But first, why vegan? Despite the obvious ethical issues that veganism aims to combat, living a plant-based lifestyle also has major health and environmental benefits.
An Oxford study found that taking on a vegan diet would cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 70%.
Additionally, if a vegan diet was adopted worldwide 8.1 million deaths would be avoided, with approximately half of those avoided deaths being due to reducing red meat consumption and the other half being an increase in fruit and vegetable intake.
If done properly, a vegan diet means that you are free from animal products, which essentially means you are no longer eating saturated fat, bad cholesterol, artificial hormones, and dairy (which can affect your skin).
In the past, veganism has gained a bad rap, mainly due to the preconceived ideas that changing to a plant-based lifestyle is too hard.
You don’t have to make a sudden change, or reconstruct your eating habits completely. Simply, filter vegan snacks and meals throughout your day and see what you think.
Alternatively, there are vegan restaurants popping everywhere at the moment. Bondi is a hotspot for vegan alternatives, have a look at some of the best plant-based eateries here.
We all know dessert is the best meal of the day.. and no, eating plant-based doesn’t mean you have to cut this out.
There are plenty of vegan alternatives that can be substituted into cooking that still makes food delicious. To see how easy it can be, try out an amazing vegan chocolate mousse recipe that substitutes egg whites for the aquafaba from chickpeas to create a creamy and rich dessert!
Try these desserts out to see just how easy it can be.
Tip: as all these recipes contain vegan chocolate, here is a our recommendation chocolate: PICO Super Dark
A common misconception about veganism is that you can’t have anything sweet or sugary in your diet… wrong! According to PETA, Oreos are vegan, which makes them the perfect sweet treat staple in any vegan kitchen. These Oreo cups use soaked cashews and vegan white chocolate to create the creamiest cheesecake-like filling, you won’t even taste the difference.
Lamingtons are an iconic Australian treat. Nothing beats having a cup of tea and a spongey, chocolate and coconut coated lamington as an afternoon snack. This vegan alternative still has all the essential elements of a traditional lamington.
Disclaimer: just because its vegan, doesn’t automatically mean its healthy… sorry guys! However, some sweet treats are healthier than others, and this is exactly that!
Tip: If you like, slice the lamingtons in half and spread some strawberry or raspberry jam in the middle. Most jam is vegan so you can use what you have, just double check the ingredients list.
Ferrero Rocher balls
Ferrero Rochers are known as the go-to delectable hazelnut-y truffle that are way too easy to eat. Although delicious, they aren’t too good for you, which is why we’ve included a healthier vegan version. These bite-size balls are super easy to make and even easier to eat. They’ll be gone before you know it!
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