Veganuary is around the corner and its time to prepare. There are things that need to be take into consideration to start. In another way, these are steps I wish I did before it.
1.Research Your Food
Its time to research about the foods that can replace all the meat, poultry and dairy. There is a variety of websites and images online to help with protein replacements, calcium, fiber and many more. Research into supplements that you might need consider to have during the one month. If you are based in the UK, there is the Holland and Barrett Vegan Multi Vitamins which are handy.
When it comes to fitness, there is a variety of vegan protein powders. This is an opportunity to see if it helps with recovery and performance in the gym or if you are an athelet.
2. Wonder The Supermarkets in Your Area and Online
There is a wide range of vegan products in supermarkets near you and online. If you are based in the England, Scotland and Wales there is supermarkets like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Lidl’s , Aldi’s and many more. The best online supermarket is The Vegan Supermarket where they have latest on whats on the market and they also delivery worldwide. There is also Planet Organic, Greenbay, Ocado and many more online supermarkets. Check out small independents or businesses because they tend ot have a vareity of options.
There is usually a section in the supermarket for the vegan options from cheese, milk, protein replacements and many more. Over the past year, there has been a growing demand, so you might be spoilt for choices.
3. Have An Open Mind
This is the best time to expand your taste buds with a variety of different flavours. Its an open book of opportunties to turn into a chef after a month of going on a plant based diet. Its might be the time to try a tofu dishes or maybe a chickpea curry or even some seitan. In this cases, there is something you should understand- plant based food might or does not taste like meat or dairy. This is a chance to open your mind to new opportunties regarding taste.
4. Check Out Recipes Online
There is always a recipe online especially vegan ones. This is another way of being able to eat something you love but just vegan. It kind of saves you on time on thinking of what to cook for every meal. Instagram is another great app where there are some wonderful instagrammers like Plant Boiis , Avant Garden, Bosh and more.
5. Check out the Vegan Options At Restaurants.
This was a thing I forgot to do at times, but its best to consider. Not all resturants will have a plant-based or vegan option. Check ahead of time through the restaurants website or an app like Happy Cow. The usual like Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Wagamamas and a few commercial chains would have plant based options especially for Veganuary. The small independents are starting to have choices and sometimes even better.