So you have taken the leap to become vegan, or maybe you’re just curious. Well, you’re in the right place! These top vegan tips will help you hit the ground running.

Bookmark this page and use it as a vegan reference guide.

1. Lots of things in your kitchen are already vegan

Many of the foods you already own are likely vegan-friendly such as:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Most breads
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Beans
  • Coconut milk
  • Soya sauce
  • Herbs
  • Vegetable stock cubes
  • Couscous
  • Fruit juice
  • Tea and coffee
  • and many more…

Have a look through your cupboards and you might be surprised!

For a huge list of accidentally vegan products you can find in your local supermarket, see: instagram.com/accidentallyveganuk

2. There is a vegan version of everything

Whatever your dietary preference; sausages, cheese, margarine, yoghurt, milk, burgers, fish you will find a vegan alternative for almost everything! 

Why not treat yourself to a plant-based substitute of an old favourite?

Vegan Pizza
Vegan Pizza

Vegan Ice Cream
Vegan Ice Cream

Vegan "Chicken" Pieces
Vegan “Chicken” Pieces

Vegan Sausages
Vegan Sausages

Vegan (Soya) Milk
Vegan (Soya) Milk

Vegan Sausages
Vegan Sausages

Vegan Mac and Cheese
Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Yoghurt
Vegan Yoghurt

Vegan Cheese
Vegan Cheese

Vegan (Almond) Milk
Vegan (Almond) Milk

Vegan Burgers
Vegan Burgers

Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan Mayonnaise

In 2015 our (Veggie Guide) team conducted a survey of hundreds of people at the Leicester Vegan Market and found the online supermarket of choice for vegans was in fact Ocado.

Want to see more? Check out the large range of vegan products at Ocado.

3. Supermarkets now have more vegan products

Supermarkets are increasing their range of vegan products, with great options already in most UK supermarkets. The ‘Free From’ section or ‘Vegetarian’ section in the fridge or freezer isles is a good place to start.

Supermarket Vegan Options

Visit The Vegan Society website for a comprehensive guide to vegan food and drink in popular supermarkets.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff

In the EU, if a product has the label “may contain traces of eggs and milk”, it means this item was most likely produced in a factory that uses these ingredients in other products and it isn’t in the product itself. We suggest you ignore this unless you have an allergy to any of these ingredients.

If you have leather shoes, bags, wool clothes, we recommend you phase them out gradually, you’ve already bought them after all.

As your wardrobe wears out you may need some replacements. There are a growing number of vegan friendly retailers popping up. One of our favourites is Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories Co.

Will's Vegan Shoes and Accessories

5. Experiment with seasonal vegetables

Explore seasonal fruit and veg at your local market or get an organic veg box delivered once a week. This will inspire you to try new recipes. There are some fantastic ideas online at One Green Planet.

6. “Veganise” your favourite recipes

The easiest way to transition to veganism is to think of vegan-friendly versions of foods you already enjoy eating. If you like chicken curry with rice, try instead tofu curry with veg and rice. Shepherds pie with beef? Try replacing the beef with soya mince or lentils and add extra vegetables.

Want some great recipes to get you started? Here are some of our favourite recipe books

Forks over Knives CookbookLearn more about this book Thug Kitchen CookbookLearn more about this book China Study CookbookLearn more about this book

7. Find out where to eat out

Veganism is on the rise and new vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants are popping up all around the world! Check out our UK restaurant directory and see www.happycow.net for international locations (be sure to drop a review on our directory if you try any of the restaurants/cafes listed).

A good tip if you are eating with non-vegan friends is to go to a mainstream restaurant which has both a vegan and regular menu. Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Wetherspoon, Pizza Express, Carluccio’s, Zizzi, Handmade Burger Co, and even Nando’s have great vegan options.

Veganuary has recently collaborated with some of these chains to support new vegans in 2017 and they are offering some appealing vegan discounts this January.

Zizzis voucher for Vegans
2-4-1 on vegan mains at Zizzi

Las Iguanas voucher for Vegans
2-4-1 on vegan mains at Las Iguanas

Handmade Burger voucher for Vegans
50% off food bill at Handmade Burger Co.

Restaurant chains supporting Veganuary

8. Get connected and enjoy the vegan scene

Join a local vegan group in your community, search for them on Facebook or on meetup.com. It’s great to be around like minded people.

Top UK Facebook Groups:

100% Vegan Products UK > 37,000 members
Vegan UK
> 30,000 members
Vegan (Supermarket finds) UK > 27,000 members
Vegan Food UK > 23,000 members
Vegan Special Offers UK > 13,000 members
Vegan Beauty UK > 5,000 members

Top UK city Facebook Groups & Pages:

London Vegans > 6,000 members
Birmingham Vegans > 3,000 members
Vegan Edinburgh and Glasgow > 3,000 members
Leicester Vegetarian and Vegan Group > 2,000 members
Sheffield Vegans and Vegetarians > 2,000 members
Leeds Vegans & Vegetarians > 2,000 members
Nottingham Vegans > 1,000 members

Another way to experience the vegan scene is to attend vegan events. UK listings of vegan fairs can be found on the VEGFEST website.

9. Educate yourself

Where vegans get their protein?… Aren’t vegans deficient in calcium?

You’ll find that when you go vegan, suddenly everyone asks you a lot of questions about nutrition. So it’s important to educate yourself.

Here are a few links to get you started:

10. Stand by your decision

Some people think it’s cool to criticise you for going vegan, but often this is due to their own misconceptions, or guilt about eating animals. Remember that you are doing this for sound, logical reasons; be it to protect your own health, the environment, animals, or to help solve issues like world hunger.

You may be asked some unusual questions, such as “If you were stranded on a desert island with a pig and no other food, would you eat it?” and statements like “Farm animals only exist because we eat them, so eating them is helping the species to survive”.

If you want some quick answers, check out Vegan Sidekick’s humorous illustrations.

Vegan Sidekick
Vegan Sidekick – I’m Going Vegan

Also, if you are interested in learning more about the negative effect of consuming animal products, take a look at our Food Facts resource.

Consuming meat causes a significant increase in BMI compared to those who are meat free One egg per week increases risk of diabetes by 76 percent IGF-1 in cow's milk is linked to cancer epidemic

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. Love this. Thank you! I have just gone vegan this month and though I have read good things, I barely know anyone who eats/lives this way. I now have so much more to go by. Going to share this now! Thanks again!!

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