VegNews: The Vegetarian and Vegan Movement In Canada

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 26, 2010


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 at 8:08 am

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 at 8:08 am

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 at 8:11 am

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 at 8:17 am

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 at 8:18 am

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 at 8:27 am

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 at 8:29 am

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 at 8:34 am

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 at 8:36 am

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.


[email protected] August 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

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 at 8:41 am

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 at 8:47 am

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 at 8:48 am

“Canadian are very compassionate people.”

We are, aren’t we?


Rachael @ Houston Health Blogs August 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

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 at 8:52 am

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 at 8:52 am

^a good kind of bomb! lol


Becca August 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

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 at 8:53 am

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 at 9:09 am

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 at 9:09 am

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 at 9:11 am

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 at 6:26 am

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 at 9:12 am

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 at 9:19 am

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 at 9:20 am

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 at 9:23 am

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


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

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


Monika @ Forever-improving Girl August 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

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 at 9:40 am

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 at 9:40 am

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 at 9:42 am

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 at 9:43 am

WOW that looks good!


Shanna, like Banana August 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

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 at 9:49 am

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 at 9:53 am

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 at 9:53 am

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 at 9:57 am

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 at 9:58 am

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 at 9:59 am

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 at 10:01 am

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 at 10:07 am

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


monicanelsonfitness August 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

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.


Ricki August 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

Congrats on the interview and yay for getting Canadians some coverage in VegNews! :D
Your pudding looks scrumptious. I’d say pumpkin, chocolate and carob is a can’t-miss combination!


Kim August 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

There is definitely a vegan movement where I live – Portland, OR. You should come check it out! It’s like a vegan’s heaven. There is a local non-profit organization called NWVeg ( that puts on events, and does a lot of outreach in the vegan/vegetarian movement. They’re putting on a big conference next month!


Christine @Grub, Sweat and Cheers August 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

Congrats! That’s brilliant.

I’m in Winnipeg and while I’m not vegetarian I do love veggie food. I think the community here is slowly responding to more demand and it’s nice to see more places open that are vegetarian/vegan as opposed to a regular restaurant that just has a few sad options on the menu.


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 26, 2010 at 10:13 am

This looks so delicious! Never would have thought of putting pumpkin as the basis for a pudding, but it makes a lot of sense given the texture.

That’s so great about the movement! Hopefully that will continue in the US ;)


Melissa August 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

Congrats on the vegnews article!!
I’m in the Vancouver area and so the veg movement is growing all the time! Lots of veg choices and meet up groups!


Gracie August 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding = GENIUS!!! Can’t wait to make it! Bookmarking this :)


Natasha August 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

VegNews is such a great magazine! Congrats :) I live in Halifax and considering the city is pretty small, vegan and vegetarian options are fairly easy to come by (products available in the US and in larger Canadian cities are slowly coming into our stores and we have a few veg restaurants).

Speaking of the movement in Canada, the Toronto Vegetarian Association Food Fair is coming up. I bet your Glo Bars would sell well there! :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

I’m convinced that there nothing that pumpkin can’t do right.
Congrats on the magazine article!


Lesley Woodroffe August 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

Hi! I’m the prep chef in a restaurant in midcoast Maine and am encouraged by the owners to create the vegan and veggie food I delight in – it is popular too! Some local restaurants offer veg alternatives, usually with dairy products but I always have a vegan soup, my veg burgers are vegan, and the enchilladas without cheese topping are too. We also use local produce and try to be as ‘green’ a restaurant as possible.


Maria @ runningcupcake August 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

Congrats on the interview!
IN the UK there is a lot of choice for veggies and vegans if you shop in a supermarket/ (top ups from smaller health food shops), but not so much choice when eating out. A lot of places label things as vegetarian when they contain gelatin, or parmeasan (not veggie cheese)- a few places have started to realise and label correctly but it is slow! I think eating out as a vegan would be very hard- my veggie meals generally have cheese in them somewhere.


Jess August 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

Huge vegan movement in Atlanta! (Parts of it)

Where can we get canned pumpkin when it’s NOT fall :) !!??


Melissa August 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

Congratulations on being featured in VegNews! There is not a vegetarian/vegan movement in Memphis, TN, where I live. When people find out that I’m a vegan, they all act like I’m an alien and ask tons of questions. I don’t mind answering them, as I feel it brings some sort of exposure to the lifestyle!


