I'm a lazy vegan so I am always looking for ways to cut down the time I spend on preparing food and seeking out personal grooming products so here are my tips for fellow vegans who are of the same mind-set.
Buy your veggies frozen- They are all cut up for you and ready to use- you don't have to slice broccoli, take the leaves off your cauliflower, pop the peas out the pod- all you have to do is drop them in a pan or your steamer and off you go!
Invest in a big tub of coconut oil- You can use it for shaving, cleansing and moisturising, saving you having to buy all the different lotions and potions. Plus it weighs and takes up far less than a bunch bottles when you go on holiday or for a weekend away.
Have a selection of convenience foods in your freezer- Obviously no one recommends that you survive only on convenience foods- but for the nights you can't be bothered to cook- there are plenty of frozen burgers, sausages and mock meat goodies to sling in the oven to eat in a jiffy. Ideal for if your partner wants a take away and they don't have anything vegan on the menu.
Cook meals that are easy- On the nights you have a bit more willing- rustle up curries, soups, chillies, bolognaise, pasta- all of which are low maintenance but can include a lot of fresh ingredients.
Opt for no fuss fruit- Like oranges, satsumas, bananas, apples, strawberries, grapes- there is no work in them- all you have to do is dig in- unlike mangoes and pineapples which take more time and effort. Better to have some fruit than no fruit at all because you're too lazy to carve a melon.
Find a shop that has a good range of vegan products- To avoid having to shop a bit here and a bit there- find somewhere where you can get everything under one roof. Superdrug is great for this because all of their own brand stuff is cruelty free and most of it vegan friendly so you don't have to invest a lot of time reading labels- it's all clearly marked. Here you can get shampoo, conditioner, make-up, body wash, hair spray, mousse, mouthwash, toothpaste- I could go on.
Bulk buy your favourite stuff- Stocks of your vegan stuff varies from one week to the next so if you like something- don't just buy one because you don't know if it's going to be there when you run out. I personally have a large stock of Source body wash (they were on offer) and Quorn Vegan Spicy Burgers (also on offer and yum!).
Make friends with your steamer- This is a quick and easy way to get your five a day in one sitting- just throw in 2-6 different veggies- turn it one and 30 minutes later you have a nutritious accompaniment to your vegan main. Does it get any easier than that?
Have a stock of tins- Baked beans, mixed beans, chickpeas, mushy peas, kidney beans- all of which are high in protein and you can simply drain them and throw them into a pan or over a salad and whip up something tasty in no time at all.
Download a supermarket app- I personally have one for Asda, and when you type in 'vegan' a whole bunch of stuff comes up to make my weekly shopping list from. It prevents you having to wander up and down the aisles aimlessly looking for vegan produce. If you know what you're going in for you don't have to dither about.