It’s no secret that the term “vegan” has been making waves across the world and is slowly gliding its way into our local supermarkets. Once upon a time it felt as though placing a vegan- friendly product in your trolley would lead you to be burned at the stake (excuse the pun). However, over the past few years, we have seen a number of people, even the most ravenous meat eaters convert to veganism. A large variety of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Jessica Chastain have also jumped on the bandwagon and have used their celeb platform to advocate the vegan way of life.
Needless to say, veganism is modern, fresh and sexy. That’s right, sexy! Everywhere you look nowadays, be it social media, farmer’s markets or pharmacies, the vegan revolution is on the prowl and to be honest there’s something riveting about considering being swept up by that way of life.
It’s no secret that 2019 has been a milestone for the vegan community, in that more and more millennials are choosing to adopt the diet and not to mention; the business of providing vegan foods is booming.
Here are a few vegan friendly foods you might want to try (if you haven’t already):
High in fibre, B-vitamins and antioxidants, the humble cruciferous veg has become quite the hit in the vegan-sphere. Due to its versatility, a cauliflower can be used as a substitute for rice, mash and even steak! However, a recent development in the ‘caulicraze’ sees the powerhouse veg being used as a main ingredient in smoothies, for that sweet early morning boost. So the next time you have a peek in the fridge and come across the poor cauli at the back, whip out the blender or griddle pan and do some justice to this truly vibrant veg!
Have you heard the saying, “Your gut is your second brain?” Well, hidden in your digestive system is where the brain in your gut sits and boy-oh-boy is it revolutionising modern medicine’s understanding of links between digestion, mood regulation and health. Now as we know, pre and pro-biotics are responsible for healthy gastrointestinal health and if you aren’t much of a pill swallower, there are fantastic foods which contain natural pre- and pro-biotics! Kimchi and sauerkraut seem to be winning the popularity contest in terms of gut-friendly foods and joining the team are probiotic-infused plant-based yoghurts. These are dairy-free and due to their high probiotic presence, they do pack a healthy bacteria punch!
Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes have really become the ‘it’ food of 2019. How did this once dreaded fungi gain such an elite status? Well, chefs have been experimenting with an array of ‘mushies’, giving the underrated veg a much-needed makeover. Gone are the days where mushrooms are used as substitutes for meaty burger patties or in stir-fry. Chefs are now really pushing boundaries, creating magical mushroom nibbles such as shiitake bacon! (Yes, believe it!)
Yes, you read correctly. The dessert world is revolutionizing at a rapid pace and these sweet treats are moving on from stodgy strudels to a more modern taste bud sensation. We’ve seen the rise of some unconventional desserts such as avocado ice-cream and hummus milkshakes which have proven to be quite popular amongst those who boast the title of a “sweet-tooth.”
The rise of veganism has been rather monumental in the last five years with research showing that there has been a 550 percent increase in the vegan-sphere. With the internet at our fingertips as well as the influential nature of media, we as consumers have the ability to make an informed decision about our diet’s and what WE want to put into our bodies. There is no denying that the world is transforming into a health-conscious hub, however we do still have the carnivorous comradery who oppose the change. As the saying goes, “to each his own” but with a vast majority of the world embracing the change, is it possible that this lifetime will see the extinction of the mighty meat-eater?
On your next stay at Mount Amanzi enquire for a vegan-friendly alternative at Old Kitchen, or chat to our events team to create a tailor-made menu for your conference, wedding, or celebration which speaks to your vegan lifestyle.