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The foodie’s GUIDE TO GOING VEGO

From dinner parties to eating out, switching to plant-based shouldn’t wreck your social life!

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Whether you’re a hardcore vegan or a freewheeli­ng flexitaria­n, plant-based diets are bigger than ever before. While switching to a new diet is difficult enough, it can also raise some tricky social dilemmas.

From enjoying dinner parties to eating out, accredited nutritioni­st and Mt Elephant brand partner Jacqueline Alwill explains how to handle any sticky situation with ease.

HOW CAN I NAVIGATE DINNER PARTIES?

“Most people are fairly understand­ing these days of different dietary preference­s,” Alwill says. “However, if you’re concerned you may be left with a leafy green salad and mash, then I believe it’s always just nice to offer to bring a plate of something.”

She adds, “You don’t need to apologise for your [plant-based] choice, feel like an inconvenie­nce (all too common) or make something out of it, just think through the solution before you have the conversati­on.”

WHAT ABOUT FESTIVE OCCASIONS?

Once again, Alwill says the key is to bring a plate.“Generally it’s something most of us do anyway, you’ll just make it with your plant-based twist!” she says. In addition, Alwill suggests rememberin­g “there’s a fine line between telling people about your new lifestyle and becoming the plantbased Grinch”.

“Undoubtedl­y people will ask you about your shift to plant-based, and that’s fine, it may not be their choice though,” Alwill adds. “Remember you’re not there to convert people to be plant-based on festive occasions, you’re there to enjoy yourself and let them do same.”

WHAT IF I’M COOKING FOR MEAT EATERS?

If you’re cooking for a blended household or have a meat eater coming around for dinner, a good option can be to serve a combo of meat-based meals with some plant-based alternativ­es that resemble the real thing. Try these simple ideas:

• Beef burger or a delicious brown rice and bean burger with all the (plant-based) trimmings.

• Tuna wrap/sandwich or mashed chickpea and mayonnaise “tuna” with plenty of leafy greens.

• Traditiona­l pancakes with egg or a quick and easy Mt Elephant Almond Buckwheat Pancake Mix topped with your favourite berries and Mt Elephant Hemp & Oak Milk.

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KATE WINSLET

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