Veganuary may be over for 2021 but it is never too late to convert to a healthier lifestyle this year. ALT suggests try a few dishes at a time, perhaps once a week. But to get you started especially if you have a taste for African or Caribbean flavours we have found some of the best Vegan chefs on the net. Since 2014 UK-based charity Veganuary encourages people to become vegans for the whole of January. Veganuary revealed that 582,538 people signed up for 31 days of a vegan diet in 2021 which is the highest number yet.
A vegan diet means not only being an ethical consumer and benefiting the environment, but also benefiting your own health. Health benefits of a vegan diet include lowered blood sugar level and enjoying a diet that is richer in nutrients, whilst helping to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and help with weight loss.
Here are our FAB 5 vegan chefs:
@love. vegan.soul – https://www.afrovegansociety.org Jessica Carter
Jessica Carter is a vegan recipe developer and wellness educator on a mission to make plant-based eating more accessible for everyone. She began transitioning to a plant-based diet in 2011 after learning about the unethical practices in the food and agriculture industries. Jessica committed to vegan living in 2016 out of a desire to align her choices more closely with her values and feeling called to teach people how to achieve the greatest quality of life through plant-centered living.
She created her plant-powered brand, Love Vegan Soul, to explore global flavors, ingredients, and plant-based traditions through food and travel. Her recipes have been featured on FOX45 Baltimore, Fox 5 DC, Let’s Talk Live, and Good Morning Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Ohio University in 2009 and completed her certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in March 2019.
@sisterwomanvegan – https://www.sisterwomanvegan.com/ Safiya Robinson
@sisterwomanvegan vegan is a Black centered plant-based social enterprise exploring wellness through food.
Founded by Safiya Robinson sisterwomanvegan use plant-based food as its medium, aim is to support holistic healing through three tenets: community, education, and mindfulness.
Through writing, supper clubs, cooking lessons and community events, Safiya seeks to empower us to think more critically about the food that we eat and begin to repair our relationships with food, (and each other, and ourselves), that patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy have disrupted.
@vegannigerian – https://www.vegannigerian.com/ Tomi Makanjuola
Tomi Makanjuola is an award-winning blogger and chef. She runs The Vegan Nigerian, a platform dedicated to making Nigerian cuisine and the vegan/plant-based lifestyle accessible to members of her community and beyond. The Vegan Nigerian began as a blog in 2013 and has since evolved to include pop-up restaurants, workshops, and cookbooks.
Veganezer is a recipe creator, from London, UK, who loves the challenge of veganizing classic favorites in the kitchen! He has been showcasing his content on Instagram – @veganezer – since March 2019 and has gained over 12.1k followers on this journey. Followers enjoy recreating his recipes and watching his fun dance moves as he tastes his new, veganized dishes. His aim is to show that delicious vegan meals can be quick, easy, and fun to create.
Veganezer’s recipes have been shared on many brands’ social media platforms. Recently, he has had the opportunity to work with some large brands; sampling, reviewing, and incorporating their products into his recipes. Veganezer has also featured in companies’ advertisements on social media.
Veganezer is also one of the @plantboiis, a collective group of guys, whose aim is to break down the stigma around veganism and masculinity. The @plantboiis promote the love of good food by providing exciting content on their Instagram page.
Will is the content creator behind “Vegan Food and Places”. He is a vegan food blogger from East London who has been on a vegan journey for over 4 years.
What started off as being just a curious thought has now developed into great passion. Will explores vegan food from an Afro-Caribbean perspective showing the diversity of veganism within black culture. Also showing how fun and easy it is to create meals and generally showing his audience places that you can order some of the tastiest vegan food from within London. He breaks the mould of what the archetypal vegan looks like.