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On June 20th the Panz Veggie Staff had the pleasure of catering at the Palpung Sherabling Monastery Centre, at 4521 Victoria Drive.

Pictured bellow, the Panz Veggie Staff poses with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

The Panz Veggie chinese vegetarian restaurant Staff poses with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Substitute eggs for apple sauce.

People who opt for a vegan diet want to avoid eggs for many reasons, such as culture/religion, personal preferences and health. Although eggs can make the end product better, it does not mean that they are irreplaceable in recipes. You might find some compromise in the texture and taste, but if the execution is right, the results will be almost identical. Below is a list of our top 5 substitutes for eggs.

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Photo of a table top full of fresh vegetables, fruit, and other healthy foods.

Photo of a table top full of fresh vegetables, fruit, and other healthy foods.

You have probably heard the words vegan and vegetarian used when people are referring to specific diets.  What you may not know however is what the main differences are between the two.  Here is a quick description of both and the fundamental differences between a vegan based diet and a vegetarian based diet.

A vegetarian diet is a diet that is strictly based on plants and vegetables.  It is void of all meat (beef, chicken, fish and seafood), but does allow dairy products and eggs.  Although there are many different variations of a vegetarian diet, all of them avoid meat based protein.  With so many choices available at many restaurants and supermarkets today, a vegetarian diets is not only extremely accessible, it is also every bit as nutritious and varied as any other diet.

A vegan diet is a far stricter diet and tends to be more of a lifestyle than just a diet.  A vegan diet is similar to a vegetarian diet in that neither eats meat, but that is where the similarities end. A vegan diet does not include any type of dairy product, nor will it allow for eggs.  Vegan diets can also exclude honey and all other animal-based products.  This can encompass clothing and medicine as well if animals or animal products were used.  For example, vegans will not wear leather or wool nor eat any type of gelatin product.

Health Benefits of Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
There are many studies that have been done that show that both of these types of diets result in a healthier lifestyle.  Both a vegetarian and vegan diet can quickly remove many of the common food allergies in today’s diets.  This is especially true of a vegan diet as it completely removes dairy from the diet.  Both a vegan and vegetarian diet also show reduced risks of cancer as neither diet ingests meat which can be inflammatory as well as carcinogenic.

Both vegans and vegetarians need to monitor their iron intake as neither diet includes red meat.  However, a well-balanced and varied diet should be able to make up for the lack of iron in these diets.  There are also iron supplements which can help top up the iron levels.  Vegans may also need to supplement vitamin B 12 as their diet does not provide this essential vitamin.

Both a vegan diet and a vegetarian diet are great choices and will provide a very healthy and positive lifestyle.  As one of the best Vancouver vegetarian Chinese restaurants we offer many great vegetarian and vegan dishes and fully embrace and support the lifestyle and ethical outlook of both diets.  Come in today and see what mouth-watering and creative dishes await your taste buds.  We hope to see you soon!

Photo of a wire shopping basket full of fresh fruit and vegetables, isolated on a white background.

With so many different health ideas out on the market, it is hard to know where to turn. On any given day you can try the latest food craze or start one of many trendy new diets. Regardless of whether you decide to get caught up in all of the new food crazes or not, one thing is true – you are what you eat. A well balanced diet is always your best choice, and we would like to offer you 5 reasons why you may want to consider a vegetarian diet.

Fights Cancer
There are many studies available that have proven time and time again that a vegetarian diet will greatly reduce your risk of cancer. This is because a vegetarian diet has far less saturated fats in it and has far less carcinogenic compounds and hormones. Couple that with a diet that is far easier on your digestive system and you have a diet that will help prevent cancer.

Weight Loss
A vegetarian diet will also help you lose weight. Again, a vegetarian diet is far lower in saturated fats and far higher in fiber and other weight loss nutrients. A vegetarian diet is far easier to digest and fills you up faster. Both of these factors will help you lose weight and keep it off.

A vegetarian diet will not only help reduce your chances of cancer and help you keep weight off, this type of diet will also lengthen your lifespan. Vegetarian diets provide all types of minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients. These nutrients all have a positive effect on your health and will help you live a long and healthy life.

Less Toxic
A vegetarian diet is most definitely less toxic than a diet that is rich in meats. Unfortunately, most meat on the market today is full of hormones and antibiotics. Once these toxins are ingested, they can quickly cause all kinds of health problems. Choosing a vegetarian diet will help you bypass these toxins which can only lead to a healthier life.

A vegetarian diet is also far more ethical. Unfortunately, many of the animals that find their way to your plate are mistreated. A vegetarian diet removes you from being a participant in this process. A vegetarian diet is a more compassionate and ethically correct lifestyle choice.

With so many great vegetarian dishes to choose from, a vegetarian diet is easier than ever. We have been a favorite Vancouver vegetarian restaurant for local vegetarians, and offer a great selection of tasty vegetarian selections. Come in and see what is on the menu today and get started on the road to a healthier you! We hope to see you soon!

Beautiful Custom Kitchen Interior With Fall Decorations in a New House

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

-Henry Van Dyke

Thanksgiving is one of Canada’s most treasured traditional holidays. On this day, we are reminded to celebrate everything for which we are grateful and to give thanks to what we have been blessed in life. Of course, being the foodies that we all are, what better way to celebrate this holiday than to gather with our loved ones around a delightful feast? Below, we introduce to you three of the most common Thanksgiving fruits and veggies as well as our suggestions on how to give these old-timers a new twist for you to try when planning your Thanksgiving meal.

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Wonderful substitutes for reducing sugar.

Keeping tabs on our sugar intake is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Sugar is added to almost every form of processed food, so if we are not careful, we may consume more than what we need. The empty calories from added sugars in food can lead to weight gains and spikes in blood glucose, leading to health problems down the road. To help you reduce the amount of sugar intake, here are five tricks that you can use.

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butter heart melting

We all love butter – it’s rich, creamy and makes any food better, improving both texture and taste.  Butter is one of the tops reasons many find it so hard to switch to a vegan diet, especially those who love baked goods. After all, butter is so central to baking that as soon as people hear about eliminating butter from a recipe, they expect the results will be horrible.  The good news is, you can actually substitute butter in baked goods with many alternative good fats derived from plant sources:

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As a student with healthy ambitions unbefitting of her impecunious condition, I have to take extra care in the rare occasion that I can indulge in eating out. Before the beginning of school, I decided to take my chances and try out the vegan/vegetarian cuisine that seems to be the latest trend these days here in Vancouver. My self-challenge led me and my friend to Panz Veggie, a restaurant that claims to feature “ethnically-cooked cuisine with local fresh produce”.

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IMAG0323Although we do not have a dessert section on our menu, this does not mean that we do not have a sweet-tooth! Today we will feature a beautiful brownie cake that is deliciously sinful yet completely guilt-free. Trust us when we say that you will forego the refined flour version after you try this out! For the devout Vegans out there, you are welcome to substitute ingredients suggested in the parentheses. Happy baking!

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Chinese woman cooking
Many of you have asked to know more about our delicious dishes. Starting this month we will be sharing with you, our beloved customers, recipes of dishes not commonly featured in typical Chinese restaurants. In fact, every item will be for food we actually make right in our own home kitchen! The first item we would like to introduce to you is a traditional, flour-based staple known as mantou (饅頭), otherwise known as Chinese steamed buns. Today, we will show you a healthy variation that makes us proud and happy to be Chinese-Canadians.
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