It’s been a little over a week of a vegan lifestyle, and I can’t say that it has been all that bad. I’ve had a few cravings every now and then, but nothing I can’t handle. That doesn’t mean I would do it forever though :) I know you’re technically allowed Sundays off, but I would feel like I’m cheating so I stayed strong today.
What’s my typical diet like these days? I usually do a smoothie before work followed by oatmeal (old-fashioned oats, water, brown sugar, dash of cinnamon). For lunch, I’ve been doing salads (kale, green/red pepper, mushrooms, onions, olive oil, salt + pepper) and then I snack on hummus and pita chips.
Some yummy recipes and foods:
- Cauliflower Mash
- Sweet Potato Quinoa Fritters with Black Bean Salsa
- Whole Foods 365 Meatless Meatballs
- Van’s Waffles (gluten-free options as well!)
Restaurants + items :
- Beans & Greens Quinoa Bowls
- Two Boots Vegan pizza (vegan cheese or no cheese option)
- De Santos Portobello Burger (no cheese and no sauce)
- BAD Burger Black Bean Burger (vegan and gluten-free options)
Things I haven’t liked so far really only include vegan cheese (it’s just really not the same thing).
Something I’ve noticed is that it does take a lot of planning to be vegan. I always call ahead at restaurants to go through the menu and make sure there are vegan options. Of course I can get a salad, but it’s nice to see if any sauces or dressings will work too. It’s also much easier living in NYC where there are a ton of restaurants.
Here are my tips / what I’ve learned so far:
- Salads are usually safe — always ask about dressing, it is most likely not vegan. I have been doing balsamic vinegar + olive oil, or just a little olive oil, salt + pepper
- Pastas are possible – go for a garlic olive oil or tomato sauce — always ask because they usually sneak cheese in, and remember pesto is usually made with parmesan
- When ordering burgers (black bean, veggie, portobello), make sure they only toast the bread and do not butter and then toast
- When ordering fried foods, consider that they most likely do not have separate fryers for fried foods like chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks — so always double check
- Ordering sushi? You’re pretty safe but double check with the kitchen – miso soup, vegetable tempura, and veggie rolls like sweet potato, AAC (avocado, asparagus and cucumber) and avocado peanut are delicious!
What are some of your favorite places to go to in NYC? Have you ever accidentally ordered something non-vegan?