Here at Vertese®, we get to work with some great people. In today’s blog post, Katy from littlemissmeatfree shares her experience of embarking on a vegan diet. Her top 10 tips for becoming and staying vegan are below.
As a vegan food writer and cookery tutor, I’m often asked for ideas how to become (and stay) vegan. I’ve put together a list of ten helpful tips, exclusively for Vertese®:
- Try some varieties of non-dairy milk and find a few that you really enjoy. They range from almond to rice, soya to coconut, so there is something for every taste. Try non-dairy yoghurts and cheeses too, which are readily available in large supermarkets.
- If you feel the challenge of becoming fully vegan over night is too much, then try one meal at a time. Switch your usual lunch for an avocado, sesame and lime wrap and order a soya latte at the coffee shop.
- The internet is a great place to find vegan recipes. There is a strong vegan community on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where you can share recipe ideas, photos and chat all things vegan.
- Plan your supermarket shop to include lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Buy colourful ingredients that you are attracted to for delicious home-cooking and get creative in the kitchen!
- Become familiar with the names of animal-ingredients that may be in processed foods like biscuits and sweets, for example lactose and shellac. Some animal-ingredients are labelled as E-numbers too, like E120. If in doubt, Google it.
- Many restaurant chains have specific vegan menus, for example Carluccio’s and Pizza Express. Eating out as a vegan isn’t difficult; you can always call the restaurant in advance and ask them to prepare something that is vegan friendly.
- Get used to people asking you where you get protein from. It’s useful to be prepared for this by listing nuts, seeds, lentils, beans and soya products. Protein deficiency is a rare condition in the western world and a well planned vegan diet can easily contain the recommended amounts.
- There is no longer a ‘type’ of person who is a vegan. People become vegan for many reasons including animal welfare and ethics, environmental issues, to reduce food costs, for a healthier lifestyle and to enjoy a greater variety of food.
- Bake a vegan cake. You’ll be hooked.
- Ensure you are getting all the essential nutrients by taking a Vertese® Supplement. My favourite is Vertese® Beetroot, B12 and Iron Complex, which is perfect for busy people on the go!