The Vegan Society Launches New Nutrition App

Veganuary has just ended and it was very successful, judging by the fact that Nature & Moi cheese completely sold out in my local Tesco! It’s wonderful to see so many people trying veganism, but it’s important to remind anyone transitioning to keep on top of their health.

A well-planned vegan diet leads to healthy, happy people at any age. However, if you’re transitioning and you’re just winging it, you may find yourself lacking in a few key nutrients, namely B12 and omega 3 DHA.

Well, The Vegan Society has your back!

They’ve just released a new app called VNutrition, which will help beginners (and even veteran vegans) keep on track of their health and make sure they’re getting all the nutrients they need.

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The app was developed by The Vegan Society’s in-house dietitian, Heather, who specialises in vegan nutrition. Fun fact: She is the only registered dietitian employed by a vegan organisation in the UK!

Speaking about the app, she said, “The Vegan Society is striving to provide high quality and accessible information about nutrition, and I’m delighted to have been involved in developing VNutrition.

Our alliance with the British Dietetic Association shows just how committed we are to providing reliable education about vegan nutrition and sharing the message that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages.

“The app is based on UK guidelines about healthy eating and the best available evidence around vegan nutrition, and we hope it will help a large number of vegans and the vegan-curious.”

The app features handy hints and colourful illustrations that bring to life the basic principles of vegan nutrition, helping users to learn about portion sizes, getting their 5-a-day, hitting their targets for protein, calcium and omega-3 fat, and ensuring appropriate supplementation.

A simple checklist enables users to assess their nutritional intake, and a progress graph and personalised tips help them to identify areas for improvement.

It can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple store now.

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Difontaine’s Pizzeria In Temple Bar Unveil New Vegan Pizza

Oh my god, the time has come. Difontaine’s Pizzeria in Temple Bar has just unveiled their new vegan pizza! Be still, my rumbling tummy.

The pizzeria made the decision to offer a vegan pizza after gauging interest on their Twitter page:

With 1,075 votes and a resounding 84% YES GIVE US VEGAN PIZZA, they started sourcing ingredients and conducting taste testings with very willing volunteers.

I used to absolutely love Difontaine’s pizza, I made a beeline for it (or Ray’s, depending on how drunk I was – those cobblestones are treacherous in heels!) after every night out when I visited Dublin.

Once I went vegan, I had to say goodbye to many much-loved foods, but I’m so BEYOND happy that I can now have the glorious taste of Difontaine’s back in my life.

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Difontaine’s staff with first customer to try the vegan slice

From what I can gather, the pizza is sprinkled with a Follow Your Heart mozzarella/parmesan mix with their own cashew ricotta. Early accounts (the pizza is available on the menu from 5pm today) have said that it tastes absolutely amazing. I don’t doubt it one bit.

If you’re looking for more vegan pizza to try, check out my article on 3 other places to get pizza in Dublin!

The Happy Pear Releases Brand New Oven Bakes

I’ve loved The Happy Pear since the first moment I saw their smiling faces on the cover of their fantastic cook book. I’m fairly certain they’re the most positive guys in the country, not to mention the healthiest!

Their business prowess seems to know no bounds as well, as they’ve just released a new branch of their brand – oven bakes! I have to say, they look DELISH!

The Happy Pear oven bakes
Source: The Happy Pear Twitter page

The new bakes come in three flavours; Shepherdless Pie, Tomato and Sweet Potato Bake and Veggie Lasagne. Apparently each bake provides 2 to 4 of your five a day and they’re ALL less than 450 calories!

The bakes are available in SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide, as well as the official Happy Pear food stores of course.

The Happy Pear oven bakes
Source: The Happy Pear Twitter page

NOTE! The Veggie Lasagne and Sweet Potato Bake are NOT vegan, they’re vegetarian as they contain cheese, so make sure to be aware when you’re checking these out! This is unfortunate, but at least the Shepherds Pie (my FAVOURITE meal) is vegan friendly.

The Happy Pear are currently running a competition on their Twitter page where you can win six packets of your favourite flavour! Make sure to enter 🙂

Provide 50 Days Of Clean Water With Loresk

I love the oak tree in my parent’s garden, it’s been there for almost 3 decades and it grows stronger every year, despite rain and lightning and that time I almost drove my brother’s quad bike up its trunk! Any time I see oak leaves I think of home.

I am so lucky to live where I do, but others have homes far away from me and they aren’t so lucky. Some don’t have even half of the things I have, let alone basic essentials, like water. Water is the great equaliser – rich or poor, good or bad, we all need it to survive. It’s a human right and so many people struggle to obtain it. Some people need to walk 6km per day to collect clean water. Can you imagine? Something we take so for granted is an every day struggle to people in other countries.

The bad news is that this won’t change quickly, but the good news is that you can help! Loresk is a company I discovered a few weeks back; its mission is to spread awareness and to raise money for people who desperately need clean water.

For every product on Loresk’s online shop sold, a portion of the price is donated to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation who send water purification packets to areas in need. This provides 50 days of clean water.

According to their website, the packets contain “a powdered mixture that removes pathogenic microorganisms and suspended matter, making previously contaminated water clean”. All their products are cruelty free, so you’d be helping humans and animals alike! As if that wasn’t good enough, the company is also an ally of the we are allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

I bought this agate bracelet from them at a cost of €13.73, which isn’t a lot when you take into consideration what that money will mean to a family in need. All the beads are black except the blue one which represents the clean water being provided by the purchase. It just arrived yesterday with a handwritten note thanking me for my purchase and explaining what it meant, as well as a free hat. I’m not a hat girl, but I’ll sure be wearing this one! I was having a really terrible day and receiving this just reminded me how blessed I am and to be so grateful for what I have.

DiFontaine’s Pizza In Dublin To Launch Vegan Pizza

Yes, you read that right, and yes it is the best news either of us has heard all year!

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Picture from Trip Advisor

Before I went vegan, I LOVED DiFontaine’s pizza. It was the perfect slice of salty, greasy goodness after a night of heavy drinking in The Czech Inn. I love my new vegan life (and I wouldn’t touch dairy cheese with a barge pole now), but I’m absolutely delighted to hear that a restaurant I used to love is getting with the vegan program!

It’s always so disheartening to walk past restaurants and cafés that used to be favourite haunts in the past, so when one of those businesses decides to cater for their lost vegan customers it’s a time to rejoice!

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I heard about this news from the Veg Huns Instagram account (@veghuns). Make sure to give them a follow if you’re an Irish vegan – they always have great news and plenty of fabulous pictures of gorgeous vegan food!