In the spirit of summer, we are giving away a free delivery of six delicious organic, cold pressed juices ($65 value) of your choice from Illuminate Juice in San Diego! If you live in San Diego County or plan to visit this summer, enter to win these amazing treats! Simply download the free Treatmo app for iPhone or iPad and friend 'MakeSimpleVegan Treats' in the app to enter by July 30. The drawing will occur on July 31!
We will draw a winner at random from our MakeSimpleVegan Treats friends and send you a voucher for the juice pack. Illuminate Juice is San Diego's cold pressed juice delivery! Produce used to make the juices comes from the San Diego area so they are a local and green business. Try options like 'rise', 'shine', 'enlighten,' 'energy', 'vitality', or 'bliss' and "illuminate your body within" with their refreshing beverages!
The Treatmo app let's you find amazing juice bars and health inspired bakeries and cafes across the U.S., including California, New York, Florida, Texas. Purchase items with a few taps and pick it up or have it delivered (depends on the merchant) and then chat about it with images and messages so others can experience what you enjoyed. Discover the best veg-friendly places to eat and stay healthy in your own community or when you're on the road! We all know that traveling vegan is hard in a new city or town, but Treatmo makes it easy to know where to eat or snack! You can even purchase ahead of time to reduce hassle...
Thanks for participating and see you in the app! If you win, enjoy the amazing cold pressed juices on us in San Diego this summer! Cheers!
Thanks to all who entered! We have selected a winner and they have been treated through the Treatmo app!
Two thing inspire me about Penang Island which is just off the west coast of Malaysia, about a 4 hour car ride north of Kuala Lumpur on the main highway. They are sunsets and vegan food! Penang has an abundance of both. The sunsets seen from the north part of the island at a location called Batu Ferringhi are magical. Equally wonderful is the wide range of vegan food options and restaurants throughout the main city of Georgetown and around the rest of the island. Could this be a tropical paradise for vegans? It's close. The island is becoming quickly urbanized from economic growth so it doesn't quite have the peaceful happy tropical vibe some may want for a paradise, but the food is amazing and the sunsets do make each day wonderful. Needless to say, I hope I can make it back often.
The Leaf Healthy House Cafe (Penang)
How can you go wrong when the name of the restaurant has 'leaf' and 'healthy' in it? It's my favorite vegan cafe in the area and it has a very green vibe. The dumpling soup is wonderful and the vegan version of Bak Kut The which is an herbal soup with veggies is excellent. They have a large menu with many juices and the prices are low. It's just a short distance from the waterfront and a relaxing place to enjoy great food.
Janxden Greenlife Restaurant (Penang)
Janxden Greenlife Restaurant is a nice place to eat on a pretty street in the main city. The food is tasty, especially their Tom Yam soup. They have unique juices and friendly service. Their rice dishes are also large and wonderful. The interior is simple and clean.
It's wonderful to know people who know things - such as how to make almond brazil nut milk - fresh and homemade. All I can say is 'WOW'! It tastes much better than the store bought versions of dairy-free milk. In fact, I stopped buying the common brands on the shelf because the list of ingredients was somewhat concerning and the flavor was just not that appealing.
Well, when my sister stopped by and made a batch of almond brazil nut milk, it totally energized me. The flavor was balanced and delicious. Now I make and drink it frequently, especially when almonds go on sale. I recommend you try it, even if you don't consider yourself skilled in the kitchen. Simply soak the nuts over night, blend them with water, pour the mixture through cheese cloth and squeeze it as much as possible and that's it! Our recipe will be forthcoming but the photos below will guide you through the general process of making of my new favorite vegan beverage - no sweeteners added or needed. Cheers!
Finding your favorite Curry Mee in Kuala Lumpur, the main city in Malaysia, is a popular thing to do. It's so popular, MasterCard listed it as the main activity for visitors in its airport advertisement (see below). Just as you might search for the best salsa in Mexico, the best mojito in Cuba, or the best pad thai in Bangkok, resorting to extreme measures, even during the hottest part of the equatorial day or the latest hours of the night, to find the curry mee that changes your life is part of the cultural experience of the city!
