Veganism is enjoying a period of immense popularity at the moment, with both the Vegan Society in the UK registering a huge increase in members, whilst the Vegetarian Resource Group in the USA has registered 2.5 million vegans in recent years.
Those cleaning out the fridge kinda lunches Open sambos of hummus on spelt toast with grilled ‘eggplant, capsicum & zucchini’ spinach, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, homegrown basil, a squeeze of foraged lime, satay tofu, cumin tempeh and jalapeños for good measure. So. Many. Flavours….but it worked I despise food waste, what are your favourite ways to use up leftovers?
Whilst it’s still a tiny minority, Google Trends shows that the rate at which people search terms related to the word veganism is growing exponentially and the free-from and certified vegan food business has become a booming industry.
Snackzzzzz to fuel a busy day of jogging, blogging, editing & yoga thankful for the leftovers waiting for me in the fridge tonight! I threw the salad together in under 5 mins: leftover brown rice and quinoa, spinach, grated carrot, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, hummus, apple cider vinegar & black pepper. Will be posting a new video tonight so stay tuned
A photo posted by AISLING (@ohhappyveggie) on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:15am PDT
The increasing popularity of veganism is of course going to affect travel. Diet is always one of the most difficult things to keep a handle on while on holiday, and in particular, in the case of veganism, sustaining a plant-based diet with no animal derived products can be a challenge because of language and culture barriers.
But, according to most vegan and plant-based diet blogs, travelling while vegan doesn’t have to be too bad. Some of the helpful suggestions include: learning the terms you need in the language of the country you’re visiting; packing snacks; booking accommodation with a kitchen or telling your hotel you’re vegan; using the Instagram hashtag #vegantravel. Two of our favourite globetrotting vegans are @ohhappyveggie and @diningwithdevyn
A photo posted by @vegantravellermimi on May 13, 2016 at 12:25am PDT
It’s also important to find out where veganism (and even vegetarianism) is understood and where it’s not understood.
According to a study carried out by Peta in 2013, Glasgow was the surprising entry for most vegan friendly food in the UK. Other countries that follow are the US, Germany, and Northern Spain. Among the most difficult places to be a vegan according are often France, Belgium, and Russia, where meat permeates the food. But of course, where it is by far easiest to be vegan is in Asia, where Hindu and Buddhist cultural heritage means millions of people find plant-based diets to be the norm.
A photo posted by Devyn Howard | 23 (@diningwithdevyn) on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:22pm PDT
Whilst it’s challenging, the travel industry itself has started to catch up with the trend in vegan travellers by offering a wider range of options in their menus.
As the movement grows we’re appreciative that it at least offers us these mouthwatering Instagram posts.