Friday 18 January 2019

Who Says A Vegan Diet Needs To Be One Of Sacrifice?*

With the coming of every new year, it seems appropriate to take a moment to pay respects to the rise of Veganuary. The worldwide resolution to eschew animal products at least for the first month of the year has reached another record high in 2019 with no less than 300,000 people answering the call to lead a cruelty free (and potentially healthier) life even if it's just to give it a try. Most of us have stopped to consider at least for a while whether veganism is for them. Many may have a sincere desire to lead a cruelty free life but find themselves saying something along the lines of 'I don't know if I can go vegan. I couldn't live without...' before inserting the name of their favourite foods. However, a vegan diet needn't be one of sacrifice. With just a little tweaking, all of the foods you love can be made completely free of animal products at the expense of none of the flavour...
Vegan pizza
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Good For You, Good For The Planet

The right motivation can be an important way to get over any teething problems. If you should find yourself craving meat, dairy or eggs when dipping your toe in the waters of veganism, remember that a plant based diet is not only potentially good for you, it's one of the most impactful things you can do for the planet. Not only is the high protein 'Western diet' high in saturated fats and connected to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer (America's biggest killers), it also uses a colossal amount of land, water and other natural resources. And that's before we get into the inherent cruelty of industrialised animal husbandry. Besides, you'll find that wherever your culinary passions lie there's a vegan alternative...

Currys, Stir Fries and Rice Dishes

If you're a lover of Asian cuisine like stir fries, pad Thai, curries and rice dishes, these are among the easiest dishes to make vegan. Simply replace your usual meat or seafood with silken tofu or seitan. Seitan has a texture similar to duck or tender beef but it is higher in protein and lower in saturated fats than either.


Who doesn't love a good burger? They are the quintessential American food and as a nation we consume around 50 billion of them a year. However, while beef may be a popular sandwich filling, there's no denying that cattle farming is also responsible for a whole lot of environmental damage and animal suffering. Switch out your beef for a seitan patty however and you can enjoy all of the protein with none of the animal suffering.


All around the world, who doesn't love a slice of pizza? However, even when it's loaded with veggies, your aromatic cheese dripping feast can still carry a hefty carbon footprint. Dairy is a highly resource intensive mode of farming and since it involves calves being taken away from their mothers after just 24 hours it can also be a source of intense animal suffering. Fortunately, with so many plant based cheese substitutes on the market, vegan pizza is becoming increasingly common and getting more and more delicious.

Cake, Pies and Desserts

If you have a sweet tooth, you may assume that there's no way to get the delicious desserts you love without milk, eggs, butter and cream. However, those who assume that you need dairy for a satisfying dessert need to check out these must-try vegan dessert recipes. They're delicious, satisfying and in some cases, a little healthier than their dairy laden counterparts.

So, there you have it. A vegan diet doesn't need to be a diet of sacrifice and abstinence and if you think that going vegan means committing to a life of 'rabbit food', think again!

*This is a collaborative post

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