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How do you like your tofu?

Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Blog, Join the Party, Recipes, Why Vegan | Comments Off on How do you like your tofu?

How do you like your tofu?

How do you like you tofu? Tofu is a very versatile food, which is one of the many reasons why we chose to celebrate it on World Tofu Day! With a new year beginning, a great resolution to take is to go vegan! The question we always receive is: what do vegans eat? A great tip to keep in mind is that vegan food is normal food, and can be extremely tasty! Here at SPA Canada, we love experimenting with the many vegan options available and being creative! Let’s start with breakfast. One of our go to recipes is tofu eggs benedict! The consistency of the tofu, smothered in a vegan cheezy sauce topped with your favorite veggies is a sure way of enjoying the most important meal of the day! How do you like your tofu in the morning?...

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Veganism: Still little known!

Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Blog, Join the Party, Why Vegan | Comments Off on Veganism: Still little known!

Veganism: Still little known!

  Why are there not more than 4% of vegetarians or vegans among North Americans? Everything boils down to a lack of knowledge. We were raised in a culture that tells us to eat meat at every meal, and we cannot imagine that it could be otherwise. Veganism is still not sufficiently considered because it is unfortunately associated with food deprivations.  However, a diet based on vegetables, fruits, whole grain products, legumes, soy, nuts and seeds brings us much more protective elements and much less elements that are harmful to our health. Vegans who opt for a variety of plant-based foods, ideally the least processed as possible, do not lack the essentials such as proteins, iron, and calcium. Oh yes, perhaps vegans do lack something … they lack diseases and...

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The chicken or the egg?

Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Blog, Why Vegan | Comments Off on The chicken or the egg?

The chicken or the egg?

To the question of ‘the chicken or the egg’ we say: Neither. What about eggs?  Is it possible to produce them humanely? We often have in mind images from our childhood books where happy hens would run around on green prairies.  What harm could it do to them if we eat their unfertilized eggs?  Unfortunately the reality of egg production is far from these pastoral images. Laying hens spend their entire  life crammed in a cage where they cannot open their wings nor can they can make a nest to lay their eggs.  To satisfy their natural nesting need, some hens will make a semblance of nest in the body of one of their dead companions. The psychological distress of these birds is shown in the aggressive behavior they adopt toward each other in their much too small living environment.  To palliate to this behavior and prevent the wounds that it causes, we cut the hens’ beaks without any anesthesia.  They live with this mutilation. And what about free-range eggs? The «free-range» label does not mean much in Quebec.  It can mean, for example, a warehouse where thousands of hens are packed together and where we could find an access to the outdoors at one extremity, no matter if the hens in reality have access to it or not. Indeed, it could be difficult for a hen to make her way through thousands of other stressed and aggressive hens to head toward an exit that she might never have seen.  Free-range hens are often wounded and featherless because of the multiple attacks that they suffer from other birds in this unnatural and overpopulated space. Is any of this humane? Is this ethical? There is no ethical solution to an unethical...

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Why Would I Go Vegan?

Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Blog, Why Vegan | Comments Off on Why Would I Go Vegan?

Why Would I Go Vegan?

A natural milk production? A cow would naturally produce about 7 kg of milk per day for her baby; with present production methods, cows are brought to produce about 27 kg per day for our human consumption!  It is interesting to note that we are the only species that drinks the maternal milk of another species.  To satisfy our taste for dairy products, the mother cow is literally used as an industrial production machine. Cows, these social animals with complex intelligence that could naturally live 20 years, are sent to the slaughterhouse at about 4 years old (when their production rate is not profitable anymore), thinned, completely sieved and exhausted.  You can easily see the ribs on a dairy cow.  For any human mother who has already breastfed, it is easy to understand how this type of production is exhausting.  Imagine having to do it all your life with a four time-increased rhythm of production and without any breaks! Dairy cows will have multiple pregnancies throughout their life without ever knowing their babies.  And for most of them, they will have been immobilized with a metal harness over their neck and will be kept inside for the entirety of their short life. Is it worth it for a glass of milk? You can help stop the cruelty by not encouraging the industry. Go vegan!...

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World Tofu Day Recipes!

Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Blog, Recipes | Comments Off on World Tofu Day Recipes!

World Tofu Day Recipes!

