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Veganism appears to be capturing the imagination of a whole generation. From Brad Pitt to Beyoncé, we have seen a number of celebrities endorse the vegan way of life. Shifting from yesteryear preferences such as a veggie burger or a veggie pizza, today’s food fans are experimenting with vegan variants. But most of us are a stumped lot when queried about veganism.

No wonder, myths and misconceptions abound about veganism. For some the term ‘vegan’ is nothing more than an abbreviated form of the term ‘vegetarian’. For others, veganism is all about subsisting on three green salads a day. All this can certainly confuse those who are genuinely interested in knowing about veganism and adapting a healthier and cleaner diet. So, let’s explore the fascinating world of veganism.

In a nutshell, veganism is a diet that goes a step beyond vegetarianism. Most of us know that vegetarianism involves totally shunning animal meats and adopting a predominantly vegetarian diet. But while vegetarians include some animal-based foods such as dairy and eggs, vegans go the extra mile and stay away from all such animal by-products too. Veganism eschews the consumption of all foods derived from animals – directly or indirectly.  The underlying principles of veganism revolve around the noble human spirit of kindness for all living beings. Welcome to the enchanting world of Veggie Planet kawa nuggets and kawa drumstick in Mississauga Ontario!

Vegan blacklist

Before you know what to eat when going vegan, it makes sense to know what foods to beware of. While everyone is sure to know that animal proteins such as seafood, poultry, pork and beef are an absolute no-no on the vegan’s dining table, remember that even eggs are on the barred list. Even dairy and allied products such as cheese and milk lattes are to be avoided at all costs.

Also remember that animal derived oils and fats are also not to be consumed if you’re a vegan in the making. Beware of fish oils and lard making a sneaky entry onto your menu.

Here’s some not so sweet news for those who love drizzling their snacks with wholesome, healthy honey – honey is derived from bees and so not destined for vegan palates. Going beyond honey, vegans will also avoid refined white sugar because animal bone char is used in its production.

Fortunately, Indian street food offers a variety of vegan options to evergreen vegetarian dishes that make the tongue drool in delight.

Vegan staples

Now, let’s see what foods you can consume with a clean conscience when you go vegan –

  • Vegetables or veggies: These are the mainstay of a vegan diet. You can eat any and all vegetables because they are all plant-harvested. You can consume them boiled, in salads and cooked in any which way you please – only make sure there is no meat, poultry or dairy added to the dish. Vegetables provide a number of vital nutrients that our bodies require.
  • Fruits: Especially for those who suffer the legendary ‘sweet tooth’, fruits are considered as the vegan’s candy. There is absolutely no limit on the amount of fruit you consume in raw form. Go on and satiate your sweet urges. Fruits are also a good source of nourishment.
  • Grains: Rice, wheat, barley, maize, corn…are all staple in any diet and as a vegan you are free to partake of these basic food grains that mankind has been using for its sustenance for thousands of years now. To throw in a bit of variety, you could always experiment with some of the more exotic grain types like faro and couscous!
  • Legumes: Brimming with proteins, legumes are plant foods that you can add to your diet every day.
  • Nuts and seed: Almonds, pistachios, peanuts, flax seeds…the list of nuts and seeds is endless. Strong on energy and nutrition, you can have your fill of nuts and even relish butter derived from peanuts and some of the other varieties of nuts.
  • Tofu and tempeh: Soya-based products such as tofu and tempeh are pure vegetarian in origin and can be used in a number of recipes. In many cases, these foods can replicate the meat-sensation for those who are fixated on non-vegetarian food tastes. Scrambled tofu can give scrambled eggs a run for their money any day!


In case you’re worried about losing out on crucial minerals and vitamin or even your gut’s health, you can always rely upon fermented but vegan alternatives such as seaweed, sauerkraut, kimchi. Incidentally, nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamin B12.

At Veggie Planet in Mississauga, patrons are pleasantly surprised to see a number of vegan options that are rich in taste and satisfying from the ethical point of view too. While there, you could check out the Naanza and Planet special poutine. You can either drop-in or order over the phone if you are a resident in Toronto or Greater Toronto Area – GTA.


Trojan horses in the vegan world:

Finally, a number of processed foods from bread to deep-fried snacks and colored drinks to sticky sweets such as the quintessential gummy candies are all non-vegan in nature. This is because animal-produce are directly or indirectly involved in their production. For instance, in the candy industry, gelatin is extensively used because it imparts a chewy texture to sweets. Gelatin is basically a protein that is harvested from the tendons of livestock such as cattle and pigs.

In roasted peanuts too gelatin is used to bind the salt to the peanuts. Now for the last straw – you would be horrified to know that the attractive red hues of various foods and drinks in the marketplace are actually derived by crushing and boiling beetles.

While alcoholic drinks such as liquors are known to be a safe option in general, it always pays to know what goes into your favorite tipple. Especially since many imported beer and wine are known to contain substances such as fish oils and gelatins. Talking of fish, omega-3 is also not consumed by vegans.


Ways to stay glued to the vegan track:

Before you rush out to the nearest Veggie Planet Vegetarian Restaurant in Mississauga,  Brampton to indulge your taste buds with Indian street food and down a couple of Indian drinks, let’s take into consideration the following:

Carefully read packaged food labels, especially the small print: Look out for ingredients that are potentially non-vegan. Should such labels list ingredients like lactose, whey, shellac, casein, rennet and castoreum, alarm bells must clang in your mind.

Considering the dietary restrictions and limitations, many people think that taking the vegan road and sticking to it is a tough proposition. While it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, with a bit of foresight and planning, you can be a successful vegan.


To Conclude

Fortunately for those who are fascinated by the concept of veganism and wish to enjoy its benefits, there are a variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Mississauga and GTA, with some of them specializing in Indian dishes. These restaurants are tweaking traditional Indian recipes to fit a global palate. The result is a mouth-watering array of Indian street foods that drip with the trademark Indian tastes yet brimming with the health associated with a clean diet.

Veggie Planet has pioneered the concept of Indian vegan street foods to the level of an art.

If you’re in Etobicoke, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Toronto and rest of Greater Toronto Area, walk into Veggie Planet outlet near you and savor mind-boggling combinations ranging from naanza to kawa nuggets and drumsticks. Relax with traditional Indian drinks like Jal-jeera after enjoying your meal.

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at
6985 Davand Dr. Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and
3175 Rutherford Rd #52, Woodbridge, ON L4K 1A0 and
can be reached at (905) 795-7950 (Mississauga) and (905) 597-7950 (Woodbridge) for all vegetarian and vegan menu items.


Happy veganism!

Thanks to a growing awareness of the health benefits that accrue from a plant-based diet, we are witnessing a surge in the popularity of veganism across Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, and Greater Toronto Area.  Going beyond the idea of munching upon healthy options such as a veggie burger or a veggie pizza, the creed of veganism must also be seen in the light of its contribution to a better world and environment – lesser number of animals killed for food and a less polluted environment.

You’ll be able to connect the dots when you see that slightly more than half the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are the handiwork of the animal agriculture sector.  It’s no wonder then, that scientists are urging people to consume less of animal-based foods such as dairy and meat. By eliminating animal-derived foods in your diet, you can immediately halve your carbon footprint!

