Ingredient Guides

While you can live life as a vegan without ever hitting the fresh produce aisles at all these days, it’s not recommended. Junk food is junk food, whether it contains animal products or not, so cooking from scratch is the way forward and altogether tastier, too.

The thing is, even the most commonplace vegan ingredients often have a whole lot more to them than most of us know about. That’s why we decided to create 101 style vegan ingredient guides, so that you can get the lowdown on your favorite foodstuffs and find out a little more about what will eventually end up on your plate and in your stomach.

While we may go “off-piste” occasionally and include things like kombucha and green tea, but in the main we’ll be sticking to ingredients and what they’re all about. We’ll try and cover any history behind these wonderful products, look at the health benefits associated with them, and dive into their nutritional profiles, too.

We’ll also give you a few recipes to try and look at things like how to grow your own at home where applicable. Some ingredient guides will even include a list of fun facts, buyer’s guides, supplementation alternatives, and much more besides, so you’re in for a real treat…if we say so ourselves.

Got a particular ingredient you’d like us to write about? Why not drop us a line and let us know? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Go on, inspire us! ?

Lentils 101: Health Benefits, Recipes, Storage, Sprouting, And More

Lentils 101: Health Benefits, Recipes, Storage, Sprouting, And More

Lentils form a staple of many cuisines around the world, from the Middle East to East Asia, from North America to Europe, everyone loves this legume. Due to their high protein content, alongside the myriad other nutritional benefits to be had from eating them, lentils...

Apples 101: Recipes, Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, And More

Apples 101: Recipes, Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, And More

We’re quite used to writing these articles on ingredients and vegetation whose cultivation has a history hundreds of years long. However, today we’re looking at something whose timeline is an altogether grander affair: apples, whose trees are one of the earliest - if...

Bananas 101: Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, Recipes, and More

Bananas 101: Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, Recipes, and More

A fruit that has spent its history travelling the globe, as it has won over culture after culture, bananas are the firm favourite in many fruit bowls the world over. Originally native to Australasian and Indomalayan regions, travellers and conquerors have spread...

Oranges 101: Recipes, Health Benefits, Growing Your Own, And More

Oranges 101: Recipes, Health Benefits, Growing Your Own, And More

Often, these 101 articles are on ingredients and resources originally found naturally in the Earth’s great wildernesses.However, today we’re looking at something whose difference from this trend might surprise you: oranges. Though you may think that oranges are the...

Apple Cider Vinegar 101: Everything you need to know!

Apple Cider Vinegar 101: Everything you need to know!

This is a product whose use over a wide range of purposes is gaining a great deal of traction: apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular ingredients in alternative health circles today and its popularity is growing all the time. It has been...

Blueberries 101: Health Benefits, History, Recipes, And More

Blueberries 101: Health Benefits, History, Recipes, And More

Many of these 101 articles cover ingredients whose cultivation and usage goes back hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years. This time, however, we will look at a much more recent fruit, whose current incarnation is far more modern than you might have imagined: the...

Kombucha 101: Benefits, Brewing, Recipes, Storage, And More

Kombucha 101: Benefits, Brewing, Recipes, Storage, And More

 Kombucha tea has a history that stretches back possibly thousands of years, and more recently has been enjoying something of a renaissance in many western coffee houses. It is more popular today than ever, whether bought commercially or, increasingly, brewed at home,...

Almonds 101: Health Benefits, Nutrition, Soaking, Sprouting, & More

Almonds 101: Health Benefits, Nutrition, Soaking, Sprouting, & More

We here at Happy Happy Vegan love the humble almond, and there are a number of reasons why that's the case. Not only is this nut a nutritional powerhouse jam-packed full of wonderful health benefits, it's also one of the tastiest ingredients you can include in a vegan...

Broccoli 101: Recipes, Benefits, Nutrition, Facts, And More

Broccoli 101: Recipes, Benefits, Nutrition, Facts, And More

Welcome to the wonderful world of broccoli! This vivid green vegetable is an easy way to pack a nutrient-rich punch. With a distinct flavor that is liked by many, it’s a veggie that many of us grew up hating, but now can’t get enough of. So, why is it such a popular...

Green Tea 101: Health Benefits, History, Recipes, And More!

Green Tea 101: Health Benefits, History, Recipes, And More!

Green tea has a history stretching back to ancient times, and more recently has been enjoying something of a renaissance. It is more popular today than ever. Though essentially nothing more than a humble selection of leaves, the power tea has over our health is...

Coconut 101: Everything You Need To Know About This Ubiquitous Drupe

Coconut 101: Everything You Need To Know About This Ubiquitous Drupe

Ah, yes. The humble coconut. It’s gone from a much-maligned source of saturated fats to the worlds superfood hero in the space of a few years. What’s true and what’s fiction? What on earth is a “drupe”? Questions we hope to answer in this guide, jam-packed full of...

Cinnamon 101: Uses, Benefits, Recipes, Remedies, And More

Cinnamon 101: Uses, Benefits, Recipes, Remedies, And More

There is no mistaking the warm, spicy fragrance of cinnamon. Just a whiff of this spice may elicit a longing for a cup of hot cider or a sweet, gooey cinnamon roll fresh from the oven. To some, cinnamon’s flavor and irresistible scent are synonymous with the magic of...

Spinach 101: Uses, Benefits, Nutrition, Recipes, And More

Spinach 101: Uses, Benefits, Nutrition, Recipes, And More

Spinach was the favourite of Popeye the Sailorman since 1932 – and has been attributed to his super-human strength ever since. In fact, due to its popularity in the cartoon world, spinach sales grew by a whole third in the US market. So, can spinach really give you...

Kale 101: Nutrition, Health Benefits, Recipes, And More

Kale 101: Nutrition, Health Benefits, Recipes, And More

If kale were a fashion statement, we’d say it’s very “in” right now. In fact, die-hard fans actually do tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves, so to speak, when it comes to this green, leafy wonder. So what calls for the relatively recent boom in admiration (when...

Turmeric and Curcumin 101: Health Benefits, Uses, Recipes, and More

Turmeric and Curcumin 101: Health Benefits, Uses, Recipes, and More

Turmeric has been experiencing something of a resurgence lately, thanks to an increased interest in natural health supplements and “superfoods.” You may have seen turmeric pop up in unexpected recipes and health “hacks,” like adding it to plant milk or tea, but is it...

Ginger 101: Everything You Need To Know About This Fiery Foodstuff

Ginger 101: Everything You Need To Know About This Fiery Foodstuff

Ginger has been prized for its pungent, spicy-sweet aroma and flavor for millennia. Its versatility allows it to effortlessly complement countless recipes, from savory stir-fries and curries to sweet cookies, cakes, and so much more. What makes it truly remarkable is...

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