When people first go vegan, they find themselves having to stop and think about foods that they have always taken for granted. How is it made? What is it made from? Is it vegan? Something that once was as simple as ripping open a packet to curb hunger pains, turns into a mini-investigation of tiny writing in ingredient lists.
Luckily for all the peanut butter eaters out there – most peanut butters are vegan. The most common recipe is simply peanuts, oil, and salt. With any product, it pays to run your eye over the ingredient list, just to be sure that there’s no sneaky honey hiding there, but peanut butter is a very safe bet.
Can vegans eat bread?
Of course, the label-reading can lose you your favorite foods – mostly because of hidden cow milk. egg, gelatine and honey, but with the increased availability of vegan foods and the growing awareness of a profit to be made, manufacturers could very well start removing those offensive ingredients to broaden their maket. So it may not be good-bye, forever.
Saying goodbye to something you love can be hard, but it is easy when you remember that animals are no longer suffering to feed you.
So do you have to give up arguably the best carb of them all – bread?
The good news is that most bread is vegan. Yay! Traditionally, bread is made from yeast, flour, water, and salt. Carb lovers rejoice, bread is on the menu, BUT make sure you check the ingredients as some bread contains dairy products or other animal products.
You just need to find the perfect vegan bakery with cruelty-free flakey croissants or better yet – get into breadmaking yourself! The world went nuts over sourdough during lockdowns, and sourdough could very well become your new best friend.
What can you eat as a vegan?
So now you have your faithful peanut butter sandwich safely on the vegan-friendly list. What else can you eat? Vegans don’t just eat lettuce leaves and trail mix. All of the healthiest foods are already vegan: fruit; vegetables; beans; seeds and nuts. These vegan options are readily available, and you can always pop into a supermarket or green grocer to grab a snack. Then when you have a few go-tos and a bit of confidence, you can start to research new products.
Vegan food doesn’t have to be bland, you just need to learn which food is still on the menu. Once you find your favorite vegan alternatives, you won’t miss animal products at all. You will be surprised how good vegan meat and dairy alternatives are.
Keep it simple and enjoy discovering new plant-based snacks and meals.
Do vegans drink alcohol?
Ok, so now we get to the question every adult is asking right now – do vegans drink alcohol? Yes, the answer is yes. You can take a deep breath and relax.
There is a vegan version of almost every type of alcohol. Whether you like to wind down with a glass of wine or espresso martinis are your jam, you are in luck. There are vegan wine, beer, cider, and spirit options.
However, most alcoholic drinks are not vegan, because of animal-based filters and some beers contain fish. Unless you are at a vegan restaurant, you will need to look at the drinks menu carefully.
What better way to enjoy your new lifestyle than with a large glass of wine at dinner? Being an adult has to come with a few positives, right?
“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
In simple terms, a vegan diet is free of meat, eggs, dairy, and any other animal products. But it is so much more than that, it brings with it a mental change and peace of mind knowing you are not contributing to animal suffering.
One thing a plant-based diet ISN’T, is boring. Foodies from all corners of the globe are creating the most amazing vegan dishes. There are stacks and stacks of drool-worthy vegan cookbooks with delicious plant-based recipes available, and so many YouTube and TikTok channels pumping out amazing vegan content every day. Beans on toast be gone, you deserve delicious food!
So now we have armed you with the necessities, (peanut butter, bread, and wine are close to a complete diet right?) you can shop with confidence. Get out there and discover something new and cruelty-free today. Have a go at some new vegan recipes and check out your vegan-friendly local restaurants. A hot tip on discovering new places to eat is Happy Cow. With its geomapping function, you can easily see which vegan restaurants are closest to you, wherever you are.
There are so many benefits to moving towards a vegan society, from respecting animal rights to lowering carbon footprints. It all starts with everyday people making ethical choices.