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4.11.14

LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR


One night around seven months ago I plopped down on my couch with a jumbo bag of Smartfood and got myself ready for a big night in with my Netflix. Fast forward 5 hours and I had watched two documentaries about the food industry and vegan diets (needless to say my Smartfood ended up in the garbage long before the first doc had even finished). I quickly became fascinated with all of the health benefits that the doctors and naturopaths in the documentaries were claiming could come simply from adopting a vegan diet. Within a week I had watched all of the documentaries on Netflix pertaining to food and the modern food industry, bought 3 books about vegan diets, and done countless Google searches to gather as much information as I could. After multiple conversations with friends and family about what I had learned, I decided to say ADIOS to cheese and AU REVIOR to milk chocolate and restrict myself to a vegan diet for 21 days to see how I felt after (I mean Beyonce and Jay-Z did it, so why not give it a try?)

My 21 day diet quickly turned into a lifestyle as I found my self feeling more energized,  less bloated, and my skin drastically clearing up...Now I'm not here to preach to you all about how EVERYONE should adopt a vegan diet - I am simply saying that this lifestyle change has been amazing for ME.

NOW, onto the food!

Finding vegan restaurant options in Toronto is shockingly easy and I wanted to share my FAVORITE one with you guys!

If you don't know, now you know - LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR is a "plant-based, organic, gluten and refined sugar-free" restaurant that both vegans and non vegans will love. The restaurant places a heavy focus on raw food as it is more nutritious and easily digestible, but their menu also features a plethora of cooked options for more picky eaters!

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WHAT I ORDERED

'EASY GREEN' smoothie with a spirulina booster - The 'Easy Green' is a delicious blend of banana, kale, dates, and coconut milk - This is also my favorite smoothie combination to make at home!

'RAW COMBO' - This platter is a combination of all of Live's raw appetizers - the manicotti, pizza, enchiladas, and mezze plate. This is a great option if you are indecisive like me when it comes to choosing what you want to eat.

'MUNG BEAN PANCAKES' - mung bean pancakes topped with Live's signature kimchi and garnished with the most DELICIOUS maple miso glaze I have ever tasted. I am already craving this dish again.

'UBER PROTEIN SALAD' - This is my absolute favorite salad in the entire city of Toronto. The mixed greens are paired with chickpeas, tempeh crutons, cooked quinoa, assorted seeds, cranberries, and goji berries. You have a choice of dressing - I always get the balsamic.

'SUNSHINE WRAP & TACO' - The fact that Live can make a raw taco and wrap as good as these makes me feel like I never need to eat cooked food again! The taco (which has always been one of my favorite items on the menu) contains sunflower 'refried beans', guac, tomato salsa, walnut 'taco meat', greens, and green onion. While the 'Sunshine Wrap' contains sunflower hummus, kale, tomatoes, carrots, avocado, and cucumbers - you all definitely need to try both of these!

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I just want to send a big THANK YOU to the owner, Jennifer Italiano and the rest of her team at LIVE for inviting me to come to their restaurant - I had an amazing time and am still full from all of the DELICIOUS & HEALTHY food you fed me!

LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR
264 Dupont Street
Toronto, Ontario
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