Healthy Life's Australia Day Survival Hacks for Vegans

Published on 22 January 2019 by Healthy Life

With traditional Australian food consisting of meaty barbecues and creamy sweets, Australia Day can be a minefield for the increasing number of vegan Aussies.
According to the latest statistics, more than two million Australians are living a meat-free life and Australia is the third fastest growing vegan market in the world.

With an increasing number of vegans calling Australia home, Australia’s leading health retailer Healthy Life, has compiled some tips to help vegans navigate Australia Day in their own way.

To cater to the growing demand for vegan food and products, Healthy Life Chief Marketing Officer Simon Cheng said plant-based products accounted for around 15 per cent of Healthy Life’s range, including a few that would come in handy on January 26.

“With millions of vegans now calling Australia home, our national cuisine of meat pies, fish’n’chips, snags on the barbie, lamingtons and pavlovas, is set to evolve to suit our changing dietary preferences. From a vegan lamington to a meat-free patty and dairy-free cheese, there are ways for all Australians to enjoy Australia Day regardless of any allergies, intolerances, ethical choices or dietary requirements,” Mr Cheng said.

“Whether it’s increased awareness around the positive effect of plant foods on gut health, the impact of animal products on the environment, concerns about animal cruelty or just a personal preference, more and more Australians are turning to veganism. In line with this demand, we offer an extensive range of vegan-friendly products, which are also proudly Australian made, including plant-based protein and dairy-free cheese and ice cream, so no one has to miss out on their favourite foods, especially during national holidays.”
Here are Healthy Life’s vegan-friendly hacks for Australia Day, which could also come in handy for anyone with a gluten or dairy intolerance.

Dairy-free cheese
While a cheese platter and chips are often the first thing laid out at an Australia Day barbecue, these entertainer’s staples are getting reinvented amid growing levels of lactose intolerance and veganism. For a truly Australian flavour, Dairy Free Down Under makes a dairy-free Cashew Cream Cheese which can be spread on crackers, or a Cheddar Style block, which can be a dairy-free substitute for cheese platters. For a vegan dip that’s also packed with probiotics, Kehoe’s Kitchen Pesto ‘Cream Cheese’ is made from locally-sourced organic fresh produce including fermented cashews. To complete the vegan ensemble, add a bowl of Mexico City’s gluten-free, preservative-free, non GMO chips made from 100 per cent Australian corn.
Better bread
High protein, low carb, gluten-free and on-trend, it’s possible to make nutritious and vegan-friendly bread at home for this year’s Australia Day picnic or barbecue. Made in Yamba, Pure Life Bakery’s 6 Seed bread mix contains 100 per cent Australian biodynamic and organic sprouted grains, seeds and legumes, making it a good source of fibre and protein. Meanwhile The Gluten Free Food Co’s Quick Bread Mix is a quick and easy DIY loaf containing seed, vegetable and grain flours which packs vitamins and minerals, protein, fibre and healthy fats into every slice.

Sugar-free sauce
No Australia Day barbecue would be complete without a squirt of sauce but these days most store-bought sauces are laden with sugar and artificial colours and flavours. For a rich and tangy sauce, that’s healthy, organic and low-GI plus nut, soy, gluten and dairy-free, try Niulife’s Organic Coconut BBQ sauce. It’s handmade in villages in the Solomon Islands from fermented coconut blossom nectar and barrel-aged to perfection with garlic and a pinch of sun-dried mineral-rich sea salt. Niulife is a proud Aussie company that gives 100 per cent of the profits from the sale of every product back to the communities that make them.
Meat-free BBQ
Instead of chucking a shrimp, snag, or steak on the barbie, there is an increasing number of Australians who are more likely to chuck a plant-based patty on the barbie this Australia Day. The Gluten Free Food Co makes it easy for vegans to get involved with barbecuing, offering a selection of organic patty mixes including Mexican and Thai flavours, which can be transformed into a burger, taco or simply enjoyed with some salad.
Vegan lamington

The lamington may be an Aussie culinary icon but its sponge and cream filling makes it more of an issue for anyone with a gluten or dairy intolerance. For a healthier version that can be consumed by all, Fermentanicals has created a ‘living lamington’ with jam made from blackberries and sprouted chia, cream made from coconut cream and cashews, and the chocolate coating consisting of cacao and coconut oil. This lamington is raw, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free, and also contains a great boost of vitamins, minerals, omegas and protein, making for a healthy, gut-friendly Australia Day treat.

Full recipe available here

Gut-friendly drink
Only a few years ago, kombucha was more likely to evoke a response of kom-buch-what but now there are several Australian brands successfully turning tea into a fizzy fermented beverage that’s better for gut health. Healthy Life stocks Australian kombucha brands such as Remedy, including their new beet and apple flavor which is only available at Healthy Life. For a healthier approach to Australia Day, throw some kombucha in the esky and try swapping out the odd beer for a bottle of ‘buch instead. It’s just as refreshing on a summer’s day and as well as helping to curb a hangover, it can aid with digestion too.
Natural sunscreen

Whether Aussies hit the beach, host a barbecue, play some backyard cricket or just get out and about in nature, Australia Day promises lots of fun in the sun. To avoid sunburn, sunscreen is one of the most important ingredients of a happy Australia Day. There are some great natural sunscreens that can protect skin without the nasty chemicals. MooGoo*, Wotnot* and Eco by Sonya* are all Australian made sunscreens which offer broad spectrum protection that’s free of toxic chemicals including Oxybenzone.

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