Plant-based swaps that deserve the hype
As the effects of climate change increase, so too does the everyday Australian’s unease. According to The Australia Institute‘s most recent Climate of the Nation report – which has been tracking Australian attitudes to climate change since 2007 – concerns about the environment continue to grow, with the Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 crisis only strengthening Australian resolve for all levels of government to take action.
In response to their worries about the environment, one in three Australians are now consciously limiting their meat consumption, and many are turning to plant-based alternatives for food and drinks. In Australia, soy and almond milk production alone is worth a staggering $237.1 million, and this figure continues to rise. Across the globe, the plant-based milk market is expected to reach US$21.52 billion in 2024.
But while consumers are trying to choose more planet-friendly options, they still want value for money. So, are alternative products worth it, and do they live up to the real thing? Some are better than others, but these days alternative substitutes are often made so well, you can rarely tell them apart from what they’re replacing. The below plant-based products all won the 2021 Product of The Year awards, which are voted for by Australian consumers.
From the creators of the Hungry Jack’s Rebel Whopper comes v2food’s newly released range of plant-based meat. v2food has taken protein from legumes and turned it into something that looks, cooks and tastes like meat. Developed in conjunction with the CSIRO and made in Australia, v2 is Australia’s answer to the world’s leading plant-based brands. You can find it at Woolworths, Coles and independent supermarkets.
Nescafé Gold plant-based range is the world’s first dairy alternative latte. The range is available in three dairy alternative variants – Almond, Coconut and Oat. Each is made with a blend of high-quality Arabica and Robusta coffee beans with a specially selected blend of plant-based ingredients which ensures every cup is creamy, even without the dairy. You can find it at Coles and selected independent stores.
These bowls are plant-based, contain nothing artificial and taste just like the real thing. The four flavours include Butter Masala, Cashew Korma, Tadka Lentil Dal and Goan Spiced Coconut. For lovers of butter chicken, the plant-based version has the same consistency and taste – just like your average chicken curry. They’re available at all major supermarkets.
7-Eleven’s No Sausage Roll is the quick and easy vegan-friendly alternative to the Aussie classic. Wrapped in a vegan pastry, the cleverly formulated filling is made from a seasoned-to-perfection plant-based protein, and it tastes just like the real McCoy.