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The team from Veganuary answer your questions about veganism 

Now that gyms have re-opened, I'd like to up my protein intake - what are the best vegan sources?

It certainly feels good to be back in Lycra doesn't it? There are two ways to increase our protein intake: we can specifically choose foods that have more of it, and we can add supplements to our diet. Of course, we can also do both.

High-protein foods include tofu and other soya products, peas, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds. And there are plenty of easy ways to include these products like adding soya milk to our tea, choosing houmous or peanut butter to go on our toast or drizzling tahini over a salad.

You may be surprised at how easy it is to get 100g of protein a day just by making deliberate choices, such as:
• Scrambled tofu on wholegrain toast for breakfast
• A big bean salad with houmous and seeds for lunch
• A product made from seitan served with peas and broccoli for dinner
• Soya yoghurt as a snack

If we want to add more, we can choose one of the many vegan protein powders available on the market. Some are plain, others flavoured with vanilla or chocolate.

We can make smoothies or shakes with them, add them to baked goods, or make protein balls by whizzing them up in a blender with peanut butter, dates and walnuts.

I'm hosting an outdoor dinner party for my five friends - none of whom are vegan. What do you recommend I cook them? I need something that'll impress fussy omnis!

So, you need something warming to combat the chill of evening, something you can get from the kitchen to the garden quite easily (which rules out soup), and something tasty enough to win around your omni friends. No pressure!

To keep things communal, why not serve a selection of dips and antipasti as a starter with some warm bread. It takes the pressure off you as a host as these are simple but tasty dishes that can be made ahead of time.

Think baba ganoush, minted pea houmous, guacamole, beetroot and dill, and roasted red pepper dips. Even if your friends are fussy, there is bound to be something there that they like. And you can keep the same approach with the main.

You could cook a selection of curries, for example, throw in some onion bhaji and samosas, add some papadums and pickles, and people can eat the bits they love the best. Or serve a section of Spanish, Greek, Lebanese, Japanese or South American dishes.

All these cuisines are flavour packed and should dispel a few vegan myths. As for dessert, if you have a food mixer, you can really blow their minds with a vegan pavlova.

There are some fantastic recipes online, and we'd recommend the Oatly whippable cream to go with it. Otherwise, cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding are always crowd-pleasers.

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