Did you know that the turn of the month marked World Vegan Day? This year the focus of The Vegan Society’s campaign is to think about how to support vegans in crisis during the challenges we are all facing at this time.
With many people living with shrinking budgets, their campaign shares resources, including recipes and tips on cost-effective ways of vegan living.
What does it mean to be vegan?
To be a vegan means you eat nothing that comes from animals. Therefore, this doesn’t just mean not eating meat and fish. Vegans also do not consume foods such as dairy, eggs or even honey.
People embark on a vegan diet for many reasons, that could be ethical, environmental or for health reasons, or a combination of these reasons.
Also, many vegans take this beyond their diet and avoid wearing animal products such as leather and wool, wishing to live a life that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty.
Ten interesting facts about veganism
- It is estimated there are 78 million vegans in the world.
- By 2025 it is predicted that a quarter of the British population will be vegans and vegetarians and under half of all UK consumers, flexitarians.
- Flexitarians are people whose diet is centred on plant foods with the occasional inclusion of meat.
- Over a billion farmed animals are killed in Britain each year in slaughter houses.
- In 2020, every one of the top UK supermarkets had their own vegan range.
- In 2020, every one of the top UK restaurants and food-to-go outlets had a vegan or plant-based offer.
- The main supermarkets now also include vegan options in their Christmas catalogue of dishes to order for the festive season.
- The UK’s purchase and consumption rates of vegan dairy, meat, meals, food-to-go and seafood are the highest in Europe.
- The number of vegan residents in the UK care homes has almost trebled in the five years to 2019.
- The sign-ups for the Veganuary campaign (where people eat vegan for the month of January), hit record highs in 2020 with over 400,000 people signing up, whereas in 2014, it was 3,300.
How is Creative Nature vegan friendly?
Non-vegans get most of their calcium from dairy foods, but vegans get it from other sources, such as green leafy vegetables, ie. broccoli, cabbage, and okra; and from unsweetened soya, rice and oat drinks.
Vegans rely on plant-based proteins like:
Beans – black-eyed, pinto, butter, cannellini, soya, edamame and kidney
Nuts and seeds. – hemp seeds; ground linseed; almonds; walnuts; pumpkin seeds; pistachios; cashew nuts; brazil nuts
Brown and wild rice
Creative Nature has a strong vegan following because all of our products are vegan friendly as well as being free from the top 14 allergens. Some vegans also have allergies of course!
Our Super Foods are perfect to support the dietary needs of vegans, including: Chai seeds, Hemp Protein powder, Organic shelled Hemp Seeds, Organic Barely Grass Powder, Spirulina Pacifica and Goji Berries. https://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product-category/type/superfood-powders/
These can be added to smoothies, smoothie bowls, vegetable stews, added as toppings – the versatility is endless, and they all help to keep your body healthy, and provide some extra protein.
Our snacks are also perfect to add that extra boost of protein during the day. We have a range of Protein Crunch bars, and Raw Fruit Oatie bars.
Why not check out our recipes to find out how our products can be used in a variety of tasty ways.