The New Year is the start of new beginnings, new resolutions and new challenges. A common theme this year gaining more traction is 'Veganuary' - transitioning to a meat-free, dairy-free diet for the month of January.
With climate change also a hot topic, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation explains the negative impacts of livestock in terms of land degradation, atmospheric emissions and climate change, water and biodiversity.
Planning meals with no animal products can be difficult enough, but once you start finding great substitutes and become accustomed to packing in flavour other ways, it becomes easier and somewhat more fun!
However, a key challenge when transitioning into a vegan diet is the amount of snacks that from childhood have been the go to products when peckish, suddenly becoming off limits.
You may endeavour on fruitless missions of looking for a vegan friendly symbol or scanning through the ingredients list on packaging in the local shop on a lunch break getting “hangrier” by the minute.
Whilst supermarkets are starting to stock their shelves with more vegan goodies, they are more than likely not doing this because they have suddenly found their long lost moral compasses, but more the fact that there is money to be made and this is reflected in their extortionate pricing.
As the options are still so limited there is no need for a competitive edge just yet to bring these prices down.
This, however, means they are not yet competitively priced against smaller businesses that actually do have good ethics as the foundation of their products.
By using a smaller and local business you are supporting people that are working hard, with ethics and values in mind. We have highlighted some fab companies below, offering yummy vegan treats at special discounted rates - and we'd love to hear your favourites!