Did you enjoy the food at the free vegan barbecue for World Tofu Day? Well, here are the star items that made your mouth water with vegan goodies! For the hot-dogs we served Unisoya’s Vegetable Wieners. Why even bother with animal products when there exists many alternatives that are cruelty-free? We also enjoy encouraging local businesses in order to be as sustainable as possible, which is why we choose Unisoya for our Montreal event! When it came to burgers, there were simply so many options, we couldn’t choose just one! We decided to offer two different options: a more classic burger and a funky flavored one. For one, there were the delicious Sesame burgers by Porat , this more standard looking veggie-burger puts all animal products to shame with the perfect texture to make any vegan’s hunger satisfied. For those more adventurous in their burger tastes, we served Sol Cuisine’s Indian Masala Burger which is not only vegan but gluten, GMO and soy-free!                        ...

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Veganism for a better health

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Blog, Why Vegan | Comments Off on Veganism for a better health

Veganism for a better health

Several scientific works show a positive linkage between veganism and the reduction of several degenerative diseases (cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, several types of cancer) and obesity. These studies show that vegans also have lower rates of mortality and morbidity (poor quality of life). The position of the American Dietetic Association in the United States and the Dietitians of Canada is very clear: they say that a well-planned a vegetarian or vegan diet is beneficial for health. It provides necessary nutrients and brings benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, two cardiologists of great reputation in the United States, have even proven that a low-fat vegan diet could reverse arterosclerosis (blockage of arteries).  Years ago doctors believed that it was impossible to solve heart problems without surgery. We now know that the fork and the knife can in some cases help us to avoid using the scalpel. An increasing number of scientific studies suggest that a vegetable-based diet might revert many other health disorders, such as: type 2 diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, peripheral neuropathy, etc.  ...

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Smoked Tofu Variety Salad

Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Blog, Recipes | Comments Off on Smoked Tofu Variety Salad

Smoked Tofu Variety Salad

Smoked Tofu Variety Salad For two Prep time: About 45 minutes – 2 Small Sweet Potatoes (or 1 large) – 1 Block of Smoked Tofu – 1 Cup of Edamame Beans – 8 ounces of White Mushrooms – 1 Avocado – 1/2 Cup of your Favorite Salsa – 1 Whole Head of Lettuce – 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil – Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 1 – Chop sweet potatoes into cubes and place in oven for 30 minutes, turning them halfway. 2 – Cook the mushrooms, tofu and edamame beans in a pan with the coconut oil on medium heat. 3 – Once the sweet potatoes cooked, mash them with a fork with the avocado and salsa. 4 – Serve the mushrooms, tofu and edamame beans on top of a bed of lettuce and smother with the puree of avocados, sweet potatoes and salsa....

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Why would I go vegan?

Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Blog, Why Vegan | Comments Off on Why would I go vegan?

Why would I go vegan?

More and more animal lovers are informing themselves about animal exploitation and are adopting a vegan lifestyle (excluding any product that comes from animal exploitation) thus sparing a life of suffering to thousands of fellow creatures. But consuming dairy products is at least better than eating meat, isn’t it? This wide-spread idea that dairy cows and laying hen suffer less that other farm animals (and that therefore their exploitation is less cruel) only shows our misconception of the production of milk and eggs.  Gary Francione said that «There was probably more suffering in a glass of milk or an ice cream cone than in a steak». Indeed, to produce milk, the cow must be pregnant.  Her baby is taken away from her at birth so we can drink the milk that was intended for him.Veterinarians testified about the obvious suffering of the mother and the young that are separated, about their moaning for each other that can last hours. If the baby is a male, he is considered a by-product of the milk industry; he will be killed and eaten as veal meat. The mother cow will be milking day after day, pregnancy after pregnancy until her production decreases.  She will then be sent to the slaughterhouse to be consumed as ground...

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Vegan diet: a responsible food

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Vegan diet: a responsible food

Why become vegan today? More and more people who are struggling with health problems, to which traditional medicine has often no solutions, are turning to a 100% vegetable diet. Others feel concerned about the fate of animals for slaughter. Since the middle of the 20th century, new concerns have emerged: environmental problems caused by industrialization have made veganism one of the solutions for the future. Whether you are sensitive to health, ethical or environmental aspect or all three of them, the diet based on vegetables is an alternative to the actual eating habits. It’s adopted by those who are looking for a new way of life: healthier, more aware, and more responsible. It’s a food that respects life in all its forms....

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World Tofu Day

Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Slider | Comments Off on World Tofu Day

World Tofu Day

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