Veganuary Update, Favourites + Giveaway

Friday, January 20, 2017
Veganuary Update
First of all, let's give you a little background information about me. I'm a vegetarian and I have been since I was around 11 or 12 years old *I can't really remember the exact date now* but I haven't always been the best vegetarian and even my dad terms my diet 'carbohydrarian' as I adore pasta, well, all the carbs and I didn't always love veggies as I do now.

Flash back to December 2015 and I was in full on vegetarian christmas mode which basically means eating all the chocolate, cheesy and creamy pasta and sweets but then I noticed bloggers on Twitter talking about this thing called 'veganuary' and I was intrigued so I deceived to take part and I was on Amazon looking for vegan cookbooks before you could say 'what's veganuary?'. Through my searching I discovered the cookbook that made switching to a vegan diet the first time round so easy and fun; it also made my diet much more varied compared to my vegetarian diet - that cookbook was Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz *go and buy it now*.

When I decided to become a vegetarian at a very young age, my parents were naturally quite concerned and there was the same reaction when I started to cut out dairy and eggs from my diet as well for veganuary but they soon realised how healthy and varied my new diet was. If you are in the same position I was as a vegetarian who was stuck in a rut, if you want to eat healthier or lose weight then definitely look into a vegan diet and I cannot stress enough how much Isa's cookbooks helped me through the process as it is quite a big dietary change - she doesn't use really hard to find ingredients or superfoods, just delicious vegan recipes with great ingredients.

Enough with the flashback now, veganuary so far this year for me hasn't been quite as successful as I have had the temptation of all of the christmas chocolates just staring at me around the house and I've had the worst period pain recently *TMI sorry* and we all know that the solution is chocolate and comfort food which to me includes noodles, chocolate and pasta but ignoring the little slip-ups last week (and by slip-ups I mean a few heavenly ferrero rochers), I am loving being back on a vegan diet. I feel better about what I'm eating, I'm loving discovering some of my favourite recipes from last year and I've discovered vegan chocolate (the Tesco free from milk chocolate) which is heavenly when melted over raspberries.
Veganuary Update
I was very kindly sent the loveliest veganuary package from the super generous people at Lush including the gorgeous Happy Hippy Shower Gel, Intergalactic Bath Bomb *which is one of my favourites* and two books which I have already read (you can see my ratings on GoodReads) and I'll have the full reviews in my January Reading Wrap-up post at the end of the month.

I was also sent some delicious Nakd bars which I've raved about on my veggie food blog and I can't recommend them enough as they are such healthy, yummy and portable vegan snacks (the Nakd Nibbles are so good too). The Burts Lentil Waves are also perfect vegan snacks, especially the lightly salted and thai sweet chilli flavours! Both Nakd bars and Burts Lentil Waves have been my go to snacks - you need to try them now. For quick weekday meal options, check out the super easy Thai Taste Easy Thai Green and Red Curry Kits and their rice noodles which I've bought myself and love as part of a veggie stir-fry!

I've already posted some vegan recipes on my blog including vegan mac 'n' cheese and vegan chocolate/cinnamon rolls! I'll have a couple of vegan basics posts as well as my favourite vegan beauty brands coming soon including Antipodes, Lush and Tisserand so stay tuned!

Now for the giveaway: the prize for my latest giveaway includes the Thai Taste Curry Kits and Burts Lentil Waves which are perfect healthy snacks! It's only open to UK residents (sorry!) and you have until the 1st February to enter. To enter all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:


Are you taking part in Veganuary this month? What are your favourite vegan or natural products/brands? What are your favourite Lush products? 

54 comments

  1. ive tried nakd bars, they are lovely!

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  2. I've tried Burt's crisps but not the Lentil Waves.

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  3. I'm not going fully vegan for January but I am eating vegan more often. I love nakd bars, especially the choc orange ones.

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  4. I absolutely love nakd bars. They've saved me many a time when I'm out and starving :)

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  5. ive tried but its so hard, to be totally vegan i think i need more off an insight into what i can i can't have. ive tried most of the items in your bundle my fave is the nak'd bars there delicious

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  6. Yes I am!I love nakd bars, I eat them almost daily!

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  7. I'm looking at going vegan soon. And I love the Burts Lentils waves! They're something different & extremely tasty! Haven't tried the nakd bars yet.

