How to Stay Vegan after Veganuary
TOP TIPS FOR STICKING WITH A VEGAN DIET AFTER VEGANUARY
New to Veganism? Looking to continue with your vegan diet now Veganuary is over but need a little help? Look no further! With vegan meal and recipe recommendations, insider tips and daily hacks, we’ve got you!
1# INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS
The biggest source for meal inspiration is on our phones! Search instagram for hashtags such as #vegan, #veganfood and #veganrecipes to have immediate access to enough drool-worthy recipes to last a lifetime.
2# MEAL PREP
It’s said over and over again but it really does work! if you prepare your food for the week ahead of time then you’re much less likely to resort to the non-vegan options that you’re more used to! Take a moment at the weekend to make up a big batch vegan meal such as a stew, soup, casserole or pasta! We always make extra so that we can freeze some for later! Here are some of our favourites for ease: Deliciously Ella’s Black Bean Shepherd’s Pie, Annie Clarke’s Kale, Chickpea and Butternut Curry and The Happy Pear’s Winter Stew.
3# GET CREATIVE
Don’t just stick to the ‘healthy’ staples that you initially associate with a vegan diet- there are soooo many ways to get creative with your plate. You can find alternatives for all of your favourite classic dishes and they often taste better than the real thing- we promise!
4# VISIT YOUTUBE FOR EASY RECIPE TUTORIALS
There are tons of awesome channels on YouTube with recipe videos that you can follow along with. They have everything from full belly feasts to easy meal prep and weeknight dinners. Check out the best of them here!
5# GRAB YOURSELF A NEW COOKBOOK OR TWO
If you’re like us and you like the feel of flicking through an actual cookbook, make sure you pick up a couple of new ones to get yourself inspired! The introductions in these books also often have great info on the type of things you will need to stock in your cupboard for a vegan diet! For creative crowd pleasers, you can’t go wrong with Gaz Oakley’s Vegan 100, for quick and easy recipes with a small list of ingredients, The Deliciously Ella Cookbook is great and affordable.
6# TREAT YOURSELF
A balanced vegan diet is packed with plant based nutrients to help you on your way to your 5 a day- but it’s all about moderation ;) For the ultimate treat, come and grab a portion of our seriously indulgent Pesto Mac n Cheese. If you have any room left, be sure to grab one of our legendary shakes! We currently have Biscoff, Oreo, Banana Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut, Vanilla, Strawberry and Banana on offer.
7# MAKE A LIST OF VEGAN PLACES YOU WANT TO TRY
Making this list gives you tons of ideas for anytime your stuck on where to go last minute, and ticking them off also makes a good excuse to eat out more often! If you live in London and you’re not familiar with @thelittlelondonvegan on instagram, do yourself a favour and click follow! It is hands down the BEST place to get vegan friendly restaurant suggestions from!
8# STOCK UP ON FROZEN MEALS
This is for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking. When you are first becoming vegan it’s easy to reach for the seemingly ‘easy’ foods you know best. Take the effort away by pre-empting this and keeping your freezer stocked! Lucy Watson has a great range of healthy frozen vegan meals called ‘Feed me Vegan’, or alternatively, when you make a batch meal, make a few extra portions and freeze them for later!
9# ALWAYS HAVE SNACKS TO HAND
For the first couple of months this is a super handy tip- especially if you live somewhere without so many vegan snack options available. Although you may find that if you look at the packaging a lot of your favourite snacks will already be vegan! Check those crisp packets for Whey Protein though- some brands use it- it’s a protein found in milk and NOT vegan. For vegan snacks we love energy bars, dark chocolate, Vego bars, dried fruit such as dates and of course aaaall the nut butter! You may be happy to know that Oreos, party rings and lotus Biscoff are all vegan snack options too ;)
10# PACK FOOD FOR THE AIRPORT
London airports are very well suited to vegans nowadays, but the majority of other airports outside of capital cities still struggle to stock plant based options. Think ahead and bring food with you to save yourself from the last minute Oreos and crisps lunch. We’ve all been there!
11# BUY AAAALL THE PLANTS
Try buying a new ingredient each week that you’ve never used before- it encourages you to get creative with your cooking and shifts the focus from what you can’t have to what you CAN!
12# GET YOUR FRIENDS INVOLVED
Ask your vegan friends for recipe recommendations, or convince a non vegan friend to join you in trying to do the whole vegan thing for a week! If you have any skeptical friends, invite them over for a meal at your place to prove them wrong!
13# COME AND GET YOUR BURGER FIX AT THE VURGER CO.
If you’re a little creeped out by all substitutes out there, come and get your burger fix at The Vurger Co. Our patties are made using only vegetables, grains, seeds and legumes so we’re the perfect place to bring along any friends too!
14# COOKING WORKSHOPS
For the foodie types, there are loaaaads of vegan cooking workshops on offer around the UK- especially in London. Try out one of the amazing value classes that Made in Hackney have to offer, or for something a little more traditional take a look at the new vegan classes and courses that Le Cordon Bleu or Leith’s cookery school have available.
15# REMIND YOURSELF WHY
Keep reminding yourself why you started it in the first place! Whether it was for the planet, your health or any other reasons- there are loads of documentaries available on Netflix and there has been a lot of coverage of the benefits of Veganism and a vegan diet in mainstream publications recently! Check some out!
16# TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME
Rather than thinking about what you’re never going to be able to have again just take it one day at a time- setting such restrictions on yourself so suddenly isn’t always the best way to go about it and means you’re more likely to see it as a chore and revert to your old ways. Anytime a craving comes up try looking up how to make a veganised version- it usually tastes the same if not better- and can often contain a load more nutrients! After a while these vegan recipes will become second nature, we promise!