But before you rush out to the nearest Veggie Planet Vegetarian Restaurant in Mississauga, Brampton or Vaughan and indulge your taste buds with Indian street food and down a couple of Indian drinks, let’s take a guided tour of the world of good that going vegan does to Mother Earth:


Vegetarian / Vegan Means Less Waste

If the world goes vegan, farmers will be raising crops for human consumption rather than for feeding animals. Yes, you read it right, today more food is grown to feed the livestock that is slaughtered for dinner tables in homes and restaurants. Millions of tons of grain and other fodder is being channeled to factory farms to fatten the poultry and livestock that are being raised for the slaughterhouses. Going vegan would mean that human beings have enough food without having to share it with livestock that will ultimately be killed. The next time you order Kaawa nuggets and Kaawa drumstick, remember, you’re actually saving food for the planet!


Vegan means Less Land Usage

Did you know that in Latin America, more than 70% of deforestation is attributed to raising livestock? Even more alarming is the fact that animal farming has led to irreversible degradation of close to one-fifth of the world’s grazing lands. A plant-based diet invariably means a drastic reduction in the land requirements for raising food for livestock. This, in turn, means that we have access to more land resources that can be put to better use. 


Vegan Means Less Water Usage

With every passing day, freshwater is becoming a scarce resource. In such a scenario, freshwater must be utilized with maturity. Especially since large quantities of water go into quenching the thirst of livestock destined to end up on dining tables. Incidentally, considering the amount of water that livestock consumes in their lifetime, the quantity of water that ultimately goes into the production of a regular beef burger is supposed to be at least ten times more than the quantity required to dish up a soy burger of similar proportions. It has been estimated that around 1000 liters of water are required to produce a kilogram of wheat, the production of a similar quantity of beef would need around of 100,000 liters of water! Now you know where all the water is getting lost whenever someone is digging into a beef burger…Keep this in mind when you get the urge for a quick bite and order the Planet Special Poutine at Veggie Planet.


Vegan Means Less Pollution

The major impact of going vegan or vegetarian will be visible on global warming. As far back as 2006 itself, the United Nations had pointed out in a report that comparatively more greenhouse gases are generated by livestock raised for food than all the motor vehicle emissions combined. Going further, manure produced as a byproduct of the livestock industry generates as much as 65% of nitrous oxide with a 300 percent greater warming potential than carbon dioxide.

Animal farming is synonymous with large-scale pollution. Animal farms typically dig up large slurry pits for gathering the animal wastes and feces, which ultimately seep into the ground and contaminate the groundwater. Being herbivores and grass-consumers, livestock is also acknowledged as the single largest group of methane-emitters contributing to global warming. When you go vegan, you are automatically contributing less pollution to the world.


In Conclusion

The primary intention that drives veganism is about causing as little harm and pain as is humanly possible. Since it would be impossible to eliminate harm and pain totally, veganism provides us an opportunity to follow an ethical lifestyle to the extent possible, and in the process leave our planet a better place for our children and future generations.

Fortunately for those who are fascinated by the concept of veganism and wish to enjoy its benefits, there are a variety of vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Vaughan, Mississauga, Brampton, and Greater Toronto Area, with some of them specializing in Indian dishes.

These restaurants are tweaking traditional Indian recipes to fit a global palate. The result is a mouth-watering array of Indian street foods that drip with the trademark Indian tastes yet brimming with the health associated with a clean vegan diet.

Veggie Planet has pioneered the concept of Indian vegan street foods to the level of an art.  Veggie Planet is a source of a unique fusion of Indo western and plant-based best Vegetarian and Vegan food options serving in Mississauga, Ontario. We offer a unique fusion of Pizzas, Burgers, Soy-based Nuggets and Drumstick, delicious and best Indian street food, a unique variety of Indian Drinks, Ice cream & variety of Kulfies and more to come.

Want to try something spicy and sweet as well as salty? Veggie Planet has BBQ Nuggets! Want something healthy to drink with your meal? Try Falooda, Mango Shake! No meal is complete without sweets or ice cream. Try our unique Kulfi collection sprinkled with delicious toppings. e.g. Paan Kulfi, Malai Kulfi, and few other variations.


Visit Veggie Planet Today

If you’re in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, or the Greater Toronto Area, remember there’s Veggie Planet Naanza Pizza waiting for your palate pleasure! Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA. For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr. Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

If you’re contemplating going vegan or vegetarian in Mississauga, Brampton, and GTA but worried about possible protein deficiencies in your diet, relax – Veggie Planet got you covered. While proteins are essential for building muscle strength, it’s also true that meat foods do score over plant foods in terms of protein content. Fortunately, there’s ample evidence to show that our nutritional requirements can be met by consuming certain protein-rich foods that are purely vegetarian or vegan. But for that to happen, we need to move beyond the conventional veggie pizza or veggie burger. Just as with most other things, we have certain plant-based foods that have a relatively higher protein content. By consuming these vegan and vegetarian foods, we can compensate our body for the potential protein deficiencies that may arise from shunning a non-vegetarian diet.

When you walk into the Veggie Planet Indian street food restaurant in Mississauga you will see the superstars of plant-based foods that are rich in protein with excellent taste!

Green Peas:

Who doesn’t love green peas?  A staple side dish on most dining tables, those little, round, pellet-like vegetables are a great combination of style and nutrition. A cup (approximately 240 ml) of cooked green peas serves up as much as 9 grams of protein, which measures up to the nutrition acquired from drinking a cup of cow milk. What’s more, green peas also provide our body with generous quantities of essential minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium.  Green peas are also strong on B vitamin content. Make a quick detour to your neighborhood Veggieplanet for a delightful taste festival with green peas coupled with Kaawa nuggets and Kaawa drumstick to see your protein intake zoom!

Soy Milk:

For vegans especially, cow milk is an absolute no-no. But avoiding animal-milk also means depriving ourselves of a vital protein source. Fortunately for us, there’s a solution in the form of soy milk. Derived from soybeans, soy milk is a superb alternative for those of us who want the goodness and taste of milk in our daily diets. A cup of soy milk contains 7 grams of protein and liberal doses of calcium apart from vitamins D and B12. Abundantly available on supermarket shelves, soy milk can either be drunk on its own or used as an ingredient in a variety of Indian drinks and dishes.


Lentils are a staple in Indian cuisine and you can literally smell their delicious aroma when you enter an Indian street food restaurant. Lentils are versatile in that they can be added to many a dish, right from soups to salads. A powerhouse of proteins, each cup (approximately 240 ml) of cooked lentils delivers almost 18 grams of protein. They are also high in fiber content and can provide nearly half our daily recommended intake of fiber. Lentils are also rich in folic acid, iron and manganese, anti-oxidants. Lentils also promote the good bacteria in the colon and thus contribute to better digestion and a healthier gut.

Beans and chickpeas

Beans, of all kinds, are high on protein content. So, whether it’s kidney beans, pinto beans or black beans, you can be sure that your protein requirements are taken care of when you’re consuming beans in ample quantities. Similarly, chickpeas are yet another legume-source of proteins for vegans and vegetarian food aficionados. Cooked beans, as well as chickpeas, deliver as much as 15 grams of protein per cup (approximately 240 ml). These legumes are also brimming with nutrients ranging from folic acid, complex carbs, iron, phosphorus, fiber, and many plant compounds. Beans and chickpeas can be cooked in a variety of ways. Indian cuisine is replete with recipes that are awesome in taste and easy to cook.

