Boon Burger Cafe

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Boon Burger on Elizabeth
399 Elizabeth St.
Burlington ON
L7R 2H4

“The word ‘boon’ means bean in Afrikaans (South African language), Anneen’s birthplace. It also means a blessing, a benefit or something to be thankful for.”

This past weekend, I went to Boon Burger, again..hands down still THE BEST vegan burger I’ve ever tasted. Everything from the patty to the sauce and gluten free bun created an explosion of perfectness in my mouth.

I got the bacun cheeze burger with fries and a lemonade. They season their fries with sesame seeds, something I’ve never had before and I don’t know why – it was so delicious.

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bacun cheeze burger… grilled boon patty, mayo, dijon, a slice of cheeze, smoky bacun, pickles, red onions, tomatoes & lettuce. 

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The homemade coconut milk based ice cream comes in a cone, cup & milkshake. The texture, taste and consistency is better than any non vegan ice cream.

I’ve attached the menu here  they also have a kids menu & cater! They have locations all over so head on over to their website and visit a Boon Burger Cafe near you.

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Happy Eating xo

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I finally gave in… 

I’m not one for ever doing these ‘fitness challenges’ because I chose to change my lifestyle not my physical activity and eating for x amount of days, then goback to the regularly scheduled program. 

Yet, here I am about to try a 21 day shredding challenge. I figure, I already go to the gym 4 times a week and eat fairly healthy SOOOOO why not change up my workouts a little and be a slightly more careful about what goes in my mouth.

I found this challenge on Muscle and Strength it’s called “Fast & Furious: 21 Day Shredding Workout Cycle & Diet”so many words I don’t particularly like in the title, but hey loosing a couple pounds never hurt anyone. 

First thing I noticed was the meal plan, it’s unfortunately not Vegan friendly but a few changes here and there and of course it can be followed on a Vegan meal plan. I liked how this was changed up based on sex ( yes, as a predominantly male industry a lot of the plans you’ll find are catered to men) and weight. Now, I don’t suggest following this to a ‘T’ because whomever made this, generically created it for as many people as possible to use! You need to take everything into consideration, so medical issues, work, social events etc…

I’m going to be starting this next week, honestly…well see how long I make it haha! 

Il’l be posting daily for 21 days to show progress (obviously that won’t be on the daily) my meal plan (Vegan-style) and my workouts, my thoughts and how I feel during this…. adventure?

Stay tuned! 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook | Lunch Edition

As promised one of my favourite lunch recipes from the ‘Oh She Glows Cookbook’. We’re keeping it super healthy for this post so naturally, we’re going to talk salads BUT not just your average lettuce, some greens & dressing salad this is going to be a perfected chickpea salad sandwich (because hey, we’re vegan which means we love carbs…)

L U N C H

1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

2 stalks celery. finely chopped

2 green onions. thinly sliced

1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle (makes everything taste so much better)

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

2-3 tablespoons store bought or homemade (homemade ladies, all the power too you) vegan mayonnaise

1 clove garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/2 teaspoon lemon

Freshly ground black pepper

&&& of course bread! I personally need a Gluten-free bread (allergy) but any will do!

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I’ve made this before just minus the sandwich aspect and it was SOOOOO good! You don’t need a lot as the chickpeas are quite filling, but you know sometimes when something tastes so good one thing leads to another and before you know it you’ve finished the entire batch. But hey, a little chickpeas never hurt anyone!

I’d love to know what your favourite lunch recipes are! Leave them in the comments section or share with me on Instagram @alittleveganlifeblog OR twitter @alittleveganlife.

Stay tuned for my next post. It’s something I’m SUPER excited to talk about! If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you should, hello) it’s something that’s been taking over my story!

 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook | Breakfast Edition

I’ve blogged previously about this cook book called  “Oh She Glow” by Angela Liddon but I wanted to do a little updated post and share some of my new fave recipes.

I’ll link Angela’s website here as well as where you can find her cookbook.

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I have been absolutely in love with this cook since I got it. At first it was a little intimidating because whether I like to admit it or not….I’m not the best cook on the planet, but these recipes are super easy to make & so so so delicious.

B R E A K F A S T

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effortless vegan overnight oats

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 large banana

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

This serves 3, the prep time is SUPER quick…only 5 minutes and you let this chill overnight before eating! This is great for those who meal prep every week it’s super simply to make and you can totally grab it and go in the morning, a low maintenance breakfast is a big yes in my books. 

  1. In a small bowl wisk together the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, banana and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight to thicken.
  2. In the morning, stir the mixture, put it in your favourite container (I’m obsessed with mason jars so ya’ll know that’s where my oats are) & your ready to begin your day.

If you follow me on Instagram ( & this new snapchat…instasnap?…story) I’ve been taking pictures of the recipes themselves so you can screenshot them and try them out!

Also, I’d love to know some of your favourite vegan recipes cause Lord knows I need all the cooking help I can get! Leave me a comment on here or show me on Insta or Twitter!

