VIVA embraces Veganuary

Jessica Ward | 7th January 2019

With veganuary upon us, many of us have been taking up the veganuary challenge in an effort to slim down and shape up!


With record numbers signing up to Veganuary this year, people all over the country will be trying to live on a plant-based diet, at least for a few weeks. With vegan options becoming cheaper and more widespread, the organisers of the initiative now believe 2019 will be the year of the vegan.


An exract taken from states, “There are so many reasons people decide to try vegan. For most, a love of animals is the catalyst. Some people want to feel better about themselves and the impact they make on the world. Others would like to set themselves a challenge, and many combine Veganuary with their ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and see trying vegan as the healthiest start to the year. Whatever your reason, we’re here to support you.”


To make your veganuary that little bit easier, we have been trying a range of vegan foods to help you on your journey. We’ve narrowed down the best foods on the market this year!


Vibrant Vegan

A vegan subscription service delivering flavoursome meals straight to your door, Vibrant Vegan provide globally inspired dishes that are packed with locally sourced, whole plant-based ingredients. They taste delicious and are fabulous for nourishing your mind, body and spirit. They deliver them straight to your door frozen, so you don’t have to think about cooking or eating ridiculously well all week.


Gosh! Vegan Foods

The Gosh! range of plant-based food has grown, with the addition of Goan Cauliflower Bites, Saag Aloo Bites, Smokey Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Sausages and the vivacious Veggie sausages to the line-up.

There are no nasty preservatives, artificial flavours or dodgy colour enhancers in any Gosh! food and they’re all free-from the top 14 allergens including – cereals containing gluten, nuts, egg, milk and soya.


Sacla Reduced Fat Pesto

This healthy pesto has no added sugar, no added salt and around a third less oil than the classic recipe – the UK’s favourite Pesto. And, because they are made with tofu, rather than traditional Parmesan cheese, they’re perfect for vegetarians and vegans too.



CHICP Hummus

This hummus is vegan-friendly and uniquely made from surplus fruits and vegetables. They produce ‘alternative colourful dips’ like you haven’t tasted before. They’re sold in different flavours including beetroot, horseradish & sage, herby, carrot, ginger & tumeric, and even banana chocolate.



Califia Farms Unsweetened Soy Free Almond Milk

The original, artisanally crafted Almondmilk that’s 100% sugar-free and crafted in the sunshine state. Perfect to pour on cereal or granola, blend in smoothies, or use in a wide assortment of recipes, this Unsweetened Almondmilk’s creamy, pure taste will make it a quick staple in your fridge.



Willies Cacao

These are 100% cacao bars, with NO sugar, just sweetened using organic fruit and nuts. They are going down a storm. If you’re not familiar with Willie’s Cacao, Willie Harcourt-Cooze makes all his chocolate in his factory in  Devon. He grows his own cocoa beans on his farm in Venezuela. It’s  bean to bar, single estate chocolate with no nasty additives or preservatives or artificial anything!


Pip & Nut Crunchy Peanut Butter

Spoil your store cupboard with a jar of Pip & Nut’s ridiculously tasty Peanut Butter! Delicious eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, this smooth peanut butter is sugar-free and contains absolutely no palm oil.

Pip & Nut make their peanut butter with a blend of whole nuts, gently roasted to bring out their naturally sweet peanutty flavour. They then add a sprinkling of sea salt – and that‘s it. For a healthy pick-me-up, spread some peanut butter onto apple segments.