One of the most frequently asked questions I get when people find out I’m vegan is, “Do you eat out?” And then when I answer with a simple, “Absolutely,” they ask something like, “But, all you can get are veggies, right?”
While I do make use of sides, veggies included, I do a pretty good job of managing meals out when so many dishes that are offered include butter, cheese, or an ungodly chicken base.
I am a Sales Consultant and travel frequently for work. I am in and out of the car constantly and in towns that I am unfamiliar with. I must make it work! Ya girl loves food way too much to not.
I haven’t been home in 4 days and won’t be home for another 2. Here are a few examples of what my days, food-wise, will look like dining out 3 times a day.
Breakfast – any diner in the area
Coffee and water
A bagel or toast- dry (meaning no butter), with a side of avocado
A large side of home fries with broccoli, onions, peppers, and mushrooms (the veggies you like)
*When you ask for this, the waiter is most likely going to look at you funny. Tell them you want an omelet, but with potatoes instead of egg. And if that puzzled look remains, tell them it should look like a stir-fry. *
Lunch – Chipotle
Burrito or Burrito Bowl with:
Brown rice, black beans, sofritas, fajitas, mild sauce, corn, lettuce, guacamole - YES, I KNOW IT’S EXTRA
~Chips and guacamole on the side, if I’m feeling extra famished~
Dinner – any Chinese Take-Out in the area
Veggie Lo Mein
Broccoli in garlic sauce OR General Tso’s Tofu
Breakfast – any Bagel Shop in the area
A (jalapeno) bagel toasted with avocado and tomato
(Tofutti if they have it. Don’t count on it)
*Peanut butter is also always a great vegan option. *
Lunch – Subway
12” sub with all of the veggies
*Now, the first time I asked for this, they got me all the way fucked up. The sub wasn’t a sub at all. It was a salad on bread. I couldn’t eat it like a sandwich. Watch how they are making it. If you ask for all of the veggies, that is what you are going to get! If the Sammy is looking to big, take it as is so you can eat it. *
Dinner – Any Sushi Restaurant in the area
Spicy Avocado Roll
Sweet Potato Roll
House Vegetable Roll
These are basic examples, but as you can see- it is more than possible to keep a vegan lifestyle while traveling or eating out.
Always ask about food prep – how is this made? Do you use butter? Etc.
Pack your own snacks – granola bars, nuts, dried fruits
Research your travel destinations prior to making the trip
Try new things that you might not have otherwise
Fellow vegans, do you have any other hacks for eating out? Enlighten me! Comment below.