Healing Cancer Naturally

I am writing from a beautiful winter wonderland in Northern Ontario in Canada, where I am currently spending time at my parent’s home where we are all on a family healing journey.

In October 2018, we found out that my father was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer, and so I felt called to be of service in the deepest way. Some travels plans were cancelled, and i left my job! I was on a mission to Educate and Inspire (the vision behind Holistic Lacey) a natural, non traditional, healing pathway without chemo or radiation (and to save my father’s life!). Long story short, fast forward 3 weeks, my dad said YES! 

You can read more below about all the many ways we are healing cancer naturally and holistically with the help of a naturopathic doctor as well as all the steps we take at home. I share this with you as some of you may either have/ will have/had cancer, or know a friend or loved one who will walk this path. It is my deepest prayer that all Beings have the education and knowledge to make informed treatment choices and know that natural options are available and effective.

If you feel inspired to make a contribution to our GO Fund me campaign to cover the $20 000+ cost, we welcome this fully.

LINK TO DONATE.

Treatments from the Naturopathic Doctor

High dose Vitamin C through IV; Ozone therapy; Colonics; Mistletoe therapy, and a superfood powder with milk thistle, green tea & turmeric.

Healing at Home: 

* Daily shots of fresh turmeric root, ginger root and lemon juice

Turmeric – Ginger- Lemon Shots!

* High fruit (raw) diet to flush the lymphatic system with whole fruit, juices and smoothies

All Fruit Smoothie Bowl

* Fresh Green Juices, Vegetable Juices & Green Superfood Drinks

Apple, Carrot, Beet, Ginger Juice

 * Raw and cooked vegan meals

Roasted Potatoes are a special treat!!! Our favourite Salad with my Creamy Vegan Cashew Kale Caesar Salad (GET THE RECIPE)

 * Homemade tea made of burdock root, marshmallow root,  pau d’arco, juniper berries, comfrey, plantain leaves 

Heal Thyself!

Green Tea (capsules and as tea) + Chaga Tea

Locally harvested chaga prepared with love from a dear family friend and medicine woman ❤

plus… Liquid Vitamin D; Vitamin B 12, black cumin seed oil

Lifestyle
* Infrared Saunas & Detox Baths * * Daily Oil Pulling with coconut oil and clove essential oil
* Prayer and affirmations

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!



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Ginger Moalsses Cookie Dough Bites

I am SUPER EXCITED about this recipe!

Did you eat peanut butter balls for the holidays as a child too??? Gone are the days of kraft peanut butter and icing sugar so here is my healthy adult version inspired by @emily.likes.food but with my own twist! 

Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 🍁
1 heaping TBSP organic blackstrap molasses
2 tsp freshly grated ginger root or 1 tsp ground/dry
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 medjool dates, cut into small pieces

Method

In a bowl, combine all ingredients except dates, until everything is well mixed.

Roll into balls with about 1 Tbsp mixture. Add more flour if its too wet.

Press a piece of date into the centre. Roll again.

Refrigerate & Enjoy!

Makes 20-24 balls.

Homestyle Blueberry Waffles {vegan | made with spelt flour}


Top with seasonal fruit like pomegranate ❤

Recipe

Ingredients

2.5 cups organic light spelt flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
heaping 1/4 cup of organic coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon (it’s our favourite)
2.5 cups nut mylk/ non dairy milk of choice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups frozen blueberries

Method

Preheat waffle maker.
In a bowl, combine apple cider vinegar with nut mylk and let sit.
Mix all dry ingredients in another bowl.
Add vanilla and coconut oil into the milk mixture.
Add wet ingredients to dry.
Combine.
Fold in blueberries.
Once the waffle maker is ready, scoop in the batter using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
Top with fresh fruit slices, canadian maple syrup, hemp seeds or feel free to get extra fancy with a coconut or cashew whipped cream. Serve for brunch with a side salad to balance the sweet and savoury!
Serves 4-6

Speak Your Truth: Women’s Full Moon Gathering with Lacey Budge

I Claim and Honour my True Voice

Date: Friday November 23rd 

Time: 7:30- 10 pm

Location: Espanola Golf Course

Offering:  $20 per Goddess  (50% of the proceeds will be donated to support my father’s 100% natural treatment plan to fight against throat and tongue cancer. A donation box will also be available at the event!)

