The truth is being vegan isn’t always easy. You’d be surprised how much food contains traces of milk powder (crisps?!?!). And having to constantly explain that vegan means you don’t eat anything animal-related – “yes, that’s no egg, no dairy, no meat, no fish”. Then there’s being the only one at a rather fancy gastropub, famous for its game, whose only option for lunch consists of a small salad followed by a modest plate of roasted veggies. While the others are tucking into a real feast, you’re left feeling less than satisfied and having to dash to Waitrose to find something to fill you up (I know, middle-class problems and all that).
The truth be told, it can be at times, rather testing. But after a year of being vegan, I can’t see myself going back. And the more I discover the world of veganism, the tastier it becomes. Take the recent Vegan Life Live London festival at Alexandria Palace. This was a real feast for the senses – with not a slab of meat or smelly cheese in sight. It’s where I discovered some new treats that are tasty and delectably satisfying.
Here are 5 top tasty treats to try whether you’re vegan or not:
Boasting all the great qualities of quinoa: protein-rich, high in fibre and iron, and also a good source of magnesium, manganese and amino acids, this tasty cereal is also gluten-free and low in sugar. And…it doesn’t taste like cardboard. Eat alone with a non-dairy milk or yoghurt, whip up a tasty breakfast with fruit or use it as an ingredient for breakfast bars (see Quinoa Crack recipes), Quinoa Crack is a pretty versatile grain. The only downside is the price.
Mr Organic Free From Add In Sauces
When you work full-time and cooking up a storm in the kitchen doesn’t exactly come naturally, you sometimes need a helping hand. Step in Mr Organic Free From Add In Sauces. Choose from tomato and olive, grilled pepper and grilled aubergine to add intensity to those Italian dishes. Or simply spread some onto a piece of toast, and voila, tasty teatime in minutes. Let’s just say I deliberately passed the stand more than once to get my taste of the Mediterranean.
Soffles Pitta Chips
Move over rice cakes, crisps and even Popchips because Soffles baked Pitta Chips are a crunchy delight. Perfect with hoummous, dips or sprinkled over soup, they bring a punch of flavour to your main meal. Or just eat them solo. Available in three flavours for vegans – wild chilli & garlic, mild chilli & garlic and rosemary & thyme, they are a tasty treat. Although, I warn you – they are totally addictive.
Forget beige, Chicp takes hoummous to a whole new level. Absolutely delicious and dangerously moreish, one dip in this colourful delight and you won’t be able to stop either eating it or wanting to instagram it. Not only will you be satisfied on the taste scale but this entrepreneurial enterprise also hits the environmental spot. Mainly because they use rejected vegetables and fruit to produce a range of inventive spreads such as herby hoummous, carrot, ginger & tumeric hoummous and banana, avocado & cacao hoummous. Waste not, want not? Pah ha ha, I just want more of this delicious stuff.
You can’t help but notice the shift in supermarkets to a new kind of snack at the checkout. Yes, I’m talking about the snack bar. And one of the tastiest out of the bunch is Pulsin bars. They’re vegan, GM free and use naturally sweet ingredients such as dates rather than refined sugar. Pulsin bars are also pretty tasty and high in protein so great for anyone who enjoys their exercise.
What are your favourite vegan treats? Please let me know in the comments below.