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Veganism in the Work Place – Should it be Catered for?



When a 2020 employment tribunal confirmed that ethical veganism is protected under the Equality Act (2010), it was a turning point for the treatment of vegans in the workplace. As a protected belief, there has now been a flurry of advice issued that employers can use to help create a vegan-friendly workplace, reducing the discrimination that vegans face at work.

With this in mind, it’s clear that employers now need to carefully consider how they can best cater for vegans so that the workplace is more equitable and accessible for all. We’ve shared some great ideas to help you start making the changes that are needed.

Create Dedicated Plant Based Spaces

There are a number of quick fixes that help to show your changes in a positive light. The first thing that you could introduce is vegan only spaces in fridges and shelves where all the products are plant based and use no animal derivatives.

The great thing about doing this is not only showing respect to vegans but also helping everyone to see where the plant based and non-plant items are for them to eat. If you stock your work kitchen for your team, this will give everyone the opportunity to try new things and show their support to vegans who may have previously struggled to use the kitchen space.

Colour Code Utensils and Other Kitchen Items

Once you’ve introduced vegan food spaces, it is also important to think about labelling cutlery and utensils too, so that there is no accidental cross contamination. Many people say that doing this is taking things too far but when you consider that most restaurants have dedicated vengeance and vegetarian utensils for cooking, it’s clear that there is a need to follow suit.

You don’t need to go crazy and install a second kitchen, but making sure that everyone can access what they need without worrying will make your workplace a happier place to be.

Ensure Vegan-Friendly Food Preparation

If you buy food for the office and have a go-to caterer that everyone uses then it is important to check that they offer quality vegan options and that their vegan food items are made separately from non-vegan meals.

There has been a huge surge in people deciding to follow a plant-based diet for some or all of their meals and this has led to greater pressure being put on food providers to offer great vegan solutions. This means that finding a supplier that can meet the needs of everyone in your team is now easier than ever before!

Update Your Tea & Coffee Stations

If you have a tea and coffee station for your team to visit when they need a drink then have you taken the time to think about offering vegan options too? Coffee and tea are great choices but adding in vegan milk such as almond, soya or oat milk will ensure that everyone can enjoy their hot drinks the way they like them!

It’s also good to think about snacks that are vegan as well, from sweets and savoury items there are lots of great products that will ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

Consider Workwear and Issued Items

Plenty of workplaces have moved towards a more vegan-inclusive mindset but one area that may not have crossed your mind is workwear items and accessories. Clothes that are made from wool or safety boots and accessories that are made from leather all pose a serious problem for vegans in your workplace.

This doesn’t need to be an issue as there are so many great alternatives to choose from, ensuring that your team can wear their uniform with pride. It’s also important to remember that everyone’s needs are different and rather than creating a blanket policy that doesn’t think about the individual, it is better to speak to people and find out what works best for them, allowing you to really think about the needs of vegans in the workplace.

Don’t Forget Financial Needs

Changing food and workwear is a really clear indication that you are supportive of ethical veganism in your business, but there are other areas that will need further consideration too. If you offer a pension option to your employees then it could be time to think about whether the companies you are using are vegan friendly.

This means not taking contributions and investing them in companies that test on animals or produce animal-derived goods. There is a lot of work to be done in this area, but starting to discuss the changes that need to happen and mapping out a plan will help to show the vegans that work for you that you take their beliefs seriously.

Offer Training and Awareness Building

Implementing any type of change can cause unrest and stress in the workplace, something that everyone wants to avoid. Rather than just foisting change on your team, take the time to increase awareness of the changes that are coming and think about putting some training on for staff so that they are all aware of the changes and the reasoning behind them.

It’s also a good opportunity to explain the legal framework and provide staff with a clear system for redress should they encounter any negative or unfair treatment as a vegan – doing this will ensure that everyone is fully aware of the role they have to play in the changes that you are implementing.

Create a Vegan-Positive Environment

All these changes are great in theory but if you and your team implement them under duress then it could create a damaging and negative workplace environment. Rather than seeing changes as something that is being forced on you, take it as an opportunity to show your respect and support for vegans in the workplace.

This could be sharing positive messages about the changes, working with the entire team to get ideas on how to move forward together and creating normalcy around vegan choices, allowing vegans and non-vegans to enjoy the company’s new outlook.

