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Celebrate Veganuary with these plant-based treats

Vegan food and drinks to try this month


Celebrate Veganuary with these plant-based treats

People often think that being on a vegan diet means compromising on delicious food – but that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, the plant-based food industry is booming, and it means that people on a vegan diet have more choice than ever.

From healthy ready meals and meat and fish alternatives, to dairy-free drinks, plant-based cakes and more – the options really are endless. Plus, with Veganuary in full swing, there are more launches being announced, and it has our taste buds tingling. Here are just some recent launches that we love, all perfect for a vegan-friendly diet.

OGGS® Egg Alternative Aquafaba, £1.95,

If you want to make 2021 more ethical, it’s much easier than you think. One small swap for you can create one big change for the planet. If you’ve recently adopted a vegan lifestyle or just want to experiment more with vegan baking, try OGGS® Egg Alternative Aquafaba. Perfect for low-fat cooking and baking, the plant-based liquid egg alternative contains no added sugar and comes in at just nine calories per serving.

Replace your eggs with OGGS® Egg Alternative Aquafaba to give you consistent results in cooking and baking, and rest assured that it’s a more planet-friendly optin, as the CO2 used to produce aquafaba is five times less than the amount needed to produce eggs! Available in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and ASDA stores nationwide and various online outlets.

Planted Oat, £1.59,

Planted, which offers a range of delicious dairy alternative drinks, has launched a new British oat drink to be enjoyed on cereal, in tea or coffee, or to whip up dairy-free ‘milk’shakes!

Made in the UK with British oats, supporting British farmers and producers, Planted Oat is both refreshing and versatile. It’s vegan-friendly and perfect for anyone looking for a milk alternative, with added calcium for maintenance of bones and teeth, vitamin D for calcium and phosphorous absorption, and B12 for normal function of the immune system. It has great green credentials too, as the carton is renewable, recyclable and a sustainable format. What’s more, Planted has an established partnership with the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, to stand up for trees and support the work they do. That means that 2p from each carton of Planted Oat sold will be donated to the Woodland Trust to plant and protect trees and woods across the UK.

Chocolate Orange Cake, £6,

Just Love Food Company, set up in 2010, was the first celebration cake brand to launch into UK retailers with a nut-safe promise. Since then, the brand has continued with a history of being first to market and has a great mission to be the most inclusive celebration cake brand.

This year, Just Love Food has launched its first branded Christmas cake – and it’s chocolate orange! The soft sponge is filled and covered with a rich chocolate orange frosting and hand-finished with edible, lustred dark chocolate drops. Not only is this product free from egg and milk, it’s peanut and treenut-free too. The perfect addition to the festive season.

Your Top Vegan Superfoods, from £3.99,

It comes as no surprise that vegans are advised to eat nuts every day given the array of research showing how they ward off ill health and increase life expectancy. But each type of nut has its own nutrient package.

Almonds often top bestselling ‘superfood’ lists followed by cashews. Almonds are recommended for calcium, while cashews are noted for protein, iron and zinc. Walnuts are unique for their omega-3 fat content (they are one of the best plant sources) but also have zinc. At Grape Tree, you can find foods like these, recommended by the Vegan Society, and packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and minerals to boost your health.