Fashionable Foodies: Hip To Be Vegan

Veganism is currently receiving a lot of attention thanks to celebrity championers such as Bill Clinton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Mike Tyson , Beyonce and Jay Z and many more. The demand is such that Beyonce even launched her own Vegan Meal Delivery Service this year. This isn’t a new fad diet, so why are so many celebrities switching to this way of eating? And is it something you should consider too? 

For many, the choice to become vegan is to prevent the exploitation and cruelty to animals, so they may also choose not to wear, or use, leather or animal skin/fur clothes and accessories. For others, it’s a health choice, which they claim makes it easier to manage their weight, feel more energised and maintain younger-looking skin. As with any ‘diet plan’, it is a good idea to fully research any new way of eating before deciding if it is suitable for you and your lifestyle.

There are certainly many scientifically proven benefits from a vegan diet when compared to the average western diet. Selecting well-planned, plant-based meals rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals will definitely boost your health. Plant-based sources of nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants, all of which help to prevent some of the greatest current health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Getting enough protein is often a concern when people switch to being vegan. Though there are plenty of plant based proteins – like tofu, tempeh, beans, nuts and whole grains like quinoa – how to prepare them and make them interesting can be daunting. This prompted Vegan recipe book authors Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes to create ‘The Great Vegan Protein Book’. It takes you step-by-step through each protein-rich vegan food group, providing you with valuable information on how to prepare the ingredient along with more than a hundred delicious easy recipes.

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