Open Monday – Friday: 8am – 3pm, Saturday: 8am – 2pm, Sunday: CLOSED

What is a Vegan?

Keeping up with today’s list of diets can be difficult, especially for those who love a salad just as much as a filet. But veganism has inspired a new era of clean eating, from faux-meat frozen products to trendy toasts and smoothie bowls. But aside from being popular and aesthetically pleasing, what are the real benefits of a plant based diet?

Vegans do not eat any animal products, including meat, dairy, honey, and eggs, so they turn to fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains instead. Anything that grows from the ground is fair game, and surprisingly versatile. Many people assume that vegans are only limited to raw produce, but cauliflower crust pizzas, soy “chicken” tenders, and coconut milk ice cream have become substitutes for their classic counterparts. While slightly more expensive than the original version, the demand for vegan products has made them both widely available and far more affordable in recent years.

Vegans swear by their program’s power to help you lose weight, stay healthy, and even save the environment. But picking the right meal plan for you takes time and research, which is why we’ve broken this diet down for you.

This plant-based plan is perfect for people who are looking to lower their BMI, ease chronic conditions, or aid the environment. When followed correctly, the vegan diet can help you lose weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and promote the growth and diversity of beneficial gut bacteria. What can’t a good salad do?

While a plant-based diet is high in protective and antioxidant phytonutrients, fibre, and many other vitamins and minerals, eating a well-balanced diet is as important as ever. Research shows that a purely plant-based diet may lack vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and more, which may call for dietary supplements. Most plant based proteins come with incomplete proteins as well. Combining beans and rice, hummus and whole-grain bread, or vegetables with a soy protein makes for a balanced meal.

Because vegans do not support the meat, dairy, or honey industries, they make a significant environmental impact. According to an article from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), raising commercial livestock requires enormous amounts of resources to sustain factories which pollute the water and air. By eating a plant-based diet, you’re also making healthy choices for planet Earth.

We serve a wide variety of vegan beverages and meals at the Juice Hive, from our cold-pressed juices to our Beyond the Beyond meatless burger. Whether you’re craving a dairy-free smoothie or Vita Vegimin Buddha Bowl, our doors are always open to herbivores.