Curry Mee is a medium thick noodle soup with a yellow curry and coconut milk base. Sometimes soy milk is used and even water, but for aficionados, coconut milk creates the richest and creamiest flavor. Mee is the local word for noodles. The vegan version of the soup will contain several different types of tofu and vegetables including green beans, potatoes, carrots, okra, mushrooms, bean sprouts, mint leaves, and even eggplant. The flavor can be mild or fairly spicy. For me, the lure is the curry flavor which is very fresh and unique. When hot chili peppers are added, it actually cools off your body and makes the outside heat more tolerable. The soup blends all of the vegetables and tofu together and delivers a warming and wholesome meal.
So did I find Kuala Lumpur's best vegan curry mee? I sure did! In fact, I found my two favorite curry mee soups. The first is at the vegetarian food patio behind a Buddhist Temple in Kuala Lumpur in the Ampang area. The Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery on Jalan Ampang near the city center has a special hawker stand for a variety of mee soups and dishes. As can be expected, the curry mee menu item is highlighted in yellow (see images below). Their curry mee combines nice mushrooms, green beans, and three different types of tofu. The flavor was perfect and I felt great after eating it! Try it out if you are ever on a similar quest in Kuala Lumpur! This food patio also offer a variety of fruit as a dessert. My favorite one after the best curry mee is sweet jackfruit!
My equally favorite vegan curry mee can be found at The Origin, a vegan hot spot which is also located in Kuala Lumpur's Ampang area. This curry mee is slightly thicker and has less tofu, but more noodles and veggies. I prefer this version on the weekends when there is more time to relax and enjoy it. The Origin also has a variety of other amazing food options including curried eggplant, mushroom salads, and fried rice dishes. It is always an experience to eat here.
So there you have it - the two best vegan curry mee soups in Kuala Lumpur. Both amazing and both an experience not to be missed!
Bangkok, the the capital and largest city in Thailand, is a cosmopolitan experience. The city has grown from a regional attraction to a global destination. Even though Bangkok is located in the tropics, it has more of an urban feel with staid high-end shopping streets to frenetic tourist areas while still being accessible to those backpacking through Thailand. As a veg-friendly destination, the city has a lot to offer, however, vegan and vegetarian only restaurants are scattered far apart. Because of the traffic, it's not always convenient to get to the popular plant-based restaurants, so the experience is one of finding vegan dishes in regular restaurants. Because Thai food lends itself very nicely to vegetable dishes, this is not hard and there are some nice discoveries to be made!
Na Aroon Restaurant (Sukhumvit Soi 1)
I visited two unique veg-friendly food spots in central Bangkok. The first was Na Aroon Restaurant which is part of a garden styled hotel at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1. The restaurant has a refreshing atmosphere, like an oasis in sharp contrast to the bustling and sooty streets of the city. So it's a wonderful place to decompress while eating some amazing food. The restaurant does not serve meat, but does serve fish. The menu clearly displays a 'V' for vegetarian and 'NV' for 'Non-Vegetarian' options. They are also very accommodating per any dietary request. Both times I visited for lunch it was not busy and a very enjoyable experience. Take a taxi to get there, but if you want to walk, ride the BTS (elevated rail) to Ploen Chit station, then walk to Sukhumvit Road, one of the main streets in the city, and find Soi 1 (about 15 minutes). Then walk to the end of Soi 1 (about 10 minutes). You will be pleasantly surprised!
Eathai Food Court (Central Embassy Mall - Ploen Chit BTS)
Located in the Central Embassy Mall which is connected to the Ploen Chit BTS station by an elevated walkway, which helps you avoid street level commotion, is the wonderful Eathai food court. The food court is located on the bottom floor down two escalators. It is a very high end style food court simulating hawker stalls in a Thai village with representative food options from all parts of the country. Most importantly, they have a vegetarian counter with about fifteen different options. The ones I tried were all delicious. Everything is made fresh in an open kitchen and brought to your table. The prices are very reasonable, if not surprisingly low for the quality and comfort of the experience.
