Veganism is gradually becoming one of the main diet choices in many people’s lives. Choosing to completely cut out all animal-based products and replacing these with natural, plant-based ingredients.
Going vegan is a huge step, your diet completely changes, and more time is often spent researching and looking at the back of packets to see whether a certain product is vegan or not.
The first few months of a vegan diet can be difficult because of this, however, when you become used to picking up certain items and even tracking down some great vegan shops and restaurants, it will become easier and more natural to you.
It is easier for many people to slowly transition into a vegan diet, first cutting down on meat and fish and finding alternatives to replace these with. Then moving onto dairy products such as milk and eggs.
A vegan diet doesn’t mean that you have to miss out, so working on the right mindset for this is pretty crucial. It’s likely that there are many products that you already indulge in that you didn’t even realise were vegan. Being vegan does not mean that you will miss out on the good stuff and when it comes to your favourite treats that you will no longer be able to indulge in, the exciting part is finding something to replace these with… Having to eat your way through snacks and treats can never be a bad thing, right?
The next step is reminding yourself why you chose this particular lifestyle, whenever your cravings of something reappear, go back to this place. Whether you have chosen veganism for the welfare of animals, your health or the environment. This lifestyle has a huge impact on all 3 of topics and can help to remind you why you are doing this.
The benefits of a vegan diet are never-ending. To name just a few health benefits:
- Reduces heart disease
- Reduces risks of type 2 diabetes
- Easier to reach your 5 a day – every day!
Finally, research is key. If you’re missing the protein that you receive from meat and fish, these must be replaced so that you’re living a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet. If these are not replaced, you can find yourself becoming lethargic and you could feel worse in the long run. You can get these much-needed nutrients from products such as chickpeas, lentils and beans, along with plant-based proteins.
We may be biased, but we think our protein cookies are a perfect way to add in the necessary vitamins and protein that your body needs most and they fit perfectly into your bag or pocket. Easy peasy!
So remember, if you’re thinking about going vegan, take it slowly, it will be much easier for you. If it gets hard, remember why you chose this lifestyle in the first place, it will more than likely always be for a good reason and thirdly, experiment! You’re trying new things and could be cooking things from scratch that you’ve never cooked before, enjoy it!
To get you going or to spruce up your current menu, here are a few recipes that we love!
Add a little spice into your day with this tasty Mexican chilli pizza from the makers of Veganuary themselves! https://uk.veganuary.com/recipes/chilli-vegetable-pizza
Following our curry theme, as we feel that a little heat is much needed with this cold weather, is this delicious vegan curry created by the BBC. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/thai-red-curry-quick-pickled-cucumber
Now, onto the good stuff, the sweet treats.
Our favourite sweet recipe that makes for the ideal breakfast is our creation: The triple protein porridge with chocolate orange and tahini cream, topped with one of our low carb protein cookies.
Another sweet breakfast treat which is perfect for on the go is The Food Doctors berry smoothie – Ideally paired with our healthy vegan cookies of course.
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