World vegan day – November 1st
World vegan day falls on 1st November and continues with a month of celebration and awareness campaigns.
The theme for this year is “improving the quality and availability of vegan food” and the vegan society will be reaching out to large chain restaurants, universities and other catering establishments to get more good-quality vegan choices onto menus.
You can get stuck in with a gold, silver or bronze pledge. This is for non-vegans who would like to try veganism for one week, fourteen days or one month.
The jury is still out as to whether a vegan diet is better for the environment or health, but why not try it for a week and see how you feel?
The three main reasons people give for going vegan are concern for animals, people and the environment. other adopt a vegan lifestyle to improve their health.
Non dairy alternatives to milk include soya, oat, rice or nut milks.
You can get non dairy alternatives for yogurt, cheese, yogurt, cream, custard and ice cream.
You can tuck into egg free mayonnaise, tofu, seitan, TVP, seeds, nuts, grains and substitute honey with agave or rice syrups.
There are also plenty of companies offering ‘meat substitutes’ such as bacon, burgers, sausages and other alternatives. I have to say I am suspicious of these; you either want to taste of meat or not, surely?
I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years, but never gone vegan. I have to admit, I love yogurt and butter and we get access to great quality free range, local, organic eggs as well as local honey. Having said that, some of the recipes available on the “Vegan catering for all” leaflet look amazing and I’m tempted to give some of them a go.
What about you? What do you think of meat and dairy substitutes – do you think they are a healthy alternative and what about air miles; isn’t it easier to eat meat and eggs from you local area than grains and pulses and therefore better for the environment?