Please come adorned as the Goddess you are in a dress, skirt or flowy pants and your favourite jewellery!

Please bring a yoga mat, cushion to sit on, a candle with a plate to go under it, an open mind, and if you like, an item for the co-created altar.

Gather in sacred sisterhood, with a group of like minded women, for a magical evening celebrating the Gemini Full Moon.

Gemini is all about communication. The theme for our sacred gathering will be Speaking our Truth and Reclaiming our Voice. Through dance, sacred movement, yoga, song, self inquiry, sisterhood sharing, affirmation and ritual, we will harmonise, open, clear, release and activate our throat chakra. 

A balanced throat chakra allows us to speak with more ease, grace and confidence whether this be to share our needs with others, to set boundaries, to express feelings and emotions, to show up with integrity or to be heard. It also improves our ability to listen to loved ones.    

We will call upon the Goddesses of Healing, Release and Restoration to catalyse transformation so that we may reclaim the power of our voice. As we heal and restore our own unique voice and frequency, we create healing for our entire linage – past and present.

A delicious Superfood Cacao Bliss Ball offering will guide us to soften, open our heart centre and activate all our feel good-happy hormones!  

I look forward to reconnecting with each and every one of you sisters for another transformative evening under the full moon! It is an absolute pleasure, honour and joy. This gathering is dedicated and consecrated to the healing of my Father. May our individual healing work ripple into our families, communities, the collective conscious and the planet!

And so it is!

In Love and Devotion,

Lacey 

Awaken & Restore: A Self Care Retreat for Women at Shanti Retreat

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Friday September 6th – Sunday September 8th, 2019

Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island

Self Care is Self Love. Join Lacey Budge for an inspiring and nourishing weekend retreat to savour the end of summer. Step out of your daily routine, and create space to fill your cup before diving into a busy fall schedule.

Retreat to an Island Getaway! Relax, rejuvenate and unwind at Shanti Retreat located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, the gateway to the Thousand Islands. To reach Shanti, board the Wolfe Island Ferry conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kingston. It’s a scenic 20 minute free car ferry ride to this island sanctuary.

Awaken & Restore the inner Goddess with a weekend of yoga (Flow, Hatha & Restorative), meditation, sacred movement to open the body and heart, self care practices, countryside walks, soul nourishing vegetarian cuisine, inspiring gatherings and an evening bonfire. Experience the special energy of the yurt during our daily practices and gatherings.

Choose from semi private, shared or tenting accommodation. You’ll feel at home in Shanti’s spacious century inn and waterside cabins. This beautiful property has stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm.

Your body and soul will be nourished with Shanti’s delicious and nutritious meals. With the utmost love and respect for animals and the earth, vegetarian meals are served. We strive to use locally grown Wolfe Island organic produce whenever possible. Shanti can accommodate a gluten free and vegan diet. See a sample menu!

Reconnect with the beauty, freedom and infinite joy that dwells within. Immerse yourself in Wolfe Island’s natural beauty with time outdoors swimming in the Brown’s Bay, sunbathing, walking the labyrinth, cycling, reading in a hammock, or simply sitting waterside with a journal and herbal tea. You may also choose to book a massage with Jack during the afternoon free time! 

Connect with nature, Self, and sisterhood. All scheduled activities are optional – it’s your retreat!  We will have a magical weekend together, and you will leave feeling reconnected, reawakened and restored.

Retreat Includes :

  • 2 nights accommodation in semi private, shared or tenting
  • All yoga classes, guided meditation, and sacred movement practices guided by Lacey
  • All yoga props. No need to bring your mat, unless you can’t leave home without it!
  • Nourishing afternoon self care practices
  • A magical evening gathering to awaken the Goddess within
  • Welcoming bonfire, drumming and sacred songs
  • 5 Delicious, locally inspired vegetarian meals served buffet style
  • Silent mornings to support relaxation and inner contemplation
  • Use of Shanti’s amenities: infrared sauna, labyrinth, walking routes, canoes & kayaks, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, and slack line
  • Ample time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a nap, connect with like minded women or book a massage

Retreat Schedule 

Friday
Arrival between 2:00 & 4:30 pm
5:00—6:30 pm Self Care  & Restorative Yoga
6:45 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Welcome Gathering & Bonfire (weather permitting)
with drumming & sacred songs    

Saturday
7:30—8:30 am Silent Self Serve Breakfast
8:30 am Silent Nature Walk
9:30 am Awakening Flow Yoga, Inspiring Movement
& Meditation
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm Free Time for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, reading in a hammock, taking a nap, enjoying the infrared sauna, connecting in sisterhood, or book a massage!