Nuts and seeds:

The good thing about nuts and seeds is that you don’t have to cook them. You can eat them as is or use them as an ingredient in other dishes. Small in size but big on taste and protein content, nuts and their derivatives are a veritable storehouse of essential nutrients too. Munch a handful of nuts from time to time to time during the course of your day, and ensure your daily dose of fiber, healthy fats, iron, phosphorus, calcium, selenium, vitamins E and B, and antioxidants too. Ideally, you should consume nuts and seeds, raw because roasting or blanching them strips them of their nutritional contents.

Fruits and vegetables:

Contrary to popular belief, not all fruits and vegetables are deficient in protein. There do exist some varieties that are high on protein and can provide us with sufficient quantities of nutrition. Broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and artichokes are the different vegetables that you can rely upon to dish out your body’s protein requirements. A cup of any of these cooked vegetables contains about 5 grams of protein.

Similarly, we have fresh fruits and berries that are rich in protein content. For example, bananas, nectarines, guava, mulberry, blackberry, cherimoya contain around 5 grams of protein per serving. Including these fruits and vegetables in your daily diet will help take care of your protein requirements.

In recent times there are also many new and unconventional food sources making their way into Indian cuisines, especially in localities such as Brampton, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area – GTA. Ingredients like tofu, tempeh, edamame, and seitan have made their way from the far-east, and are now a regular choice of vegan and vegetarian food lovers. These foods are high on protein and many a time used as a substitute for meat.


Also known as wheat meat, seitan is made from the principal protein in wheat – gluten. When cooked, its look and texture have an uncanny resemblance to meat. 100 grams of cooked seitan provides about 25 grams of protein, making it the richest source of plant protein. Seitan can be cooked in many ways – sautéed, grilled or pan-fried. It is easily available in health food stores. People with gluten sensitivity should avoid seitan.

Tofu, Edamame, Tempeh:

Derived from soybean which is rich in protein, Tofu, edamame, and tempeh are all derived from soybean which is rich in protein. The manufacturing methods differ and so does the taste of each of these soybean products. Tofu is made from bean curds in a process that is similar to the one used for making cheeses, it does not have any distinctive taste and acquires the cooking flavors of the recipe. Similarly, tempeh can also be used in naanza, soups, burgers and other recipes such as the planet special poutine.

Edamame is basically immature soybeans that are sweet to taste with a hint of grass. They must be boiled or steamed before eating them whole or in soups.

Visit Veggie Planet Today

If you’re in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, and the rest of Greater Toronto Area, remember there’s Veggie Planet Naanza waiting for your palate pleasure! Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr. Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

If Indian cuisine is renowned for its colors and tastes, we can give credit to the unique spices and herbs that are used in the recipes. From garam masala to ginger and nutmeg, you name it and you’ll find the liberal use of these exotic ingredients – be it at high-end restaurants or Indian street food in Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke or the Greater Toronto Area.  Apart from flavor and color, these herbs and spices are also known for their health benefits. Talking of unique ingredients, we can safely say that turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a unique Indian ingredient that has captured the attention of the international scientific community, for the array of health benefits it delivers. So, let’s look at turmeric in more detail….

Turmeric decoded

Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric is an herb that is basically grown in India. The golden-yellow herb is primarily used in a variety of Indian dishes. Once it is harvested from the plant’s rhizome, turmeric has to be dried and powdered before use. The weather conditions in India are perfect for the herb and so turmeric is generally not commercially cultivated elsewhere in the world. In fact, India is the only major exporter of turmeric. When used in cooking food, turmeric imparts a yellow hue, mustard-like aroma, and a typical hot-bitter flavor to the dishes. So, you know what to look out for, the next time you venture out to a Veggie Planet outlet in Brampton, Mississauga or the GTA.

Health properties of Turmeric

Apart from Indian cuisine, turmeric is also used in traditional Indian medical formulations (Ayurveda) to treat health conditions ranging from inflammations to cancer. The healing properties of turmeric are attributed to the curcumin component that the herb contains. Turmeric is a powerhouse of nutrition and health-enhancing elements. In addition to substantial amounts of proteins, calcium, vitamins B6 and C, sodium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron and dietary fiber, a tablespoon of turmeric also provides close to 24 calories.

Turmeric against Alzheimer’s

As we all know, Alzheimer’s currently has no cure; it can only be delayed. Turmeric, with its powerful anti-oxidant properties, is being seen as a weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The curcumin in turmeric can delay the onset and progress of cognitive dementia. Studies have shown that senior citizens experiencing age-related memory and cognitive issues are benefitting from the use of turmeric supplements. For vegan /vegetarians, a pinch of turmeric in their Kaawa Nuggets and Kaawa Drumstick could be just what the doctor ordered.

Turmeric against Cancer

In recent times, the anti-cancer properties of turmeric are garnering attention from the medical and research communities, worldwide. Lab studies conducted on mice, at the Tata Memorial Centre in India, have identified the herb’s potential to protect the body from cancers of the skin and stomach. Similarly, other research studies have unearthed turmeric’s potential in treating colon cancers and restricting the growth of tumors.

Turmeric and Heart Health

The abundance of curcumin coupled with the presence of vitamin B6, in turmeric makes it a great aid in the war against cardiovascular disease. Curcumin equalizes cholesterol levels by flushing out excess LDL (unhealthy) cholesterol from the blood vessels and arteries, to prevent atherosclerosis.

On the other hand, vitamin B6 controls homocysteine production that is responsible for cell-wall damage. Weakened cell walls combined with high blood pressure and plaque deposits can lead up to a variety of cardiac complications.

Turmeric and Brain Health

Turmeric’s strong anti-oxidant properties are also put to use in traditional medicine (Ayurveda) to stimulate brain functions such as cognition, concentration, and memory retention. Modern research has also validated the herb’s ability to defend the neural pathways against plaque deposits and oxidative stress. What’s more, turmeric is also found to display anti-depressant properties in lab research.

Turmeric and Liver Health

The components in the liver are known for their ability to stimulate the lymphatic system and flush out toxins. Lower toxicity levels lead to better liver functioning and health too. In fact, various researches have concluded the efficacy of turmeric as complementary in containing liver damage and the treatment of diseases such as fatty liver and cirrhosis.

Turmeric and Weight Control

Turmeric is also finding wide use in the weight-loss industry which is using the herb’s ability to boost metabolic rates and thus fight obesity. It is also recognized as a weight-loss supplement because it reduces the LDL cholesterol levels in the body. Whether you’re gorging on naan or veggie pizza, you can be confident that turmeric is a good thing to have as a dressing.

Anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric

For long used in ayurvedic medical formulations for its anti-inflammatory properties, modern research is also endorsing turmeric’s ability to reduce inflammations. Even topical application of a turmeric-based salve is found to significantly reduce the inflammations that are caused by hemorrhoids.


