Mc Donald’s are currently testing the waters for their new Mc Vegan burger. This vegan burger is also free from cheese and contains a specially blended ‘vegan mc feast’ sauce that is free from animal by products.
The burger is currently being tested in Finland and depending on how it is received, it may the be rolled out to other countries. Even though many people are no longer enthusiastic about Mc Donalds due to discrepancies about the ingredients, it is great to see that that vegans are being catered for and that upcoming generations who may still want to go into McDonald’s can now have completely meat free meals if they choose.
Would you give the Mc Vegan a try, or would you rather give it a miss?
It is always a bit daunting when making big dietary changes but if they are for the improvement of your health and well-being, the environment, weight loss, or just because you want to; it is worth reading these tips so that you can avoid some of the common pitfalls that may cause you to feel overwhelmed or like you want to give up.
Below I have listed 10 tips that will help you to transition to vegan or follow a plant-based diet.
- Plan, Plan, Plan- Failure to plan meals, is planning to fail. Planning meals avoids becoming hungry and finding that you have nothing healthy and suitable in the house. It also means that you do not end up throwing lots of produce in the dustbin that you have not got around to eating.
- Take a Look Inside your Fridge and Food cupboards – At the beginning of your journey it is a great opportunity to give away or get rid of any meat or dairy products. This removes any temptation from your house during any weak moments.
- Find Fresh Produce that you Like and Try New Recipes- There are hundreds of vegan cookbooks and free recipes online that you can try. The benefits of finding the recipe online is that you do not have to buy lots of books also you can simply type the ingredients that you have into a search engine and then different recipes will come up.
- Avoid having too many Meat Substitutes – It is a good thing that there are now more vegan options of food and snacks in the shops but many of them are simply processed junk foods. You can eat vegan cheese burgers with fries, followed by vegan brownies and ice cream and wash it all down with a fizzy drink; yes it is vegan but it certainly does not contain the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. These foods are fine to indulge in occasionally, especially in the transitional phase but you do not want them to become a staple.
- Find a dairy free Milk that you Like- If you enjoy eating cereal, muesli, or porridge it is a good idea to find a dairy free milk so that you do not have to miss out on your favourites. There are so many different types on the market that you are sure to find one that tastes good to you Some of the most popular ones are almond, hemp, coconut, oat and rice milk.
- Allow Room for Error- Know that you will slip up sometimes, and there will be days when you think that it is pointless and you would rather tuck into some chicken! But just be patient with yourself, remember why you started your journey, and know that it is all part of the process.
- Do not wait until you are hungry to start cooking- In the early stages, it is better to start cooking before you are ravenous. If you wait until you are really hungry, the last thing that you want to do is start fiddling around with a new recipe that you have found in a cook book, or wait for food to be ready. It is much better to have your food prepared beforehand.
- Try New Fruits and Vegetables Where possible you should try to buy organic and also try to buy fruit and veg that are in season. There are so many different varieties to try, and also numerous ways of cooking the vegetables that you have regularly.
- Take Advantage of Social Media – It is really helpful and encouraging to follow other vegans, also vegan chefs and people who post different recipe ideas. You can also find lots of information on the health benefits of being vegan, and how it helps the environment. It can give your new routine a real boost to see what other people are doing and also what they eat
- Remember why you chose to start this journey and do not take the opinions of others to heart – People will ask you where you are going to get your protein from, what you are going to eat, how you are going to get the right range of vitamins, and also tell you that you will lose too much weight and that is just the beginning. So long as you follow the tips above and you remember the reason why you started your journey, you will be fine. Do your research so that you do not need to be swayed by the opinions of others, you will know that you have made an informed decision.
I hope that these tips help. Also feel free to share any tips that you have found helpful that I may have missed.
That was my experience this weekend at Royal China Restaurant in Canary Wharf London. I was so disgusted by the fact that I explained my dietary requirements and repeated my order numerous times, only to find that the thin strips I had been eating mixed in with my noodles were actually pork and not the tofu that it was supposed to be.
