there is room for a bakery and a restaurant or to. Also the pumpkin chocolate pudding looks delish!


banandrea August 26, 2010

Hoorah for Canada! Heehee. Congrats on making VegNews, that’s very exciting! I’ve definitely noticed the growing vegetarian options in the past few years around where I live (also near Toronto) in terms of availability at grocery stores and restaurants. However, I have been disappointed by the Zehrs closest to me as it rarely stocks the tofu I like and doesn’t have a big organic selection. Then again, it’s a pretty old grocery store and there’s a health food store right downtown!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 26, 2010

That pudding looks amazing!!! And so easy to make too. Seriously, when is your cookbook coming out? :)

I’m not so sure about vegan/vegetarian options, since I am not one!


Tara August 26, 2010

Hi! I haven´t commented before but i absolutely love your website. I suffered from an eating disorder for 5 years and am still nervous that It will rear its ugly head…but your food philosophy is akin to mine and whenever I think about skipping a meal or just having a diet coke or something I go and look at your blog and realise what my body really wants and needs! So thank you, very much.

As for vegan options…I live in Sydney, Australia, and there’s not a very strong culture of veganism but to be vegetarian is quite socially normal, as in people wouldn’t think you were weird or wacky. Vegan is different though…since we are so close to Asia there is a HEAP of asian food of all kinds and it is usually there that you can get great vegan grub that doesn´t even know it is vegan! =D


Claire August 26, 2010

Congratulations on your magazine appearance! I love Vegnews, it’s a great source for all things vegan/vegetarian so I will definitely be picking that one up. I live in Montreal and find that the whole movement is truly growing like wheatgrass! Even my school cafeteria offers a meat option AND a vegetarian option EVERYDAY. And it tastes delicious! They even have vegan options like chickpeas and couscous with a vegetable soup or a tofu and veggie stir-fry on brown rice.


Annie@stronghealthyfit August 26, 2010

I am making that pudding within the next week. I’m totally hooked on pumpkin now- all ready for fall and winter foods!
Congrats on the article, that’s awesome :-)


Marina August 26, 2010

Wow how that looks like! Thanks for the recipe, I have to make something like that soon.
Can’t wait for autumn and pumpkins :)


Halley (Blunder Construction) August 26, 2010

Mmm!!! That pumpkin pudding looks UNREAL! What a perfect afternoon snack… is that canned pumpkin or something you cooked yourself?


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 26, 2010

“Canadian are very compassionate people.”

We are, aren’t we?


Rachael @ Houston Health Blogs August 26, 2010

Wow how cool is that! I started a “local” health blog as well for Houston. When I went searching for a “health blog” in Houston it was hard to find them so I made a site for bloggers and readers to get information on one site… I’m happy with it so far!


Danielle (Runs on Green) August 26, 2010

Congrats on being in the article!! I know I’m *really* lucky to have access to vegan foods both where I live and at school. I’m not talking fresh fruits and veggies but all the protein powders, sunshine burgers, etc. I noticed there’s more emerging vegetarians and vegans but I really hope that this isn’t just a “trendy” thing and that people are doing it for good reasons (other than to mask another Hollywood diet trend…)

Oh and the chocolate pumpkin pudding? Bomb.


Danielle (Runs on Green) August 26, 2010

^a good kind of bomb! lol


Becca August 26, 2010

OMG….that looks amazing! I am SO ready for fall and pumpkin recipes and can’t wait to make this one!


Camille August 26, 2010

Right now I live in a big city so it is easy to find vegetarian and vegan foods. I can imagine it being difficult if you are from a small town though!


Emily August 26, 2010

I love living in NY because there are so many veg and vegan options available 24/7! I’m not vegan, but I’m really interested in vegan foods and vegan cooking, and NY has definitely helped me discover some new possibilities! Also, I had a neighbor back in Michigan who was a vegan and moved there from NYC to teach, and she got me started and helped me find options in our smaller city.

So glad I subscribe to VegNews. Love it.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 26, 2010

Oh my goodness, you make the greatest pumpkin concoctions!!! That looks delicious. I live in Chicago so as you know the city is pretty friendly to vegetarians and vegans. I live right across from an Argo where there are all these vegan baked goods (Lemon Poppyseed Muffin is to die for!) and there are lots of other options, too. I’m not actually a vegan nor vegetarian but I do like having the options around me.


Sabina August 26, 2010

I stopped eating meat in 1994 (whoa!). Back then, vegetarianism wasn’t as widely accepted as it is today. I remember having to visit health food store to get tofu or veggie burgers (this in a HUGE city). Now, national grocery chains carry such a variety of vegetarian products. Going out for dinner, there were very few vegetarian restaurants and non-veg restaurants had very few veg+ choices. I am so happy that in 2010, that has all changed!

Thanks for the pumpkin pudding recipe. It looks and sounds amazing.


Sabina August 27, 2010

I tried your recipe last night. As I only have the VEGA vanilla chai powder at home, I tried that with… interesting results! The vanilla chai flavouring was too overpowering, even after adding lots of carob (and cocoa). I used agave nectar (no maple syrup on hand), which worked well. I’m going to try the recipe again, using a more bland protein powder or trying the VEGA chocolate (haven’t tried it yet).

Thanks for the inspiration, Angela. I had a can of pumpkin in the pantry and didn’t want to make something overly autumn right now with it (i.e., pie, tarts, soup, etc).


