Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

How To Live Vegan: Q&A With Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Have you ever wondered how to live vegan? Henry Firth and Ian Theasby from Bosh! are here to share their top tips

Ian Theasby and Henry Firth live and work together on Bosh! a Facebook channel of vegan recipe videos that is watched by 26 million people every month and have just launched a book called How To Live Vegan.

What one piece of advice would you give somebody who’s thinking of starting to adopt a vegan lifestyle?

Do your research! Our new book, How To Live Vegan, is all about trying to be ethical and sustainable in every aspect of life – whether that’s in the kitchen or in your wardrobe. Research can help you find exciting new recipes for the kitchen, or even discover things in your home that are surprisingly not vegan.

Would you recommend an all-in approach or can you have a more mix and match attitude?

Personally, we’re both totally vegan. But we want people to choose animal-free products, as far as is right for them. Even eating a few plant-based meals a week or investing in some cruelty-free clothes can make a difference to the planet if we all get involved.

What would people be surprised to know about life as a vegan?

It’s not as hard as you might think and you won’t go hungry!

The description of the books mentions hacks, can you share some?

Over the four years we’ve been plant-based, we’ve gained so many hacks that make being vegan so easy.

Find quick protein wins

Lots of people worry that a vegan diet means they won’t get enough protein – but that’s not true. There are loads of quick protein wins. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Hummus with some pitta or falafel makes a tasty snack
  • Granola with vegan yoghurt, topped with fresh fruit and berries, nuts, seeds and a dollop of peanut butter is mid-morning go-to for us
  • A high protein daal – packed with protein and fibre in the form of lentils – and spiced to perfection

Think ahead & chop extra veggies

If you’re already cooking things up in the kitchen, why not prep a few extra veggies? It means you can so easily make yourself a salad for the following day, or quickly whip yourself up a pasta sauce.

You can also put the veg you chop, like onions, tomatoes and peppers, in an airtight container in the fridge (or freezer) – it’s amazing how much time being prepared shaves off cooking.

What’s the biggest vegan myth?

That vegans only eat lentils! We actually do love lentils, but there’s so much more to a plant-based diet. Our goal is to carry on spreading the plant-based word, inspiring others to try new recipes and keep proving how good vegan food can be.

What do you wish you’d known before you adopted a vegan lifestyle?

How to navigate supermarkets as a vegan. When we both went vegan four years ago, a food shop could take ages – we had to constantly check labels to check if they were vegan-friendly (and sometimes we still weren’t 100% sure). Now, veganism has absolutely gone mainstream. You can go into any big supermarkets or chain and find loads of vegan options.

But what we’ve learned over time is there are lots of sneakily named ingredients which are actually animal-based, but you’d never know. In How To Live Vegan, we decode lots of the jargon on food labels so you know exactly what’s in your food.

What could you not be without?

Nutritional yeast. This stuff is absolute magic dust. It’s got a really cheesy flavour and texture to it which works wonders on so many dishes – risottos, pasta, sausage rolls – anything!

Read more: 9 things to consider before going vegan

How To Live Vegan by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

How To Live Vegan by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby is out now (HQ, HarperCollins)