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Tomorrows blog will be my favourite lunch recipes from the Oh She Glows cookbook!

Hope you enjoy xo

Mixing Foods & Digestion

 

Recently I’ve been experiencing those reoccurring stomach issues that I thought going Vegan had FINALLY solved (not the only reason I went vegan) but of course the stomach issues are back for vengeance.

My mom (don’t know why she decided to wait 26 years to tell me) had told me the other week that ever since I was little’ I’ve always had stomach issues’…thanks mom. So something that I thought had started in my teens was actually an issue since birth.

Luckily, the other day someone had mentioned to me about mixing foods and how that affects our digestion… I actually felt kind of stupid because, what the heck why didn’t I think of this before. SOOOO instead of going to the Dr…..again x50 I went straight to the one thing I can rely on in life… the one thing that knows everything about anything…Google hehe.

So here it is. How I’m figuring this whole digestions thing out and I hope that I can maybe help someone whose having the same super annoying issues I’m having. Enjoy!

My first tid bit of info comes from ‘BodyEcology’ and an article titled,

‘Food Combining: The Little-Understood Secret to Optimal Health & Weight Revealed’ 

” What happens in your stomach and digestive tract is important AND can be the key to long-term health and weight loss!”

 Eat Fruits Alone on an Empty Stomach

 Eat Proteins with Non-Starchy Vegetables and/or Ocean Vegetables

 Eat Grains and Starchy Vegetables with Non-Starchy and/or Ocean Vegetables

They also touch on the details of food combining and what you should and shouldn’t eat together.

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Enjoyxo

A Vegan Long Weekend.

This past weekend was a long weekend in Canada – Victoria Day. We decided the best way to kick off what FINALLY feels like summer here & the first long weekend is to go on a family camping trip. My husband, myself and my furbaby packed our bags, loaded up the car and drove for what felt like forever (but was only just over an hour away) for the first overnight family adventure of the year.

We’ve all gone camping last year and it wasn’t the best experience. Christian (my puppy) didn’t do too well sleeping in the tent where ever crackle of fire and whisper was heard aka mommy and daddy get no sleep. This year we crossed our fingers it would be different because he’s gotten a little older and we hoped we could tire him out throughout the day.

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We wanted a campsite right on the water, and boy did we get exactly what we wanted! I took some pictures, see them below!

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We both like to fish, so having the access to the water was just to perfect.

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& what better way to end each night with a campfire.

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Food for me wasn’t hard at all. I brought some Vegan hamburgers, fruit, Quinoa chips and some hummus and crackers, oh and of course bagels for breakfast!

 

Vegan Vacation

My husband and I just got back from one of our favourite vacations yet! It’s a new resort that just opened up in Cayo Coco Cuba. The resort is called the Pullman, and is the first partially (or half, I can’t remember) owned Cuban resort by a Canadian. The food is to DIE for – plenty of Vegan options for me & Vegetarian options for my husband (he eats chicken from time to time).

I was a tad nervous going on vacation as a Vegan for a few reasons, mainly because I had got it in my head that theres NO WAY I can live for 10 days without my smoothies, Vegan ‘meat’ and plant based food.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of food that was available for me here. There were plenty of salads, stir frys, fruits and veggies to sustain me for the duration of our trip. Mind you, like here you can modify your food to fit a Vegan plant-based diet, BUT let me warm you they DO NOT understand why someone would be Vegan (from my own experience I think they find it disrespectful as they eat to survive, they don’t understand why you would cut out certain foods) but such is life and I’m still alive and well.

I wanted to share a few pictures from my vacation & some tips and tricks that I think would help being a Vegan on vacation.

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This is from one of the four pools, looking into the lobby and lounge area of the Pullman.

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Two beautiful pictures that don’t do the beach justice. The white sand is so soft and the water is always warm! If you’ve been to Varadero, the beaches aren’t as nice in the sense of completely white sand and calm bath like ocean but still nothing like we have here in Canada.

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This is one of three walkways leading from the resort to the beach.

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After many 5am wake ups, countless walks on the beach and 3 catamaran rides my husband finally caught the fish he planned so diligently for since we booked the vacation back in January.

Tips for a Vegan vacation.

  1. Pack some snacks to bring with you to the airport
  2. Pack a meal (if you need too) that you can bring on the plane with you
  3. Pack some protein powder or supplements that you take
  4. Pack any condiments or seasoning that you usually use at home to cook with
  5. Learn about local ingredients that are used wherever you’re travelling too
  6. Find local Vegan restaurants (if any)
  7. Research on Pinterest / Google for any bloggers or other Vegan travellers that have been to the area that you’re going
  8. Notify your accommodation that you’re vegan
  9. Find apartments or places to stat with kitchens (Airbnb)
  10. Pack you’re cruelty-free cosmetics in case they’re hard to find

 

 

Enjoy!xo