Today marks World Vegan Day, and with the lifestyle taking social media by storm and many individuals wanting to change the way they eat and use products, it's a very important day. Which is why we're talking about all things vegan.
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What is a vegan?
Being vegan means not eating anything which contains animals or animal by-products which would include meat, fish, eggs, dairy and even honey. The Vegan Society is behind all of the movement and promotes veganism worldwide. The national and global day has been taking place ever since 1994 and the society was set up in 1944.
What is it about?
The day is intended to celebrate how far veganism has come from its early days, and it is also meant to highlight how easy it can be to make the change in your life. The term 'vegan' has become more educational now and it gives the message of how it benefits the planet and individual health.
How do we celebrate?
Of course, due to the worldwide event, it's very personal to everyone how we celebrate. However, there are many hashtags used on social media to get the movement going. For example #WorldVeganMonth and #WorldVeganDay. People can mark the occasion by hosting events or making small changes such as going vegan for a day, month or even shopping vegan.
At the moment, only the Gooey Chocolate Chip Gookie Dough is vegan-friendly. While the dough in all flavours doesn't contain any animal by-products, the milk and white chocolate will contain dairy. However, keep your eyes peeled because this may change!
If you're vegan, it can be difficult finding tasty snacks that fit your needs. Going vegan doesn't have to mean giving up foods that you enjoyed before the transition and many products are unintentionally vegan. Of course, always check the packaging before purchasing but these are the UK yummy treats we found.
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Sweets and chocolate
You don't always need to buy expensive vegan chocolate from Holland & Barrat. Some favourites include:
Haribo sour rainbow strips and sour rainbow twists
Polo mints (original)
Fry's chocolate cream
Green & Blacks - dark chocolate, hazelnut and currant, ginger, espresso, spiced chilli, lemon and mint
Crisps and popcorn
Heading to the cinema and need something to nibble on? No problem! We've finally found out that cinemas don't even care if you bring your own snacks so now we can stop smuggling things in as if we're criminals!
Walkers: salt and vinegar, ready salted, prawn cocktail, Worcester sauce
Walkers sensations: Lime and coriander poppadoms, vinegar and caramelised onion
After the deep fried goodness on Friday, it's time to refresh. Monday, a new week awaits you. After all that guilt (which was totally worth it), we thought we'd go down the route of gluten-free and vegan. Packed with almonds and pecans, these cookie dough raw bars are really good your health so you'll be thankful for giving into that cookie dough craving. The best thing? These bars are so easy to make and take a maximum of 20 minutes!
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You will need:
(Makes six large bars)
175g of dates with the pits removed and cut into quarters
60g of raw almonds
60g of raw pecans
85g of chocolate chips
One tablespoon of vanilla extract
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In a bowl, mix together the nuts and dates. Mix until the pieces are all the same size and a sticky dough has formed. Add the vanilla extract and process until well combined. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and stir in. Line a tray with parchment paper and pour the dough onto it. Shape the dough into a large rectangle and pop into the fridge until firm. This should take about 20 minutes. Slice the bar into your desired shapes.
Another idea is that you can also roll the dough into balls. These raw bars should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container and should last for a few weeks or up to a month (but they're so delicious so they'll definitely be gone by then!).
*Pro tip: if you're not too fussed about being gluten-free or vegan, combine Gookie Dough with your favourite nuts and fruits, leave to set in the fridge and cut into pieces! Delicious.*
Happy Monday, cookie monsters! These bars will make up for that hour you've lost in bed, I promise.
Vegan is all the trend, whether you agree with this diet or not, it's impossible not to read about it or at least attempt it. Personally, for me, it almost seems impossible. All the delicious things in life contain everything that is anti-vegan, which yes, is a little upsetting. However, what you may not have known are the following snacks that are surprisingly vegan.
The most loved biscuit of all time which is found in everything. On another note, shouldn't it be in Gookie Dough by now? The creamy centre completely tricks our minds and seems to be some kind of magic because they're dairy-free!
The most moreish, buttery, creamy, delicious cracker of all time. However, it certainly doesn't contain any butter! What's better than that?
No child likes dark chocolate. I feel as if that is an ultimate fact. It's the same with coffee; it's seen as disgusting until you hit your late teens or early twenties. Bournville is, however, the king of dark chocolate and definitely satisfies the cravings in a slightly healthier fashion.
Beef & Tomato Pot Noodle
The real and quite scary question is if it's not meat then what is it, exactly? We can't argue with the label, I guess?!
Reese's Shell Topping
Hallelujah! I don't think anyone can live without Reese's, the peanut buttery goodness is the key to our hearts so this hard shell topping makes ice cream that more worthwhile. Of course, vegan ice cream!