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Beyonce is known for her fondness for a vegan diet – even going so far as to launch her own vegan meal delivery service back in 2015. 

Now, the mama-of-three has committed to giving one of her fans FREE concert tickets for life to one fan if they pledge to go vegan. 

Posting to her Instagram, she shared a picture that decreed her promise to eating plant based, and gave instructions on how to win tickets to see her and Jay-Z. 


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Promoting the Greenprint initiative, which allows people to physically see the positive impact they would have by going plant based, Beyonce made her own pledge to always have a plant-based breakfast and do Meatless Mondays.

'Greenprint is the positive impact we can have on the world by eating plant-based meals' reads the website, which allows you to generate an Instagram tile just like Beyonce's. with your own plant-based promise on it. 

The small print details that the winner will win THIRTY years worth of tickets (one per tour) to see Jay-Z and Beyonce whenever they perform. 


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All you have to do is generate you own tile and post it on Instagram, and sign up to the website here.  

Beyonce first tried the vegan diet back in 2013, and has since incorporated more plant-based dietary choices into her regimen. 

We'll miss you, sweet cheese board, but if Beyonce tickets are on the line…


Tesco Ireland confirms that, in response to increasing consumer demand for vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian convenience-based products, it has launched a number of new products to the market this January.
Right across the store, Tesco has a whole host of vegan, vegan-friendly, vegetarian and plant-based products aimed to help those choosing to maintain a plant-based diet have high quality, convenient options available.

To meet demand, Tesco Ireland is expanding its Wicked Kitchen plant-based food range available in Irish stores. The Wicked Kitchen brand was created by Tesco’s head of plant-based innovation Derek Sarno, a renowned advocate for plant-based nutrition. Tesco Ireland has extended the range in Irish stores to include vegan desserts, salads, dips and additional ready meal solutions. Using only the freshest plant-based ingredients, the range now includes 23 products.

Oumph! Is a 100 percent plant-based product made from soya beans and organic herb and spice mixes; an entirely plant-based and free from gluten and dairy food offering that can be used in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Exclusive to Tesco Ireland in the market, Five Oumph! products are now available in stores – Pulled Oumph!, Oumph! Kebab Spiced, Oumph! Thyme & Garlic, Oumph! The Chunk and Oumph! Pizza Italian Style. All products have launched in limited stores at €5.00 per unit.

Moodley Manor – run by partnership Ais & Gav, they make badass vegan foods; helping those who are vegan with easier ways of cooking. Launching Badass Bacon, Boss Burgers and More-ish Mince and Chick-Hun; priced from €4.75.

Beyond Burger, free from meat burger, is an entirely plant-based burger pattie. The Beyond Burger is a ready-to-cook “raw” patty that looks, cooks, and tastes like a fresh beef burger, and it will be sold in the frozen section of the store.

The Beyond Burger® is the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and tastes like a fresh beef burger. The Beyond Burger® packs 20 g of plant-based protein and has no GMOs, soy or gluten; priced at €7.00 per two pack. Beyond Meat also have plenty of tasty products available from the frozen section that will tickle your taste buds too.

Veggie Earth – a small producer, based in Smithfield, Dublin will now range Super Red and Super Green pestos and Super Olive Tapenade in 30 stores across the country, priced at €4.99.
Eden, from Co Offaly, has launched a range of veggie burgers including Spinach & Feta Cheese, Curried Cauliflower and Garden Vegetable Patties. Priced from €3.00 available in 40 stores around the country.

Dee’s Wholefoods: developed by a Cork-based nutritionist Dee’s Wholefoods only use quality natural and organic ingredients loaded with health benefits; no gluten or artificial additives, no soy, dairy, GMO or wheat.

Over 40 stores across the country are stocking a variety of Dee’s products, including Dee’s Quinoa pot with Thai vegetables, Dee’s organic spicy bean vegetarian burger and the traditional vegan sausage with prices starting from €3.99.

We’ll definitely be picking up one of the many amazing vegan options at Tesco this week.


Beyoncé, Lea Michele, J. Lo and even our own Roz Purcell are just some of the stars who've shunned meat and dairy to keep themselves fighting fit.