4:00 pm – 6pm Yoga & Nourishing Self Care Practices
6:30pm Dinner
8:00 – 10 pm Evening Gathering

Sunday
Silent Light Breakfast available upon rising
8:00 am Silent Nature Walk
9:00 am Yoga, Inspiring Movement & Closing Circle  
11:00 am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00 pm Check Out of Rooms. Enjoy the Property Until 2:00pm

Testimonials!

Coming Soon

Rates

Shared Accommodation (3-4 women per room or cabin) $415  + hst

Semi Private Accommodation (2 share) $465 + hst

Shanti Tent (private) $390 + hst

Personal tent $365 + hst

Registration

To make a booking and reserve your space, please contact Shanti Retreat.

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Sister, are you ready to be supported and celebrated in your Emergence? An online 9 Week Journey for Women with Lacey Budge  

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Join a sisterhood of women who are reawakening and emerging into their fullest expression for a powerful 9 week online  journey.

September 22nd – November 25th, 2018

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It’s time.

Rise and step into your fullest expression.

“I can hear the calling. It is so clear, and so beautiful. I am here to serve, and Spirit is continuously guiding me to bring women together in sacred circle, this time in a more global way. From the depths of my heart, I want to share the powerful and transformative practices that have been passed down and revealed to me which have brought me back to who I truly am – love, freedom, abundance, stillness and infinite bliss.   It is my heart’s desire for as many women as possible to experience the beauty of this process of Self (re)Discovery and remembrance; to come back into harmony and balance with mother nature, her cycles and our highest Self. May these ancient techniques and practices inspire you to live in a more natural, radiant, balanced and connected way as the emerging women and goddess you are! ”  ~ Lacey Budge

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We are in a time of rapid change, transformation and awakening. Are you present to it?  As our ancestors did, it is time we gather to learn and share the sacred traditions that women have been living for thousands of years in honour of a balanced and unconditionally loved physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body.

Is Emergence for you?

  • Are you feeling inspired to come together in a non-judgmental friendship with like minded, conscious women of all ages to remember and rediscover the wisdom, stillness, joy and power that dwells within our hearts and womb space?
  • Are you yearning to connect in a deeper way with yourSelf, partner, women,  nature, the cycles of the moon and all of creation?
  • Are ready to realign your entire being- body, mind and spirit, for a more balanced and ease-full life?
  • Are you ready to let go past conditioning,  limiting beliefs,  fear, worry, stress and the stories that hold you back?
  • Are you ready to step into the most confident, authentic, loving, free, truth seeking, balanced version of your Goddess Self?
  • Are you ready to Emerge? To be Celebrated and Honoured?

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Emergence Includes

  • ACCESS to our private Emergence Online Temple filled with all teaching videos, practices, gathering dates, special interviews, access to private FB group, sister support and more!
  • WEEKLY TEACHINGS (9 videos*, 75 – 90 minutes each) that you can listen to at any time, to reawaken inner knowledge through practical, educational & experiential practices, meditations, self reflection journaling questions, rituals, yoga and movement, music, artistic projects, herbs and diet, taoist practices including an introduction to the jade egg.  *videos are pre-recorded close to release day for quality purposes and uploaded immediately for your access, due to wifi availability and limitations.
  • LIVE ONLINE Opening & Closing Circle
  • LIVE Full Moon Ceremony
  • 2 LIVE ONLINE Sister Support Circle w/ Q&A
  • 3 BONUS INTERVIEWS with inspiring special guests
  • ACCESS to private Facebook group to deepen connections and share in your experience
  • Weekly music playlists to inspire you in movement, meditation and throughout your day!

PLUS, there is an optional IN PERSON 4 DAY RETREAT OPPORTUNITY for emergence sisters, who feel the call, to connect in physical presence to deepen our connection on this journey together. 

