Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vibrant Lifestyle & Live Food Bar Visit!

Hey Loveys,

Happy Tuesday! Today is my second last day of vacation and I plan on taking full advantage of it. Since it's shitty outside.. and raining.. I've decided I will be sipping tea, watching tv, reading, doing Holistic Nutritional Case Studies and reading some blogs today..... and possibly paint my nails. Sounds perfect, right? Because it totally is. First up though, I think I'm going to make myself a berry smoothie. Yesterday I made one that included some leftover watermelon, and I'm not sure what I thought about it...


It included a banana, some watermelon, some fresh strawberries and some frozen berries as well as coconut milk, chia/flax seed powder and some vanilla protein. I think I've come to the conclusion that I don't like watermelon in anything, I just like it plain, the way nature intended us to eat it. I've tried juicing watermelon on more than 1 occasion and was less than pleased with the results. Wah wahh.. It made my smoothie... taste different. I don't really know how to explain it, but I won't be putting watermelon in my smoothies going forward!

Yesterday I couldn't pass up the beautiful weather (and after looking at today I'm glad I didn't!) so when Jenny (my old workout buddy and former co-worker and dear friend that I miss a ton!) asked if I wanted to hang out, I jumped at the opportunity! She took the subway down to my area and we met up and went on a beautiful walk and out for lunch. I took her to Liberty Village, a little area in Toronto that she had never been before and my main stomping grounds on my spare time. We made our first stop at Vibrant Lifestyle, the health food store there. I love it there - it's so cute, so quiet and they actually have a classroom where you can take cooking lessons! I totally want to take one someday and tell you all about it!


If you're ever in Liberty Village, you need to stop in and check out all of the fun things they have in there. It's like Christmas every time I go in! Here's what I picked up on my trip yesterday..


I picked up some sample packets of Vega, because I remember trying their French Vanilla flavour and didn't really like it, so before I commit to buying a huge container of it, I want to be sure I'm going to enjoy it. I plan on putting one of the packets into my smoothie this morning! So I also got some micro green Kombucha since my Strawberry Kombucha is almost done. I almost actually bought a Kombucha starter kit, but I don't think I currently have the space in the fridge for it, so I passed unfortunately. I grabbed a sample packet of raw chocolate coconut butter which I'm DYING to eat.... I had to put it away so I didn't just eat it with a spoon... and then some Pumpkin Super Chips! They are little chips of seeds! They are pretty good! I had a couple last night and loved them!

After we were done there, we decided to hit up Live Food Bar for some vegan goodness for lunch. This is the place I went to last week, where I got my original bottle of kombucha and a vegan salad... I love Live. The place is decorated in ALL white, it's gorgeous. You can buy pre-made salads or other dishes such as raw vegan lasagna, stir fry or even mini vegan pudding's for dessert. Then they have food that you have to order. I got their Sunshine Wrap. The wrap they make themselves and it's gluten free and vegan and it was filled with hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts... basically all veggies and then it came with a side of cabbage slaw. SO GOOD.


Jenny got a vegan burrito! I took a picture of it, but didn't Instagram it. Lol.


I'm not sure what her's was filled with, but she did keep repeating how amazing it was, so it must have been good :). Jenny caught the street car after lunch and I made my way back home. It was SO good to see her!! I haven't seen her since our friends birthday a month or so ago... we definitely need to meet up more often and I think we're going to start - THANK GOD. Catching up on all of our gossip was like a therapy session hahaha!

Want to know one of the main reasons I love Liberty Village? Check out the view.


Gorgeous right?


A shameless selfie on the walk home. AND look who was home to meet me when I got back? We literally watched tv in bed from like 6-8 haha. It was perfect.


Q: How did you get out and enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday?
Q: What's your favourite vegan dish to eat?

23 comments:

  1. I second the motion- watermelon does not belong in smoothies!! I love, love, LOVE watermelon, but I am NEVER happy with how it tastes in a smoothie!

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    1. Haha - thank you for understanding!!!

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  2. What a perfect day you had! Next time I am in Toronto I definitely want to check out Liberty Village :)

    xo Lauren

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    1. YES! You must!! Promise me! :) so many cool places!!

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    2. Next time I make the trip down I will text you and you can show me around!!!

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  3. Someone was just talking to me about Liberty Village yesterday!

    I sooo want to try Kombucha!

    I used to order watermelon juice from a Chinese Restaurant...it was amazing! It was super fresh and tasty!

    Live Food Bar...K...I've heard so much about the place! I'll have to stop in one of these days!

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    1. You should grab some!!! They sell it at Whole Foods.. or any health food store really! I can't bring myself to like watermelon juice!! I've seen it before but I just can't do it!! :)

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  4. My boyfriend cut up our watermelon yesterday and I eat it straight from the fridge. I also like in in the watermelon martinis he made us but not in smoothies :)

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    1. That's how I usually eat watermelon too - just straight from the fridge! I don't recommend putting it in smoothies haha, don't waste it!

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  5. What a lovely weekend, and it sounds like your last day of vacay is going to be fabulous. (Tea + reading + TV + nail painting = the perfect rainy day.)

    My favorite vegan dishes usually involve crackers with avocado or hummus (oh hell, who am I kidding? I'll gladly combine them and eat both!), or a smoothie with frit, almond milk, and Vega vanilla or chocolate powders. I combined the chocolate Vega with frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, and chocolate almond milk this weekend, and OMIGOD. Delish.

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    1. Ooooo that sounds SO good!! The chocolate Vega with fruit I mean - holy.. I should try it out ASAP!

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  6. That smoothie sounds amazing! Yum!

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  7. OO! I want to try the pumpkin chips! I love their PIZZA variety! :D

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    1. I saw the Pizza ones but didn't buy them!! I will trust you and get them next time!!

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  8. Yesterday was the best weather I have had yet! While Allyson worked, Dan and I hit up a new park and went hiking. It was great hiking conditions. Allyson works for a Philly skydive company and came home to tell us she got to jump for the first time after her shift. She said it was so peaceful and she could see forever from up there.... Ok- She wins! LOL

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    1. That's so exciting for your daughter!!! I would have crapped myself probably - but AMAZING none the less! Was she so excited? A huge adrenaline rush??? Awesome that you got out for a hike as well - it was the perfect day for it!!

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  9. I went out for a nice walk with the dogs yesterday, it was a bit overcast but suprisingly warm out.
    Not a big fan of watermelon, but everyone seems to be eting it lately, so maybe I need to try it again

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    1. Where abouts do you live? There was NO clouds in the sky here in Toronto yesterday - at least it was nice and warm for you!! Make sure you eat the watermelon when it's cooooold, it's the best that way!

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  10. that wrap looks delish, we might have to go there when i come visit sometime and i really want to try out kombucha!

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  11. chocolate coconut butter sounds seriously amazing!! i am going to have to find that! I also don't like watermelon unless its by itself. I have tried to do it in a smoothie once and it was totally weird!!

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  12. Oh my that wrap looks far too good! I wish there was one of those restaurants around here! I enjoyed the weather yesterday by working in the garden, walking my pups, and barbecuing. Thank goodness for summer! And I really need to make another smoothie... I hardly ever make them in the winter because, well, for me it's just too cold outside to drink something made with frozen fruit! Now however, it is perfect :)

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  13. I think you're onto something with this staycation business...I need a break from work! Also thanks for keeping me in the loop about everythangggg aka the bachelor and Live opening in Liberty Village LOL

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