FOOD & NUTRITION
From Paleo To VEGAN. This Is What I Discovered From Going Vegan For A Month...
Vegans don't just eat lettuce. Here's what happened when Cyntra turned her meaty meals into plant-based plates...
No longer does veganism conjure up images of hippies in sandals. In fact, there is such a hype around 'going vegan' that Deliciously Ella and even Beyoncé are raving about the benefits.
Veganism has taken over social media like a storm, and the number of vegans in the UK have doubled over the last 9 years. Who would have thought that so many people are freely willing to abstain from meat, fish dairy, eggs and even honey! With more and more exposure about the less humane side of farming practices, the environmental impact and the potential health benefits making the move seems to have gained significant momentum.
We caught up with Cyntra Charlesworth, founder of Cyncity to share her experience and insight on just what it takes to go from a meat eating paleo to a plant-based vegan for a month...
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Photo: Lauren Caris Cooks
Avocado Toast: Tasty – especially when served on E5 Bakehouse sourdough.Argan Oil On Toast: A game changer if you miss the butter. Get some delicious bread and drizzle argan oil and season. Delicious!
Indian: Coconut, red lentil and tomato base with a choice of turmeric with garam masala, tikka, cayenne, or a general curry powder. These curries are best had with aubergine, root veg and courgette.
Fusions: With a general base of coconut and tomato I would add different spices from Ras el Hanout or other spices to shake things up.
All of these curries cost me as little at £10 to make about 9 meals. I would make two types of curry and then freeze half. Switching between flavours on different days meant the variety was great. These reduced the difficulty of finding vegan options to eat around where I work – extremely tough sometimes as a lot of places only provided vegetarian options.
Redemption Bar: A purely vegan restaurant. It’s a dining experience as the whole menu is free-from yet they provide three courses, cocktails and desserts that are totally delicious.
Falafel Bar: Situated next to Shoreditch High Street station there is a falafel pop-up run by two lovely Turkish men. They provide crunchy yet soft falafels with sides. Their sauces are made with tahini and other non-animal products. The portions are large portions and the prices are very reasonable.
Cook Daily: Massive bowls of veggie goodness! Quirky names, interesting fillings and my first introduction to ChickN (not sure even now what it was). They are delicious and huge but come at a hefty price of £9.
The Rookery: This awesome bar deserves a shout out! Not typically a vegan restaurant, however they adapted the dishes to my catering requirements wonderfully. The waiter went through each meal with the chef to re-create a selection of mains and sides they could change in order I could eat. Very thoughtful!
Cafe Fleur: Nestled in Wandsworth, this cute little cafe provides a full menu with vegan options dotted throughout. Their tasty 'Vegan Brunch' was colourful and tasty. Great coffee and a perfect atmosphere - this is the perfect spot for the weekend.
Cyntra CharlesWorth, Cyn City Lifestyle Blogger
Photo Credit: Brooke Lark
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