Are you taking part in Veganuary? This month-long event challenges people to go vegan during January to help them to kickstart their health for the new year, while busting the myths that vegan food is just salad.
There are a lot more exciting dishes you can be eating throughout Veganuary, and there are also a lot more ways that you can incorporate vegan living into your life than just through your diet. Here, we'll talk you through how:
Easy vegan recipe ideas
Did you know that foods including original Oreos, frozen hash browns, most chocolate bourbon biscuits, smoky bacon and barbecue sauce-flavoured Pringles, and certain chicken-flavoured (yes, really) instant noodles are in fact vegan? As are chips, pasta, baked beans, tinned spaghetti and most condiments like ketchup and mustard, so you really don't have to give up your favourite comfort foods to go vegan.
Make sure you always double-check the ingredients list on products before you purchase them though, as recipes could change and not all manufacturers will use the exact same ingredients.
If you want to use the challenge as an opportunity to get more creative in the kitchen, easy recipe ideas from the official Veganuary website to get you started include smoky macaroni 'cheese', black bean chilli, vegetable pizza, Thai red vegetable curry, Greek-style veg and butterbean stew and homemade oatmeal cookies, to name just a few. We told you there'd be a lot more to it than salad, and it's never too late to get started with your own vegan challenge.
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Just be careful not to cut protein out of your diet altogether if you're giving up meat, and seek advice from your GP if your children are showing enthusiasm for joining you in your Veganuary challenge - it's important to make sure they're still getting the vital nutrients they need to grow healthily.
Everyday items to avoid
If you're committed to adopting a vegan lifestyle on every level, bear in mind that there is more than just meat, fish and dairy to avoid. Any items made from leather, such as bags, shoes and sofas should really be avoided.
Some vegans even ask for alternative types of medicine when they are poorly. This helps them to avoid any drugs that might have been tested on animals or contain traces of their products. If this is something you'd also like to start doing in the future, speak to your GP or pharmacist to see what your alternative options are.
Use vegan beauty products
This Veganuary, you should also pledge to purchase only beauty products that have not been tested on animals and contain no animal products at all. At Heyland & Whittle, we pride ourselves on using natural ingredients in our products and, while a few contain responsibly sourced goat's milk and beeswax, the majority are 100% vegan.
All of our Candles, Hand Creams, Body Lotions, Body Scrubs and Reed Diffusers are suitable for vegans, as are many of our handmade Soap Bars. For vegan lovers of florals, our Rose and Lavender Soap Bars are perfect, while our Herbal Mint, Tea Tree and Citrus Grove scents all pack a refreshing and totally vegan punch.
Meanwhile, our Hemp & Walnut Soap Bar and Seaweed Soap Bar feature hemp milk and seaweed respectively, both of which are naturally nourishing ingredients that mean you won't miss the moisturising quality of goat's milk in these at all.