Did you know that November 1st marks World Vegan Day?
The event was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the UK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the organisation's founding.
Over the past decade, the veganism movement has taken the UK by storm, making it easier and more delicious than ever to become vegan.
A decade ago, veganism was like finding a needle in a haystack in the UK. But oh boy, how times have changed! There's been a veggie uprising, and it's been bloomin' marvellous.
More than a Trend
According to a recent MIDSS survey, 72% of Gen Z vegans are committed to sticking with their plant-based lifestyle for at least the next five years. It's interesting to note that while Gen Z is often hailed as an environmentally conscious generation, the primary driver for going vegan among 52% is the pursuit of better health.
Environmental concerns play a role, with 40% of Gen Z vegans believing that their dietary choices positively impact the environment.
Health and the environment have become our buzzwords, and veganism ticks both boxes. Ditching meat and dairy is not just for hippies; it's for everyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle and reduce their carbon footprint. According to the Vegan Society, a vegan diet can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It can also lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Plus, it's a win for the planet, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving water.
Here at Cleverchefs, we've embraced the vegan wave with open arms. Our talented chefs continually develop cracking vegan options, bringing life to veggies and never compromising flavour. Whether you're a lifelong vegan or just giving it a whirl, we've got something good for you.
Have a look at our secondary school menus + vegan options here.
Want to go vegan? Check out ProVeg International, The vegan food plate: A simple guide to healthy vegan nutrition and learn more about healthy and balanced vegan diets.
And if you are vegan or want to dip your toes into veganism, here is a quick and easy vegan recipe.
Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bites:
Dark chocolate chips
Slice the bananas into rounds.
Spread a small amount of peanut butter on half of the banana rounds.
Top with another banana round to make a "sandwich."
Melt some dark chocolate chips and drizzle it over the banana bites.
Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!