I do not know why it took me so many mouthfuls to realise, but when I did it completely ruined the meal for me, even after apologies and being told that they would make me something else. That is a mistake that should never happen. I do not believe that meat and vegan or vegetarian meals should be cooked at the same station.
The moral of the story here is to be careful where you chose to eat and also check your food thoroughly.
Have any of you had a similar experience? I would love to hear your stories and also where it happened.
Today marks the beginning of World Vegan Month 2017 the Vegan Society first began as the Vegetarian Society in 1944, it then evolved as the Vegan Society in 1994. The significance of World Vegan day grew in popularity ever year and has gained worldwide recognition. Interestingly, World Vegan Month began as World Vegan Day, and then grew to World Vegan week, and has now become the month long celebration of veganism that we know.
If you are vegan it is a great chance to share the things that you enjoy about it, try out some new vegan restaurants, treat yourself to a cook book or go online and try out some new recipes. You could also host a vegan lunch or dinner party, or have some fun inviting friends or family to take the vegan pledge and try out being vegan for 30 days.
If you are not vegan it is a great opportunity to try it out for 1 week or 30 days. Trying out some new plant-based recipes can be fun for the whole family, and give your digestive system a break from meat. There are many health benefits from becoming vegan and it is also great for animals. Not all vegan diets are created equally though, someone can drink fizzy drinks and eat crisps all day and call it a vegan diet. I am talking about a plant based diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables also legumes which covers a wide spectrum of the vitamins and minerals that our body needs.
November is also a great time to indulge in a plant-based diet and give your body a break from meat before all of the Christmas Festivities and over indulgence begins. I intend to try out some new vegan recipes and also cook for family and friends, I do find that my dinners sometimes become repetitive so this is a great opportunity for me to try something new. Let me know if you intend on celebrating and what you plan to do.
Whilst we are on the subject of spelt flour and all of the goodness that it has to offer. I thought that I would share with you these delicious ‘organic spelt and muesli crisp breads’ that I found in Aldi.
They are really tasty and only contain natural ingredients, that you can pronounce I might add, for when you fancy a snack on the go. See below for the ingredients:
Priced at £1.29 for the packet I think it’s a great addition to the snack cupboard. Let me know what you think when you give them a try.
I recently swapped whole grain pasta and tried spelt pasta instead, I really found it delicious. I now prefer it to white or whole-wheat pasta. You may have noticed spelt flour products popping up in your local supermarket, luckily they are now becoming more popular. Spelt bread, pasta, and flour is now readily available.
Spelt is an ancient grain that has been around for thousands of years and it is said to be more nutritious than modern grains. Spelt is an excellent source of fibre; and a diet high in fibre is beneficial for normalizing bowel movements, maintaining bowel health, lowering cholesterol and helps with achieving a healthy weight. Fibre passes through our digestive system easily taking with it toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles.
Spelt is closely related to wheat and it is packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential organic compounds that other cereals and forms of wheat do not contain. Spelt is also a great alternative to wheat flour; even though it does contain gluten, it seems to be tolerated more easily than wheat.
Spelt flour also has the following benefits:
- Aids blood circulation: This is due to the copper and iron contained in the grain. Iron helps to transport oxygen through the blood and ensure that there is a healthy red blood cell count.
- Boosts the immune system: The vitamins and minerals in spelt flour help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.
- Builds strong bones: It contains an impressive range of essential minerals that strengthen the bones.
Spelt flour has a slightly nutty and sweet flavour, quite similar to whole-wheat but I find that I digest it much more easily. I do not have the same bloated or stuffed feeling as I do after eating wholewheat or white pasta. The spelt pasta that I bought was from M & S:
They have also recently launched a delicious spelt bread which can be found on the bakery. There only seems to be a few made each day so you have to go quite early, but I would definitely recommend. I am going to share my kitchen swaps regularly and I hope that you will do the same.