Vegan Food Selections When Dining Out

Vegan Food Selections When Dining Out

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For many people, vegan dieting can come as a huge change. It is a huge change, transitioning from one way of eating to another. Changing to a vegan diet is adjustable in a many ways.

There are simple ways of eating plant-based foods that resemble and simulate foods that come from animals or you can leave out the animal-based products in your diet and replacing them with plant-based foods.

Whichever path you take, it eventually leads you to your anticipated goal. Fortunately, the amount of known vegan food is endless and surprisingly, many people eat vegan food.

Making that transition, to eating a vegan diet can be overwhelming. Starting in the comfort of your own home, you can easily put together vegan meals that perfectly meet the criteria.  Supermarkets carry the basic necessities for preparing vegan meals.

Dining out and eating at restaurants is where the problem lies. In recent times however, offering vegan meals on the menu is slowly developing, making it easier for vegans, as well as vegetarians, to choose a meal that meets their needs.

Listed below are a few top choice vegan meals offered at specific restaurants.

Vegan Food Selections

  • Number one is salad; of course green salad containing no meat, eggs, or cheese.
  • Vegetable stir-fry is a common dish served at many Chinese restaurants. Also, brown rice is becoming more regularly served as a side dish or dinner dish.
  • In Italian restaurants, minestrone soup and pizza, minus no cheese, with vegetables like green peppers, onion, eggplant, and mushrooms are a perfect vegan choice.
  • Indian restaurants offer large selections of lentils and unique breads just be sure you request it without dairy or egg.
  • Tofu is highly common in Japanese restaurants. Steamed edamame, which is salt boiled soy beans, miso soup, a tofu paste combined with carrots or potatoes, and avocado or cucumber rolls.
  • Mexican restaurants make it hard to find and figure out which items are vegan. However, vegetable fajitas and vegetable burritos do fit into the category.
  • Finally, if you are allowing yourself fish once a week, then sushi can be a healthy treat. Stick to fish that is high in Omega-3 fats such as salmon and tuna, since Omega-3 is great for your health.

Editor’s Note: Flaxseeds are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, especially for those of you who do not eat fish.

Changing your way of eating, whether it is becoming vegan or vegetarian is beneficial to your health. It is beneficial and helps in weight loss, lowering cholesterol, reducing acne, and lowering blood pressure.

These are just a few types of restaurants that you can look for to meet your vegan needs. The vegan way is still very new to people, so you may have to let your server know that you are vegan.

Tell the server what foods you can and cannot eat and ask the server what he/she recommends. There are many eating establishments that are willing to serve and accommodate vegans. All you have to do is look around, talk to people, and do a little research.

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  1. Mary says:

    I agree with you and the above commenter that Indian restaurants are one of the best choices when you are eating out vegetarian or vegan. Indian vegetarian is no egg, so there’s if you are at an Indian vegetarian restaurant, there’s only the dairy to worry about. In northern India the restaurant menus list the vegetarian choices on the front pages, if there are any meat items they are in the back of the menu. A nice change!

  2. Lina says:

    Eating out as a Vegan, depending on what city you are in, can be extremely hard so thanks for putting this information up! I know especially for people who are just starting down their vegan path it can be particularly challenging for them eat out with friends and for special occasions.

  3. Alyssa says:

    I am so glad everyone is enjoying the article! Vegetable burritos are one of my favorites, very tasty. Glad I could help out with some vegan friendly choices.

  4. Tai says:

    The problem I have when dining out is usually when I travel out the country and there is a foreign language barrier. Sometimes there’s even a problem here in the US if the waiter or waitress does not speak fluent English. I usually try to go to Indian restaurants because I know that there will definitely be some vegetarian or vegan selections on the menu.

  5. Adam says:

    Another well written article and I’m really impressed with the high quality content available on this site. I am a non-veg, almost a vegetarian but not a vegan, can’t give up on some cheese delights 🙂 Thanks for sharing about the restaurants, the Italian restaurant sounds tempting.

  6. Dia says:

    Hi Alyssa and Evelyn,
    Great post, this is a very helpful list on how to eat vegan when we dine out. I like vegetable burritos and they are really good. 😉 Thanks for sharing

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