Debenhams does Veganuary

It’s that time of the year again, January has shown its sorry face bringing with it, empty bank accounts and that extra Christmas layer. We are all partied out and ready for a month of chilling out, getting back into our normal routines and saving as much money as possible. It’s also the return of the “New Year new me” mindset, soon enough everybody will be back in the gym, testing out the latest juice cleanse or miserably trying to attempt dry January. This year why not try something new, something that is more challenging but could be hugely rewarding.

This is the year that Debenhams does veganuary. Veganuary is an incredible charity who launched in 2014, their sole purpose is to encourage people to try going vegan for a month. There is no pressure or any consequences if you accidentally slip up, they just want to bring awareness, change people’s attitudes and provide the right information and support about the transition to veganism.

If you think veganuary is something you might be interested in trying out this January then please read on below for some more information on where to eat, recipes to make at home and the little changes you can make that have a huge impact.

Cooking vegan

There is such a stigma attached to cooking vegan food, it’s seen as boring and plain vegetable dishes with no substance, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Plant-based meals can be just as exciting, fulfilling and nutrient dense as “normal” meals and they are usually more adventurous and packed full of more veggies. We have scoured the internet for the best Instagram worthy recipes, take a look at our favourite accounts below.

Berry smoothie bowl

This Berrylicious smoothie bowl is everything you need for a nutritious breakfast. Fruit, berries, oats and more, you’ll be hitting your 5 a day in no time. It is super easy to make and can be customisable to your own personal tastes. Simply stick to a frozen banana or avocado base, for a thick consistency and add any fruit, veggies, protein powder and milk as you like to create lots of different smoothie bowl creations.

(Image credit: Instagram @gracethescenes_kitchen)

Morrocan vegetable tagine

Homemade vegan Morrocan food, yes please! This amazing recipe is packed full of aromatic, spicy flavours and filling veggies and is served with couscous and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.  This will soon become a staple on your weekly meal plan.

 

(Image credit: Instagram @defyinghangry)

Chocolate fudge brownie

This vegan brownie will satisfy those sweet cravings we know you’ll be experiencing approximately five minutes into your January health kick, and you won’t even be able to tell its vegan. These are also super easy to make, in a bowl mix together the dry ingredients (oats, cocoa powder, baking powder). In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients (sweetener, coconut oil and vanilla with blended chickpeas). Finally, combine your wet and dry ingredients and then bake in the oven. For the full recipe visit the Instagram link below.

(Image credit: Instagram @health_alignment)

Where can I eat?

Going out for a meal can be a daunting task when you’re vegan, a few years ago there were limited options most restaurants didn’t offer a vegan menu, salads and side dishes were usually the only option. However as veganism has become more and more popular, our favourite food chains have adapted their menus to offer a much larger selection of vegetarian and vegan options, its surprising to see how many restaurants now offer vegan alternatives and even whole vegan menus, including some of our Debenhams brand partners.  Read below for the where I can eat options:

From Jan the 2nd – Feb 4th Franco Manca will be selling their special vegan pizza made with Tomato, caramelised red onions, mixed wild mushrooms & watercress pesto, this pizza is part of their special no7 range. If you want to learn more about the n07 range then follow the link to the Franco Manca website.

 

This year costa is revamping their milk substitutes range and we couldn’t love it more.  They make it so easy to switch to an alternative version of cow’s milk that is equally if not more delicious.

Veganism dates all the way back to the ancient Greek times with many famous names such as Pythagoras, being known for following a strict vegan diet. The Real Greek has created a vegan menu of both modern and traditional dishes to celebrate the Greek culture and promote a vegan diet.

Who knew that a company famous for selling our favourite chicken and chips also caters to vegans?  Nandos now have a wide range of vegan options and substitutes making it the perfect place for both chicken lovers and plant-based eaters.

When you are in a rush and haven’t had time to prepare lunch it can be hard to find vegan options in general supermarkets and sandwich shops, however, places like Eat are here to help you with all your vegan needs. From sandwiches, soups and graze bowls to puddings, snacks and drinks they have you covered for a vegan lunch on the go.

 

More restaurants that provide a vegan menu

 

Now you’ve seen how easy it is to adapt your eating habits to a more plant-based diet, why not give it a go? Its only for a month and who knows you may love it and never turn back, or you may go back to eating meat but hopefully, you’ll be living more consciously.

If you would like to learn more about the veganuary charity, what they do and how to sign up then click the link and it will take you to their page.

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