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We will gather at the serene, peaceful and magical Shanti Retreat, located on picturesque Wolfe Island, Canada.  Savour the beauty of fall with a weekend retreat of meditation, restorative and flow yoga, sacred movement, self care practices, countryside walks, soul nourishing vegetarian cuisine, inspiring gatherings and an evening bonfire. This offering also includes a special Cacao Ceremony where you will enjoy a delicious superfood chocolate elixir, followed by a guided movement practice that will open the heart and invite you to reconnect with beauty, freedom and infinite joy.

Full Details about the retreat can be found HERE.

Thursday October 18th – Sunday the 21st.

Please note the retreat is also open to women who are not participating in the online course. 

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Throughout the 9 week portal, you will be invited to

  • Create more space for stillness in your life.
  • Re-Awaken to the sacredness in your daily life
  • Heal & Harmonize the inner feminine and masculine
  • Experience a deep connection with nature
  • Explore your voice, gifts, greatest talents
  • Re-Organize your life, in harmony with inner and outer moon cycles, to create more balance and ease
  • Deepen the connection with your highest self, and in all your relationships
  • Come into deeper appreciation for your menstrual cycles as well as balance your cycle and hormonal endocrine system
  • Embody your sensual self and the Goddess Within
  • Celebrate with more time for playfulness and innocence
  • Release trauma and invite in abundant, unconditional love
  • Remember your power, courage & strength
  • Welcome in vulnerability and step into the mystery of the dark void
  • Question all that has been projected upon you so you feel empowered to reclaim TRUTH and WHOLENESS.

The sacred and safe environment will encourage you to open and release; to share and celebrate; to feel welcomed and fully accepted as you are – however you show up.

Commit to you and to this beautiful process!

Be a part of a supportive, loving sisterhood…a powerful movement and inner revolution

Can you hear the calling?

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Sage Purification at Farm of Life, Costa Rica

Weekly Overview

The journey begins September 21st with an autumn equinox meditation & journaling on self discovery, and self commitment. The first teaching video becomes available in the online temple on Sunday September 30th.

Teaching Videos become available every Sunday and can be listened to any time throughout the week that suite you best!

More details of each week coming soon!

Week 1: Claiming your Seat as an Emerging Woman + LIVE opening Ceremony

Week 2: Coming Home to the Radiant Self

Week 3: Living the Path of the Awakened Woman + BONUS Guest Speaker Interview

Week 4: Womb Health & Your Connection to the Moon + LIVE Full Moon Gathering

Week 5: The Beauty of Surrender and Trust: Waning Moon Wisdom + BONUS Guest Speaker Interview + Live Q&A

Week 6: Red Tent & The Power of Tuning Inward: New Moon Wisdom

Week 7: ReAwakening Creativity & Manifesting your Dreams: Waxing Moon Wisdom + BONUS Guest Speaker Interview

Week 8: Living an Orgasmic & Fully Illuminated Life: Full Moon Wisdom + + LIVE Q&A

Week 9: Sharing your Voice & Gifts with the World + LIVE Closing Ceremony

… For a total of 18 sessions!

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FULL DETAILS FOR REGISTRATION & INVESTMENT 

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FAQ

Will I know all of the gathering dates in advance? YES! Upon registration you will receive all of the LIVE gathering dates, and teaching release dates so that you can schedule them into your calendar.

Will I be spending a lot of time in front of the computer? Absolutely not. While the course materials are delivered online, all video recordings could be listened as audio only. The intention of the experience and practices is to guide you back within, a journey of transformation from the inside out.

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I bow to you sister…to all you are reclaiming and celebrating!

 

In love, devotion & radiance,

lacey

Roasted Asparagus & Radish with balsamic glazed leeks and walnuts

Inspired by mother earth and her cycles for an early summer cooking class

at Shanti Retreat.

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Serves 4

Roasted Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus

1 bag or 2 bunches of radishes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt + pepper

Sauteed Ingredients

1 tbsp spoon virgin coconut oil

1 leek

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

For the dressing

1 large handful of arugula

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

1 tbsp dijon

1 tbsp honey

Generous handful of fresh mint, chopped

Pinch of cayenne

More salt, pepper and oil as needed

Optional garnish with garden chives
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400.

Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets

Cut off asparagus ends and cut veggie into 3 inch pieces

Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet.

Trim radish tops, and if they are large cut into 4, or leave whole if smaller.

