Top 5 Tips For Eating Out – As A Vegan! – Saturday Strategy
POSTED ON July 15, 2016 BY Drew Canole
Today’s Saturday Strategy tips are from two of my good friends, Whitney and Vince from Los Angeles! These two have been huge in the plant-based community for many years and you can check out their websites here and here.
Whitney and Vince are not only vegans themselves, but they’ve built their lives around changing people’s bodies on a cellular level through whole foods and a better lifestyle.
Like I always say – you’re more than what you eat; you are what you ABSORB. So fueling your body with optimal nutrition – whatever that looks like for you, is crucial.
Because we get questions all the time on veganism, I thought it was important to have these two pros address the ins and outs since this is a personal lifestyle for them. Truth is, I have tried veganism and it didn’t support my body in a way that made me feel healthy. Goes to show that each person is different. And that’s more than okay!
So let’s dig in.
What Is Veganism?
Vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, honey or any other animal products or animal by-products. They may also refrain from using things like leather, fur, silk, wool and cosmetics and soaps derived from animal products.
Vegans DO eat plenty of fresh greens, vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, legumes, superfoods and sometimes whole grains.
What Are The Benefits Of A Vegan Lifestyle?
Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle to follow because of its extraordinary benefits!
A plant-based vegan diet is known to reduce the risk of mortality from:
Vegans are also extremely conscious of their effect on the environment and the effects on agricultural companies. When you buy something, you are essentially “voting” for a company with your money. When you buy a product, you are condoning the morals and practices of the company who created it.
Vegans are sensitive to the effects we have had on the animal kingdom and on the planet as a whole. They understand that, what it really boils down to is this: following a plant-based diet is extremely healthy for our bodies and as a bonus, it’s also kind to the environment.
Is It Hard To Be Vegan?
Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle may be difficult at first but there are countless resources and a lot of help from people who have already done it!
One of the biggest concerns people have about veganism is that they will stop enjoying eating out at restaurants with their family and friends. However, with the follow tips and tricks, you will be able to eat out easily and enjoy your experience!
Top 5 Strategies For Eating Like A Vegan… At A Restaurant!
Going out to eat on ANY special diet or lifestyle can be intimidating at first! But don’t get discouraged – once you learn the ropes and practice finding good food options, you’ll be surprised at how much GOOD food you can find that doesn’t compromise your standards!
#1 Do Your Research
Yelp is a great resource for looking up restaurant reviews. Before you go somewhere you can get an idea for the kinds of food they have, and what experience vegan-goers have had there in the past.
Google Search is also an easy option. Most restaurants post their menus online so you can see beforehand what your choices are.
There is an app called Happy Cow that is specifically designed for people to find vegan meals when eating out. You can download it on your phone now!
#2 Look At The Menu
Sometimes menus will list vegan or vegetarian by their dishes. Make sure you give the menu a good go-over so you can get a sense for what different foods the restaurant serves.
You can then get creative with the different options on the menu!
#3 Mix Entrees
Take something from one entree and add it to another one. Ask for substitutions for the meat and dairy ingredients. Sometimes you can get several side dishes that make up a whole meal.
Don’t feel like you have to be conventional! Most restaurants are happy to meet your needs. YOU are a paying customer – and that is how they survive!
#4 Talk With The Wait Staff
Feeling shy about voicing your preferences? Don’t! Be bold and upfront with the wait staff about being a vegan. More likely than not they will give you clues as to what you can eat on the menu that might not be obvious when you’re first looking at it.
Ask lots of questions! This will help ensure you have a great experience.
Sometimes you can even talk with the chef and ask them to put together a special dish for you.
#5 Eat Until You’re Fully Satisfied
A common misconception about the vegan diet is that it is hard to get FULL. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Don’t just eat a plain lettuce salad – add plant based protein like beans, quinoa, lentils and nuts and seeds.
Some other great options to add to your meals are avocado, sundried tomatoes, chia and hemp seeds, etc.
I hope that these tips help you have a great experience eating out as a vegan! It can be kind of fun piecing together entrees and making them your own.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 20 minutes and drained
¾ cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp thyme
2 garlic cloves
salt & pepper, to taste
1 tbsp light miso paste (optional – look for unpasteurized miso to make this 100% raw)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
To make the zucchini noodles a. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the zucchinis and discard. Starting from one end of the zucchini, peel a long ribbon of flesh down to the other end of the zucchini. Turn the zucchini and repeat this step around the entire zucchini, until the core is so small that it is difficult to peel. Repeat this step for the other zucchinis.
To make the raw Alfredo sauce a. Combine the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. b. Place half of the zucchini noodles in a serving bowl and gently stir half the sauce through it. Repeat for the remaining noodles and sauce. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh basil or parsley.
Know that as you speak out about your lifestyle, you will inspire others to adopt healthier eating habits. When they see someone who is committed to a vegan lifestyle they will realize that it is possible to eat healthy even when you are out with friends!
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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