Veganuary is in full swing, and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are experiencing the vegan diet for the first time. Veganuary encourages people to use their New Year’s resolution for January to try making the switch to a vegan diet for a month to experience the health and environmental benefits for themselves.
The majority of those who take part in Veganuary would recommend making the month-long pledge, and many continue to eat a vegan diet once the month is over.
If you’re taking part in Veganuary this year, and you’re looking for advice on what food you should be eating to make a healthy and effective switch to a full vegan diet in 2020, look no further!
How to Switch to a Vegan Diet
Making the transition to a full vegan diet can initially feel overwhelming. For most people, the easiest way to start the transition to a 100% plant-based diet is to get creative with their current favourite meals, by switching out the meat-based products for vegan alternatives.
Once you feel more confident, you can then begin to branch out and get more adventurous with the food choices in your new diet.
Part of committing to a long-term vegan diet is having a kitchen stocked with versatile and tasty ingredients. Don’t feel like you need to try all of them straight away though; use this as a guide to fill your cupboards and fridge over Veganuary and beyond.
What to Eat During Veganuary
Vegans don’t just eat spinach and kale, contrary to the belief of some non-vegans.
Nowadays, there are more vegan food substitutes than ever and until you make the switch to a plant-based diet, you may be unaware that many of the foods you have been eating on a daily basis are actually vegan.
As a vegan, you can eat a well-rounded and interesting diet incorporating ingredients from fruits and vegetables to grains and pulses, all of which can be used and combined to create a variety of delicious dishes.
Vegan Protein Sources
At this point in Veganuary, you’ve probably been asked multiple times where you’re getting your protein from in a purely plant-based diet.
It’s a misnomer that vegans struggle to get all the protein they need in their diet. Some great sources of protein to try in dishes during Veganuary, include:
- Tofu – One of the most popular meat substitutes. Add it to vegetables dishes or serve is as the dish itself.
- Beans – Rich in protein whether they’re fresh, dried or tinned.
- Chickpeas and lentils – Legumes are a really useful protein addition to your meals and can be cooked in a variety of different ways.
- Spinach – One of the most nutrient-rich leafy green vegetables, including high protein content.
- Broccoli – Can be cooked a variety of ways or eaten raw and it’s great in soups, sauces or side dishes.
- Seeds – Can be eaten raw and great for sprinkling on meals, especially cereals and salads.
- Nuts – Loads of different varieties – from almonds to cashews – and they’re all rich in protein.
- Quorn – Another popular meat substitute and they’ve recently introduced a vegan range. Just make sure you check the label to get the items which don’t contain milk or dairy.
- Protein powders – If you are worried about getting enough protein in your new diet, Garden of Life offer a full range of vegan protein powders.