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Five veggie-friendly Instagram accounts to follow for serious foodspiration

By Sarah Finnan

January 14, 2020 at 4:25pm


The start of a new year brings with it a whole host of health resolutions, with many people using the occasion to take a serious look at their diet – honing in on their consumption of meat and other animal products in particular.

Some have gone the whole hog by partaking in Veganuary, while others are still toying with the idea and simply dipping their toes in the plant-based food pool and going veggie.

Adapting to a vegan/vegetarian/flexitarian lifestyle can take a little getting used to and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting to dinner time only to realise you’re fresh out of ideas.

I personally love cooking and baking (and working with flour…cue the iconic Nadine Coyle clip), but sometimes find myself making the same old thing time and time again.

One place you’re guaranteed to find endless amounts of foodspiration is Instagram; it’s a treasure trove of recipe videos, cooking demos and perfectly timed homemade brunch pics.

Here are a few of my top recs for vegan/veggie meals.

Natural Born Feeder

The brainchild (or food-baby if you will)  of Rozanna Purcell, Natural Born Feeder is the place to go for some serious food envy. You'll find any amount of recipes here from her famous chickpea scramble (like scrambled eggs but tastier) to vegan shortbread biscuits and apple cinnamon rolls.

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls 😍 If you haven’t had enough desserts by now then here is one of the most delicious desserts I’ve made, the problem is not eating them all in one go 🙊 Ingredients 1 sheet of vegan puff pastry 100g vegan butter 4 tbsp. coconut sugar or cane sugar 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 small brambly apples peeled and diced into small chunks (1 cm) 100g icing sugar 2-3 tbsp. water Method Preheat oven to 200°C It’s important to follow the pastry instructions. E.g. Thaw properly and leave sit before rolling and baking for optimum results. In a bowl combine the (solid) sugar, cinnamon and vegan butter. Roll out the puff pastry flat and spread over the sugar butter evenly. Sprinkle over the apple pieces, coating the sugar butter. Roll up the pastry and cut into 3-4-inch slices. Place in a baking dish stacked tightly beside one another or separate on a baking tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before icing. For the icing, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add the water 1 tbsp. at a time to reach a thick creamy consistency and then drizzle over the rolls. #naturalbornfeeder #vegan #recipe #cinnamonrolls #goodfood #dessert #Christmas

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Who could resist? I recently invested in her third cookbook and can confirm, everything is DELICIOUS.

Oh Happy Veggie 

Run by Aisling, Oh Happy Veggie (and her vegan cake business account Oh Happy Treats) will give you food-spiration with a hefty heaping of #wanderlust too.

I peruse her feed on the regular.

Banana bread, peanut butter and chia jam is a bit of me.

The Fake Vegan

Ciara McNulty is the face behind The Fake Vegan. A future dietician, and trainer at Perpetua Fitness, her feed is colourful, aesthetically pleasing and informative.

The trifecta of Instagram accounts.

Her NYC content also makes me want to move to the Big Apple immediately.

The Food Medic

An Irish doctor based in London, Hazel is probably best known as the Food Medic. A published cookbook author and podcast host, she has a serious love for Crossfit and overflowing lunchboxes. Her meal prep skills are something to aspire to. She's also great for myth-busting common health and fitness queries.

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#LBC is back for the first lunchbox of 2020. This recipe is #vegan for any one who is taking part in #veganuary or simply would like to add more plants to their diet 🌱 The dressing is made with almond butter but you can swap to tahini if any nut allergies. INGREDIENTS 1 broccoli head, washed, cut into florets 2 courgette, cut into rounds 1 red onion, sliced 3 big handfuls of kale, sautéed or steamed 60g almonds, halved Tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed Olive oil FOR DRESSING 2 tablespoons of almond butter juice from 1/2 lemon 1 tsp soy sauce 2-3 tablespoons of warm water Salt (to season) Method 1️⃣ Preheat oven to 180c 2️⃣ Add Broccoli, courgette and veg to a baking tray. Roast for 30-35 mins. 3️⃣ meanwhile make dressing by adding ingredients to a blender and blending until smooth - add more water until desired consistency achieved. 4️⃣ Place chickpeas and almonds on another tray and place in the oven for the final 10 mins. 5️⃣ add the kale (or greens of choice) to 3 lunchboxes, and divide roast veg, chickpeas + nuts, and dressing between the three.

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The biggest diet trends (and fads) of the decade. 2010 👶🏻 The baby food diet, popularised by Jennifer Anniston (oh, Jen) which involves swapping meals for baby food. 2011 🥬 Gwenyth Paltrow demonstrates kale chips​ on ELLEN + since then, the leafy green has known no peace. 2012 🥑clean eating, a term used to describe consuming only whole, unprocessed foods, boomed during this time and we saw the publication of many #wellness cook books. Interestingly, instagram became wildly popular at this time. 2013 🥖 This year was dubbed the international year of quinoa right alongside our fear of gluten. While gluten free diets are essential for the health of those w/ coeliac disease, ​a ​2013​ study reported 65% of Americans think ​gluten​-​free​ foods are healthier +​ 27% choose ​them for weight loss. Side note: gluten is not harmful or fattening. 2014 🍗The paleo diet outlines that we should eat like our ancestors the caveman. This diet is heavy on meat and certain vegetables, but restricts ​foods like dairy, legumes, + sugar. The rise of low carb, high fat diets mirrored this trend - incl. stirring butter/oil into coffee. 2015 📱This year saw a rise in calorie counting apps such as myfitness pal, coconut oil (on everything), matcha tea + bone broth. 2016 💩 Tea-toxes 👉🏼the new generation of diet supplement claiming to detox or cleanse, reduce bloating, + aid weight loss. There is no evidence to back up these claims and they often come with unpleasant side effects #PooTea. 2017 🥩 Keto, or the “ketogenic diet,” is a high-fat, low-carb diet spiked popularity. Although there are some specific medical cases where the keto diet can be effective (e.g. childhood epilepsy) it certainly isn’t an elixir of health as there are numerous risks related to it. 2018 🍭 Kimmy K appetite suppressant lollipops, CBD oil, intermittent fasting (IF) and celery juice dominated 2018. 2019 🌱This year saw a big increase in those adopting vegan diet + while the ​environmental + ethical case for a vegan diet is compelling, this diet should not be considered a fad or weight loss diet or done without careful planning. IV vitamin therapy also became very popular. A very popular + dangerous fad💉

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Ugly Vegan

Special mention goes to Ugly Vegan for reminding us that more often than not, the 'gram is just the highlight reel and just because your dinner doesn't look insta ready doesn't mean it doesn't taste good. Or deserve a square on your feed for that matter. Hilarious...albeit a little disturbing at times.

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BAKED BEAN SUSHI (📸: @poog1rl)

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Don't say I didn't warn you.

Those are just a few of my favourite accounts to follow online -search vegan/veggie and you'll find a long list of others. Let me know if there are any I'm missing out on...always in favour of more food content.

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