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Whether you’ve decided to take part in Veganuary, or you’re simply eating plant-based a few days a week, there are plenty of ways to eat less meat.
As a vegan, I would love it if everyone could try out a plant-based diet, but that’s not always possible. So I’ve put together some tips for introducing a plant-based ethos to your year if that’s what you choose to do:
Get creative in the kitchen
Unsure of what to cook? Think of your favourite meals and replace the animal products (such as cream, fish or meat) with vegan alternatives. From vegan cheese and eggless mayo to soya yogurt and coconut-based ice creams, there’s almost an alternative for everything.
Try out some new recipes
Have a go at cooking some delicious vegan meals from scratch. For some inspiration, check out Co-op’s recipe site for some easy vegan recipes to inspire you, I love the Cauli Boli and I’m definitely going to give the videos below a try this year.
Look out for vegan cheats
To make it even easier to eat a plant-based diet, supermarkets like Co-op stock plenty of tasty products with the vegan guarantee. One of my favourites is their ‘accidentally vegan’ doughnuts (especially the custard ones) which are so good – a proper indulgent treat. And you have to try the Co-op Incredible Vegan Burgers, which are perfect for a Friday night fakeaway.
People turn to a vegan diet for various ethical, environmental and health reasons. Whatever your reason, the important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You don’t have to go completely vegan, especially as more people tend to eat a ‘flexitarian’ diet, meaning that you eat mostly plant-based, with occasional meat, dairy and egg products.
Do your research
You might be missing your favourite dessert, but there could be a vegan version out there. Co-op is launching its new plant based range this January and I’m looking forward to tasting everything. Knowing that I can pop into store and pick up lunch options like the Vegan Steak Bake and Hoisin Du’k Wrap for lunch is fantastic, it makes living a vegan lifestyle so much easier! Gro, plant-based eating made easy, see the full range here.
Remember, don’t worry if you slip up – it happens! I’ve been vegan for over ten years and I still make mistakes with hidden ingredients. Eating plant-based is definitely easier than you think, so why not give it a go!