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  8. I've tried Burts chips and they are delicious. I'm not taking part in Veganuary but I'm going to definitely try and go Vegan in 2017.

    Kirsty Fox

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  9. my kids absolutely love the Nakd bars and such a better alternative as a snack- Ann Marie Gould

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  10. I am! I've tried Burt's Chips but not the other brands - would love to give them a whirl!

    Elizabeth Hinds

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  11. Yep I am, love Burt's chip but not tried the other brands- although I have been wanting to!

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  12. I've been vegan for years! And yes, I have tried most brands

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  13. I'm vegetarian and have tried burts chips. They're so good

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  14. I used to be vegan but cannot remember why but went back to vegetarian, its all good x

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  15. I an not vegan but enjoy vegetarian and vegan food have tried the nakd bars

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  16. I've been vegan for years, so, yes! I've tried Burt's crisps and the Nakd bars, and very nice they are too.

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  17. I've tried nakd bars, but am not doing Veganuary.

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  18. I haven't tried anything yet

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  19. I always eat Burts Crisps...they're awesome.

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  20. I have tried the naked bars, the berry ones are gorgeous

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  21. I try to eat vegan about 50% of the time, throughout the years. Never tried Burts Crisps but they look great. Love nakd bars.

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  22. I've tried naked bars, they're yummy!

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  23. Yes, i've tried Nakd bars and i love them! I'm currently doing dry January so no. But it is something i may consider doing in the future

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  24. Ive tried burts chips, would love to try the naked bars x

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  25. ive tried nakd bars and burts chips x

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  26. Ive tried Burts crisps and they are delicious. I also love Nakd bars. Fab giveaway. As a transitioning vegan I would love to win. Fingers crossed x

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  27. i have not tried but they do look yummy, its not something I am doing this year as I feel it needs some research as I have a family to feed also but is something I would like to try maybe next year or possibly later in the year

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  28. I'm not taking part this year though I am trying to cut down on my dairy. I've been veggie for 30+ years and dabbled with veganism, but shamefully never made the final leap. I love nakd bars for a burst of healthy energy during the day - the banana bars are particularly yummy!

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  29. No but I love the health benefits of vegan foods. The lentil curls are amazing and a lovely alternative to crisps.

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  30. I've trying to go vegan but one step at a time as I don't think rushing in to it will be the way to go for me. I have tried some Nakd bars but would like the try the others too.

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  31. I'm doing Veg January instead :) I've tried the Nakd bars - so good!

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  32. I've tried several of the Nakd bars. They're all so yummy:-)

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  33. I've tried Nakd & Burts but haven't done the whole Veganuary thing, we do have vergetarian days as a family but not vegan

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  34. No but I did do a few more veggy meals Like the nakd bars, not tried the others

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  35. I've tried and love the Nakd bars, the lentil crisps sound lovely

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  36. I have tried the nakd bars but I couldn't go vegan completely I look cheese to much 💕

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  37. I love those lentil wave crisps, they are so moorish!

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  38. i like nakd bars tried as my sis in law dairy intolerant

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  39. Yes I sure am. I love Nakd bars eat them all the time always have a spare in my handbag for on the go x

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  40. I'm not taking part in Veganuary and I have tried Burt's Chips before.

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  41. No because I'm doing Dry January, don't think my body could do the shock of no alcohol and meat at the same time, but going to it in February. Not tried any of the products as yet.

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  42. I am certainly taking part in Veganuary. I do it every year. I am already a very strict vegetarian and could quite happily become vegan on a permanent basis.

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  43. I'm trying I really wanna cut meat out

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  44. I am not taking part but I have cut meat mostly out of my diet to be healthier. I only eat meat twice a week so once I'm used to this maybe I will cut it totally out. I eat the NAKD bars now, I love them xx

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  45. I've tried the Burts lentil waves and I absolutely love them

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  46. ive tried nakd bars, they are nice, I don't eat much meat anyway

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  47. I have tried burts chips and they're soooo yummy!

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  48. I love Lush & nakd bars, especially the Bakewell tart ones! I've been reducing the amount of animal products I consume & will continue to do so. I enjoy coming up with new recipes & trying new foods!

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