Turmeric for Health

The health benefits of turmeric encompass almost all parts of the body. Turmeric is an active ingredient in medications prescribed for topical application to reduce gout, arthritic pains, and injury-related muscle pain. Similarly, turmeric supplements are found useful to treat anxiety, stress, mood swings, and hormonal imbalances. Turmeric is also known to prevent the development of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is also used in treating gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. Many women find that turmeric-laced soups, Indian drinks, and snacks such as veggie burgers provide relief from menstrual discomfort, excessive bleeding, and other problems such as cramps.


Turmeric in Cosmetics

For ages, Indian women have been applying turmeric paste to their face as a natural cosmetic and skin tonic. Turmeric has been found effective to control the outbreak of pimples and acne by controlling bacteria growth and secretions of the sebaceous glands. The curcumin in turmeric acts as an oxidant to fight the free radicals and reduce the onset of wrinkles and fine lines of the skin. The modern cosmetic industry has unabashedly embraced turmeric to fill the market with a host of skincare and antibiotic creams, soaps and lotions.

If you’re looking for some home-made solutions for cosmetic problems, turmeric can make your day!

Despite its propensity to stain cloth, turmeric is a great way to rid your teeth of stains. Mix some turmeric with baking soda and coconut oil and you have a great tooth stain remover, made at home.

And if the sunburn is your problem, simply mix turmeric with aloe vera gel or yogurt to dish up a sunburn soother. You can also make skin moisturizer by mixing turmeric with coconut oil. You can experiment with face masks by combining turmeric with yogurt, honey or olive oil, lime juice and so on.

The best part about Indian vegetarian fast foods and street foods is that restaurants have re-engineered themselves for the modern foodie and the growing influence of vegetarianism. No longer do you have to sacrifice taste and pleasure at the altar of good health. If you’re in Etobicoke, Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto and the rest of Greater Toronto Area, remember there’s Veggie Planet Naanza waiting for your palate pleasure!

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr. Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

If eating trends are any indication, the world is no longer the preserve of non-vegetarian cuisine. More and more vegetarian and vegan travelers in countries like Canada, the US and elsewhere in Europe are discovering to their pleasant surprise that beyond the veggie burger and veggie pizza, vegetarian food is alive and kicking!

With the resurgence in vegetarianism across the world, thanks in large measure to outlets like Veggie Planet in Mississauga Ontario, local vegetarian dishes and cuisines are making a welcome comeback in countries spread across Europe, Asia and Africa. In fact, for a long time it was believed that except for a few countries like India, the world was, by and large, a haven for non-vegetarian foodies. But now countries ranging from Thailand to Italy boast of dishes that are true-blue vegetarian and national favorites too. Let’s go on a global epicurean walk across eight countries on four continents, to some of the tourist havens where simple vegetarian street foods are basking in international glory.

Asian vegetarian delights to live for:

Considered the original home of vegetarianism, India is a virtual repository of tasty vegetarian cuisine that can give non-vegetarian food a run for its money. The sheer variety of vegetarian dishes and recipes emanating from this country have enchanted food lovers from across the spectrum. Ironically, one of the most popular and yet most humble dishes is the chana masala. Made of chickpea or great garbanzo bean, chana masala is a great accompaniment to roti, paratha, and naanza. It is a humble man’s lentil curry that is going places, thanks to a mouth-watering combination of tomatoes, onion, a variety of spices like turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Dripping with proteins and full of taste, chana masala is the toast of high-end restaurants as well as humble roadside eateries that dot the vast Indian countryside. Speaking of Indian drinks and adaptations, you have ideas like kawa nuggets and kawa drumstick on mainstream vegetarian restaurant menus nowadays.

Apart from elephants, beaches and great forests, Thailand has become famous in recent years for its mouth-watering array of vegetarian dishes. Long a magnet for international tourists, Thai cuisine is turning out to be that extra element for visiting tourists. Thai cuisine is known for its generous use of coconut milk which lends a unique flavor to the dishes. Popular vegetarian options range from stewed plantains, taro root, and sweet potatoes. Thai dishes are replete with lemongrass, local spices, palm sugar and a variety of vegetables that are colorful to behold and tasty to eat. Slurp!

Lebanon, once the jewel of the Middle-East. Also, home to the mouth-watering dish called tabbouleh. A veritable delight for vegetarian food lovers, tabbouleh comprises of bulgur, parsley, onion, mint, cucumber and tomatoes, all dressed with a concoction of lemon juice and olive oil. A veritable middle eastern delight for the taste buds, tabbouleh makes a good combination with hummus along with olives and falafels. Light on the stomach, tabbouleh is consumed cold and can make the humid evenings bearable. If you’re visiting Lebanon and wondering how to stick to vegetarian food, remember there’s tabbouleh to the rescue.

The Americas for vegetarians:

Long famous for its ancient Aztec and Mayan empires, Mexico has always attracted foreign tourists by the droves.  When you talk about Mexican food, the first things that pop to mind are beans, avocado, corn tortillas – you can’t get more vegetarian than this! A common man’s staple diet for a long time, you’ll find the aroma of corn tortillas wafting into your nostrils as they get cooked on skillets.  Available in a variety of vegetarian and vegan fillings, tortillas are healthy, filling and easy on the pocket too. You can find them in high-end restaurants as well as street-side eateries. So, vegetarians can happily visit Mexico.

A major South American destination for business and tourist visitors, Chile has a great vegetarian option in the form of porous Granados – a delectable porridge-like stew imbibing the wholesome goodness of cranberry beans, onion, corn, pumpkin, broth, and spices. It is characterized by its rich sweet taste and pungent aroma that wafts from the puree-like concoction.


Eternal Europe for vegetarian food lovers:

Italy is not just famous for its ageless art and culture. To be fair, Italian cuisine has made a name for itself in the pantheon of world foods. But it is only now that vegetarian dishes are peeping out from behind the scenes to global acclaim. Foremost among Italy’s contribution to vegetarian cuisine is the white bean peasant soup better known as ribollita. As the staple of the peasantry who could not afford meat, it was a necessity that shaped ribollita into a vegetarian superstar that is the toast of modern food lovers. Thanks to the white beans, it is full of proteins and carbohydrates. The next time you visit Italy, don’t forget to stop by a roadside restaurant to sample some ribollita!

If you’re visiting Greece, you can take heart from the fact that the Mediterranean country is a vegetarian food lover’s haven. From olives to grapes and rice, the cuisine here is loaded with vegetarian ingredients. Foremost among them is dolma. You can try the staple dish of rice cooked in olive oil and spices – it’s available wherever you travel in the country. Simple and wholesome, dolmas are delicious and renowned as the people’s food. You’ll find it almost anywhere in Greece because everybody loves it!


Going vegetarian in Africa:

If you ever visit Lesotho in the African continent, don’t forget to try out Moroko – an astonishingly simple vegetarian recipe of roughly chopped greens that are boiled before simmering in oil and finally mashed to form a lovely green colored soggy porridge. Comprises of vegetables and greens ranging from kale, chard, radish, mustard, dandelions, spinach and so on. Take a spoonful of the vegetarian porridge and get ready to be transported into the realms of epicurean delight. Tastes especially good when eaten along with potatoes or rice. Widely available and relished all over the landlocked nation that nestles within South Africa.

While traveling the world in search of a fulfilling vegetarian dish may not be everyone’s idea of fun, if you stay in Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke or Vaughan area, you can always walk into your local Veggie Planet and savor some lip-smacking vegetarian Planet special poutine!

