Lettuce Celebrate as Veganuary is Out Now on the App
Chances are, you’ve heard of Veganuary before. What is it? Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year. They’re also a new chef out now on the app!
If, like me, you follow a vegan diet, this is very, very exciting. Vegetarians, flexitarians and the vegan curious, you’re in for a treat as well. For me, it’s also brought back fond memories of when I tried Veganuary last year, sparking the whole thing off! I can wholeheartedly say that deciding to follow a vegan diet was one of the best decisions that I made. I feel more energetic, my digestion has improved and I enjoy my food so much more now － yes, really! Going vegan means getting creative with your cooking and since making the change, I’ve learnt a thing or two.
Veganuary started in 2014; since then, they’ve inspired almost one million people to try vegan for January in 192 different countries. Incredible, right?! Their vision is simple; they want a vegan world. For them, a world without animal farms and slaughterhouses and one where food production doesn’t decimate forests, pollute rivers and oceans, exacerbate climate change and drive wild animal populations to extinction is the world they’re striving for.
How do Veganuary do it? Besides inspiring and supporting individuals to try vegan, they’ve worked closely with businesses to increase vegan food provision in supermarkets and restaurants and have championed the movement through national and international media. In a nutshell, they’re on a mission to end animal farming, protect the planet and improve human health. I can certainly vouch for the health benefits!
Just this January, more than 1200 new vegan products and menus were launched for Veganuary 2020. You’ve likely heard about the products or maybe even tried a few; Gregg’s Vegan Steak Bake (with their vegan sausage roll launched last January), Subway’s Meatless Meatball Marinara and KFC’s Vegan Burger, to name just a few. But, besides the junk food, there’s also been a huge surge in vegan food items on supermarket shelves; walk down the vegan food aisle and you’ll see a range of different meat-free products, vegan cheeses, ready meals and more. The supermarkets have just about everything covered these days.
Veganism seems to be popular amongst the celebrities too! Did you know that Lewis Hamilton, Woody Harrelson, Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Arnold Swarzenegger, Venus Williams and Liam Hemsworth (and many more) are vegan? Lewis Hamilton has even opened his own vegan restaurant, Neat Burger, which he claims is more sustainable, more ethical and healthier than other fast-food restaurants. Also vegan are Joaquin Phoenix and Paul McCartney, who act as ambassadors of Veganuary.
“There are no negatives to eating like this. I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of a domino effect on the rest of my life.” - Liam Hemsworth
Those of you with Netflix will probably also have noticed the abundance of documentaries on veganism. If you haven’t already watched The Game Changers, then you need to! It’s a fun, entertaining and eye-opening documentary which busts the long-standing myth that we need meat to be strong and healthy. Featuring elite athletes, visionary scientists and celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the documentary focuses on the health benefits of a plant-based diet such as reduced cholesterol and increased energy and sports performance.
Whether you’re vegan or a meat-eater, eating plant-based meals can be just as delicious (more delicious in my very biased opinion). It certainly helps to have some great recipes at hand and with Veganuary now on the app, there’s an abundance! It doesn’t just stop there, though; if you’re interested in adding a vegan meal or two to your weekly shop, some other amazing restaurants and chefs with vegan recipes that we have on the app are Redemption Bar, Kimberly Parsons and Tess Challis (Tess’ Golden Tofu with Coconut Lime Quinoa changed my life!). Also, Kitty Martone has some great vegan sauces and condiments and, if you want to do some vegan baking, check out Brit Woodruff’s profile.