Toss radishes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet

Bake veggies until soft.

In a pan, melt coconut oil and add leeks and salt. Sautee for 5 minutes, or until soft and brown. Add balsamic vinegar, walnuts and cranberries and sautee for another 5 minutes.

Set aside.

Once veggies are roasted, toss in a large bowl with leeks, walnuts and cranberries.

Add arugula, and all dressing ingredients.

Stir or mix with hands until well combined.

Add additional oil, salt and pepper as needed.

Optional, to garnish with chives.  

 

TRAVEL VEGAN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Let me start by saying that travelling as a Vegetarian or Vegan in the Philippines has its challenges, but it is definitely possible! Throughout my 6 weeks here, I have been blessed with finding some very delicious restaurants, colourful fruit and veggie markets/stands along with an abundance of fresh young coconuts!

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Do not let the lack of plant based menu items hold you back from travelling here. The Philippines is one of the least built up places I have travelled to and is home to some of the nicest people in the world. The islands I visited are so incredibly lush and abundant with waterfalls, beaches, secret lagoons and unique mountainous landscapes.  Plus, I can finally check this off my bucket list: staying in a waterfront cottage on private beach…for less than $50 CDN a night!

When my my partner Jack and I decided to take this trip, there were not many online resources on vegan travel in the Philippines. Trusting this inspires you and guides you during a happy, healthy and holistic trip through these incredible Islands.

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My first tip: Eat a lot more fruit than your used to! For most of our trip we’d wake up and drink a coconut water (mixed with spirulina we brought from Canada) followed by some fresh hydrating fruit like watermelon. In the afternoon, we had a mix of seasonal and local fruit like mangos, bananas, pineapple, papaya, jackfruit,  or chicos (similar to sweet bosc pear, also known as nispero in Central America) or coconut meat! Dinner would be time for the restaurant (and some times a home cooked meal at our airbnb’s). This is such a nourishing and hydrating way of eating. The tropical fruit here are fresh, local and therefore high in nutrients. With the hot weather, it feels so good to eat a more cooling diet. And if you plan to do lots of activity during the day, especially swimming, it’s  nice to feel a bit lighter.

 


CEBU ISLAND

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Moalboal Fruit Stand

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You can’t miss it. It’s right on the national highway soon as you turn into the city, next to city hall and the round about. There is also a much larger fruit and veggie market just behind the stores on the main road (national highway), but we were quite happy with what we found at the main fruit stand. Epic yellow watermelon (and red too), mango, pineapple, pomelo, jackfruit, soursop, coconuts, you can also find apples and oranges.

Ven’z Kitchen

 

Known as one of the best restaurants in Moalboal, and it has about 8 vegan menu options featuring local veggies like eggplant, carrots, purple sweet potato, okra, pumpkin, peppers and green beans.

What we ordered… Yellow Vegetable Curry w/ rice; Veggies in Peanut Sauce;  the vegan eggplant dish dish.

Tip: portions are small so you may want to order 3 dishes for two people if its for dinner.

+ We absolutely enjoyed playing with all the available board games like scrabble, uno, connect four and jenga while waiting for our meal!

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What we ordered...Thai Red Vegetable Curry, Indonesian Yellow Curry, Vegetable Tempura.

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Insider’s scoop:  Great portion sizes! The red curry was very tasty and a perfect balance between sweet and spicy- definitely more flavourful than the yellow. I wouldn’t recommend the tempura it was very oil and was battered really thick, not like the traditional style.

Free-Diving Planet (hostel + free dive training center)

What we ordered...Sweet potato fries and greek inspired quinoa salad, Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl, Superfood Soup with moringa leaves, carrots and pumpkin.

Insider’s scoop: Pretty Plain, but was happy to be eating quinoa. The noodles were delicious. A bit more expensive than other restaurants.


PALAWAN

PUERTO PRINCESA

Lale Indian  & Thai Restaurant 

This was one of the best meals we enjoyed during the trip, we’re probably biased because we LOVE Indian food and hadn’t had any during our trip yet. But really, this was authentic, tasty, Indian Cuisine and very well received by our bellies! It’s a must for any vegan or vegetarian travelling through or to Puerto.

 

 

Tip: Definitely order the naan with chutney. Great price, good portions. nice decor and they do take out! A must for vegans and vegetarians visiting puerto princesa. 