While in theory a vegan diet sounds relatively simple, in practice it can be a little more complicated – all that recipe planning, for one. 

Blogger Amy Mulvaney gave veganism a go for a month to see if it was for her or not, and here's how she fared…

I’m a meat-eater, a chocolate lover and a cheese fiend. So when I told people that I was going vegan for a full month, the reaction was pretty much the same: “Are you crazy? But what are you going to eat?”

But after doing a bit of research on veganism and seeing the effects it can have on your body and health, I had already decided that it was worth a try, despite being just a little terrified.

One month of nut butter, almond milk and tofu on, here’s what I learned

1. Preparation is key
With so many foods eliminated from my diet, I knew that the only way I would survive was if I planned things out properly. I stocked up on plenty of fruit and vegetables, rice and pasta, and set out all of my meals from books like Deliciously Ella Every Day.

2. It’s not as expensive as you might think
Aside from picking up pricier products like miso paste and nutritional yeast, after the first week my food shopping wasn’t expensive and was pretty minimal. I didn’t waste as much food as I usually would, and everything in the fridge was eaten.

3. Google is your best friend
In fear of eating something that wasn’t vegan, I Googled everything before it crossed my lips. You’d be surprised at which foods are not vegan, including certain breads, pastas and treats like crisps.

4. Eating vegan doesn’t have to be boring (and it’s kinda easy)
I found it surprisingly easy to omit meat and dairy from my dinners, and really enjoyed making new dishes. Vegan stir fries, veggie burgers and tomato pasta are dishes that I’ll definitely keep eating, even though the month is over. Obviously some meals take longer than others, but overall I made sure that whatever I was making didn’t take longer than 20 minutes.

5. I didn’t lose weight or have heaps of energy
Being totally honest, I didn’t experience the boundless energy and lift in my mood that a lot of people do when they go vegan. My mood and energy stayed pretty much the same, as did my weight.

6. People don’t react too well when they hear you’re vegan
Even though I was only vegan for the month, a lot of people couldn’t help but hide their reaction to my new lifestyle. They made it pretty clear that they thought it must be “terrible” to live that way, before scoffing when I told them it wasn’t that bad.

7. Eating out wasn’t tortuous… honestly
Whenever I was eating out throughout the month, I made sure I looked at the restaurant’s menu online and had a look at what I could eat. Most places were happy to cater to what I needed, and the food I ate was delicious. Saying that, not many cafes care if you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant, and don’t stock soy or almond milk, which is very annoying at 9am on a Saturday when you desperately need a coffee.

8. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy
Most refined sugar is vegan, as are many biscuits and sweets like Oreos and Hob Nobs. So while it might seem like anything that’s vegan is healthy, that’s really not the case.

9. Eating enough is difficult
I wanted to make sure that I was eating enough of the right foods throughout the month, as some vitamins and minerals don’t readily exist in a vegan diet. I had to make sure I ate consistently throughout the day and didn’t leave myself hungry and low in energy.

10. Overall, it was a positive move, which I might even continue. Maybe.
As I said, I wasn’t even vegetarian before I went vegan, so this was a pretty big change for me. Through a lot of preparation and planning (I carried nuts everywhere), I found that I had fewer moments of despair and cravings than I thought.

At the start of the month, I didn’t know what to expect. Would I hate it? Would I want to stay vegan for life? Now I’m at the end, I’m still not sure where I stand.  It was interesting in theory, but in reality I found the whole thing a bit tedious – constantly checking the back of packets for ingredients and not being able to be spontaneous with eating out can get tiring.

I now know, however, that meat, dairy and animal products do not have to form part of every meal I to eat. I’ve really enjoyed trying new foods, stepping outside of my comfort zone and fuelling my body with wholesome and nutritious food. While being vegan was something I really enjoyed doing for the month, I don’t think I could stick to the label of being vegan for life.

I’d be pretty happy, though, to say that I’m a part-time vegan. Now that’s something I can stick to.

Amy Mulvaney blogs about all things lifestyle, beauty and fashion over on What She Does Now.