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How To Make A Healthy Gas Station Meal




You’re on the road when you get hit by the old hunger pangs. Normally what you do is head straight to a fast food joint and get a triple chili burger with a shake and cheese fries. But now you’re trying to eat healthy which means making smarter choices. The question is how do you make healthy choices when you’re in the unhealthy world of rest stops and gas stations? Do you order a chicken fried steak and take the breading off? Do you eat the lettuce and onion then throw the rest of your Big Mac away?

No, there are plenty of great ways to eat healthy when you’re on the go and we’re going to share them all with you so you can stay healthy and stay moving.


When you’re searching through the foods at your gas station look for these three things to make sure you stay feeling full and satisfied after you eat: Protein, fiber and healthy fat. Aim for around 350 calories with 12-20 grams of protein and 5-10 grams of fiber per meal. It’s easiest to start by looking for a protein like nuts or jerky or peanut butter. Then look to add some fiber with fresh fruits or vegetables. Then it’s time to add some healthy fat with guacamole or nuts. Finally, try drinking water instead of that 64 oz. Big Gulp you usually put down.


This is a great, quick, healthy meal you can throw together at almost any gas station. Find a low sugar Greek yogurt and break pieces of a nut-based bar into the yogurt. Then add some fruit and voila you have your own personal parfait. You will thoroughly enjoy your meal while also keeping the calorie count nice and low. Filling and delicious is the best way to eat when trying to stay healthy.


Get an apple and cut it up. Then buy some peanut butter or some other type of nut butter and add it on top of a delicious whole grain cracker for a light meal that is tasty and will leave you satisfied. If you have a hankering for sweets then this meal is for you. It is usually hard to satisfy your desires for sugar in a healthy way, but if you can do it with a meal like this then you have hit the healthy jackpot.


Gas Stations usually sell tuna and you’ll be thanking them for doing so. You can get condiments from the hot dog station to properly fix your tuna right then smear it on top of some whole wheat crackers and you got yourself a delicious meal. All you have to do is add some fresh fruit and you’ll be sitting pretty for a good long while on the road.


When in doubt, grab the jerky. Sure it may be processed, but it’s probably your best bet for processed food a gas station has to offer. Pair it with some fruit and some nuts and you will have a great meal that will put you into a savory based heaven. Just be sure to look for a low sodium option because jerky can be high when it comes to the salt.

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Former Olympic Cities That Are Definitely Worth A Visit




We’re still a ways away from the next Olympic Games, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about Olympics past! In fact, this is as good a time as any to revisit some of the amazing cities that have hosted the historic games over the years.

It turns out many of them are still absolutely gorgeous and very much worth a visit. We went through all of them and here are our top 5 you definitely have to see.


Lillehammer hosted the Winter Games in 1994 and it provided some unforgettable moments. Like American Bonnie Blair winning her third straight gold in the 500-meter speed skating race, and Norway’s own Johann Olav Koss setting world records in three different speed skating events. Many of the courses and tracks used during those games are still open to the public. You can explore all 211 miles of the cross-country trails, ride the luge and bobsled tracks, or check out the ski jump arena.


I didn’t know this; Lake Place actually hosted the Olympic Games twice! First in 1932, and then again in 1980. The 1980 games were the setting for one of the most famous moments in American Olympic history: The Miracle On Ice. When the men’s hockey team miraculously defeated the seemingly unbeatable Soviet team. Many of the Olympic facilities are still open for use by the public, but the big draw for Lake Placid is the beautiful scenery. Surrounded by rolling mountains and the beautiful blue water of the lake itself, it’s easy to see why Lake Placid is a two-time host of the Olympic Games. 


St. Moritz also hosted the Olympic Games twice. First in 1928, and then again in 1948. The 1928 games are famous for introducing the skeleton event, one of the most exciting and dangerous sports in the winter games. One attraction you have to catch when you visit is the Olympic Ice Pavillion that was built in 1905 and used in both Olympic Games that were held here. It’s also right by the beautiful Kulm golf course if you’d like to get in a quick 18 while you’re there.


Helsinki was the proud home of the 1952 summer games. This was the first Olympic Games that saw athletes from Israel an the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union wasted no time getting down to business, as their women’s gymnastics team dominated their field. 