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr. Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

Vegetarianism is fast becoming an option for many families across Toronto, Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada and the world. While going vegetarian or vegan is a healthy proposition, many parents have concerns on the health implications over the physical and mental implications of a non-meat diet composed of vegetables,  veggie burger or veggie pizza for growing children. If you too are one such doubting Thomas, here’s the low-down on the benefits of introducing your children to the pleasures and benefits of Indian street food whose mainstay are vegetarian foods and vegan diets.

To begin this month’s article, it has been seen that consuming a vegetarian or vegan diet gives substantial health advantages to kids in comparison to those raised on a typical meat-rich diet. Exposing your growing children to these benefits will give them a head start in the healthy lifestyle stakes. Vegetarian diets are rich in fiber, short on saturated fat, brimming with essential minerals and vitamins. They are also bursting with plant protein and thus absolutely cholesterol-free.

Thanks to the abundance of processed meat-based foods, teenage obesity has become a fact of life today. Adolescents brought up as vegetarians, are seen to be effortlessly maintaining their BMIs. They also suffer less from typical teenage problems such as acne and gastro problems associated with meat-based foods. Coming to the specifics, lower incidence of a life-threatening diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, is seen in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

Advantages of growing up vegetarian and vegan

By switching over to a vegetarian diet, your children automatically get the benefits associated with high-fiber foods. Expect your children to have better digestion and a higher metabolic rate. Their bodies are also better positioned to expel toxins and wastes produced during the metabolic processes. On a vegetarian diet, your kids will also maintain healthy fluid levels in their bodies. With a vegetarian diet, you can also expect your children’s eyes to be healthier and their eyesight sharper.  The net result is a healthy body that excels in getting the best out of life.

Nutrition apart, fatty acids are low in vegetarian food making it easier to absorb. This in turn contributes to maintaining a stable flow of blood sugar in the body – keeping diabetes at arms-length. Consumers of non-vegetarian fast foods are observed to have blood sugar levels that fluctuate erratically the moment they finish eating any meat-based fast food. It goes without saying that vegetarian fast foods that your friendly neighborhood Veggie Planet Indian street food restaurant in Mississauga, Brampton and the GTA dishes up, are a good option to head out to whenever your kids crave a quick bite.

It’s not just the body but also your child’s mind that benefits from going vegetarian early in life. Studies have shown that people who are vegetarians or vegans perform better on mood profile and depression tests. Further, the organic cultivation of vegetables is further adding to the health benefits that your children will enjoy when they adopt a vegetarian diet. All these factors are responsible for developing a positive outlook in your child towards life in general.

Summing up, since they are a storehouse of plant and grain-based ingredients, vegetarian fast foods are good for growing children because they get their supply of essential vitamins like C, E, and folic acid. And then, since vegetarian fast foods are high on magnesium, phytochemicals and unsaturated fats, your children will have lower cholesterol levels of cholesterol and consequently their blood pressure levels are also at the proper levels.

Introducing your kids to vegetarian In Mississauga, Brampton, and the GTA

The first problem that parents face while introducing their kids to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is the taste factor. It’s best to understand that taste is an acquired sensibility and with time and constant exposure, our taste buds learn to like the food they come across. But kids being kids, you will have to put on your innovative cap to come up with attractive recipes that are vegetarian but high on taste factor.

For example, oat waffles topped with maple syrup or fruit are a good breakfast option for budding vegan kids. Similarly, a lentil loaf lunch would have your kids literally begging you for seconds. What’s more, it is dripping with proteins and fiber, which are very essential for health and wellness. Similarly, hummus is a great option to introduce your kids to the benefits of vegetarian food. Kawa Nuggets and Kawa Drumstick serve at Veggie Planet are a tasty yet healthy option that you can explore along with your children. As you will see moving forward that your kids will gradually get used to vegetarian dishes and actually begin to prefer them when the health benefits begin to show up.


As a parent bringing up your kids the vegan way, you must expect and prepare your children to face many social challenge too. This is because meat-eating families are still the norm rather than the exception. Especially when they are attending birthday parties and get-togethers where non-vegetarian food is on the menu, it makes sense to call up the hosts in advance and appraise them of your child’s preferences. It will give the hosts sufficient time to include veggie options such as veggie burgers, tofu crackers, vegan cakes, Naanza and Indian drinks such as Jal-jeera. Better still, there are specialty vegetarian fast food outlets such as Veggie Planet in Mississauga where your kids can tuck into the Planet Special Poutine, to their hearts’ content.

Another area where your kids are likely to face challenges is during the lunch break at the school cafeteria. Get together with other parents in the locality, who share similar concerns, and try to persuade the school authorities on including a couple of vegetarian and vegan options in the menu.

Talking about Indian vegetarian fast-food restaurants, the good thing about them is that they have successfully reinvented themselves for a global clientele. Your kids don’t have to forego taste for the sake of a healthy lifestyle. If you live in Mississauga, Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area, or passing through with your kids, step in for a quick bite of heavenly Naanza at Veggie Planet!

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr. Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

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The debate over food choices is an old one. With the growing interest and curiosity about vegetarian food, especially Indian food in recent times, votaries of non-vegetarian foods are coming up with theories that show vegetarian food in a bad light. For example, it is commonly believed that vegetarian food is adequate for physically active people. How much truth do such assumptions hold? Let’s do a reality check on some of the most common allegations tossed at vegetarian food. Later on, we’ll also find out how to enjoy Indian street food in Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, and Greater Toronto Area even as we beat the health concerns associated with them.


Myth 1: Vegetarian Food Is Low On Protein.

Truth 1: Gone are the days when animal-protein was considered superior and essential for our health and physical development. Research has proved that plant-based food has sufficient protein for human requirements. Instead of eggs, you can try out protein-rich vegetarian food sources such as beans, lentils, tofu, cereals, and whole-grain bread. What’s more, all these foods are ideal accompaniments in a variety of Indian vegetarian fast food recipes such as Kawa Nuggets and Kawa Drumstick that are tasty and exciting to try out.


Myth 2: Vegetarians Suffer From Iron Deficiency.

Truth 2: Yet another myth perpetuated about vegetarian foods, which has been shattered in recent times. Iron deficiency is a condition that is caused by a number of factors and can afflict vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. In fact, some vegetarian foods like beans, tofu, and spinach are super-rich sources of iron. So, bite into your veggie burger in Brampton or Mississauga and stop worrying about iron deficiency.


Myth 3: Vegetarian Food Is Low On Energy.

Truth 3: A doubt that plays on the minds of athletes, sportspersons and bodybuilders. Many famous sports personalities are endorsing the benefits of vegetarian foods today. In fact, they prefer vegan/vegetarian food because it is clean and does not pollute the internal workings of our body. A vegetarian diet is rich in protein, vitamins and vital minerals, and more than adequate for most high-energy sporting activities. So, don’t worry unduly if someone tells you that your vegetarian diet is insufficient to meet your energy requirements.


Myth 4: Vegetarian Food Is Not Pocket-Friendly.

