Veganuary 2019 Top Tips
This time last year I did Veganuary. I had already started to think about going vegan but then Christmas came along and it kind of went out the window. Exactly a year before I started Veganuary I went vegetarian so I had a year of vegetarian food to ease me into veganism. I honestly haven’t struggled that much becoming vegan. The only things I missed to begin with were cheese and certain chocolate bars but now I know which chocolates I can eat and the though of cheese makes me a little queasy. I thought I’d do some Veganuary 2019 top tips for anyone doing (or thinking about doing) Veganuary this year.
You really have to just try these yourself and find which one you like best. Loads of people like almond milk as their chosen substitute but I’m not a fan. I like regular soya milk in tea (Aldi do a good one for about 60p). Coconut milk is nice in granola as it gives it a coconut flavour or oat milk has a creamy taste. It would be great in hot chocolate, as would hazelnut milk which has a slight Nutella taste to it. How about trying a new one every week? It might be weird to begin with but I now love my tea with soya milk in. It would taste strange to me with regular cows milk in.
There’s loads of vegan spreads in supermarkets. Some brands to look out for are Vitalite, Flora Dairy Free and Pure. Even my Clover devoted husband now happily accepts any one of the above brands.
I love to snack. In fact, I could skip every meal and just snack all day long if i knew it wasn’t a terrible way to live. There are a lot of snacks that are surprisingly accidentally vegan. Most bacon rashers (the crisps kind like frazzles), Bourbon biscuits, party rings, Oreos, many crisps, nuts etc. are accidentally vegan. Just remember to check the ingredients of each product as different brands have different ingredients and they often change. Here’s a list of accidentally vegan products available in most supermarkets! I have had the Vegan Kind subscription box this year which introduced me to loads of new snacks and substitutes.
Just because you’re doing Veganuary it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on eating out. Some of my favourite chain restaurants to eat at are Zizzi’s, Bella Italia, vintage inns and even Toby Carvery has vegan options! Lots of local restaurants are happy to help with vegan meals and even if they don’t have a vegan menu I’ve found that if you ask about vegan options, many will cook something for you. There’s also the option to go to a fully plant based restaurant. My favourite in the North West so far are Frost Burgers in Liverpool and VRev in Manchester and By Chloe in London
Health and Beauty
It’s not only food you need to think about. Many beauty products are not vegan. You might want o just think about the food to start with but if you’d like to find some new vegan health and beauty products you can go to Superdrug which label their own brand products if they are vegan and I believe Boots do the same now. I like &keep online shop for vegan and plastic free products.
If you’d like to see some meal ideas and recipes that I like to make you can take a look at my vegan Pinterest board. It’s got loads of different recipes on that you can try.