Religious or not, many of us still embrace the spirit of Easter – although, let’s face it, most of us are just here for the chocolate! The humble Easter egg brings joy to kids around the world (and us adults too!), with scavenger hunts and indulgent “eat ‘til you feel sick” afternoons, you’ll be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t want to join in. Add to this some meaty roast dinners, huge family BBQs and all-round feasts, and you’ll have yourself a rather carnivorous long weekend.
But what happens if you don’t eat chocolate, eggs or meat? Well, for those of us who choose to avoid animal products, this might be a little daunting.
Want to celebrate Easter a little differently this year? We’ve put together some handy tips to help you enjoy a vegan Easter – no guilty eggs attached!
What is Veganism?
Veganism isn’t all about food – it’s an increasingly popular lifestyle choice around the world. True veganism means steering clear of anything that is derived from animals, contains ingredients that are derived from animal sources, or is tested on animals. Being vegan means “zero cruelty” towards animals, in all aspects of life.
Although most vegans share a common approach to the lifestyle, the reasons behind their choices may be a little different. For some, being vegan is a way of life that protects and respects the lives of animals, for others it may be the start of a better, healthier lifestyle, for the rest it could mean paving the way to saving our planet. Whatever the reason, veganism is a choice millions of people now make and the trend continues to grow each year, with over 20% of the world’s population currently choosing a meat-free lifestyle.
Help others understand your choices
Veganism is no longer under the radar. In fact, you may be surprised to see just how many companies now cater for vegans, and we’re not just talking about food! From skincare to cosmetics and even clothing, veganism is a fast-growing market – especially here in Australia, where, according to Google trends, it was the most popular country for veganism in 2018, with 2.25 million Aussies choosing to follow a vegan lifestyle.
Despite this, other non-vegans may find it difficult to understand the difference in lifestyle choices, especially since meat is the focus of many traditional family meals (meat and two veg, anyone?!) As much as we all love our families and friends, it may take a little persuasion to help them appreciate the vegan way of life.
You may want to start by simply explaining why you’ve chosen to become a vegan, or, (if you’re uncomfortable with getting personal) letting them know the many great benefits of following a vegan diet and lifestyle (there’s lots of great health benefits besides the obvious ones!) Helping others to understand more about veganism might make things a little easier for everyone – well, at least you can say you tried!
Friends and family might find it difficult to cater to your new animal-free diet or may have tried but just didn’t quite get there. Sometimes, the simplest things are the easiest to forget, such as using meat stock for gravies and sauces, baking using dairy products or gifting you an oh-so-delicious Easter egg containing, you guessed it, cow’s milk. Once you look harder, you’ll find that animal products are in a large number of packaged goods, so you may need to have some patience and give others a little more time to adjust to your needs (and time to read the ingredients lists too!)
The best way to avoid stress? Be prepared! Having a family roast dinner? Bring your own nut roast and vegetable gravy. Attending a BBQ? Make a delicious meat-free salad. Don’t want to offend your Nan? Bake a vegan dessert! Whatever food you can bring to the table will help to ease the stress for both yourself and others… and it may actually impress (vegan hot-cross buns are a thing people!)
If you’re a true-blue vegan, you’ll be well aware of some of the delicious alternatives on offer. From meat substitutes, nut milks and butters, to vegan chocolate, there’s heaps of amazing alternatives available to make sure you don’t miss out on the good stuff!
But it’s not all about the food, remember? Make your Easter and all-round cruelty-free event by updating some age-old traditions and get the kids involved too! For egg decorating, simply replace hen’s eggs with wooden, wool or paper mache eggs and decorate using natural paints or dyes. To add to the mess (argh!), why not bake some vegan cupcakes or sugar cookies and decorate with a simple, naturally coloured drizzle icing?
Bringing your own vegan alternatives will not only help to remove some of the stress but will also bring some added fun to the party, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the Easter spirits (wine is vegan, right?!) whilst keeping the kids thoroughly entertained (allbeit in a total mess!)
Gift something different: Vegan skincare
Gifting for a vegan friend or family member this Easter? Why not try something a little different and give the gift of cruelty-free skincare.
Here at KIATA, we are dedicated to curating cruelty-free, vegan and organic formulas for all of our skincare products. Not only do our products contain zero animal-derived ingredients, we’re also strongly against animal testing which is why we can proudly claim that all of our products are cruelty-free.
From our gentle, exfoliating Deluxe Cream Cleanser with Papaya to our everyday, free-radical fighting Secret Infusion Day Cream with a trio of Australian plums, KIATA Skincare is certified natural and organic to guarantee our commitment to providing sustainably sourced, ethical skincare.
However you’re spending this Easter, make sure you don’t miss out. And who knows, you may start a new family trend!
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