Why go plant-based?

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Veganuary was started as a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and also beyond. Throughout the year, they encourage and support people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering, and improving the health of millions of people.

Why choose plant-based?

  • Improve your own health:

A plant-based diet can help lower blood pressure, may help reduce the risk of heart disease with lowering cholesterol levels and can help you with managing diabetes. Incorporating a plant-based diet usually means you will be getting more wholefoods such as wholegrains, beans, veggies, nuts and seeds to substitute meat and dairy. These are packed with fibre and antioxidants, as well as plenty of nutrients.

  • The environment:

It’s no secret that a plant-based diet is far better for the environment. It stops the deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions associated with meat production as that uses a lot of our natural resources such as land use and water use. Choosing a plant-based diet can reduce carbon footprint and mitigate climate change through preventing soil degration, over-fishing, reducing energy and water usage. So even if a full vegan diet seems overwhelming, switching out certain options in your diet for plant-based products can help.

Vegan Swaps

There are plenty of options to swap to alternative meat and dairy options. Here are a few of the best vegan restaurants around Ireland.

Eggs

Chickpeas are a brilliant substitute for eggs. To make vegan scrambled egg, heat and mash the chickpeas with some turmeric and nutritional yeast and serve on toast. Don’t discard the water from your can of chickpeas as it is full of protein and can be whipped up like egg whites and used to make meringue, chocolate mousse, or folded into fluffy pancake batter. If your recipe requires stiff peaks, boil your chickpea water before whipping for a more concentrated solution.

Or for baking, try substituting egg for flax seed, chia or even bananas.

Meat

Finding a perfect plant-based substitute for every meat is definitely tricky, but there are certainly some suitable alternatives that will ensure your go-to meals can stay on the menu. Brown lentils do a wonderful job at subbing in for mince in a Bolognese or shepherd’s pie. Tempeh and Tofu are brilliant for throwing into most meals and Thanks Plants, as well as Beyond Meat do tasty sausage and burger replacements.

We stock a range of Thanks Plants options as well as Beyond Meat substitutes.

Honey

Often overlooked as a non-vegan food, honey can be substituted by many vegan-friendly sweeteners. Our syrup of choice is the Chicory Root Syrup from Homespun. This entirely natural golden elixir contains 70% less sugar than honey, maple and agave while also being a great source of gut-friendly fibre. Perfect on pancakes or drizzled over porridge.

Chocolate

Now more than ever are there so many Vegan chocolate options that taste just as good as dairy- milk chocolate. Just one scroll on our website or in our stores will show you vegan options from brilliant brands such as Nobó, Booja- Booja, Vego, Ombar or Love Raw. Ombar have just released a range of Oat Milk bars which guarantee creaminess as well as Nobó launching their new Smoothy & Creamy chocolate to ensure the taste is as good as the texture.

Vegan Recipes

Our blog is packed full of Vegan and plant-based recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks in between. Here are a few of our favourites:

Coconut Curry Stew

A winter warming, easy Coconut Curry Stew ready for all the family in only 45 minutes. A big bowl of colourful goodness!

Cashew Maple Caramel Layer Bar

These chewy sweet treats are very simple to make – no blender required, just a little mixing, freezing, mashing, layering and ready in under a half hour!

Roast Carrot and Tomato Soup

A winter warming, tasty roast carrot and tomato soup ready in 45 minutes. Keep all the family happy and healthy this winter.

Tips and Tricks

  • If the idea of going full vegan or veggie overwhelms you, why not start with meatless Mondays? Or try having no meat for breakfast and lunch and go from there. Make sure to have plenty of recipes to hand to help with the task.
  • Shop seasonally. This will save you money and will ensure you’re getting the best fruit and veg available year-round. For veganuary, brussel sprouts, kale, mushrooms, beetroot, carrots, lettuce as well as rooster potatoes and apples are all in season so be sure to stock up.

Vegan Skincare

Plant-based and natural skincare is getting more and more popular every day. They use natural products, are cruelty-free and usually have a strong focus on sustainability and plastic-free packaging, making it better for your skin and the environment.

Supplements and Vitamins for a plant-based diet:

*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.