If you’re a new vegan, thinking of becoming vegan, or looking to cater for the vegans in your life, here are a few reasons why the summer season is the ideal time to start with Veganuary
Summertime: it’s still here and even the UK is enjoying a bit of extra vitamin D. The warm weather is a great excuse to spend some time outside with friends and family. Whether you’re packing up for a picnic, or lighting the coals in the garden, food is usually at the heart of any gathering, so why not make your menu cruelty-free?
When you think of a barbecue, most people will think burgers and hot dogs, right? As vegans, this is something we can get on board with. You can choose to make your own patties – and our recipe section has plenty to try out – or you can opt for some of the many meat-free alternatives available in the freezer sections of your usual supermarket. The Linda McCartney range has a number to choose from, whether you’re after a classic quarter pounder or a pulled-pork style slider. Iceland’s No Bull burgers are proving popular for all the right reasons and many meat-eaters wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
As for toppings? Dairy-free cheese slices, tofurky bacon, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, mustard and of course gherkins. Especially the gherkins!
Corn on the cob is delicious finished off on the grill, and you can top it with vegan butter, olive oil or just enjoy the natural charred sweetness.
Speaking of sweets, make a few slices in a skin-on banana, squash in your favourite chocolate, wrap in foil and place on the barbecue for a few minutes. Unwrap for a gooey dessert you can top with nuts, fresh fruit, dairy-free cream or ice-cream.
Warmer temperatures usually mean we’re less inclined to crave hot, stodgy food and want fresher, lighter alternatives. Salads don’t have to be boring though, and using a mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, pulses and grains, you can create a filling meal or colourful side dish, packed with vitamins and minerals, protein and fibre. Experiment with oils, vinegars, mustards and sauces to dress your salads with.
3. Ice Cream and Ice Lollies
Thank the frozen treat gods – there is an abundance of tasty ice lollies and ice creams suitable for vegans now available. Swedish Glace, Ben & Jerry’s, Alpro and Booja Booja all have some creamy, flavour-filled ice creams that you won’t want to share.
Sometimes, however, only an ice lolly will do. Iceland’s SoLo watermelon juice lollies, Aldi’s Rocket Lollies and Co-Op’s Swirly Pops are all similar to childhood favourites and are handy to have in your freezer for little – and big – kids alike.
Nothing says summer more than a big jug of Pimms and lemonade, possibly while watching Wimbledon and eating strawberries and cream. What you might not know is that Pimms Number 1 is actually suitable for vegans! It’s the perfect, refreshing drink for sunny afternoons with friends and family. And if you’re still in the festival mood? The ready-made cans of Pimms and lemonade are also vegan. All you’ll need are some slices of cucumber, strawberry and mint for the full effect.
5. That Summer Glow
Pimms and cheeseburgers aside, a healthy and balanced vegan diet will benefit you inside and out – it’s good for us, good for the animals and good for the planet too!
Try vegan with us
Thinking about going vegan? You can use Veganuary’s website to find everything you need to get you started – and make sure you tag us with your delicious meals using our hashtag #VeganuaryEats on Instagram