Emmanuelle August 26, 2010

In Brussels there a some vegetarian restaurants, some with vegan dishes, otherwise most restaurants don’t even offer vegetarian options. Or the good ole pasta with vegetables. I love me some pasta with vegetables, but some originality would be appreciated, thank you very much. Just to give you an idea of what vegetarians / vegans go through: people:”oh, so you’re a vegetarian? It’s ok, there’s fish” – me:” o_O. Thing is, I don’t eat fish, fish is still animal after all” – people: “oh, so you’re a vegan” – me: “o_O” and I explain. I’ve heard that countless times in Belgium and France, you have no idea.

Then when I go to the UK, absolutely no problem, most restaurants carry vegetarian / vegan options. And on a side note in London there are several Whole Foods, the one on Brewer Sreet is where I want to spend the rest of my life.

But I’m sold, we’re moving to Canada :-D


Rachel @ Suburban Yogini August 26, 2010

In London it’s fantastic but here in Cambridge it’s diabolical. There is only one vegetarian restaurant in the whole town. Granted some of the better restaurants will do you vegan food if you phone ahead about 2 days, but really it’s pathetic!! Clearly there is a gap in the market. Perhaps we need a UK Glo Bar Franchise!!

What is good about the UK is all our food is labelled with “contains eggs” “contains milk” etc so it’s easy to see what you can eat and what you can’t without trawling through the ingredients.


Tina August 26, 2010

It certainly looks good. I love pumpkin and I bet the maple syrup would be a perfect addition to it. Love your quote and their description of you. You certainly are compassionate!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 26, 2010

Ahhhh, SO cool!!!! I love that magazine!!! I’ll definitely have to pick up this issue!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 26, 2010

Oooh, that pudding sounds so good! Pumpkin makes me all excited for fall.


Monika @ Forever-improving Girl August 26, 2010

I love reading things like this! I hope veganism (and vegetarianism) really IS spreading. There are so many benefits to this way of eating – ethical, environmental and health.

I feel so lucky to live in Toronto – being a vegan here is absolutely effortless. There are tons of vegan restaurants (I accidentally stumbled on yet another one when running on Sunday) and we even have a fabulous all-vegan supermarket (“Panacea” in the Annex – they are AMAZING; the only store where I never have to read ingredient lists).


Wei-Wei August 26, 2010

There isn’t where I live, but an organic/vegetarian/health sort of craze has always been in Taiwan. Well, in my aunt, at least. So many products are sold as organic, and non-water-added (on biscuits. Because apparently there have been scams where they add water instead of milk to biscuits to make them cheaper to produce) and vegetarian, and there’s a lot of Buddhists in Taiwan so there are vegan products as well.


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 26, 2010

i am making this IMMEDIATELY! what a genius idea! i gotta find cacao nibs for some extra crunch too…and now i’m drooling… :)


Jessie (Bites and Pieces) August 26, 2010

Mmm, that pudding looks so delicious and healthy! You can’t go wrong with pumpkin and chocolate together. Major congrats on the VegNews interview, that is awesome! :)


Kath August 26, 2010

WOW that looks good!


Shanna, like Banana August 26, 2010

Yay Canada :)

I’m pretty lucky here in Cali..we have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options all over the place. Much better than when I lived in the Midwest ;)


Cynthia (It All Changes) August 26, 2010

Congrats on the article! It looks great and I’m going to get the online version. I don’t read regular magazine much any more.

That apple looks divine. It is my favorite fall…heck anytime treat.


Therese August 26, 2010

Congrats on the article! I can’t wait to check it out!

I think I’m pretty luck to have moved to Toronto only a year after becoming vegetarian as I have only rarely had problems in restaurants around here and there are so MANY alternative restaurants to choose from, not to mention the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival (coming up in just a few short weeks) that I go to every year!


Liz August 26, 2010

I live in a very, very small town close to other small towns….so there is very very little in the way of vegetarian/vegan options. BUT we’re only about 45 minutes from Moncton NB…so if I wanted a special night out I can head there!!


Viviane August 26, 2010

Angela… your pudding looks delicious!
Years ago people who were interested in vegetarianism were considered weird granola “extremists” and we (at least I) had never heard about veganism. Nowadays it’s quite the opposite. Vegetarianism/veganism have become mainstream and a growing number of people now emphasize vegetarian fare in their diet, especially with everything we hear about the meat industry’s doubtful practices.
My friends and I are not vegans or vegetarians, but we enjoy going out to vegan restaurants as they are becoming quite popular in Montreal and the food they offer is so good! I actually would be perfectly happy being a vegetarian but for health reasons I don’t have a choice but to include meat/fish protein from time to time.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 26, 2010

Nine months out of the year I live in Eugene, Oregon which is a fairly “hippy” town. There are many vegetarians and vegans in there, and there are also many vegetarian and vegan restaurants to support it. It’s very cool.


Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 26, 2010

thats great that its becoming more accessable, makes being vegan and healthy living a whole lot easier eh!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 26, 2010

I cannot wait until pumpkin hits the shelves again!! I know Libby’s was the only one effected by the shortage..but I can’t even find the organic variety!


Jenny August 26, 2010

Chocolate + Pumpkin is heavens gift to earth. Pumpkin is so glorious.
Thanks for sharing this creation!


monicanelsonfitness August 26, 2010

Wow, what a breakfast, YUM! I also am highly addicted to Pumpkin! I have so many recipes containing pumpkin that are still not posted on my meal blog, soon enough though. I am still trying to love the Summer foods:) One goal (movement) I have enocouraged is to have everyone in my circle and my clients to have a “Meatless” Day or Meat-less Monday once a week. The repsonse it awesome and most are happy to try it and actually feel great about doing so.


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