UK Veganuary tips

A few plant-based tips for those in the UK:

  • 👓 Lots of things are vegan but don’t say they’re vegan, so you’ll get good at skimming ingredients (watch out for milk, lactose, eggs, gelatine, honey and … meat)
  • 🧈 Flora’s main spreads are now dairy free – it tastes the best
  • 🥛 Oatly Barista Edition Oat Milk is next level, Alpro Soya (milk, cream and yoghurt) is a good staple for cereal, with a decent level of protein
  • 🎲 Cauldron Marinated Tofu is a perfect gateway tofu, much different from the “bad” tofu experiences you may have had
  • 📸 Follow @accidentallyveganuk on Instagram to see all the amazing things coming out 
  • 🧀 Some vegan cheeses are awful, the Mature Violife and Violife slices are pretty good at melting
  • 🥘 Everyone loves the Bosh cook book (try the cashew korma!)
  • 🥐 Treat yourself to a Greggs vegan sausage roll on a rainy day
  • 🍝 Most chain restaurants now have vegan food (Lentil Ragú at Zizzi!)
  • 🐮 To find independent places use Happy Cow
  • 🍲 Hellman’s Vegan Mayo is very mayo-y
  • 🥗 Sainsbury’s has the best veggie mince 
  • 🍔 Try a Beyond Burger from Tesco
  • 🟤 Red Bisto is vegan…
  • 👩‍⚖️ Our Freezer is always filled with Linda McCartney sausages (some aren’t vegan so check the packet), also try their hoisin duck kit, complete with pancakes.
  • 💦 Get a Vegan B12 spray, most people are B12 malnourished, most B12 in meat comes from supplements nowadays
  • 🌭Honorary mention for Tofu Wieners (from Waitrose)

You may accidentally slip up and have misread ingredients, it’s not the end of the world, so just keep trying!

If you’re travelling in January, I made a free app, V Cards, that says you’re vegan in over 100 languages! Perfect to show to the chef / wait staff when abroad –

Most of all, enjoy it 🙂

Ben 🌱

p.s. I published this on LinkedIn, with plenty discussion in the comments

Abseiling out of Brighton’s i360 observation tower – in 360!

Best viewed on a mobile device – open on YouTube.

This weekend I abseiled out of Brighton’s BA i360 – I was the third member of the public ever to leave the pod – and the first with a 360 camera on my head!

The abseil was to raise money and awareness for local children’s charity – Rockinghorse. You can donate safely, quickly and securely through my Just Giving page. A massive thank you to everyone who supported me so far! In total all participants have raised over £40,000!

Thanks to the team at the i360 and Belay Ropes for keeping us safe, comfortable and calm all the way down!

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My 2017 – One Second Every Day

Some highlights:

  • 💍 Got engaged!
  • 🎢 Went to 10 theme parks
  • 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 Hired seven new people at Ocasta
  • 🚀 Launched a product – Oplift
  • 🥇 Won some awards
  • 🏡 Moved house
  • 🚁 Bought a drone (cliché but fun!)
  • 🍺 Full year without any booze

I hope you enjoyed your 2017 as much as I did!

Here’s last year’s – #2016.

Put together using –

🎶 Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Le Boeuf Remix) by Le Boeuf
🎶 In The Hall Of The Mountain King by Aura Vortex