How To Eat Around The World On A Vegan Diet
It is estimated that there are 7.5 million people in the United States that are vegetarian. The estimated population that is vegan is 2.5 million. This may explain why there are more vegan and vegetarian selections on restaurant menus.
We will give you some helpful hints for eating vegan no matter where you travel. But first, let us explain what a vegan is.
Vegan vs Vegetarian
A person who practices the vegan lifestyle avoids all products that come from animals. This includes:
- Fish and other seafood
A vegetarian avoids meat, seafood, and poultry. However, some vegetarians will eat dairy products.
Depending on where you travel, there are usually options on the menu that will accommodate your dietary needs. However, if you travel to the more sophisticated cities in the United States, you will find much more than a few second-thought options.
Vacation cities offer complex and delicious options on their select menus for their vegan customers. You will experience gourmet meals prepared by culinary master-chefs. You are not restricted to one or two diners in the city. Even the chic and romantic hotels are vegan-friendly.
There are plenty of big-name restaurant chains that offer vegan options. If you are on the road and just want a quick meal, you will be welcomed at Denny’s Restaurants, Red Robin, and Johnny Rockets.
If you are in a city or country that you are not familiar with there are safe selections. If you stop by a restaurant that serves Mexican food, order the veggie burrito which is served with rice and beans. Italian restaurants always have pasta selections which are topped with spicy tomato sauce and spices. Pizza is also a good selection. Simply order your pie with vegetarian toppings and no cheese. Chinese restaurants are super-easy. Most Chinese restaurants will allow you to substitute tofu in any entrees they serve. They often have meatless meats and vegan cheeses and butter made from soy milk. If you are looking for quick snacks on the go, you can opt for vegan-friendly hard candy in bulk online.
Vegans are taking full advantage of free or low-cost apps that the vegan traveler must have. There are apps that will guide you to vegan restaurants and give you suggestions on what to order. There are apps for wonderful recipes you can make yourself and apps that help you create shopping lists. There are online shopping apps to help make your life easier for your kitchen and for Vegan Food Gifts for the holidays.
When you are traveling around the world, sometimes the language barrier makes it difficult to order foods. Of course, you can download apps that will say words for you in other languages but sometimes you are in for a surprise when the food is served. You are usually able to order salads, baked potatoes, and pasta. However, it is wise to have a back-up plan.
Order a fruit and nut basket to be delivered to your suite at the hotel. If you are going to a social event and you must take a dish, take something you can eat. If it is one of your favorites, place a “Vegan” label on the dish which will scare away any carnivores that are in the room.
Sample foods that are local to the area
Do a little research before you choose a destination. Every region has foods that are specific to their area. Most towns (especially in Europe) have a farmers market. Arrange your schedule to take advantage of them. Fresh plums, grapes, olives, and veggies will ignite your senses. Look for fresh truffles and sample the raw foods. If you want a caffeine-packed treat, make sure to locate places with great coffee. Do not forget to indulge in fresh bread with honey or jam.
You do not have to sacrifice while traveling. There are many options available to you. With a little planning and a sense of adventure, the food you eat will add luster to your trip and enhance your experience. Make your adventure a memory of a lifetime.