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!
Greek Salad $11.11
Butter Lettuce, Arugula, cashews, tomatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, cucumber. Topped with our Greek Dressing
Cheesy Kale Salad $11.11
Kale, Red bell Pepper, Carrots, Celery, Cashews. Topped with our vegan nut based Cheesy Dressing
Kale Salad $11.11
Our Classic Kale Salad topped with Walnuts, Raisens, celery, red cabbage, carrots & vegan creamy garlic dressing
trail mix super power balls $10.10
3.33 oz bag of trail mix ball (cashews, walnuts, almonds, dates, spiralina, goji berries, mulberries, cacao nibs
Chocolate Cherry Bliss Balls $10.10
3.33 oz bag (Almonds, Dates, Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, dried Cherries, Hemp Seed, Reishi Mushroom
Magic Maca Mocha Balls $10.10
3.33 oz bag (Brazil nuts, dates, cacao powder, cacao nibs, coffee nibs, reishi mushroom, maca powder
Cinni-roll Super Power Balls $10.10
dates, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, Maca, goji berries, cinnamon, He Shou Wu, Reishi mushr,
Lemon meringue Pi super power balls $10.10
Dates,cashews, Brazil nuts, hemp seeds, Maca powder, vanilla bean, mulberries, salt, cacao, Reishi mushroom, lemon
Mo Minty ommmmm Super Power Balls $10.10
Dates, almonds, cacao powder, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, reishi mushroom, peppermint essential oil
Beach Balls $10.10
No nuts Coco Nut Pineapple
Superfood Smoothie $9.99
Housemade coconut milk with apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, celery, superfood powder blend
Cherry Smoothie $9.99
Apples & Cherries blended with housemade coconut milk or almond milk
Chocolate Smoothie $9.99
16 ounces banana & cacao blended to an amazing healthy chocolatly pleasure.
Mixed Berry Smoothie $9.99
Strawberries, banana, blueberries & blackberries with house made coconut milk.
PiÃ±a Colada $9.99
No Rum needed. This whole fruit smoothie is made with organic pineapples & house made coconut milk
Coffee & Chocolate blended to yummy smoothie
Non Dairy Yogurt
My latest discovery using the fabulous social marketplace app, Treatmo, is a great foodie find in Scottsdale, Arizona! There is a lot going on in the Phoenix Metro area during the month of March including the Cactus League spring training baseball games, the blooming of the desert flowers, art walks, and brilliant sunny weather which means enjoying cafes throughout the valley by eating outside or on foot with people from around the country!
The old town portion of Scottsdale is a culinary hot spot and is always packed with people checking out boutiques, grabbing a juice, or gathering after one of the ball games. For those who are looking for amazing raw, vegan, gluten free, organic superfood during the day, then head to N. Marshall Way, one block north of Indian School Road and walk on in to the Sunshine Superfood Cafe and prepare to be treated!
The owners of this bright and cheerful cafe inside the Modify health spa are masters of the art of crafting superfood ingredients into wholesome and delicious meals and snacks including juices, smoothies, salads, mini energy bars, and super power balls! Cool!
The energy mixtures, with their combination of specialized ingredients, will amaze you! Check out their original Trail Mix Bar with a variety of nuts, super berries, and raisins. Can they possibly add anymore mega ingredients? These bars are so fresh they they have to be stored in a refrigerator!
The Cacao Super Power Balls and the Cinni-Rolls Super Power Balls also have an amazing list of ingredients including super herbs, mushrooms, and seeds!
They even created a special energy bar to celebrate Pi Day (March 14, 2015 == 3.1415!) with the Lemon Meringue Pi Super Bar containing maca powder, berries, and lemon -- proof that vegans do have a sense of humor!
The food combining doesn't stop with energy bars or super power balls. The Sunshine Superfood Cafe juices, all named after sun gods, are wonderful! They are master juicers and always have a variety of options ready to go! My favorite is the Kamba, the purple one, made from beets. So stop in and try their amazing offerings and see for yourself the power of raw vegan superfood ingredients at work in the old (but, now, ultra healthy) west!
Quintessence restaurant in NYC serves raw, organic, vegan cuisine and has been doing so since 1999 when owners Mun Chan and Raw Chef Dan opened the establishment in their former recording studio in the East Village. The restaurant is one of the pioneers of the raw food movement, but its focus is not just on serving great vegan food, but also creating a baseline for well-being that includes physical and emotional health.
I discovered Quintessence during my week in Manhattan and Brooklyn using the Treatmo app which displayed images of the amazing vegan desserts they offered. Raw Chef Dan has tremendous creativity when it comes to crafting vegan food and it was a treat to try out their menu items, including two different preparations of the superfood, chia, and an invigorating butternut squash soup with a chai latte!
Quintessence has also prepared a raw, vegan Valentine's Day 2015 menu which includes Potato Leek Soup, Sweet Surprise Watercress Shiso Salad, Stuffed Shitake, Pappardelle in Safron Cream Sauce, and Chocolate Mousse Pie. You can watch Raw Chef Dan prepare the Potato Leek Soup in this video:
So, the next time you are in Manhattan and near the East Village, try out Quintessence restaurant and discover an oasis of gourmet vegan dining!
