Veganuary for your Health, the Planet, Animals...Forever?
by Laura Barns
It might feel like January was a million years ago; it’s practically Christmas now. But for thousands of people across the world, certain habits from the first month of 2020 are still going strong.
At allplants we joined in with the Veganuary buzz, creating our own January challenge, encouraging people to make the switch for just two days a week. Because going vegan for two days a year saves roughly 2,200 gallons of water, 60 sqft of land and 40 lbs of CO2.
There are countless reasons you might want to go vegan. Whether it’s for your health, the health of the planet, or for the animals, all are valid. So as well as providing delicious plant-based meals delivered, we’re also always on hand to provide some advice. Here are some of our top tips for keeping the Veganuary spirit alive into the rest of the year.
Cut yourself some slack
There’s a lot of chat around veganism being inaccessible, or for the virtuous, and very few people get it right 100% of the time. Beating yourself up for eating a sneaky bit of cheese, or discovering something you ate had milk powder in it (CRISPS?! WHY?!) isn’t helpful to anyone. It’s ok to make mistakes, forget to check a label or slip up entirely. Let it go and get back on it with the next thing you eat. You’ve got this.
Keep it fun...
Just because you’ve gone vegan, or vegan...ish (go you!) you absolutely don’t need to live off chickpeas and quinoa (though if that floats your boat, by all means, go for it). There are shed loads of vegan junk foods and sweet treats out there to get your teeth into. Or, if you fancy experimenting in the kitchen, now is the time. Here are some of our favourite plant-based recipes from our blog:
- Savoury Vegan Brunch: mimosas optional, but recommended
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread Pudding: a classic with a delicious twist
- Homemade Gnocchi with Creamy Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce: mouthwateringly-moreish
- Rosemary Foccacia: because everything is better with bread
Don’t be afraid to keep it easy
There are bound to be days when you feel like making your own beetroot tartare with truffled cashew cream, topped with spice roasted walnuts. And that’s great. But you can also completely enjoy how convenient it can be to be plant-based. That’s why we deliver frozen, delicious, nutritious plant-based dishes to your door, ready to heat and eat in minutes. Evening = regained. Check out our menu now.
Expand your network
With all that free time (we’ve got your back), it’s always a good idea to try finding some new vegan friends to inspire you. Vegan meet-ups are a great way to, well… meet up with vegans, and there are good ones across the country. Though if that’s not really your thing, you could join an online forum. Our join our Facebook Insider’s group where we share extra tips and tricks with our community, and follow us on Instagram for some tasty recipe inspo.
By Laura Barns
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.