Gloria August 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oooo I can’t wait to get my copy of VegNews!! Congrats :)

There is a growing Veg movement in South Florida, and I like to say that I am a big part of it! We had a fantastic vegan restaurant open recently and I take everyone I know there. My coworkers are learning that they don’t need meat every meal to feel satisfied and I send them recipes to try at home. I might even start a meatless monday at work ;)


Mary @ Fervent Foodie August 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

Mmmm.. I love anything pumpkin… and anything chocolate… this looks heavenly!


JL Goes Vegan August 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Love the recipe and love your quote!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

I think you might just turn into a pumpkin my dear! Heheh, that looks absolutely delicious though!

Yes, there is a vegetarian/vegan movement where I live – which is very close to you! I think it’s great that it’s becoming more popular and that magazine has so much great information. Congrats on the interview being printed! :)


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

Absolutely! I am blessed to live somewhere that healthy living is the norm. It’s a small Southern town and it has all the richness that comes along with that, but there is also alot of health nuts, hippies, holistic options, and so much more. It’s an amazing place to live! I love how vegetarian/vegan friendly it is.


Ashley August 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

Wow!! Your Chocolate Carob Pumpkin Pudding looks amazing!!! And so does the apple!! I will definitely have to pick up some Sunflower Seed Butter next time I am in Trader Joes!!:)


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

Toronto is a really vegetarian friendly city to live in (as I am sure you know being so close and all) Vegetarian restaurants are everywhere, including ethnic restaurants with really fabulous vegetarian fare. If the Healthy Living Summit were here next year *hint* the participants would have a great time discovering everything this city has to offer!! :>


MaryBe August 26, 2010 at 11:08 am

Congrats on the article! I am going to try and find the magazine somewhere.
I just went vegan 3 days ago, after doing some research on the salmonella outbreak from Iowa. I was horrified! I live in WNY (near Buffalo) and will see if I can convert anyone else. I have been reading your blog for ages and know that it can be done in a healthy way


Natasha August 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

When I first went vegan this ( helped me a lot in terms of recipes and general info. Good luck and have fun! :)


Beth @ DiningAndDishing August 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

In DC, there are a lot of vegetarians and vegans (a lot of people are into environment/health/ect. issues) and lots of places that cater to them. I think that’s true of all big cities in the US tho!


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

In the Twin Cities (MN), the vegetarian/vegan movement has not really hit mainstream. I know vegans and vegetarians, but I know they struggle with finding good restaurants and such. I’ve looked for vegan/vegetarian restaurants to try, and there just isn’t any that I’ve found. Makes me really want to move to a place that caters more to this lifestyle (even though I am really more of a flexitarian).


Whitney August 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

I’m living in Houston now, but I’m originally from Moncton, NB. I do eat meat but I also love a lot of vegetarian products that I’ve discovered since living in Texas. When I went home to Moncton back in May, I was shocked at the limited number of options for vegetarians in the local grocery stores as compared to Houston. Hopefully it catches on more around the smaller areas of Canada!


Amber K August 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

What a great idea for pudding! That looks sooo yummy.

I live near Portland, OR so we are pretty veggie friendly. Although I would have to drive into the city to get to some of them.


chelsey August 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

oh my goodness – this looks so good!!


Michelle August 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Every store near me seems to be out of canned pumpkin because of a pumpkin shortage! I was finally able to find a pumpkin pie mix (and it was organic) at the health food store. It will have to work for now because I am dying to try the VOO with pumpkin :)


Vegyogini August 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm

We have a huge vegan community here in LA and I’m very proud and happy to be an active part of it.

I became vegetarian nearly 12 years ago and, back then, the only vegetarians/vegans I “knew” were Canadian cookbook authors (Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard) and Canadian bloggers, so I think it’s a little unusual for VegNews to be just now writing an article like this. Better late than never! ;) I do love VegNews very much, so that’s not meant as a criticism, just an observation. I received my copy yesterday and am looking forward to reading your piece!

BTW, if you ever are in need of Trader Joe’s stuff, let me know…I’m there at least once a week!