Ima’s Vegetarian Restaurant

What we ordered… Tempeh Fries, Veggie & Rice Jambalaya, Vegan Burritos

 

Insider’s Scoop: The best thing was the tempeh fries! The rest of the meal was decent, but nothing remarkable. I was a bit uninspired by the menu that seemed to use a lot of canned veggies.

Fruit Stands

You can find these pretty much everywhere on the side of the street and they are always abundant. There is also a bigger town market as well. During our time near Puerto Princesa, we did a 6 day self guided silent retreat and fruit cleanse. We had so much fun transporting  our giant fruit haul in the tricycle!

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PORT BARTON

 We found 2 incredible restaurants and stuck to them… Gorgonzola and Mabuti!
#1 Top Restaurant of our trip:… Gorgonzola
This mainly vegetarian restaurant was an incredible treat for us! We enjoyed many vegan, Italian/Spanish inspired dishes, which is not so easy to do when travelling. The taste of a thin crust pizza, cooked in a wood fire oven is priceless, especially with homemade dough, yummy sauce and amazing toppings to choose from. It smells divine in here and the open concept kitchen is so beautifully designed. They are in the middle of expanding so I am sure you can only expect it to get better from here!
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What we ordered…
Wood fire oven, thin crust, vegan pizza with cashew cheese and all our favourite toppings like artichokes, olives, peppers, arugula, avocado, zucchini and eggplant.
Full Protein Salad with leafy green lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, mung beans, boiled egg/hummus, turmeric cashew dressing accompanied by homemade bread!

 

All types of toasts served on that delicious bread. We tried the humus and sautéed mushroom.
Oven baked focaccia bread with your choice of dip: hummus, pesto, eggplant, tapenade, or go for the bruschetta.
We didn’t have any, but they also make fresh homemade pasta in house which you can order with your choice of sauce, including pesto, tomato, creamy mushroom and a few others.
Insider’s Scoop: Each table comes with three kinds of homemade, infused olive oils : oregano, garlic and spicy! They are awesome to put on top of the pizza, salad or even the toasts. Its not always easy to come buy quality olive oil while travelling, so we took advantage of it and upped our healthy fat intake!
Tip: Try the ginger-mint lemonade, it’s super refreshing. Made with fresh mint, ginger root and blended in a vitamix with homemade lemonade!
 A sweet, modern, chic yet chill hang out space, with an almost completely vegetarian menu.
What we ordered…Mango-cashew salad with fresh spinach, Mixed greens salad (greek inspired), The best ever Veggie Burger (curry flavoured and served on a homemade bun) which comes with tasty & crispy baked potato wedges, Homemade Quiche with mixed veggie Salad.
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Tip: You’ll love the vegan burger, that’s all we need to say. Order any drink, we recommend the fresh calamansi juice and it comes with  a free bamboo straw.
Yoske’s 
What we ordered … Falafal plate comes with 6 falafels, small Israeli salad,  tahini dip and pita, Hummus and Pita.
Tip: This was quite delicious, although a bit pricey for the portion size. We were okay with it as the owner literally orders so much of his products in from Israel so that they are the most authentic version!
Enjoy a 1km walk from town to this very big outdoor restaurant all with bamboo furniture. This places is more of a bar, and not so much our style. To be honest, they have so many signs posted, we needed to go check it out. The food was perfect for an afternoon snack.
What we ordered… sweet potato fries, tempura olives. They have also have noodle bowls with tahini sauce or peanut sauce, but we were just there to snack and check it out.
note: Our accommodation (EVIO front beach cottage on airbnb) was on a private beach, in a cute little cottage, 30 minutes walking distance from Port Barton, in Pamuyan. The owner, Rosemary, prepared us delicious vegan meals like pumpkin curry, stewed mung beans, vegetable curry, spring rolls, mashed purple sweet potato, coconut rice  and desserts like fried banana! So don’t worry…we didn’t eat Italian every night!
EL NIDO
The only full vegan/veggie place in El Nido which is hard to believe for the number of tourists. This was a fun experience. We got to meet the owner, who is also the chef. He is so inspired by plant based cooking, especially inventing new kinds of burgers. He makes everything from scratch, including the bun which is made with whole wheat. You eat on a little bench in this mini snack bar. The power was out (very common!) when we were there so we enjoyed our burgers with candlelight.
What we ordered…Double decker falafel burger, Sweet potato burger, Fresh Cut Fries
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Tip: If you’re really hungry go for the double decker, other go for the other burger patti choices: sweet potato, eggplant, mushroom and corn or potato, all made from a chickpea based + he even does a banana burger!
Happiness Express
 This is more of a bar rather than a restaurant, and a very popular one indeed.  It has a cool vibe and funky decor and seems to be the place to go if you want to have some drinks after a day of touring. We went for the food!
What we ordered… Mediterranean sharing plate with hummus, best ever falafels, spicy tomato dip, tahini, eggplant dip pitas and spicy sauce, The Falafel and Hummus Plate.
Insider’s Scoop: Other delicious items on the menu (and what we saw being ordered around us!) were the home made fries and the shakshuka!
Athena Greek Restaurant 
What we ordered…

