Even if you bloody love a bacon butty or fish finger sarnie, and could happily chow down on a family-sized portion of mac & cheese (with extra cheese), it’s impossible to ignore the growing influence of Veggie and Vegan foods in the UK right now. It’s kind of a Hot Topic, with it quickly becoming one of the most fashionable cuisine choices. Restaurants and Supermarket chains are all jumping on the ‘Eat Green’ marketing bandwagon with the likes of ‘Veganuary’ and ‘Meat-free Mondays’.
Are you looking to ditch the dairy or opt for more meatless meals? Wicked! We’ve got ya back, with our top tips for making it easy… Well, easier.
1. Spice up your life
Our number one top tip for going Veggie or Vegan is to make sure you have a fully stocked spice cupboard. Try experimenting with your recipes, combining different herbs and spices to keep your taste buds tingling! It’s a great distraction technique, that’ll be sure to make you forget about the foods you’re giving up. Some killer spices for keeping your belly entertained are:
- smoked paprika
- chilli powder
- cayenne pepper
- ground nutmeg
With these spicy saviours in your cupboard, you can say goodbye to boring beige plates of food (We’ve all been there).
2. Veggie/Vegan starter kit
It might be time to re-examine your shelves and your cookbooks. Here’s a few of our favourite staple veggie / vegan ingredients to have in your cupboard and/or fridge:
- oat milk
- nutritional yeast
- nut butters
- mushrooms (very versatile)
3. Plan your meals
If you’re new to cooking Veggie/Vegan meals, you might find yourself struggling to find the time or effort to cook when you get home from a busy day at work. Choosing a day a week where you bulk cook 2 or 3 different dishes is a great way to eliminate this issue.
Then you can alternate the days you eat these dishes throughout the week. As the dishes don’t contain meat (veggie) or dairy (vegan), you’ll often find that your food lasts longer!
Pssst! Meal planning is also likely to cut down the cost of your weekly food shop. More money for wine? Yaaaas Please!
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself…
…we’re only human after all. Don’t beat yourself up because you opted for a cheeky Maccy D’s on your way home from the nightclub at 3am last night. You gotta do what you gotta do girl. What happened last night, stays with last night. Today is a new day.
5. Remember, there’s no pressure.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be doing. Some people feel the need to speak their minds on these topics. If you happen to find yourself being aggressively questioned by someone about your new-found veggie or vegan ways, just politely tell them to ‘Fuck Off!’
6. Buddy up
Don’t fancy going it alone? Hun, we don’t blame you! Set the challenge with either your partner or your pals. Giving up meat and/or dairy with someone close to you, you can help one another to stay motivated. Adding an element of ‘healthy’ competition always helps to make things more exciting!
7. Stay away from Vegan cheese!
The kind you get from supermarkets that is, it’s just not cheese. If you can find the good stuff however, the deliciously naughty stuff they only seem to serve at vegan junk food joints, go crazy!
Tried and tested Dairy Alternatives…
- For the coffee lover… Oat Milk Flat Whites!
- For the day after the night before… Papa John’s Jackfruit “Pepperoni” Pizza.
- For the sweet-toothed… Northern Bloc’s Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Vegan Ice Cream.
8. Stick on a good Doc
Feel yourself losing the will to live, and need a reminder as to why you started this in the first place? There’s an abundance of great documentaries and books, that’ll help to keep you on track…
- “Dominion”, Directed by Chris Delforce, Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara & Sia.
- “Cowspiracy”, Directed by Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn.
- “The Invisible Vegan”, Directors: Jasmine Leyva, Kenny Leyva.
- “How Not to Die”, Written by Michael Greger, MD & Gene Stone.
- “The China Study”, Written by Dr T. Colin Campbell.
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Hun, you’ve got this!
Love Nonchalant x