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5 Places to Get Yummy Plant-based Eats in Vancouver

I’m a foodie who enjoys eating a plant based diet; so as you can imagine, I’m always on the hunt for healthy and tasty vegetarian options in Vancouver. I’ve put together a list of my 5 favourite places to grab a bite when you want a healthy, plant-based dish, but also want to satisfy your cravings.

1. Turf

Turf is hands down one of my favourite food spots to grab a bite when I’m craving a hearty meal. My favourite vegetarian dish they offer is the black bean burger with rainbow fries — made from roasted red and white sweet potato, beets and carrots.

 

2. The Anchor Eatery

When I’m craving something lighter, one of my go-to places is The Anchor Eatery in West Vancouver. They offer a multitude of vegetarian and vegan options; from baked goods to hearty sandwiches, you’ll never fall short of tasty, plant-based options. Pictured here is the blueberry, açaí smoothie bowl. The base is a blend of blueberries, açaí berries and cacao powder, topped with house-made granola, fresh fruit and a nutritional sprinkle of bee pollen.

 

3. Nulife Living Food Cafe

Nulife Cafe makes plant-based eating a piece of cake with an entirely vegan menu. Pictured here is my favourite menu item at this tasty, vegan cafe — a coconut flour French crepe, drizzled with sweet raspberry sauce and topped with a mountain of fresh fruit.

 

4. Umaluma Gelato

One of the things I missed the most after cutting dairy out of my diet, is the thick creaminess of traditional ice cream. Lucky for me, I found the cutest vegan gelato shop situated in Vancouver’s very own Chinatown. Umaluma Gelato is one of my favourite spots to go when I need to curb my sweet tooth. The ice cream is thick, creamy and delicious! Pictured here is a heaping scoop of my favourite flavour, strawberries and cream.

 

5. Cartems

When ice cream just doesn’t hit the right spot, go for donuts — that’s a saying, right? Cartems Donuts in Vancouver has both vegan and gluten free options on their menu. The vegan donuts have an added bonus of being baked, not fried, so you can munch away without the guilt! As much as I love all donuts — chocolate, sprinkled and glazed alike — my two favourite flavours are the traditional glazed and famous smoked maple walnut.

 

So there you have it — five food spots to satisfy your cravings on a plant-based diet in Vancouver. May all your days be filled with love, light and tasty treats. Happy Eating!

Staying Healthy, Staying Balanced

One of the things I am most passionate about is healthy eating. Since high school, fitness has been a big part of my life and nutrition came hand in hand with it.

As I began my fitness journey at 17 years old, I learned about diets that would help me achieve my fitness goals. After graduating high school and enrolling at SFU when I was 18, I took two nutrition focused kinesiology courses that deepened my understanding and knowledge of nutrition. I learned how to create a meal plan and track macro and micro nutrients, which drastically changed my lifestyle.

I began weekly meal prepping and tracking all of my macro nutrients. I seldom treated myself as I was incredibly focused on sticking to my diet plan and achieving my goal physique. Over time, I became too restrictive with my diet and took steps towards maintaining a more balanced lifestyle.

 

Balance to me means eating lots of delicious, wholesome foods that will nourish me. I now enjoy baking all kinds of healthy deserts using quality ingredients like coconut oil, raw cane sugar, and plat based milks. For this reason, I’m always on the lookout for healthy places to eat, as I love going out for a bite with my friends. Recently, a new vegan café called Nulife opened up in my area and I couldn’t be more excited about it. They serve sweet and savory dishes, all made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients.

My favourite dish that they serve is zucchini noodles. They’re super tasty and served with a side salad and a slice of my new favourite raw bread!

 

Nulife café has an amazing desert selection and I can rarely walk out without a slice of vegan, raspberry lemon cheesecake. Pictured here is the cheesecake served with raspberry sauce and fresh fruit. My friend Veronica ordered a slice of mint-chocolate cheesecake which was just as tasty. I may have stolen a couple of bites.

 

Until now, I had to go all the way downtown if I wanted to grab a slice of vegan cheesecake or a bowl of zucchini noodles. Having local healthy food options definitely helps me on my journey to a more balanced lifestyle and I can’t wait to go back!

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