Greek Salad (with or without feta cheese), and a lot of other salads to choose from.

…and of course, more mediterranean sharing plates with hummus and babaganoush.
Insider’s Scoop: Very nice location, right on the beach. It gets busy so you may have to make a reservation. They also serve fresh veggies juices here.
On the island hopping tours, as a vegan you can always expect the same cuisine: fresh fruit like bananas, melon and pineapple; the classic marinated vegetable salad with cabbage, carrots and green beans; eggplant salad; rice; and a fresh tomato, cucumber and shredded carrot plate.

CORON (BUSUANGA)

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Fruit and Veggie Stands

Walk down to the waterfront, at the end of Don Pedro Street, 2 block to the left, to find lots of fruit and veggie stands and fresh coconuts.

Food Court in the local market (down by the water at the end of Don Pedro Street)

Buzz Express

You have no idea how blessed and lucky we feel to have found “The Harvest Bowl.” This is one of our favourite meals in Canada where we make many versions of this “Buddha Bowl.” This restaurant is probably one of the pricier ones of our trip, but so worth it. We also enjoyed a garden salad that actually included an abundance of fresh leafy lettuce (a rare find that was most welcomed!).

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What we ordered…The Harvest Bowl: Served on a bed of brown rice and topped with sprouted mung beans, thinly sliced cucumber and coconut meat, homemade marinated slaw, crunchy chickpeas, cashews and the best ever creamy coconut thai curry sauce; Garden Salad with honey mustard dressing; Calamansi juice with honey.

Insider’s Scoop: The bill adds on an additional, mandatory, 10 % service charge, so be sure to keep this in mind based on your budget.  See the full menu 

Brujita 

This was one of the first restaurants we found online with veggie and vegan options. It offers a variety of choices like curries, pesto pastas, salads, fried rice and canton noodles.

What we ordered (went went here twice!)… Canton Veggie Noodles; Creamy Pumpkin Soup with coconut milk served with a delicious homemade grainy rye bread; Sweet potato chips with homemade salsa and homemade mustard (the best!); Mung Bean and Chickpea Curry with Garlic Rice (our favourite dish).

 

 

Tip: #1. Order the homemade mustard, it will be the best one of your life! #2 Go for an early dinner. There are only a few tables and it gets busy, so to avoid waiting in line go around 5 pm.

Insider’s Scoop: The Canton noodles are quite good and the portion size is massive, but we later found out by reading some packaging in the store that the noodles are made with yellow food colouring, so we avoided them during our 2nd visit.

Muslim Halal Food Stall

What a gem of spicy, flavourful, homemade, cheap food! We seriously spent 150 PHP on dinner for both of us. That is a record, and so was the taste. How lucky we were to find this place. We have been wanting to eat street food our entire trip, but couldn’t find anything vegan other than fried food. We were so pleased to find this delicious jack fruit inspired coconut curry (I still can’t believe it wasn’t meat!)
What we ordered…Jackfruit and coconut Stew (40 php), Vegetable Curry (40 php), and Rice (15 php)

 


SIQUIJOR ISLAND

*This was our first Island visit, and I wasn’t take food photos at the time..sorry!*

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Mini Fruit Stand 

Where to find it: At the town square (you will see a public pool), Turn right off the main road, at the health clinic, drive along the water for less than a minute – you will pass people doing laundry in a small river, and then you will find the market where you can buy local watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, bananas and veggies.