Michal August 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Go Angela! :-D
Vegan/Vegetarian is definitely becoming hip in NYC. A little bit in the suburb where I live, on a smaller scale. It’s exciting to see, even when I’m guarding my wallet :-p


Laurab @ foodsnobstl August 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I am in st. louis, and while I am not a vegan, I do think it is easier than it used to be to find food in sites and at restaurants than are vegan. I have noticed, however, that a lot of the different types of flours and seeds are difficult to find without purchasing over the internet.


Hangry Pants August 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Congratulations on the article Angela! This might be weird, but I do think you are responsible for a lot of people trying out new vegan recipes and such. I know I often try things because of you.


Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries August 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I really think the vegetarian and vegan movement is making it’s way worldwide. In the US anyway, I think more people are starting to realize the value of their health and it’s correlation to what they eat, especially in the recession when so many people are without jobs, and therefore without health care. I’m lucky to live in an area where these items are very accessible. In fact, just last night I went to a restaurant where it just so happened all of the vegan/vegetarian items on the menu were half off! I’m not a vegan or vegetarian (just can’t seem to part with chicken) but what I intended to order just happened to be off that menu so I was stoked!!


KimEatandBe August 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Congrats on the article. That is awesome!
I am in Calgary and sadly I have not found too many vegan restaurants. I did a bit of a google search and found one, but if anybody knows of others out there…send them my way! At the moment Kim’s Cucina (i.e., my own kitchen) is where it’s at. :)


Chelsea at Striking Balance August 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Apples with peanut butter is my absolute favourite snack..especially crunchy peanut butter. Yummmm.

And that pudding!! My gosh I have to get some pumpkin STAT. Everything you are making with it these days is making me drool!


Stacie August 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

How ’bout them apples! And sunflower butter :) Must pick some of that up at TJ’s when I make the every other month shopping trip due to the 3 hour drive I make to the nearest one. Yummers…but well worth it. Hope you are having a great day!


jane August 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

London UK is good for all things vegetarian/vegan from restaurants to Whole foods and Planet Organic . Most places carry vegetarian options even the sushi bars !


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA August 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

When I went vegan I lived in Indiana and I had never met a vegan in my life, and only a few vegetarians. Now I know five Indiana vegans (all who went vegan since I did) and a couple more people who are trying to get there. So I definitely think it’s getting better! Now I live in LA and I’m just thrilled at all the vegan options. =)


Kristina @ spabettie August 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I feel EXTREMELY lucky to live in a GREAT vegan + vegetarian area!! We have the VDBR (Vegan Dinner Bike Ride!!) each First Friday of the month, we have AWESOME vegan restaurants, bakeries, grocery store and food carts!!

and it is all AWESOME!

congrats on the article – I will have to look for this issue :)


Julia August 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Congrats on your article!

I think, the vegetarian/vegan movement has not yet hit Germany – at least not in the south-western part. I live in Stuttgart which is the biggest city in the area and the options are rare. Although I’m neither a vegetarian nor a vegan (just because I’m not good with restictions) I eat and cook a lot of vegetarian/vegan inspired food as I think it’s much more creative and varied.
As long as I don’t get inspiration from vegetarian/vegan restaurants I have to rely on my favorite blogs – like yours :-)


elyssa August 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

thank you so much for what you do, angela! i’m not entirely vegetarian, but vegetables form the center of every meal i eat. i’m from rural frederick, maryland where fresh veggies are plentiful. not to mention, my mom’s fabulous garden out back that keeps us supplied with tomatoes, basil…you name it! frederick (the 2nd biggest city in maryland) has only 1 veg friendly restaurant – cafe nola. they grow their own produce, amazing! my best friend (and fellow blog partner) and i try to support them as much as possible, but the diehard american meat culture in the area stands in the way of any real inroads into mainstream vegetarianism/veganism.

i’m particularly attached to your blog because of the ontario connection. although im from the states, i came up to the great white north to attend mcgill – and i’ve stuck around! i met a boy that led me to toronto, and now im in grad school at u of t. the parallels in our stories really struck me – i battle with the weight of my academic load and the pressures of staying healthy in a frenzied urban environment, but reading about how you pulled through helps me every day!

are you going to the live-green toronto festival in dundas square?!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

That pudding looks absolutely ahmazing. I just wish I had some pumpkin!!

