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5 Jan 2021 - 4 minutes

Plants, Food & Lifestyle: Master Veganuary For 2021

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Forget greed is good. Green is so much better. Like a calming squeeze of soap water, Veganuary clears the excesses of Christmas and New Year off our plate. And it’s great for the planet too. More people are realizing how 31 days of Vegan living helps us feel, think and act more consciously. This year, in just a few days, the official Veganuary site received over 500,000 signups.

Such pledges can easily grow into a habit. So, are you on board? Giving it a go for the first time, or trying to break your vegan record?

We’re here to spur you on. Reach the finish line and keep going with our delectable tips for vegan inspo, food orders and home living . . .

Local green grub

Not so long ago, the closest you’d come to vegan takeaway was a celery stick with hastily sprinkled salt, offered like a kind of peace rose by a bashful driver. Now, we’re almost spoilt for choice, even throughout lockdown. That means you can rest. Put down that potato peeler. Stop dreaming of avocado stones for one night. These local kitchens have you covered.

Get juicy with Vegan Munch, notorious for their veggie doner wraps and thick smoothies. Beetroot, spinach, kale and fresh fruit have rarely been so energising with a massive straw to suck it all up. Meanwhile on Gibb Street, BA-HA are cooking up a slew of all-day breakfasts, roast dinners and signature ‘bish and chips’ (beer-battered banana blossom). Unlike many restaurants, they’re opening a new venue somewhere in the city – feel free to go hunting on your next jog!

Spread your tastebuds further afield with vegan curry classics from The Himalaya, officially the #2 rated Indian eatery in Birmingham. Or order an Asian-European fusion from Land. A three-course meal for £26 isn’t half bad if you want to lay the table for date night or a lockdown birthday. Drinks pairings are available too, completing the gourmet vibe.

Plants aplenty

You know the phrase “dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” That’s fit for veganism as well. But we aren’t suggesting you roll around in the soil, dressed in a compost sack . . . It’s more about the environment you cultivate, filling your senses and perception with nature. This is healthy for us anyway. Just in the vegan battle, having plants at home does keep us on the straight, green and narrow. You’ll relish the aesthetic and feel more at peace.

Jungle is top of the list for house plant delivery. From zamiifolia and Old Man cacti to pet-friendly bundles (read: no toxins), their range looks incredible, and doesn’t split your budget in half. Shop for planters and potting mix while you’re at it; these sleek ceramics won’t let your room design down. As an added bonus, they offer a discount delivery service for locals.

If you want slightly more choice than the independents, we recommend Flower Vision’s brand of quality plants transported straight from the Netherlands. You have to register for the web shop but it’s worthwhile; whatever you choose will land on your doorstep the next morning, six days a week. Likewise, Easy Plants lives up to its name, featuring granular categories so you find the exact right size, price and species.

Influence to soak in

Every movement needs a few pin-ups. But as health crazes come and go, vegan influencers are more consistent. They embody a stylish, cruelty-free take on the dos and don’ts of diet, fashion and leisure time.

Gaz Oakley is a shining culinary example. The Welsh foodie has amassed hundreds of thousands of fans from his no-frills, behind-the-scenes glimpses at sustainable ingredients, and recipes such as thick vegan gravy. Elsewhere, Nishi Vora is worth a follow for her gut-busting desserts. And over on YouTube, you’ll glean some seasoned advice from Ellen Fisher, who’s been practising veganism for 14 years. Ever wondered how to shop for a medium-to-large family in for the long haul? She’s your best shot at genius.

Yet there’s a lot more to uncover than mealtime or fennel-picking tips. Bodybuilder Nimai Delgado shows just what’s possible with a plant-based regime, pumping us up with intense workouts. Then of course we have the sage words of Earthling Ed, a public speaker discussing topics like our agency in the food chain, animal behaviours and the unfounded feminisation of vegan men. There’s plenty to unpack as you stir that berry smoothie.

All of this should be enough to give you the green light. Good luck! By mastering veganism, you’ll find untold energy and reserves of self-control. Perfect to beat the lockdown blues – but way beyond it too.

Make another positive lifestyle change this year by taking one of our sought-after Manchester apartments. Just call or WhatsApp message us on 07376 047986. Wellbeing, after all, should follow us home, especially when home’s become our only playground.

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