Veganuary with The Little Green Larder
Making changes to your diet can seem daunting. Being vegan means cutting out all animal products (including meat, cheese, milk, eggs, gelatine, honey, leather etc). This may seem like a lot to change at once, but our team is here to help. Don't hesitate to ask questions about our products like "how do TVP chunks work?" or "does vegan chocolate taste as good as non-vegan chocolate?". We all had to start somewhere so don't be afraid to not know things!
Cutting out meat and dairy can have great health benefits by lowering cholesterol, reducing risks of certain cancers and improving kidney function.
Did you know that the dairy industry contributes heavily to climate change? Producing meat and dairy is said to release more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other type of food production.
It is estimated that moving from current dietary patterns to plant-based diets on a global scale would drastically improve the environmental impact of food production by:
- Reducing land use by 76% (including 19% reduced land use for crop growth, as additional crops are needed to feed cattle)
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49%
- Reducing damage to water supply – with a 50% reduction in acidification, and a 49% reduction in eutrophication.
Read more here.
We are here to help!
At The Little Green Larder, we stock a wide range of vegan alternatives to your every day favourites. These easy switches are tasty and locally sourced - so you are supporting local businesses while helping the environment!.
Meat alternatives sold at The Little Green Larder
Banana blossom, also known as a “banana heart”, is a fleshy, purple-skinned flower, shaped like a tear, which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. It can be battered and fried like a fish fillet. The texture is just like fish - just add salt and vinegar for your own vegan chippy.
TVP or 'Textured Vegetable Protein' chunks are a defatted soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil. They are often used as a meat analogue or meat extender. They are quick to cook, with a protein content comparable to certain meats. TVP is dry and needs to be rehydrated in water or stock before cooking. Check out this recipe for vegan kung pao using TVP chunks.
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit that is perfect as a meat substitute. It has a texture similar to pork and absorbs any flavour you throw at it. Check out this bbq pulled pork made with jackfruit. Delicious on a bread roll with sweet potato fries on the side.
Dairy alternatives sold at The Little Green Larder
Oat milk is a great alternative to cows milk and can be used just the same - in coffee, cereal, baking and more. Plus, our oat milk comes in glass bottles that can be returned to the shop once empty and returned to the supplier for reuse.
Vegan chocolate bars - because face it, no one wants to go through winter without chocolate. They are all so delicious, why not try something a little more out-there like lavender dark chocolate or chilli choc? Check out our chocolate bars in-store.
Who says vegan food has to be boring? Every week we stock new homemade vegan cakes in-store and available for delivery. Treat yourself this Veganuary with some dairy free fudge, rocky road, cupcakes and truffles.
Thank you for reading our blog about Veganuary, we hope you learnt something new and were inspired to try new things. If you are trying a vegan diet this January we hope to see you in store to pick up some vegan treats! Good luck and happy veganing.
The Little Green Larder Team