NYC is SUPER vegan friendly!! There are dozens of vegan restaurants…I haven’t tried half of them!! It’s one of my favorite aspects about New York!


Lauren @ 40Apples August 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

The pudding = top o’ my list of things to try. TOP. yummm
I second Gabriela above: NYC is thankfully very vegan-loving. Also very meat-loving, but we all get along just fine :) I wish it was as VEGETABLE-friendly as my hometown, Portland OR is (produce overflows there)… but hey, I still feel pretty lucky.


Lexie August 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I’m really not into cooking, but I just had to comment that I’m most likely going to make this because it looks easy and doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. Weeeeeeee!


Amanda August 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I live in the middle of what I like to call meat and potato land and it is incredibly hard to find vegetarian options and I think most people would look at me confused if I asked about Vegan options


Laura (spokesnoats) August 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Congratulations on your feature in VegNews!!


Olya August 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

When I moved from Russia to New Zealand, it shocked me just how easy it is to be vegan/vegetarian here. In Russia though it is close to impossible to be vegan as we don’t even get more than 2 kinds of beans there (I’ve never heard of chickpeas before NZ).

I love your blog! It inspires me so much to achieve my goals. Thank you.


bitt August 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I saw you in vegnews. Sadly the day I read it you had posted about making meat for your husband. I was concerned that lots of vegnews readers (who tend to be ethical vegans) would be turned off from your site. Do you ever worry about that when posting meat dishes that your dining companions eat?

There is a pretty big vegan movement in Seattle, of course. Plenty of restaurants to choose from. I’m lucky. I loved the article about Canada and need to head over the border more often.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Congrats on making it into the magazine! I’ve never bought it before, but I’m definitely going to pick up that copy.

I wish our area had more vegetarian/vegan restaurants! I think we’re slowly hopping on the bandwagon though, with the opening of Kind Food and Wild Seed in the past year. Have you ever been to Wild Seed (in the Kula yoga studio in Burlington)?


[email protected]:// August 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I just got some of the Tj’s sunflower nut butter and it is amazing. I have been having it everyday.


Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

What a colorful magazine. Congrats on the article.

Being in Southern California…there are a lot of people who are fit and are health conscious. I am lucky to lived where there are a lot of vegan options, either gourmet or fast food type of restaurants.

I prefer cooking my own food though. You make vegan food look so delicious.


Heather ODonnell August 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I got my issue a few days ago and it was awesome to see you in print. Congrats!!


ezzie August 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

oh shoot, that apple looks utterly amazing.


Allyson August 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

Wow… that pudding looks amazing. I LOVE Pumpkin anything so I will definitely try this. I am new to reading your blog and I just love so many of your recipes. I am by no means a vegan or vegetarian (though I used to be both at one point in my life), but I still love to cook vegan/veggie dishes. I’m glad I found your blog!


Sana August 27, 2010 at 12:29 am

I am happy to report that my campus has vegan desserts!!! It counts, right?


Maria August 27, 2010 at 1:14 am

Wow, I’ll have to try that pudding. It looks so delicious, and like a great way to “sneak in” more veggies.

Unfortunately there is no vegan/vegetarian movement to speak of where I live. In fact it is quite the opposite. I am constantly hearing how being vegan is bad for me and that I should at least eat fish and dairy and eggs. Sometimes I get discouraged by this, as I am a relatively new vegan (three months), and end up eating fish. I always feel bad afterwards, both mentally and physically. I feel so much better being vegan, and it makes me a bit sad that I’m pressured to eat what I don’t want.

Congrats on the article! you certainly deserve all kinds of credit.


moira nordholt August 27, 2010 at 2:19 am

woo hoo! thanks for posting, angela! hope to see you at the toronto veggie food fair!


Laura August 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

I live in Ottawa and am not overly impressed with the vegetarian/vegan options here. There are some vegetarian restaurants here, but not as many as you might expect for Canada’s capital city! Also, the restaurants that do exist seem to be very similar (often buffet-style, pay by weight). There is nothing comparable to Fresh or Live in Toronto. Health food stores are also few and far between and often ridiculously overpriced.