To celebrate Buddha Parinirvana, a month long Buddhist celebration, the entire nation of Bhutan, located in the Himalayas, goes vegetarian according to this article.
People visit Buddhist temples, light incense sticks and observe a pious way of life in keeping with Buddhist principles of simple living. Many elders begin their day by circumambulating the nearest temple to their homes and chanting hymns. Source
Even though Bhutan's cuisine typically consists of pork, mutton, yak, and chicken, everyone adopts the vegetarian lifestyle for the festival. It also coincides with the visit of the Indian Prime Minister who is vegetarian.
It's nice to see an entire nation switch to a plant-based diet for a month! It will be a time when everyone benefits!
According to a recent survey, 10% of the population in Sweden has become vegetarian or vegan! The growth of those favoring plant-based foods was seen the strongest among the 15 to 24 age group with 17% identifying with the diet.
She added that the increased demand for vegetarian food was "noticeable everywhere". Indeed, 37 percent of non-vegetarian respondents said their interest for buying vegetarian food had increased over the past year. Source
It's wonderful to see so many people trying plant-based foods and it should lead to the creation of flavorful vegetarian and vegan recipes with a strong Scandinavian influence for everyone to experience! Underbart!
A village in the eastern part of Nepal has become a vegetarian settlement. The village is called Itahari Tole and the consumption of meat and fish is prohibited in accordance with their religious philosophy which is opposed to "killing any living organism". Roughly 200 households participate according to this short release from the Himalayan Times. It is nice to read about an entire community dedicated to a compassionate lifestyle! Namaste!
Malaysia, located between Thailand and Singapore, is constantly ranked in the top 10 among countries good for vegan or vegetarian travel. After a short time there its not hard to see why. With a mix of cultures, all known for great cooking, Malaysian cuisine offers so much variety and such an abundance of different flavors that its hard to decide what to eat.
The Malay, Chinese, and Indian dishes all have plenty of vegetarian options. What makes them unique is the wide range of curry flavoring with fresh coconut milk and spices, specials sauces from peanut to savory to chili hot which are poured over noodles or tofu, and the pleasant combinations of vegetables over rice. Beyond the main meal, the wide variety of freshly cut tropical fruit makes it easy to eat as a snack, for breakfast, or as a desert.
Now with the growth in popularity of vegetarian food trends globally, many new restaurants are opening across the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and across the country. Even the airports have vegetarian restaurants, so you can start your trip with a quick snack while still in the terminal!
Many fresh ingredients can be found in supermarkets like Tesco and Isetan, road side fruit stands, and smaller corner markets. Fresh coconut water is not hard to find with large coconuts available everywhere. The sellers chop them on site so they are ready to cut open when you get home. Lentils and chilies are a big part of the cooking experience, as well, for dahls and fried rice. My favorite fruit, the jack fruit, is always in supply.
When you travel through Asia, it becomes readily apparent that most of the growth in the world is occurring throughout China and Southeast Asia. During the time I visited Kuala Lumpur, the largest city, I counted more than 50 new buildings being constructed, along with major infrastructure projects in development such as highways, light rail, and subway systems. It is somewhat concerning since SE Asia, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, have dense jungles throughout the country and many old growth rainforest eco-systems that risk deforestation as the country's economy and population grows.
While the Environmental Protection Index (EPI) rates Malaysia at 25 which is considered 'strong', there is much to be worried about. Palm oil plantations continue to replace raw jungle. Palm oil is becoming an ingredient in many processed foods globally. In fact, burning of peat moss in Indonesia to clear land, especially in Borneo and Sumatra, has created such bad air pollution, it has caused international tensions among the countries in that region.
The good news is that there are many national parks created by the government to preserve bio-diversity and natural habitats. Malaysia is a mega-diverse nation when it comes to flora and fauna and has some of the most unique plants and animals on the planet, including the Sumatran tiger, Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs, orangutans, 300 species of stick insects, hornbill birds, and clouded leopards. With exotic wildlife smuggling on the rise, there is a need for greater protection of animals within the parks along with stronger penalties for those caught.
For vegan travelers, visiting Malaysia is worth the experience and it will definitely expand your horizons for culture, nature, and especially food!
A fun day trying the flavors of Malaysian cooking, all vegetarian or vegan! The 41st World VegFest was held at Lake Titiwangsa in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 6 following two days of the International Vegetarian Congress seminars. Lots of great food and positive energy!
If you are seeking vegan inspiration, the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a good place to visit. Guan Yin is the Buddhist goddess of compassion, and that feeling is evident within the grounds of the monastery and in the cafeteria behind the temple. I first visited the temple by accident while traveling through SE Asia after college and the food at the cafeteria motivated me to try the vegetarian lifestyle. After returning to the cafeteria many years later, the spirit is still alive and well! As usual the entire seating area filled up completely during the lunch hour, and the temple still offers free lunches twice a month on auspicious days. Eating lunch here makes for a wonderful day every time!
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