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It’s a new year, and every time a new year comes about, many of us have resolutions, goals, targets, and dreams we look to meet. One popular resolution many people gravitate towards is trying the vegan diet. This is where the term ‘Veganuary’ comes in. Veganuary is a super popular way to introduce yourself to the vegan lifestyle without fully committing to everything vegan.
Below, we have created a guide to Veganuary, detailing what it is, why you might want to consider it, and, of course, a couple of vegan recipes that you can create using the electrical appliances on offer here at DID.
Veganuary is a month-long challenge where people are encouraged to try a vegan lifestyle. It is a very popular challenge that has turned into somewhat of a fad in recent years. Veganuary began in 2014, and by 2022, there were nearly 450,000 taking part. It is a growing movement, so it is only right that we include a number of exciting vegan recipes that will make Veganuary simple and delicious. Even if the full vegan lifestyle isn't for you, we guarantee we can find you some tasty vegan recipes that will help diversify your weekly meal planning.
There are many health benefits attached to going vegan. Here are just 3 of the most prominent reasons we think will help influence you to try veganism. Even if it is just for 4 weeks of the year.
Whether or not a vegan lifestyle is "good" is subjective and can depend on a variety of factors, including personal beliefs, health considerations, and individual experiences. For some people, a vegan lifestyle is a positive choice for ethical, environmental, or health reasons. A well-planned vegan diet can provide many health benefits, such as a lower risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes, and can also have a lower environmental impact compared to diets that include animal products.
However, for others, a vegan lifestyle may not be the best choice for their health, due to a higher risk of certain nutrient deficiencies or difficulty in meeting their nutritional needs. It's important to carefully consider individual needs and consult a healthcare professional and registered dietitian to ensure a balanced and nutritionally adequate diet. Ultimately, the decision to pursue a vegan lifestyle is a personal one, and it's up to each individual to determine what works best for them based on their unique needs and beliefs.
Even if you are not leading a vegan lifestyle, this vegan tofu popcorn is so delicious that it might just convert you. It's one of our favourite vegan recipes! Here is the recipe and how you can make it for yourself this January.
Rip up the tofu into small pieces
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Just because you have gone vegan does not mean you should miss out on delicious bakes. Below we have a stunning spinach and lemon quinoa bake that is both earthy and citrusy. A perfect combo.
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The main food on the plate does not have to be the star of the show. Sometimes the side dish or dip can be the star, and that is why we have included a delicious pesto below.
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Veganism is a lifestyle and dietary choice that seeks to exclude the use of animal products for food, clothing, or any other purpose. This includes avoiding meat, dairy, eggs, honey, and any other animal-derived ingredients.
It's important to eat a variety of these foods to ensure a nutritionally adequate vegan diet. You can also include fortified foods or supplements to meet your nutritional needs. Additionally, you should seek the guidance of a healthcare professional or registered dietitian if needed to ensure a balanced and healthy vegan diet.
Being vegan can be either expensive or cost-effective, depending on a variety of factors, including the types of foods you choose to eat, where you shop, and your overall approach to eating.
Some plant-based foods, such as whole grains, legumes, selected fruits and vegetables, can be relatively inexpensive and can form the basis of a healthy and cost-effective vegan diet. On the other hand, pre-prepared vegan meals, plant-based meat alternatives, and speciality vegan products can be more expensive.
In general, eating a variety of whole, minimally processed foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds, can be a cost-effective way to follow a vegan diet. Shopping for sales, buying in bulk, and growing your own fruits and vegetables can also help keep costs down. It's important to remember that a healthy diet, regardless of whether it's vegan or not, should prioritize whole, nutrient-dense foods, rather than highly processed and expensive foods.
A vegetarian diet is characterized by not eating meat, poultry and fish, but may include dairy, eggs and other animal products. A vegan diet, on the other hand, excludes all animal products, including dairy, eggs, honey, and gelatin. The main difference between the two is the presence of animal products in a vegetarian diet, whereas a vegan diet is entirely plant-based.
It is not accurate to say that a vegan diet is inherently the "healthiest" diet. A well-planned vegan diet can provide many health benefits, such as lower risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. However, a poorly planned vegan diet can also lead to nutrient deficiencies if not carefully balanced.
Like any diet, the healthiness of a vegan diet ultimately depends on the individual's food choices, calorie intake, and nutrient balance. It's important to eat a variety of foods and consider nutrient needs, such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin B12, which may require fortified foods or supplements.
It's also important to note that different people have different nutritional needs, and what works for one person may not work for another. Consulting a healthcare professional and registered dietitian can help determine the best dietary approach for individual needs and health goals.
Air fryers are brilliant tools for vegans because they allow them to cook delicious food in different ways. Many vegans will cook tofu or vegetables in their fryer, and the results are incredible.
Absolutely, it is recommended that you use tin foil in your fryer because it prevents excess mess and can also speed up the cooking process because heat is trapped.
Common challenges of a vegan diet include difficulty finding suitable options when eating out, social pressure from non-vegan friends and family, and ensuring a nutritionally adequate diet.
A poorly planned vegan diet can be lacking in essential nutrients, such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin B12, and can also be high in unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. This can increase the risk of certain health problems.
A vegan diet can be beneficial for gut health if it is well-planned and nutritionally adequate. A plant-based diet is high in fiber, which promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, and helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Fiber is found in many plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Additionally, some plant-based foods, such as fermented foods, such as tempeh and miso, contain probiotics, which can help improve gut health.
However, a poorly planned vegan diet, lacking in essential nutrients and high in processed foods, can negatively impact gut health and potentially lead to digestive problems.
It's important to ensure a balanced and nutritionally adequate vegan diet by including a variety of plant-based foods, as well as fortified foods or supplements if needed, and seeking the guidance of a healthcare professional or registered dietitian if necessary.
Jamie Oliver is not necessarily a vegan, but since 2018 he has championed a move towards plant-based foods, championing their health benefits. He has also committed himself to eating far less meat and fish. Whilst he might not be vegan, having such a popular ambassador for food championing vegan causes is good.
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