According to a Global Data report 70% of people are eating less or no meat. People are opting for more plant based meals due to ethics, the environmental impacts or health reasons. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of vegan food products launched in Australia grew by 92% and this January 300,000 people are expected to sign up for Veganuary. Every person taking part helps; did you know 30% of the earth's land is used to farm animals and agriculture is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases.
To help you along this veganuary we have listed websites, places we love eating, markets and other advice to help you. If anyone else has other great resources, or feedback, let us know and we’ll keep updating this.
Our top tips for making the switch….
- Know why you are going vegan and keep remembering that and referring to it when times are tough.
- Keep a food diary of what you currently eat and what you could replace it with.
- Eating is supposed to be fun and not a punishment; if you don’t like raw protein balls (or whatever it is) don’t eat them.
- Find a friend. It’s much easier if you switch as a household, or at least not on your own, so see if you can do it with someone or you have someone to support you. There are some great Facebook groups that can act as support.
- Look at other aspects of your life like beauty, clothing, shoes, sofas…it’s endless. But don’t fret, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Just be consciously kind when you buy something.
- Get out to markets and events and get inspired, along with eating some really good food and finding new, innovative, products.
What do I eat and won’t I miss chocolate and cheese?
There are so many choices for food nowadays if you look. Our advice is to get a good vegan cook book and look at what you are going to replace your staples with. There is a great resource with recipes here. If in doubt avo on toast with tomato is a winner!
Coles, Woolies, Aldi, IGA and Tesco, Walmart, Amazon Fresh (for those of you overseas) all have vegan options. There is a vegan fridge in our local Woolies. It’s not big but it’s a start.
If you are looking for amazing vegan sausages and burgers Suzy Spoons is a favourite of ours. We haven’t found anything better yet and they deliver to NSW, VIC, QLD and ACT.
This article lists food which is accidentally vegan. Yes some Oreos, Doritos and Arnotts biscuits are vegan. Not healthy but vegan and we never said vegan was healthy. :-)
Some alternatives we love….
Milk…..Rice Milk and Almond Milk are our favourites. I use rice milk with my Nuzest powder and it is delicious!
Cheese…we are utterly obsessed with Sprout & Kernel cheese. If you can get their hands on their creamy cheese do it plus they have a hemp one. The Vegan Dairy is a good choice for those of you in Melbourne. You can find where these cheeses are stocked on their stockiest page on their website. If you’re overseas google nut cheese or vegan cheese.
Chocolate & Lollies….hard to give up but really important. We have loads of chocolate at F&F, and being a chocoholic, it is very much approved. Treat Dreams, Pana Chocolate, Loving Earth and The Chocolate Yogi are all certified organic chocolate brands that are 100% vegan. Delicious too. Watch out with sweets and lollies as many contain animal fat, known as gelatine, so the best advice is to avoid if you can, but certainly check ingredients.
Great Places to Eat
I’m afraid this is a little Aussie centric but we really only want to recommend those we’ve tried and these are good!
Bodhi..this is a restaurant in the city near Hyde Park and it’s Asian Fusion food and all vegan. We have taken many non vegans here and they have loved it. Great spot for a party and visitors.
Yellow…If you fancy something fancy this is a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant with a really good vegan tasting menu.
Cafe Sydney...Not a vegan restaurant but they cater brilliantly and have an amazing vegan menu so if you really want to push the boat out they score well.
Soul Burger...their burgers are good, very good, and they have locations around Sydney in Glebe, Randwick and Parramatta.
Lord of the Fries...they are a chain and make good burgers and fast food. You wouldn't know their burgers are vegan but they are. Their website shows you where they are located which is around Australia and in New Zealand too.
Smith & Daughters...In the heart of Fitzroy we loved this place. Great cocktails too!
Mantra Lounge Melbourne...A vegan restaurant in Melbourne with very strong ethics and a huge focus on quality and how their food is made. They have a range of Indian, Asian and even some Italian. All delicious.
Shakahari Too...delicious and a really interesting menu. In South Melbourne with a beautiful interior. We went with non vegans who loved it so great for all.
Nama Foods...if you love raw food you'll love this restaurant in Notting Hill.
Manna...this Primrose Hill restaurant has been around for 50 years and has a delicious, varied menu. It's definitely rustic and the tables wobble but it has a cosy ambience which we loved. It's worth travelling to.
Souls...now there aren't too many vegan options in Copenhagen but two Aussies have changed that by creating this amazing cafe with tasty food. It's a decent walk from the centre but worth it.
You're spoilt here in that vegan food is everywhere. I was wandering through Greenwich and this little hole in the wall cafe sold vegan mac n' cheese. On Wall Street there's a vegan fast food place and most restaurants have options. One place I really loved was called Candle Cafe on 3rd Avenue. It's relaxed and all vegan. I went there for lunch and it was great for passing the hours. They have other places too and an upmarket restaurant.
What About Social Media?
Facebook groups are a good place to start and you can get a lot of advice from other members. Two we follow are….
Vegan Support Australia and New Zealand
Vegan Beauty Australlia and New Zealand
Instagrammers are a great port of call when it comes to food. There are lots and lots so search on #veganfood and you'll be spolt.
Go to Markets.
Sydney Vegan Market is monthly and we sometimes have a stall there as do a lot of other places including lots of food places and restaurants. A list of events we will be at during the year is here.
Others in Australia that happen during the year include…..
Big Vegan Market – May
World Vegan Day Melbourne - Oct/ Nov
Sydney Vegan Market - Monthly
Alive Festival, Gosford - March
The Earth Festival – April
Living Green Festival - Oct
Other great sources to look at include….
The Vegan Society
Veganuary...a really good source of info and food.