Sara August 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

I live in San Diego, CA, and this place has been ahead of the game in regards to Vegan & Vegetarian but what’s really catching on now is locally grown foods & grass fed meat products. The whole thing is far enough along that there’s plenty of hugely popular restaurants that serve up only local fare, and they may not be all-veg but there’s plenty of veg options on the menus and things tend to be clearly labeled. It’s a nice change from Chicago, where there’s enough people to have vegan places like you all tried, but the majority of the food is greasy & fattening because that’s what is original to that city.


Treas75 August 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for 21 years and I live in northern Alberta, often referred to as “cattle country”. It was extremely difficult when I first became a vegetarian to find anything veg nevermind vegan! Some people actually took offense of me being vegetarian. Thankfully these days it’s acceptable and even admired! There are many options at regular grocery stores now, and most restaurants have at least one vegetarian option (more would be nice). Sooooo much easier now, and nice not to be the only vegetarian in town!!


Tamani Snead August 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Yes, we have vegan restaurants & we’re able to get vegan foods fairly easily in Philadelphia, PA


lauren M. September 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

What brand of pumpkin do you use? It looks so much drier than mine, but maybe that’s just the magic of the camera. I use Trader Joe’s organic or Libby….whatever I can get my hands on since the pumpkin shortage. :(


Vanessa September 26, 2010 at 1:39 am

Mmmmmm, so many delicious looking “stuff”… My eyes will start to water if I keep reading tonight. I MUST find that crunchy butter, YUMMO! The pumpkin/choc pudding looks like it would be enough to put me in a happiness induced coma for at least 2 weeks. I might decide that sitting at home eating that could be a great hobby. *cough*
I emigrated from Australia to the U.S 2 years ago for my husband. We’re both vegetarian enthusists (ie: 6 out of the 7 days in a week we eat vegetarian meals and we have one day where we will eat chicken or fish). I must say that Australia definately had a lot more to offer with respect to the range of foods offered to vegetarian/vegan eaters. The U.S is made up of so many chain restaurants that offer the same meals (and not always terribly interesting) that it’s hard to get enthusiastic about eating out. I miss the unique, multi-cultural places back home but consider myself lucky that between my local WholeFoods and Natural Grocers (and webpages like this!) that I can find tasty recipes to try out. I have found that the lack of decent eatery’s forces me to cook more often and hence, save a lot of money by staying in! *grin* Small blessings?


Kelly February 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

I live in southern Ontario, and I’ve definitely been noticing more vegetarian and vegan places (bakeries, restaurant, coffee shops) pop up. Since the city I live in is so multi-cultural, I’ve never had a problem finding something vegan to eat while eating out. Every Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Mexican restaurant pretty well has a vegan alternative to offer, or at least a vegetarian alternative that you can ask to be made vegan.

Although American/Canadian chain restaurants do typically have a vegetarian option, it is usually just a salad and/or veggie burger (boring!). So when going out, I typically explore the cultural food that’s right at my doorstep.


Jeet Panchal August 8, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Hi there,

Hope you are doing fabulous!

I’m Jeet Panchal – a lifelong pro-vegetarian!

Primarily, out of animal compassion and environmental concerns, I turned vegetarian. I can’t thank enough my wonderful family, friends and awesome organizations/bloggers/publishers like yours for motivating and helping me to stay vegetarian via your online contents. To contribute back, whatever little I can, to the community, I recently wrote and published (on below interconnected articles/blogs to motivate meat lovers to Go Vegetarian for a good reason:

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Why Go Vegetarian

10 Sure Shot Ways to Become a Vegetarian

6 Friendly, Fun and Easy Ways to Persuade Others to Go Vegetarian

Yummy Recipes To Stay Vegetarian For 100 Years!

I’d greatly appreciate if you can publish these blogs as a guest post and help me bring my wife, kid, and friends that big SMILE who constantly motivated and unconditionally supported me in becoming a staunch lifelong vegetarian!
Also to contribute to the community and promote the cause, I and my family are volunteering at events like Veg Food Feast in Toronto.

Hope you would appreciate my passion for promoting vegetarianism and help me spread words via such blogs and articles.

Please let me know if you can publish it as a “guest post”, I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks a lot for your time.

Jeet Panchal


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2018 at 7:04 am

Hi Jeet, Thank you so much for your lovely note. I’m so happy you’ve found inspiration with my recipes and blog! I don’t post guest articles on my blog, but I will definitely have to check them out on Buzz Feed. Thanks for sharing!


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