#1. Are veggie burgers becoming as average as Joe?
Going out to dinner with meat and dairy eaters can be tough, especially when you don’t want to be difficult. I always feel bad holding up the order and being “high maintenance.” But I’ve realized that your diet is so personal and no one has the right to criticize it. For me, being vegan is really reflective of my morals. People who love and respect me can support my choices. I also have gotten much better at scanning the menu and instantly finding vegan or “potentially vegan” dishes. I love to see a good ol’ veggie burger on the menu and am ecstatic when I find out I can eat it. I’m seeing more and more places serving them, which is awesome. The one pictured is from Not Your Average Joe’s. It's “house-made with quinoa, sweet potato, roasted mushrooms and black beans, topped with pickled red cabbage and guacamole on a toasted multigrain roll with organic greens or hand cut fries” - sounds like heaven, right? If you’re looking to find out whether your veggie burger is vegan, just ask if it has dairy or egg in it. Many of them do have eggs, but restaurants are often more accommodating than you might think!
#2. Search & rescue
When the fridge is barren and the cabinets aren’t stocked, it’s easy to reach for the easiest and often not-very-nutritious snack. Cheese whiz on pretzels anyone? The other day I faced one of these desperate moments - but I searched until I found something that would take the edge off. Didn’t require an ounce of creativity. I ended up making this delicious appetizer - chopped avocado, cherry tomatoes, and sliced cucumber drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with seasoned salt and pepper. So so satisfying!
#3. Shots shots shots shots shots shots
This one is for the brave souls out there. I wouldn’t deem it the tastiest but this health shot will essentially grant you superpowers. Health stores charge around $5 for these bad boys (if you’re lucky), so making them at home is definitely the way to go! A shot a day keeps the doctor away...who knew! There are many variations but the one I’ve been taking contains:
• ¼ cup of vinegar
• ½ a lemon, squeezed
• 1 small piece of ginger, peeled & grated
• Shake of Turmeric
• Shake of cayenne pepper
How have you been able to navigate veganism in this not-so-vegan world? Do you have any great vegan tips to share? Comment below!