Restaurants

Baha Bar

This was our go to place on Siquijor….we must have gone at least 6 times during our 10 day stay. They had so many choices, the food is incredible, good portions, above average prices for Siquijor but comparable with the rest of the places we visited, live music, comfy couches, fire dancing night and more!

What we ordered… Singaporian Red Vegetable Curry (daily special), Fresh Rolls, Green Sala, Roasted eggplant in coconut cream, Grilled Veggie Burger (they were out of banana bloom as indicated on the menu), Sweet Potato Wedges.

Tip: Do yourself a favour and order a fresh Pineapple Juice – Probably the only ‘not watered down or blended with ice’ juice/shake we had during our entire trip.

+ You can find a shop, owned by baha bar, across the street selling some fruit and veggies and other staples if you want to cook at your place.

The Mediterranean Restaurant (yep that is what its called)

What we ordered…Hummus, fresh veggies and homemade pita, Absolutely Divine Sautéed Okra served with quality sea salt.

Tip: Super small portions for these 2 dishes, think of them  as appetisers or order one per person.

Saki (part of Hillside Village)

This place is a gem. We came across it when we spent one afternoon driving around most of the island and up into the mountains toward the forest. We absolutely loved doing this and highly recommend it. We found Sake, just past Infinite Heights resort, at the top of a hill with an epic view. This authentic Japanese restaurant had an extensive menu, and quite a few vegetarian options- with the option to make them vegan.

What we ordered…Vegetable Tempura with Moringa, Pumpkin, Jump Oregano Leaves and Eggplant, Green Tea Soba Noodle Soup

Tip: Go for the the panoramic view and the beauty of driving up the mountains! 

Jumbo Vegan Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

IMG_0502To be honest, I actually found a variation of this recipe on the Taste of Home website. At a first glance, I thought this is not the recipe for me with its bleached white flour, white sugar, canola oil, buttermilk, etc…reminding me of some of my grandmother’s recipes (which is beautiful and nostalgic, but not how I want to nourish my body temple.)

And in that moment, I remembered how much I love taking any recipe and transforming it into a healthier version by substituting the types of flours, oils, sugars and for this muffin, even using flax “eggs” for a vegan version. I feel so grateful to have this knowledge and am looking forward to sharing this recipe with you!

Here are 2 tips for you: #1 – you can use spelt flour the same way you’d using any other kind of flour in a recipe without any need to change the measurements. #2- You can use less oil in a baking recipe by substituting half the oil for apple sauce (and it even makes the recipes more moist!)

This muffin is really tasty! …and it is jumbo! If you’re not much of a breakfast person, this may feel a bit heavy for you first thing in the morning so enjoy it mid morning with a tea, or in the afternoon.

 

Makes 16 delicious, moist, abundant muffins (with the most perfect crunchy topping!)

Ingredients

4 Flax Eggs (4 Tbsp of organic ground flax mixed with 8 Tbsp warm water)

5 cups Organic Light Spelt Flour

1 Cup Organic Raw Sugar

1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice (or mix mostly cinnamon with ground ginger and a pinch of all spice and nutmeg.)

1.5 tsp Baking Powder

1.5 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Local Maple Syrup

2 cups Organic Canned Pumpkin Puree

1/4 cup Organic Almond Milk, or any non-dairy substitute that you have on hand

1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted

1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Chopped Pecans

Topping

1/2 cup Organic Coconut Sugar

2/3 cup Pecans

1/4 cup Organic Rolled Oats

2 Tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut oil, cold or room temperature

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine ground flax and warm water, stir and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, raw sugar, spices, baking powder and soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin, almond milk, coconut oil, apple sauce, vanilla. Mix in flax eggs.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until almost mixed and then fold in the pecans.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. In a food processor, add all the ingredients for the topping and pulse for 5 seconds. Otherwise, finely chop the pecans and mix in a bowl with remaining ingredients.
  7. Prepare muffins tins by greasing with additional coconut oil.
  8. Scoops muffin batter into the tins (I use the silicone ones!), filling half way, and top each one evenly with the crunchy-sweet oat topping. Warning… these do get a little messy 🙂 
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool on a drying rack for 5 minutes before removing from muffin cups.

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