Vegan Victories: Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen

Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen | 613 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7, Canada Early Bird has been a favorite. Conveniently located on Queen Street, this urban Toronto coffee shop crushes it with their espressos, specialty lattes & yes - vegan treats. It's a favorite working environment, with only one communal table where laptops/screens are permitted. Early Bird has a steady flow of visitors contributing to a pleasant white noise background conducive to productivity. I had some time to spare between a busy Serve Yoga day & peeped the pastry case at Early Bird. To my surprise, there was a new goodie! A vegan matcha cheesecake. I have to say, the VALUE of this was great. it was roughly $4 for my p

Vegan Victories: Hibiscus Cafe

Hibiscus Cafe - 238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7 This modest cafe is tucked away at Nassau & Augusta in the heart of Kensington Market. The space gets great natural light & the tables are comfortably placed. I was meeting a friend here at 2pm & did not have to wait for a table. I ordered a small freshly squeezed grapefruit juice for a fair $5. Their vegan cheeses are NOT soy-based which prompted me to try the Vegan Mozzarella option with avocado, mushrooms, spinach & tomatoes. It was fantastic! The Vegan Cheddar was made from cashew among other ingredients.* Also worth trying is the banana walnut crepe, a timeless signature yet so satisfying! A nice surprise are the strawberries & bluebe

Should Children Do Yoga?

So you think adults are the only ones with anxiety? Children daily encounter challenges in communication & adaptation. External factors in our day-to-day create physical stress & emotional frustrations. These experiences build up to tighten even children’s muscles – contributing to bad posture & decreased flexibility. Our youth endures more weight than we imagine. As Baron Baptiste, pioneer of power yoga, put it – “We spend our entire lives stuffing down emotional and physical injuries, but these wounds don’t really disappear. Cellular memory is a powerful thing, and deep within all of us is a record of every feeling we tried to suppress, every emotional scar we keep buried, every physical a

Getting Oily With It: The Top 5 Versatile Essential Oils

My friend, a passionate dietician, Amanda Moon recently invited me to a workshop on the versatility of essential oils. Before attending this workshop, I knew some benefits of swapping chemically enriched body care products & household products to natural products, but I hadn’t realized, until now... how easy, beneficial & cheap it is to blend certain oils into my daily care routine. Essential oils are simply oils extracted from a plant. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance. Highly potent & aromatic, there are over 3,000 varieties of these volatile compounds. The oils have been long used in food preparation, beauty treatment, household pr

Oat Milk Latte: Coffee Done Right

Serve Yoga is hopping on this new fad: The Oat Milk Latte. Oat milk is made with presoaked oat groats (hulled grains broken into fragments), which are blended & later strained with a cheesecloth or special nut milk bag. The resulting texture of oat milk is thick enough to support intricate latte art, the kind often not expected by vegan milks. Not only does oat milk have a much fuller texture than other alternative milks, it is also sweet, grainy & a little grassy. For this reason, oat milk is a delicious vegan alternative to conventional dairy milks & a fantastic milk choice for your coffee. Oat milk is also quite nutritious: More Calcium: Oat milk contains more calcium in one serving than

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