Going vegan doesn't mean you have to give up food you enjoy. Here are five vegan influencers who want you to love food as much as they do
When you decide to go vegan (here are six reasons why you should), or if you’ve been vegan for a while, it can be hard to know how to have a varied diet. No one wants to eat the same thing every night and, as nice as they are, chickpeas everyday can become boring. However, Instagram has the answer, in the form of five vegan influencers who aim to make being vegan tasty, varied and affordable.
Starting off with perhaps the best vegan account on Instagram, we have Fit Green Mind. Maya, from Germany, has amassed 3 million subscribers and regularly updates her page with vegan recipes that allow you to have meals that aren’t aiming to taste as good as the meat equivalent but aim to taste better.
"Meals that aren’t aiming to taste as good as the meat equivalent but aim to taste better"
Many of her meals can be made on a budget too (her chana masala was a staple meal of my uni experience), so there’s no need to buy vegan substitutes, which can often be expensive.
Another vegan influencer trying to make being vegan more varied is Max La Manna, an American chef. He, as the name of his cookbook states, wants to make it clear that "You can cook this!" whether it’s a Chickpea "tuna" sandwich or cauliflower popcorn. La Manna is especially popular in the UK, where he now lives.
He and FitGreenMind also have collaborated in the past to make Linguine which is definitely not worth missing.
There's more to vegan food than the stereotype of salad. Credit: Elena Daneleiko
Best of Vegan want to ensure that, if you choose to follow a vegan diet, you don’t have to give up food you love or food from your culture. The page scours the internet for the best vegan accounts and recipes and curates them for you, to give you top quality vegan content.
"You don’t have to give up food you love or food from your culture"
There are recipes for everything from vegan “jerk” chicken on their page to a vegan birthday cake, so you can find recipes for any occasion.
It's never to late to start incorporating vegan foods into your diet. Credit: jacoblund
While Plant Based Arab, run by Waseem, is one of the smaller vegan accounts (if you can call 10,000 followers small), he is, by far, one of the best. He is out to prove that Arabic cuisine is very vegan friendly and his best example of that are his Palestinian cauliflower fritters (mshaatt) which you can have with a breakfast mezze or by themselves with dagga.
Check out his account before it inevitably becomes one of the most followed vegan accounts on Instagram, so you can say you’ve been there since the beginning.
Many vegan recipes are great for the whole family, as they are very nutritious. Credit: LightFieldStudios
Similar to @bestofvegan, Good Old Vegan searches the internet and collates all of the best vegan recipes it can find. It aims to give you good vegan food, whatever the occasion, whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner.
"It aims to give you good vegan food, whatever the occasion"
Check out its recipe for orange-sesame tofu and cauliflower for a quick meal at the end of the day or a meal you can serve up, if you have some friends over.
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