Getting our kids to eat healthily is undoubtedly near the top of many parents' wish lists. Vegan diets tick all the boxes when it comes to boosting our health along with a number of other benefits. But how do we make vegan food exciting especially for the kids?
On the eve of our VegfestUK Bristol event this Bank Holiday weekend May 23rd 24th at the Amphitheatre, we look at a number of questions on living vegan, and have compiled a collection of bite-sized answers to these questions as well as further suggestions for thriving as vegans.
- Vegan lifestyles eliminate the need for killing animals for food and hence reduce unnecessary animal suffering.
- Vegan diets have also been scientifically proven to improve our health especially for preventing heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
- Believe it or not, livestock farming actually contributes to more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole transport sector combined!
- Vegan food options also require much less feed and water to produce than their animal-based counterparts, and therefore contribute to much more sustainable food production.
Can vegan food be fun & exciting?
Gone are the days when vegans fed on lentils only. In the past decade, the variety of exciting vegan foods has come in leaps and bounds.
- Convenience vegan foods include meat and dairy substitutes from mock bacon and chorizo, mock duck and salmon, to hemp milk, coconut yoghurt, almond butter and cashew cheese.
- Pub regulars will enjoy vegan beers, lentil burgers, falafel wraps and vegan Yorkshire puddings.
- Slow cooking enthusiasts will look forward to 'veganising' their risottos, nut roasts and paella.
- Add in the earthy Chinese stir-fries and exotic Indian curries, which can easily be made 100% vegan, and we have an irresistible conveyor belt of vegan food treats to satisfy many taste buds.
What if I'm busy and don't have time to prepare elaborate meals?
Juices and smoothies are fantastic options to get the essential nutrients into our bodies quickly without needing an age to prepare. All they take are respectively a decent juicer and a blender, together with a good concoction of your favourite fruits and vegetables. Mix in nuts and seeds along with superfood powders such as hemp protein, barley grass, maca and chlorella, and you have a glass full of good stuff to keep you in top condition throughout the day.
Does vegan food cost the earth?
Vegan foods generally cheaper than animal-based foods. Ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, beans and pulses are great sources of nutrients for those on a budget. There are both budget and gourmet options to choose from for the vegan diner these days, which is great if you wish to treat your special loved ones to a luxury 3 course vegan meal.
How to stay vegan when I eat out?
Many cafes and restaurants these days have menus with a good number of vegan options which are clearly labelled. There could still be a small number of places which don't understand vegan requirements very well. In that case, it pays to get in touch with them beforehand and let them know about your vegan diet and see if they could accommodate. If you're stuck in a place with next to no vegan options, it's worth bringing your own vegan snacks to fend off any hunger pangs. The key to dining vegan outside the comfort of your home is to plan ahead. HappyCow is a fabulous online resource where you can easily find vegan-friendly eateries in your cities and helps massively with your planning. In particular, for those visiting VegfestUK Bristol this weekend, make sure to pay a visit to the fabulous Vegan Bristol website which lists eateries with vegan options according to areas.
Are vegans still stereotyped as unattractive and quirky these days?
As the rationale and benefits of vegan lifestyles reached more and more people, vegans are way better catered for these days than maybe 10 years ago, both in terms of food options and also how vegans are perceived. The vegan diet choices of celebrities such as Beyoncé and Moby amongst others have well and truly brought veganism into vogue. Vegan sportspeople such as heavyweight boxer David Haye, tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and strongman Patrik Baboumian have opened many eyes to the feasibility of being fit and healthy on vegan diets too.
Where can I meet more like-minded vegans?
Granted, vegans and vegetarians are still in the minority, and social support is integral to any sustainable lifestyle changes such as going and staying vegan. There are a large number of vegan events taking place all over the country for you to meet more vegans, from meetups and film screenings to bake sales, speed-dating and vegan festivals. Visit www.vegfest.co.uk for all UK vegan festivals this year.
In particular, you'll find the highest concentration of friendly, like-minded vegans at VegfestUK - currently Europe's biggest vegan festivals taking place in Brighton, Bristol, London and Glasgow. Each VegfestUK event is packed with amazing vegan food, cosmetics, clothing and information from talks, cookery demos and kids activities.
Our Bristol event this Bank Holiday weekend May 23rd 24th is expecting around 15,000 visitors in total with groundbreaking DJ’s Alfredo and LTJ Bukem headlining the evening music events. Admission is only £3 before 5pm and £5 after 5pm, with kids under 16 having free entry – a top bargain for families anywhere in the country! Visit www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk for full info on VegfestUK Bristol.
Further vegan online resource
The Vegfest Express right here consists of all the latest vegan news around the globe, updated 24-7. Content includes blogs, Tweets and videos, and covers areas from restaurant and product reviews, celebrity interviews, recipes, animals, environment, health and wellbeing. The Vegfest Express is therefore almost your vegan version of the Sun!
from Vegfest UK