The food court has not been discovered by the main stream tourist crowd and is mostly filled with Thai business people and those living in the area. To say I ate here a few times would be an understatement. It was my main place! It is also connected to a specialty Thai grocery market with neat stuff such as boutique rice, coconut oils, dried fruit, soaps, chili sauces, and anything else you could want. I bought most of my gifts for friends and family at home from this market. If you are staying in central Bangkok and pass through the Ploen Chit BTS station, then stop here and try it. Best of all, there is little chance of getting Bangkok Belly when you eat here!
This map should help if you are in the area. Once you get a feel for central Bangkok, you are ready for memorable culinary treats and a very positive veg-experience!
Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is the bustling and vibrant commercial capital of Vietnam and is a location waiting to be discovered by vegans. Fresh tropical fruit, amazing vegetarian soups (pho), and an abundance of fragrant rice dishes with a variety of mushrooms makes each meal a culinary journey!
A peaceful and friendly people, the Vietnamese of Saigon expertly craft dishes that are light and delicious. Being expert cooks, they know how to weave ingredients together to make even regular food taste wonderful. It was a pleasure to move about the city and pop-in to different vegetarian shops and try out the menus. Of course, every meal was finished with Vietnamese coffee which is now a favorite of mine.
My first taste of vegan Saigon was truly an amazing experience and one to be remembered!
The breakthrough documentary from the Producer and Writer of "Forks Over Knives" with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Co-Author of The China Study.
Find a local screening near your hometown and consider contributing to their Kickstarter campaign to support bringing the message of plant-based nutrition to people everywhere.
The Healy's Vegan Market team visited Natural Products West Expo in Anaheim, CA, at the beginning of March in search of exciting new products for our online store and to enjoy the energy of the natural living, health, and wellness community. It was a lot of fun with over 71,000 attendees! This expo showcases natural and specialty food products along with sustainable living companies. Aside from the expo floor which had around 2,700 booths, there was a constant stream of events going on including yoga in the plaza in the morning, a great way to start the busy day!
We also saw Dr. David Perlmutter give a keynote address about the linkage between gut health and happiness (ie., eat lots of plant-based fermented foods such as kimchi, miso, pickles, and sauerkraut) and Mark Bittman give another keynote about his stand on eliminating antibiotics from the meat production, banning or highly regulating heavily sugared foods and drinks, and recommending that trending towards plant-based diets in one's life is a good move.
We also uncovered some fabulous snacking products and had a great time tasting new or familiar foods. Two products made it into our market: Bearded Brothers Energy Bars (Ausint, TX) and Gorilly Goods Snacks (Jackson, WI). Both are perfect for traveling, hiking, or post work out. I especially like them for traveling since they fill the gap when there are no vegan options readily available or you don't want to stop to search for food. They're also excellent for hikers to take on the trail if you don't have a bag of dried fruit and nuts ready!
My favorite vegan milk was at the expo as well - Suzie's Quinoamilk Beverage! I'm not a regular drinker of non-dairy milk style drinks, but when I do get one, it's usually this brand from Brooklyn. I like their unsweetened vanilla flavor! They owners were really friendly and didn't mind that I took a lot of samples!!!
Lastly, there was a wide variety of vegan meat products at the show. I discovered this brand which is well known in Japan - Maisen. The Just Like Meat tasted delicious and has only two ingredients - soy and brown rice. I've dropped most soy from my diet, but if this product were available at the store, I would probably get it once in a while and add some different sauces to it to make it taste even better!
After two long days at the Expo, we decided to drive to Newport Beach and enjoy the sunset! It was a fun time and we're excited about what our market has to offer!
March 20 is designated as the International Day of Happiness established in 2012. Per the U.N.'s assembly resolution:
Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples Source
Five easy ways to celebrate this very happy day -
The happiness movement is growing and there are even happiness activists determine to lift spirits around the globe. Taking small steps to make yourself happy is simple and you just may inspire the people around you. This article list the keys to a happier you. Have a happy day always!
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