Holidays mean lots of special deserts and treats to share with your family and friends. We have some simple recipes that use our bars to add a little protein to those indulgent deserts. Try this quick, easy, and delicious chocolate cream pie recipe!
Feeling festive? This vegan holiday hummus is high in protein and fiber. The cranberries add texture, color and a touch of sweetness to balance this savory dip. Serve with your favorite crudités and crackers. For added protein and fiber, scoop up this delicious dip with some Simply Protein Chips.
Yield: 2 cups
- 1 can (15-ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed (organic if possible)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cloves garlic
- 2-3 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
- Handful of dried unsweetened cranberries
- Chopped fresh coriander (optional)
*you may need to add a bit of water at the end to reach your desired consistency.
1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil (or water) and the toppings in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and then scrape down the sides. With the motor running, stream in the oil (or water) through the feed tube.
2. Continue to run the motor until you reach the desired smooth consistency.
3. Add more salt, lemon juice, to taste, and then sprinkle with dried cranberries and coriander before serving.
Throughout the year, vegans can be faced with a variety of societal hurdles, many of which can come to a boil during the holiday season. In the past, many vegans have received confused looks and prying questions from less-than-sympathetic friends and family around the dinner table. As vegan lifestyles and menu options become more common, there is greater social acceptance and understanding.
Although the cultural and culinary challenges for vegans are fewer and less stressful than they have been in the past, the holidays are still a time when issues can arise. Many vegans can attest to the fact that traditional holiday meals – turkey, ham, cookies, gravy and stuffing, can either be based around animal ingredients entirely, or can be subtly non-Vegan by containing bone-char bleached sugar, honey, or even margarine.
The good news is that well prepared vegan meals rival (and often beat) even the best non-vegan ones. For those nostalgic for the appearance and texture of meat specifically, a number of protein-filled meat analogues are available such as TVP, seitan, quorn, tempeh and tofu.
Welcome to our Holiday Survival Guide
Despite the fact that rejecting animal products is often a simple and straightforward choice, vegans are still human and aren’t impervious to the many stresses of the holidays. We hope our tips make your holidays less stressful and more about the important things in life: family, community, and having a good excuse to party.
1. Tell Your Hosts That You Are Vegan
When invited to a gathering with family and friends, inform them of your dietary needs as early and politely as possible. Most hosts will be supportive and offer vegan options. If you feel that your needs may inconvenience your host, consider bringing a meal for everyone (including you) to enjoy, like this festive holiday hummus. Alternatively, host your own gathering and feed your guests entirely plant based meals.
2. Be As Prepared As Possible
It’s never a bad idea to pre-eat if you suspect the event you are attending or your host may not be vegan-friendly. It may also help you if your host underestimates what constitutes a filling vegan meal, and presents you with a plate of salad. If you are cooking, research common holiday dishes, read recipe books, surf the internet, and experiment with recipes. The internet is a monolith of vegan information, and don’t be afraid to use it.
3. Stay calm
Resist the urge to panic and do last minute shopping, and take the more relaxing route of early shopping, making your own gifts, and online purchasing. Get plenty of rest, fresh air and exercise, particularly if you enjoy wintertime sports like skating and skiing. Don’t feel pressured to visit everyone, and remember that the best gifts can be simple if they come from the heart.
4. It is okay to indulge
Don't punish yourself if you "enjoy" a bit too much! Some of the best vegan food is based around sugary sweetness or fatty goodness. The holidays are a time to indulge, much like the New Year is a time to get yourself back into shape from all the holiday meals.
5. Forgive yourself
Families and friends can be our harshest critics, and holiday gatherings can sometimes feel like walking into a firing squad. Your family may not even criticize your eating habits specifically – they may instead pick on your appearance, career, and relationships - but veganism can be a popular target for those ignorant of its merits. Always remember that you can say no to any situation, particularly those in which others may attempt to challenge your personal choices. The holidays are short and you shouldn’t feel the need to compromise on the way you live the rest of the year.
Most of all, the holidays are best spent focusing on the things that bring us together, instead of those that divide us. Have fun this holiday season with your family and friends enjoying holiday activities and festivities. Take the time to catch up with some of your favorite people, and make some memories to last you over the next year.
The protein chip trend is on the rise, with new products entering the market all time. For over 4 years Simply Protein Chips have been the industry favorite savoury snack. Our award winning Simply Protein Chips are packed with pea protein and wholesome ingredients.
Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, and Kosher
Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, and Kosher
Savoury, delectable, and crunchy, planted based Simply Protein Chips by Wellness Foods are the ultimate snack and protein chip. Simply Protein Chips are great savoury alternative to unhealthy sweet snacks.
The leaves aren’t the only ones who are changing this season. It is amazing how with the change in temperature and environment we crave autumn harvest. Consider adding these delicious seasonal foods to your shopping cart, or better yet- take a drive to a local farm and make a day with your family picking these Fall favorites from mother nature herself. Although most of these foods are available year-round, they are at their peak from September to November.
Did you know that the 2nd week of September is national Vegetarian Awareness Week?
We started spreading vegetarian awareness early this year at the Toronto Vegetarian Festival at Harbourfront on September 6th-8th. Although we started the weekend getting caught in the rain, it didn’t stop us from selling out! Here is a special shout out to our loyal customers who came to the show just to see us! Thank you for the ongoing support and for loving our products as much as we do. Continue reading
Most men consume animal products as their main source of protein, under the guise that they must in order to be lean, mean and strong. But what about vegan sources of protein and those vegan bodybuilders? Can men really subsist on vegan sources of protein?
Movies like the ‘Rocky’ series portrays the male species as needing to chug raw eggs every morning and continuously eat animal products to get in fit, fighting form. But this is far from the truth. There are plenty of ways to get the amount of protein needed to build solid muscles and lean body mass with different sources of protein.
Learn the various sources of plant based protein, and you’ll could be well on your way to becoming a vegan bodybuilder!
1. Veggies: One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale has 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas has about 9 grams. You get the idea.
2. Hemp. Toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein!
3. Non-Dairy Milk. A mere 1 cup of soy milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein.
4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.
5. Quinoa. Quinoa is so versatile, delicious, gluten free, and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. It’s also versatile, so the options are limitless!
7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. One cup of pinto, kidney or black beans will get you about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.
9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs about 30 grams of protein! That’s a lot of protein!
10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread (gluten free!) and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.
Vegan Protein bars and snacks? No worries! We’ve got your covered! Check out our protein bars and chips!
“Have you ever had a craving so strong that it feels you need a super power to resist it?” Well, according to Dr. Oz, pea protein is that “super power.”
Plant proteins are a great vegan alternative and add variety to your current protein regimen. Pea protein, derived from yellow peas, is a must try! If you don’t believe us, ask Dr. Oz!
Pea protein is
- Easy to digest and absorb
- Great tasting
- Non-genetically modified form of protein
- 100% natural
- Environmentally friendly
If you are looking to add pea protein in your daily routine, try SimplyProtein Chips.
Simply Protein Chips are a easy and quick protein snack to munch on whether you are on the go or relaxing on the couch. With 15 grams of protein in every bag you can enjoy them on their own or add them to your salad for that extra protein kick. These versatile chips make great dipping pairs with hummus, salsa, and even Greek yogurt. Only 2g of sugar and 140 calories. Gluten-free, vegan, and kosher.
Other Sources: Curb Cravings With Pea Protein Powder
Written By: Eleana Kaidanian, RD
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