I receive complimentary digital copies of Vegan Life, which allows me to post reviews with screenshots included. My reflections on the magazine are entirely my own.
This month's edition of Vegan Life magazine is absolutely packed with beautiful images, delicious-sounding vegan dishes and interesting stories. The raspberry and rose tartlets on the cover were particularly appealing, served as they were with pistachio frangipane. Aren't they beautiful?
Equally appealing was the full-page ad of vegan chocolate Easter items! If you need inspiration for Easter, look below...
I was really interested to read on the 'Vegan News' page that pineapple is now being used to make leather-look material. Isn't that clever? I would love to see an example of the leather-look items.
After reading about Johanna's experience with a vegan butcher in Edinburgh, it was timely to read a piece on vegan butchery options in San Francisco. I confess the idea of a 'vegan butcher' is odd to me but I do like the sound of pineapple teriyaki cracker pepper 'turkey', which is one of the options mentioned here.
A round-up of new vegan items had me bemused but interested by vegan eggs, which seem to look like the real thing. I'm more drawn to the various chocolate products mentioned, but am sure there will be people pleased to know a full egg substitute is available.
On The Accidental Vegan page, my heart skipped a beat when I saw images of lemon meringue pie and bakewell tarts and a reference to Marks and Spencer. Alas, M&S are not making vegan pies or tarts but they do have some new sweets in those flavours, and the sweets are vegan friendly. I am very partial to bakewell tarts and whilst I've made vegan versions myself, I may have to try the sweets out.
On a more serious note, I welcomed an article on how what we eat can help (or hinder) anxiety. Anxiety is more complex than just diet, but there is a lot of research on how our eating can influence our mental as well as physical health. At the most basic level, I think many of us will recognise that too much sugar or caffeine does not aid in feeling relaxed. This article touched on the research suggesting that zinc (found in tofu, legumes and nuts), magnesium (found in leafy greens), gut-friendly foods (like fermented vegetables and miso), omega-3 fats (from seeds and nuts), vitamin D (from sunshine) and camomile tea are helpful for anxiety management,
Have you enjoyed any food trivia lately? And do you notice a link between your diet and your mood?