Truth 4: Well, sorry to disappoint you but vegetarian food is actually more wallet-friendly than non-vegetarian dishes in the Greater Toronto Area. Just check the menu at your local fast food joint and the truth will hit you in the face. In fact, you can buy and eat more veggie pizza for the price that you would normally pay for a meat or chicken dish. The best part is that while you can buy more of vegetarian fare for the amount that you pay for meat-dishes, you will not end up heavier!


Myth 5: Vegetarian Food Keeps You Hungry.

Truth 5: Research shows that vegetarian food stays comparatively longer in the human gut and also keeps it fuller. Vegetarian food also helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body, which in turn keeps hunger cravings at bay for longer. Actually, many of us confuse a lighter tummy with hunger. Vegetarian food is actually filling and stays longer in the food canal but since it is lighter than non-vegetarian food, some people tend to interpret it is hunger pangs. And there lies the truth behind this myth.


Myth 6: Vegetarian Food Offers fewer Options.

Truth 6: Vegetarian foods are suitable for all kinds of cuisines. So whether it’s Mediterranean or Indian, you’ll discover that every country has a delectable range of vegetarian dishes that are tasty, filling, nutritious and pocket-friendly. Check out the planet special poutine and Naanza whenever you’re in the Mississauga area.

Talking of health benefits that vegetarian foods bring to the table, let’s look at the unique features of Indian vegetarian fast foods:

The raita is a yogurt-based dip that is a common accompaniment to most Indian fast foods. Comprising basically of cucumber and mint, raita is rich in calcium. It takes on the role of mayonnaise in western cuisine. Raita is available in different combinations and can give a unique taste to the food you relish in your favorite Indian vegetarian fast food restaurant.

Similarly, the sauces and chutneys used in Indian cuisine are mostly vegetarian in nature. Coupled with this are a variety of Indian drinks to choose from. You can choose form chaas, flavored buttermilk that comforts the stomach after a delicious and heavy meal. You can also sip a cool glass of kaalajamoon juice that doubles up as a tonic for the digestive system.

Moreover, Indian street foods are low on saturated fats and high on fiber content, making them very health-friendly. If you’re fat-conscious, tandoori-based dishes are a good option as they are baked and not fried. All these qualities make Indian vegetarian foods a great idea to spend time over.

Finally, let us examine the precautions you may need to keep in mind when ordering Indian food. Play safe and stick to tomato-based curries or other vegetables. If you’re a bit too health-conscious, you can always ask the chef to go easy on the ghee or substitute vegetable oil. Brampton or Mississauga, you know that you can enjoy the best of Indian street food without worrying about hygiene and price.

We can clearly see that vegan/vegetarian food is in no way inferior to meat-based foods. In fact, Indian restaurants like Veggie Planet have taken Indian street foods to the next level. The next time you step out for a good time, remember the host of options and experiences that await you in the form of vegetarian food, especially Indian fast foods. Especially for folks staying in and around Brampton and Mississauga, the choices are many and you can either book a place for an intimate get-together with family and friends. You could even schedule a business lunch or a brunch comprising Indian vegetarian foods.

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via website https://veggieplanet.ca and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 DavandDr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

Fast foods are fast foods. Right? You couldn’t be farther from the truth. For starters, the popular perception that fast foods are unhealthy can be safely thrown out the window. Thanks to vegan and vegetarian options, fast foods, especially the Indian street food varieties in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke and rest of Greater Toronto Area are gaining popularity as a tasty, healthy and humane approach to enjoying good food. So, if you have been avoiding meat-based fast foods in GTA due to personal concerns, now is the time to sink your teeth into that succulent veggie burger or veggie pizza at the Veggie Planet location in Brampton, without the guilt pangs. Let’s take a quick tour to find out how exactly vegetarian fast foods positively impact our health…

Longer lifespans

From time to time, scientific studies have established that longevity is directly proportional to a healthy lifestyle and a diet comprising plant-based foods like vegetables and fruits.  Consumption of vegetarian foods and fast foods means the lesser accumulation of toxins and chemicals in the body. All this contributes to increased life spans.

Reduced cholesterol

Unlike meat-based foods that catalyze cholesterol production and build-up in our bodies, vegetarian foods are virtually cholesterol-free. Left to itself, our bodies are capable of producing the required cholesterol by themselves. So, a diet rich in vegetarian foods contributes to cleaner arteries and better cardiac health.

Reduced stroke and obesity risks

People who prefer meat dishes are known to be over-eaters in comparison to vegetarians. It is noticed that vegetarians don’t usually overeat or choose foods on the basis of their emotions. That is also the reason why vegetarians are less at risk of obesity and stroke attacks.

Improved metabolism

It’s a well-known fact that vegetarian food digests easily and helps the body maintain an optimum metabolic rate. What’s more, the resting metabolism rate (RMR) in vegetarians is higher and results in a faster rate of burning of body fat. The next time you munch upon Kawa Nuggets and Kawa Drumstick, remember that you’re actually doing your body a favor.

Lower diabetes risk

Apart from nutrition, vegetarian food is low on fatty acids and also easier to absorb – all of which help maintain a steady flow of blood sugar in the body – and thus keep diabetes at bay. It has been observed that in consumers of non-vegetarian fast foods, blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly immediately after they eat meat-based fast foods. Therefore, fast foods of the vegetarian type, available in your friendly neighborhood Indian street food restaurant in Brampton, are a good option. This holds good especially if you are suffering from diabetes.

Youthful skin

One of the biggest benefits of consuming vegan food, including fast foods, is a skin tone that is healthy and youthful. This is because plant-based foods are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins – all of which are essential for healthy and toned skins. These foods are also high in water content, making them even more useful in our pursuit of youthful and healthy-looking skin. A serving of Veggie Planet Special Poutine in Mississauga is a great way to catch up for a quality meet up with friends as well as give your skin a dose of nourishment. Couple it with Indian drinks like Jal-Jeera and watch the good times just unfold!

High fiber content

Since vegetarian food is high on fiber content, it aids in the digestive processes of the body. Such food also helps boost your body’s metabolic rate and flush out harmful toxins and wastes. Also, the higher water content in vegetarian foods helps the body retain healthy fluid levels.

Anti-depressant properties

Many research in recent times has shown that being vegetarian keeps you happier than if you’re a meat-eater. The good news is that compared to meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans fare better on depression tests as well as mood profiles. Considering that vegetarian fare is increasingly tending towards organic farming, the health benefits are further amplified. So, when you enjoy vegetarian fast foods, your mind frame is also experiencing pleasant thoughts. The next time you’re feeling low, just walk into the nearby Veggie Planet Location in Etobicoke, Brampton, and feast on Indian street food that’s healthy, tasty and easy on the pocket too.

Better eye health

Don’t rub your eyes in disbelief but research has established the link between diet and the probability of your developing cataract of the eye. According to the studies by a prominent University in the UK, you are at a lower risk of cataract if you’re a vegetarian as opposed to your non-vegetarian friends. And if you’re a vegan, the risks are further reduced. Incidentally, you wouldn’t fail to notice the appetizing natural greens, reds, and yellows that characterize vegetarian fast foods dished up by your favorite Indian fast food restaurant in the Greater Toronto Area?

Easy on the pocket

Finally, vegetarian fast food is good on your waistline and your wallet as well. Going vegetarian makes money-sense too as they are more modestly priced in comparison to non-vegetarian fast foods. Not only will your health improve, but you also tend to save money in the long run!

