Veganuary In a Few Easy Steps: Events, Talks, Workshops, Recipes and Delicious Food
Veganuary.jpg

 

So you've decided to take the plunge and try Veganuary. Welcome and well done! At first, going vegan for a month may seem a daunting experience, but trust me, once you start, you'll see how easy, interesting, fun and delicious it is. 

Whether you're going vegan for the animals, the planet, or your health, I firmly believe you are taking the right step towards a fairer, healthier and more ethical world. Now, have fun with it!

 

Eat to your heart's content

Rather than thinking about the foods you are giving up, think about all the delicious ones you'll be trying this month. Sample some stuff you've never eaten before - trust me, you'll discover a whole new world of cruelty free yumminess. 

Our recipe page is full of ideas for meals, from breakfast to dinner. Watch our chef-in-residence Joanne Conlon, A.K.A Salad or Chips' brilliantly easy to follow videos and knock up a tasty, healthy dish in no time. 

 

Vegan chef Gaz Oakley (Avant Garde Vegan)'s YouTube channel is full of fantastic step-by-step video tutorials. His recipes are delicious and the videos are so easy to follow, you'll become an expert in no time.

If cooking's not your thing, you are in luck. Chef Derek Sarno's new vegan food range, Wicked Kitchen, has just launched in 600 Tescos nationwide.  With 20 different meals on offer, you'll never have to set foot in the kitchen ever again if you don't want to.

Try new restaurants! There are so many fantastic vegan eateries that offer delicious food, from burgers and pies to vegan fish and chips, cakes and raw, you'll never eat the same thing twice this Veganuary.

These are some of our favourites, but there are so many around the country. Check out Happy Cow to to find places near you.
If you like a good boozer, you are in luck. The Spread Eagle, a new vegan pub, has just opened its doors in Homerton, east London. You will not only be able to feast on delicious vegan dishes courtesy of Club Mexicana, but you'll also be sure that all the drinks served are vegan too. 

 

 

Attend an event

There are so many brilliant events this Veganuary, where not only you can learn more about veganism, but you can meet lots of like minded people.

If you want to discover more about the vegan lifestyle, The Vegan Revolution with speaker and entrepreneur Loui Blake is a fantastic place to start. 

Learn how to cook delicious vegan food with Riverford. The workshop takes place at the lovely Duke of Cambridge in Islington and you get to scoff the labour of your hard work afterwards. Riverford also organise a monthly vegan supper club, well worth attending.

If yoga is your thing, Ten Cable Street has a High Vibe Yoga Brunch coming up at the end of January. First you do an hour of yoga, then you get to eat delicious food to your heart's content. 

 

Visit an animal sanctuary

Go and spend the day at a sanctuary such as the Donkey Sanctuary. There are so many rescue centres in the UK, find one near you and see the amazing work being done to help, rehome and rehabilitate animals. 

If you are thinking of booking a holiday, why not volunteer at a centre? I spent a week volunteering at Jacob's Ridge in Spain in the summer and, hand on heart, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get to work with amazing animals, such as horses, pigs, goats, donkeys, cats and dogs in beautiful surroundings, but I also met fantastic people and made friends for life. 

 

Speak to friends

If you hit a snag, don't beat yourself up. It can take a while to get acquainted with vegan foods and learn to read food labels.  Stay on track and speak to friends who are vegan or are doing Veganuary so you can motivate each other and share lots of advice. 

Remember, first and foremost, enjoy Veganuary!