Valentine’s Day tends to divide opinions. Some people love heading out for a romantic candlelit dinner for two and sucking on a single string of spaghetti until they meet in a kiss. Some despise it and will hide indoors or have a fun night out with friends instead, and some are completely indifferent.
Either way, something we should all try not to be indifferent about on this date famed for love is actually showing love: and not just to our partner or to our cat (or, in my case, to a tub of vegan ice-cream) but to each and every creature on this planet.
How do we do that?
By leaving animals out of our Valentine’s Day (or anti-Valentine’s Day) traditions.
Whether you’re a lover or a hater of V-Day, showing love with romantic gifts, gestures, or self-indulgences that don’t exploit animals couldn’t be easier.
Here are 7 great ways to veganize your day:
- Looking for something special to gift to that someone special? Look no further than these organic, gluten-free Cupid’s Kissesor these “Love All Animals” Vegan Brownie hearts which come beautifully packaged and are certain to make you or your loved one feel very special indeed. They’re 100% cruelty-free and your purchase will help to support the animals living at Farm Sanctuary.
- Love wooing over wine? Use Barnivore to discover which wines are vegan-friendly and which aren’t, or join an exclusive Vegan Wines Club that will actually deliver a selection of vegan-friendly wines and artisan cheeses to your door this Valentine’s Day.
- Want to dive into a tub of ice-cream? There are countless cruelty-free brand and flavors of ice-cream to choose from nowadays, and you can find them all at your local store. From popular brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs, to lesser-known brands like Oatly, NadaMoo, Almond Dream and So Delicious, you will never be stuck for choice or have to compromise on flavor when it comes to dairy-free frozen goodness.
- Thinking of cooking a nice meal at home? Check out this Perfect Vegan Valentine’s Day Menu, which even includes plant-based recipes for blueberry breakfast pancakes and roasted grapefruit waffles, just in case you’re planning to start your day off with a romantic breakfast in bed.
- Prefer to dine out? If you live in a big city like London, New York or Berlin, then you literally have hundreds of great options for a romantic yet compassionate Valentine’s Day meal. But even if you don’t then you’re sure to find plenty of places that offer vegan options or that have vegan food by default. Traditionally, Thai, Indian and Chinese restaurants that tend to cook with coconut milk rather than dairy products should have a lot of vegan or ‘veganizable’ options on their menus. Likewise, Italian restaurants tend to have veganizable pasta and pizza options (just ask them to leave off the cheese) and Mexican restaurants are almost always great for vegans because you can order things like mixed-vegetable tacos, burritos, and fajitas but just without the cheese and sour cream. Check out the Happy Cow App for an interactive list of vegan-friendly restaurants in your area.
- Keen to share some love? Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about impulsive extravagances, but rather about showing thoughtfulness and love for others. Rather than buying someone a bunch of flowers or a cuddly toy, why not sponsor a rescued farmed animal on their behalf? I know that that would certainly melt my heart.
- Want a great idea that doesn’t cost a dime? Then why not take yourself, your partner or just someone you love for a walk in nature? It costs nothing, but it allows you to marvel at the beauty of the planet we are lucky enough to call home whilst reminding us that, through a plant-based diet, this is the wonderful world we are helping to preserve for generations to come.
Here’s the great news:
You can celebrate love every day with a vegan diet.
If you sign up for our FREE 31-day vegan pledge, you’ll receive a Vegan Starter Kit, daily recipes, nutritional guidance and more, and be able to start spreading love and compassion through what you eat.