As you have seen for yourself, vegetarian fast foods are predominantly composed of plant and grain-based ingredients, making them powerhouses of fiber, essential vitamins like C, E, and folic acid. What’s more, vegetarian fast foods are rich in magnesium, phytochemicals and unsaturated fats. Lower levels of cholesterol in the body and lower blood pressure levels have been attributed to the consumption of vegetarian foods.

The best part about Indian vegetarian fast foods and street foods is that restaurants have re-engineered themselves for the modern foodie and the growing influence of vegetarianism. No longer do you have to sacrifice taste and pleasure at the altar of good health. If you’re in Etobicoke, Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto and rest of Greater Toronto Area, remember there’s Veggie Planet Naanza waiting for your palate pleasure!

Veggie Planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.com) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

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Indian cuisine is as diverse as the topography, climate, and cultures that the vast subcontinental landscape encompasses. Indeed, we can consider Indian cuisine as a composite of many sub-cuisine cultures. From north to south and east to west, the food preferences and styles change as we shift locations across India. But despite these apparent variations, there are a few commonalities that are evident in any Indian restaurant you may visit across the world. For example, the fragrant spices, different varieties of bread, exotic sauces are all used creatively to conjure up a variety of dishes and Indian street food that appeal to vegetarian and vegan food lovers across the globe.

For Indians traveling abroad, and the vast Indian diaspora too, vegetarian restaurants are a necessity as it becomes difficult for them to stick to exclusively vegetarian fare amidst the largely meat-consuming countries like Canada. Fortunately for them, the mushrooming population of Indian restaurants serving up delectable vegetarian dishes, are literally a breath of fresh air. In fact, these restaurants are a haven for vegan foodies too. Indian restaurants like Veggie Planet In Mississauga, Ontario, Canada have shown that plant and dairy-based foods can be tasty, filling and enjoyable to eat. But along with taste, most vegetarian and vegan converts are concerned about the ingredients that make up Indian foods and street foods. It makes sense to know what you’re getting into when you place your order for Indian street food such as a veggie burger or a samosa. Mississauga, incidentally, is home to some of the best vegan restaurants in GTA.


Get Set For The Ghee Experience!

Indian food is famous for the generous use of ghee in most recipes. Apart from acquiring the unique flavor, food cooked in ghee doesn’t spoil fast too. In layman’s terms, ghee is nothing but clarified butter. Butter when heated to a simmer over a medium-low flame, slowly loses the water content. When the butter is totally clarified in this manner, you end up with ghee. While vegetarians relish ghee-cooked food, if you’re a vegan, you may want to avoid it. So, when you walk into one of the finer vegan restaurants, Mississauga is home to, and place an order there, check if ghee is used in the preparation. You can always ask the chef to substitute the ghee with a vegetable oil like peanut or sunflower oil.

Naan The Less!

Indian restaurants are famous for the choice of naans that they serve to patrons. For beginners, naan is a leavened bread that’s cooked in a tandoor stove. Some variants of naan use milk or yogurt instead of water while making the dough. So, check if the dough has dairy or water. If you’re wondering about vegan food near me, you can opt for unleavened whole wheat bread options such as roti. You could even order puri, a whole-wheat bread that is deep-fried in oil.

Indian Foods That Are Vegan-Friendly


When it comes to appetizers, there is an entire range of vegan-friendly Indian food, Mississauga restaurants offer, such as samosas and pakoras. You also have a choice of onion, okra, cauliflower, aubergine fritters that are a spicy treat for the palate at the best Indian restaurant Mississauga is proud of.

The breads section of the menu in an Indian restaurant comprises of rotis, puris, parathas, and chapatis. While all these bread are made of wheat, sometimes they can be layered with a coating of butter or ghee. It, therefore, becomes important for vegan guests to be informed accordingly. Similarly, when it comes to the sauces, there are yogurt-based ones such as raita that Vegans must keep away from!

The entrées and side dishes in Indian menus usually comprise of saag- leafy greens, aloo – potato, chana – chickpeas, and dal – lentils. All these dishes are usually cooked in vegetable oils and can safely be relished by vegetarians and vegans alike. One of the major ingredients in Indian foods is paneer – cottage cheese. If you’re having vegan friends joining you for dinner, alert them to stay away from the dishes containing paneer or butter.

Indian Foods Are Antioxidant Rich

Indian cuisine is rooted in its rich use of local spices that are strong on flavor, aroma, antibacterial properties and rich in antioxidants. All this makes it the best vegetarian food in Mississauga too.

A hallmark ingredient in Indian recipes such as methi gobi, ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and has the ability to fight stomach ailments.  Similarly, turmeric is a unique ingredient that imparts a yellow hue to Indian dishes. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon is yet another spice that brims with antifungal, antibacterial properties.)


Protein-Rich Indian Foods

If you’re conscious about your protein intake, it makes sense to keep track of the dishes that are rich in protein. Typically, dishes that have dal – lentils, chana – chickpeas, rajma – kidney beans are rich in protein. Just one cup of dal contains as many as 18 grams of protein while a cup of rajma contains 15 grams of protein. The nutrients in rajma also protect us against coronary disease.


How To Enjoy Indian Food Without The Fat Threat

While it may be true that Indian food is rich in fats and can land you in weight troubles, there are ways to go around these hurdles.  Cut down on the fried and deep-fried savories such as pakoras and samosas. Similarly, puris are also deep-fried and you need to keep count of the numbers you consume while gorging upon this delicacy. The dollops of coconut milk used for imparting the unique flavor to some Indian dishes, also add weight to your waistline. So let moderation be the watchword while consuming such dishes.

The best part about Indian food is the tandoori cooking. The tandoor is an Indian clay oven in which the food is marinated and cooked. So, there’s practically no oil used in the preparation of food cooked in a tandoor. It means no fat accumulating in your body!

Remember, whether its vegan restaurants in Mississauga or vegetarian restaurants Brampton, you can have your fill of tasty, healthy food at Veggie Planet without worrying about adding unnecessary body weight.

Veggie planet offers convenient online ordering via the website (https://veggieplanet.ca) and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available in Mississauga and GTA.

For in-restaurant pickups, Veggie Planet is located at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 for all vegetarian and vegan restaurant menu items.

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There used to be time, not long back, when non-resident Indians (NRIs) would eagerly look forward to their next India visit, just so they could savor their favorite Indian street foods. Gulping down Paani Puris by the dozen or gobbling away plates of tasty Pav Bhaji on Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach, was a dream to die for many Indian Canadians in Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.

Today, it’s a different scene altogether as many a small family-run Indian restaurant dots the topography across Greater Toronto Area. Apart from catering to the taste buds of home-sick Indians, Indian restaurants like Veggie Planet are dishing out fusion food combinations that are tasty, healthy and conform to strict vegetarian beliefs of its customers in Mississauga.

Today in Mississauga, Brampton, Woodbridge Vaughan and other cities in Ontario, vegetarianism is taking grip and veganism is fast becoming a way of life. So, in addition to tasty food, people are now specifically looking for vegan restaurants like Veggie Plant that experiment with ingredients and styles to dish out dishes that are tasty, trendy and stick to pure vegetarian ingredients.

