Veganuary - Mighty Small’s Top Five Tips for going Vegan
Practical tips for going vegan this Veganuary!
What is Veganuary?
Launched in January 2014, Veganuary is described as the world’s largest vegan movement, with over 400,000 people taking part in 2020! Participants make the pledge to go vegan for the month of January and the campaign helps to inspire people to make the dietary change permanently, whilst also encouraging shops and restaurants to be more inclusive of veganism.
At Mighty Small we’re proud to cater for those who eat a plant-based diet and so, we thought we’d share a round up of our top tips and products to help those taking part this year!
1. Find a non-dairy milk you like
With such a range of dairy free milks now on offer, it can feel a little daunting when trying to choose! Popular options often include soya, almond and oat - it’s just about finding one suited to you.
Soya, almond and oat milk all make good alternatives to have in tea and we also love to add them into our porridge for a healthy vegan breakfast that tastes indulgent and creamy!
If the usual suspects aren’t for you, try a more exotic option! Cashew milk is delicious if you’re after a sweet and nutty taste but don’t like almonds, and coconut is perfect if you want a plant-milk that is light, yet flavourful.
For the coffee lovers out there, be sure to find a barista style alternative too, regular plant-milks aren’t ideal for steaming, so we recommend trying a specialised option like the Moma Oat Barista style, to achieve the perfect froth at home.
2. Get your protein in
When transitioning to veganism, it’s important to incorporate plant-based protein sources into your diet. These high protein foods will not only keep you feeling more satisfied after your meals, you’ll stay fuller for longer! The best vegan protein sources include: seitan, tofu, nutritional yeast, lentils, chickpeas, soy milk, oats, chia seeds, nuts & nut butters.
If you’re craving more of a protein boost during the month, vegan protein supplements are ideal. Whether it’s a protein shake after the gym or a protein bar on the go, we highly recommend checking out TRIBE’s delicious range of protein packed plant-based products!
3. Plan your meals
Preparation is key if you want to succeed at a dietary change! Meal planning will help you stay on track over the month, it’s also beneficial for budgeting and will encourage you to eat healthier plant-based meals.
Stocking up on basic vegan cupboard staples is the best place to start. For breakfast we love topping blueberry and banana instant oats with nut butter and chia seeds, or simply adding almond and apple low sugar granola to a plant-based yoghurt. For a hearty, high protein vegan lunch idea, this smokey black bean chilli does the trick! Vegan dinners can always be spiced up with the flavours of Latin America - our favourites include a cumin and chipotle fajita seasoning and the Brazilian smoked paprika packet.
For more vegan meal ideas, check out Veganuary’s website for plant-based recipe inspiration!
4. Stock up on snacks
Don’t forget to think about vegan friendly snacks! Plant-based food on the go is just as important as a regular meal. Luckily, at Mighty Small, we offer more than just the option of fruit...although a banana is great when you’re on the move!
Our startup brands have proven that vegan snacks don’t have to be boring or compromise on taste. We particularly love Bepps’ cheese puffs for cheesy flavour, without the dairy. For a sweet option, Gato’s indulgent, yet healthy, chocolate & peanut butter cookies are delicious.
Be sure to explore our full range of vegan snacks so you can be prepped for snacking during Veganuary.
5. Explore vegan alternatives
Going vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the products you can’t live without, there’s plenty of brilliant dairy-free alternatives to try! Let’s start off with that sweet treat we all love...chocolate. Convinced you won’t find a better tasting option than your beloved Dairy Milk? Check out Seed & Bean’s vegan chocolate - you won’t look back. Perhaps you’re worried that sandwiches won’t taste the same? We promise Dr Will’s vegan mayo will do the trick. And finally, if you’re missing your favorite non-vegan wine, make sure you try our new Emissary Prosecco. 100% vegan, it’s the only way to toast your plant-based successes at the end of the month!
For more vegan food & drink inspiration during January, head to the vegan section our website, it’s packed with low sugar, gluten-free and healthy alternatives that will see you through the month!
If you feel like treating yourself or others during Veganuary, check out our range of foodie gifts and themed hampers, all of which can be made vegan to cater to your dietary requirements.