Helsinki is especially famous for its beautiful architecture. Most notably Helsinki Central Station, and Hotel Kamp, which features an incredible hall of mirrors. And don’t forget to stop by the Design District to take in some art, pick up a few mementos, and grab a bite of the local fare. 


The 1976 Olympic games took place in the one and only Montreal. A very important Olympics, as women’s handball, rowing, and basketball were included for the very first time. But beyond that, most people remember Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci the most. She famously earned the first-ever perfect 10 at the age of 14. 

The legend of these games lives on in the old Olympic Park through ‘Since 1976,’ a beautiful exhibit celebrating all that took place that year. Definitely worth a look if you ever make it to this beautiful city. 

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10 Ways to Get More Creative With Home Cooking




10 Ways to Get More Creative With Home Cooking

If you cook at home regularly, you might eventually find yourself running out of ideas – or making the same things over and over again. Even if you love these dishes, they may eventually become stale and boring, both in terms of taste and preparation.
Fortunately, there are several strategies that can help you be more creative in the kitchen – and find more inspiration for dynamic food preparation.

Experimenting in the Kitchen (and Beyond)

These are some of the best ways to get more creative with your home cooking:

  • Ditch the recipes. Recipes are great. They make it easy to replicate dishes at home, they provide straightforward instructions that are difficult to mess up, and they provide you a system of organization that can remind you of things you’ve made in the past. But if you’ve spent enough time cooking and baking, you probably know most of your favorite recipes by heart – and you understand the fundamentals of cooking well enough to experiment on your own. Stop depending entirely on recipes and start coming up with your own creations. Deviate from the instructions and trust your own culinary instincts.
  • Invest in a wood stove. A wood burning stove is an excellent source of heat – and you can even cook with it! If you’re used to preparing most of your meals over the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave, this can be a dynamic new way to cook almost anything. Even if you’re using the same ingredients, you’re going to be using a different preparation method and you’ll end up with a finished product that tastes at least slightly differently.
  • Buy ingredients from multicultural markets. Multicultural markets are one of the best ways to find new, exotic ingredients that you can’t normally find in your local grocery store. Some of these ingredients may not be palatable, and some of them will be so strange that you don’t know how to use them properly, but sometimes, this extra novelty is exactly what you need to spice up your old favorite dishes or break out of your rut.
  • Experiment with seasonal produce. When produce is in season, it tends to be much more plentiful and much less expensive. Use this as an inspirational opportunity to experiment. Create some new dishes out of whatever produce happens to be in season – and find the perfect ingredients to compliment them.
  • Create a competitive challenge for your family. Iron Chef and similar competitive cooking shows have been popular for decades now, since people love food, cooking, and the thrill of competition in the same setting. Why not create a competitive challenge for you and your family? For example, you can have you and your spouse create two similar, yet distinct dishes and call upon the kids to judge which one was better.
  • Invest in a new spice. Visit a local market and buy a spice or herb you’ve never tried before. Taste it carefully and try pairing it with various other ingredients to see how it fits. Then, start incorporating it into dishes where you’ve never had it before.
  • Make your own signature spice blends. It’s not hard to find recipes for homemade spice blends, but have you ever considered making a blend that’s entirely your own? Take a handful of your favorite spices, preferably ones that complement each other, and mix them all up. Once you stumble upon a formula that works for your taste buds, you can mix a larger batch and add it to a wide variety of foods.
  • Coordinate with colors. You’re probably used to cooking with your senses of smell and taste at the forefront. But what about vision? Consider cooking entire dishes based around a color, or a set of complementary colors; it’s a great way to force some creativity.
  • Find outside inspiration. Are you struggling to come up with creative new ideas on your own? Consider branching out by visiting new restaurants, watching new cooking shows, and talking to skilled chefs in your own life.
  • Splurge on a new piece of cooking equipment. Finally, consider splurging on a new piece of cooking equipment. A new appliance or tool, like an air fryer or multicooker, could be exactly what you need to make the kitchen feel refreshingly new.

Committing to Creativity

The best way to keep things fresh in your kitchen consistently is to commit to your creativity. Make a plan for more culinary experimentation and stick to it. For example, you can set Fridays as a total experimentation day, where you try a new recipe, tinker with a new ingredient, or do something crazy in the kitchen. As long as you keep trying new things and adjusting old formulas, you and your family will never be bored with your food.

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