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How to have a vegan-friendly Australia Day

17 Jan 2019

How to have a vegan-friendly Australia Day

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.

Healthy Life’s Australia Day Survival Hacks for Vegans

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.

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. See full recipe.

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.

*contains beeswax