For the classic vegetarian dining experience in Mississauga, Veggie Planet of the best of the best to its customers. When you visit Veggie Planet current location in Mississauga Ontario, you’ll instantly be transported to a fascinating world where you’ll be lost for choice between Indian street food, Veggie Burger, Veggie Pizza, Planet Special Poutine, Naanza, Kawa Nuggets and Kawa Drumstick and host of Indian Drinks made the traditional way, and fusion food with a desi touch, you’ll find them here in a range of options – vegetarian, Jain, Swaminarayan and vegan.

The best part about modern Indian vegetarian restaurants in Woodbridge Vaughan, Mississauga and Brampton is their willingness to experiment with recipes and fine-tune them so that they appeal to contemporary tastes but retain their authentic traits. That’s why, at Veggie Planet, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find the menu displays pizzas with typically Indian toppings like Pav Bhaji or Chaat or even Paneer.

There’s more waiting to thrill your taste buds. For instance, you can order a veggie burger, samosa burger, kawa burger or even noodles burger! And if it’s liquid pleasure that your taste buds hunger for, you can try out faloodas or mango shakes. What better way to end a satisfying meal at veggie planet, than Paan Kulfi or a Malai Kulfi? Or perhaps, you prefer to sip a Masala Soda or Chaas, the traditional Indian Butter Milk drink.

The world and Greater Toronto Area residents are slowly but steadily waking up to the health benefits of vegetarian food. Less cholesterol formation, lower risk of diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are just some of the benefits of opting for a pure vegetarian diet. Indian food with its inherent stress on pure vegetarian ingredients, is a tasty but healthy option for today’s food lovers. Be it a veggie burger or pizza, Mississauga residents know where to head to, when hunger pangs strike. Apart from tasty vegetarian food and comfort foods, the key takeaway from Indian vegetarian restaurants is the opportunity for people to spend quality time with family and friends.

Going a step beyond vegetarianism, the concept of Veganism is capturing the imagination of food lovers too in Brampton, Mississauga, Woodbridge Vaughan and Ontario. And Indian restaurant owners are losing no time in dishing out recipes to lure this new breed of food lovers.

At veggie planet, the menu has sufficient options for new Vegans as well as die-hard Jain and Swaminarayan food options that do not include even garlic and onion! So, you now know where to head for answers if the question on your mind is, ‘what are the great vegan restaurants near me?’ Thanks to the profusion of vegan restaurants, Mississauga, Brampton and Woodbridge Vaughan is a popular hangout for people who relish taste but are concerned about the vegan quality of their food. When you choose a vegan dish at Veggie Planet, you can be sure that it’s completely free of milk, dairy products and similar animal products. Here, a vegan food item is truly vegan, not vegetarian.

For people staying in and around Mississauga, Brampton, Woodbridge Vaughan, Toronto and wondering, ‘where will I find Indian food near me?’, all you need to do is find your way to Veggie Planet, the top-rated vegetarian restaurant boasts of as its own homegrown enterprise. In fact, it is also famous for contemporary western foods with a vegetarian twist. Be it a Veggie Burger or a pizza, Mississauga and Vaughan vegetarian food aficionados know where to find it. The best part is that these vegetarian restaurants are a labor of love for food enthusiasts who quit lucrative professions in other fields, to set up their vegetarian restaurants. The passion and commitment to creating food that is unique in taste is clearly visible when one scans through the menu options at Veggie Planet.

Thanks to the profusion of aromatic spices used in the food they conjure up, you can literally smell an Indian restaurant Mississauga from afar. Open during business hours, six days a week, veggie planet prefers to keep its doors open on Sundays for patrons. Instead, Monday is a holiday. So, you know where to brunch or gorge upon pure vegetarian and vegan Indian delicacies in Mississauga! What’s more, distance is no longer a problem for food lovers Brampton, Toronto and GTA.

With convenient online ordering via website and flexible delivery options, including delivery within a 15-kilometer radius available, getting your choice of vegan food is not a problem at all. In fact, when it comes to choosing vegan restaurants or an Indian restaurant, Brampton residents also make a beeline for Veggie Planet.

So, the next time you feel like giving yourself a treat, think Indian restaurant, think vegetarian restaurant, think Indian street food, think vegan, Veggie Burger, Veggie Pizza and Indian Drinks, remember that you only have Veggie Planet – where authentic Indian taste couples with contemporary expectations – to deliver drool-worthy dishes – a mélange of hot and spice, sweet and sour. But most importantly, giving top priority to your vegetarian sensitivities and preferences in GTA. With such tantalizing food options available at your doorstep in Mississauga, it really doesn’t matter whether one is resident in India or Canada! Veggie Planet is location at 6985 Davand Dr Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7 and can be reached at (905) 795-7950 or Website veggieplanet.ca.

Top 5 Benefits Of Vegetarian Diet

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People on earth eat different types of food according to the environment and choices. Non-vegetarian food lovers eat processed meat on a large scale. But when it comes to health, scientific studies and reports are shocking for people who eat processed meat. The studies have announced that just 50g of processed meat a day can raise the chances of bowel cancer by 18%. Looking at such violent effects of processed meats, vegetarian restaurants Mississauga are becoming more popular than ever. A fiber-rich vegetarian diet is an excellent weight loss treatment. Also, vegetarian food can even help in avoiding some chronic diseases.

Here are the top 5 benefits of a vegetarian diet

Keeps your heart happy and healthy

Combine vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, and legume for a perfect heart-healthy diet. The diet low in fiber and high in potassium help in lowering blood pressure and prevent both heart stroke and attack. Grains and plant products are rich in potassium, low in sodium, and have loads of soluble fiber which is best to lower cholesterol. The improvement in cholesterol enhances the total health of the heart and arteries.

Can prevent cancer

Not all, but about one third can be avoided by improving lifestyle and switching to a healthy diet. The colorful foods that are packed with antioxidants can kill free radicals in order to suppress the growth of cancer cells. Kale, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, leeks, and onions are packed with fiber and antioxidants. The simplest way is having a rainbow-themed diet, more the colors, better is nutrition.

Good for the gut

Plants foods are known to have a positive impact on gut bacteria. A proper vegetarian diet is rich in bacteria that keep your digestive system working well, support your immune system, regulates the hunger hormone, and reduces inflammation. A healthy diet promotes the number of healthy bacteria. The fermented varieties of foods such as tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, and water kefir are known to diversify the gut bacteria. Healthy bacteria, happy gut, healthy body, and happy you.

Prevents and treats type 2 diabetes

A diabetic patient is advised to change his diet to start fighting the disease. The plant-based diet is low in fat, and the grains provide more energy to stabilize the blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet can sometimes work better than even medications. The food increases insulin sensitivity and lowers hemoglobin A1c levels better than the prescribed medications. Thus, a diet loaded with vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fruits, is the best to fight diabetes.

Beautiful and glowing skin

It is evident that when you are healthy from the inside, your body looks beautiful and healthy from outside. The food you eat also affects the health of your skin and hairs. Fruits, green vegetables, dairy products, and healthy sugar, keeps your skin glowing. The water content is also high in a plant-based diet which keeps you hydrated and gives a fresh glow in summers.