November is World vegan month
Does Nottingham cater for vegans?
Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month. This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from
https://www.livekindly.co/number-of-vegans-in-the-uk-surges-by-700-in-just-two-years/). Maybe the fact that a number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding, David Haye and Peter Egan to name but a few all follow a vegan diet.
world vegan month
Concern for animals and their welfare, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.
For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives
But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.
You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.
Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact
In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.
Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first and third Saturday of every month?
I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham
Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport), Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing
courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)
Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options. You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc. And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too
In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses
For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign, progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.
If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes. More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/
You can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338
For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website