Mega Vegan Party
You don’t need to be a nutritionist to become a vegan, but most people who are vegetarian or vegan are, on the whole, more informed about their food choices. People now talk glowingly about plant based eating. From Chrissie Hynde to Moby, who recently opened such a restaurant in L.A. I have just returned from my annual detox. A week of juicing and yoga at Juicy Oasis in Portugal. And, I am feeling inspired to focus more on catering for alternative lifestyles, healthy living and ethical choices at my events.
At least 542,000 people in Britain are now following a vegan diet and never consume any animal products including meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs and honey. This is a whopping increase since the last estimate of 150,000 ten years ago (Ipsos MORI)!!
Now with the abundance of new products on the supermarket shelves, a plant based meal is no longer just a matter of conscience though, but a delicious and healthy way of life. More and more people are becoming aware of this. It makes a good deal of sense to make consideration of their culinary and lifestyle choices when planning a celebration.
Rather than the rather old fashioned way of thinking which usually involves meat substitutes, why not embrace the modern and innovative by celebrating the beautiful produce that can be found in many farmer’s markets and specialist organic shops as well as the more enlightened supermarkets and have yourself a fabulous Mega Vegan Party to lead the way?!
For a real health and beauty boost look at the delicious smoothies you can tempt your friends with. Kick off your Mega Vegan Party with a non-alcoholic smoothie containing cucumber, apple, pear, celery, ginger, fresh mint, lime and spinach – all fave ingredients!
ameliafreer.com whilst not specifically a vegan website, does have many gorgeous ideas to tempt your taste-buds… Look out for her gorgeous fragrant smoothies that you can conjure up with one good whizz of the blender!
Buffets, imaginatively and artistically labelled and arranged, can be a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy, speaking of which, as a result of the fabulously healthy food should be wonderfully full but not remaining so…
Another riotous celebration of tasty, healthy food from the author of ‘Cook. Nourish. Glow’, Amelia Freer.
Our love of Far Eastern, Asian, Indian and Chinese food (and that most of us have easy access to the sometimes unusual ingredients) means that your Mega Vega Glam party has virtually endless combinations of foods and drinks and it is absolutely up to you where you take it!
And if you’d prefer not to have to do all the prepping yourself, there are some new, online companies sprouting forth that will do the work for you! Look for companies that partner with top chefs, celebrities or brands to prepare vegan meals exclusively for delivery service. Plant-based company Beyond Meat now partners with Chef’d, and superstar Beyoncé is championing the idea of nutritious vegan food delivered to your door so you’re in good company…
Another hot trend for 2017 are Fermented Foods – enjoy a bottle of refreshing kombucha, snack on kimchi, or add flavour to your cooking with miso paste.
And as for fries, forget the ubiquitous sweet potato and take a look at avocado, polenta and even banana fries. No doubt you’ve got a spiralizer lurking somewhere in your kitchen. Keep seeking out the imaginative recipes that are exploring the endless healthy possibilities of raw food… And finally, for the savoury fans, seaweed is the new kale! Not only is it environmentally friendly and sustainable, it’s packed with fibre, antioxidants, iodine and good fats, making it the latest darling of the health food world.
Moving on… Pudding pleasers can be found in abundance at the singingvegan on Instagram. And the ultimate sweet toothed treat could just be the most delicious Beet Macaroons @eatkitchentable with pecan creme…
When it comes to dressing your table, have a look at ethically sourced and organic products such as these soy wax scented candles by naturalcollection.com. What better way other than drinking Prosecco could there be than inhaling it?!
It’s now considered seriously chic to be vegan as we stand up to define a more considered and ethical world. Consider your interior design for example. Sustainable and ethically sourced materials don’t have to lack style – in fact they can be more cutting edge than some of the heavily advertised products on the market.
Finally, if you can’t bear not to offer some alcohol at your Mega Vegan Party, it’s worth considering the appeal of biodynamic wines which we referred to in this post: http://www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/cristal-ball-wine-trend-predictions-2017/