Being a vegan in a meat-loving society can be challenging because of the limited selections available, especially in restaurants. Vegans, after all, will not eat any food product of animal origin so dairy, eggs, milk, and meat aren’t allowed in their diets. This doesn’t even include the fact that veganism is a lifestyle in itself that strives to exclude any and all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation, from food to clothing, among other purposes.
If you’re a vegan, fortunately, you don’t have to isolate yourself from your family and friends when there are plans of dining out. You just have to be more conscious about the food choices that you make while with them. You will find that even when you don’t share the same points of view, you can still enjoy their company – and that, ladies and gents, is the more important thing in life!
Make a Suggestion for Vegan-Friendly Restaurant
This is your most obvious step because then you can make your choices in an easier and faster manner, not to mention that you will not be asking the restaurant staff about the ingredients used in many dishes. You can even introduce your family and friends to your vegan lifestyle without sounding too preachy about it. You don’t even have to say too many things about it –you can just let the delicious and nutritious quality of the vegan food speak for itself!
Souplantation is among the best choices for vegans because of its impressive range of fresh fruits and vegetables, all of which are suitable for the vegan diet. You and your fellow diners can make your own healthy salads at the salad bar so everybody can enjoy truly plant-based meals. You can make your salads as light or as heavy as you want depending on your nutrient needs for the day or according to your mood.
The fruits and vegetables laid out on the salad bar is a rainbow of colors from reds, yellows and oranges to greens, purples, and whites. Romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens, tomatoes, kidney and black beans, garbanzos, bell peppers, and broccoli are just a few of the choices available at a Souplantation salad bar. These are packed with all good things for your health – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carbohydrates, and proteins, even healthy fats (e.g., avocado).
What’s a fruit and/or vegetable salad without dressings? You will find that there are several types of dressings for your choosing at a Souplantation restaurant, such as extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and freshly-cracked black pepper.
The best thing about Souplantation: Your non-vegan family and friends can choose from dishes and desserts made with meat and animal-based ingredients, such as milk, eggs and butter. You will then be able to persuade them to eat here again and again since they have several choices in their preferred foods – and everybody wins!
Make a Conscious Decision for Vegan Food
If you’re new to veganism from a meat-loving lifestyle, you will be sorely tempted to eat meat dishes and the like again. But you have to stand firm against the temptation because you made the shift for health reasons, for example. You don’t have to make your life difficult either when you make conscious decisions.
First, call in advance to make inquiries about the menu. You can ascertain the vegan-friendliness of a restaurant by asking its staff about the availability of vegan dishes and/or the willingness of the chefs to make accommodations for vegan diners. You can then choose whether to proceed.
Second, choose the plant-based dishes on the menu. Ask the waiter, if you’re in doubt, since many restaurants train their staff in these matters due to the increasing popularity of the vegan lifestyle. Your best choices obviously include the following:
- Lettuce, which have low levels of calories although these also have very few nutrients
- Spinach, a super-food with high levels of vitamin C, folate, zeaxanthanin, and lutein while still being low in calories
- Tomatoes, zucchinis, and bell peppers are great as toppings aside from being rich in flavors and nutrients
- Carrots and broccoli are super-foods that boost your overall health
Go crazy on the fruits, too! Your best choices include berries, melon, peaches, apples, and grapefruits. If you want protein in your meals without any animal being exploited for it, you can choose beans and tofu.
Go easy on the toppings, too, even when these are plant-based like nuts and seeds. Keep in mind that every little thing can add to the total calorie count and you may not want to overeat for health reasons, even when these are healthy foods.
Your decision to adopt the vegan lifestyle will have its challenges, as is the case when making other non-conventional choices. The secret in success is in educating yourself about your vegan lifestyle, adopting a proactive approach toward it, and respecting other’s people lifestyle choices even when it goes against your own. You will likely be respected for your own choices, too.