This is a quick guide to vegan fast-food. If you can't find a guide to your local vegan-friendly restaurants, please create one!
You'll find three flavors of vegan ice cream at Basking-Robbins: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Extreme, and Coffee Caramel Chunk. Their Daiquiri Ice and Watermelon Splash sorbets are also vegan. Sidenote: the son of BR's founder wrote the book "Diet for a New America" in 1987 promoting a plant-based diet, and refused to participate in his father's business. Later in life, the father, BR's founder, suffered from severe diet-related disease, until his doctor handed him his son's book. Hear the story on Gaia.
Blaze Pizza offers vegan cheese! Their regular dough and gluten-free doughs are both vegan, and you can also get vegan spicy chorizo as a topping (and all the veggies of course). Pieology also offers vegan cheese at select locations. You can do vegan at other pizza chains, but you'll have to go cheeseless. For example, Domino's thin crust Pacific Veggie Pizza (sans cheese) is vegan, Little Caesars can do veggie-only toppings on a regular crust, and all crusts at Papa John's are vegan. Also, Pizza Hut started offering Beyond Meat as a topping in November 2020. But if going cheeseless makes you feel cheated, and if you know how to turn on an oven, grab a frozen Daiya Supreme! It takes less than 20 minutes to heat, and includes vegan cheese, meatless sausage, mushrooms and bell peppers on a gluten-free crust. UPDATE: For frozen, we just discovered the Sweet Earth Veggie Lover at Target and Whole Foods (add your own Tofurkey Italian Sausage).
Now offers the Impossible Whopper (get it without cheese or cream dressing). Burger King's fries are also vegan! Unfortunately that's not true at McD's — their fries are flavored with cow juice. Also vegan at BK are the hashbrowns, French Toast Sticks, Apple Pie, and the garden salad (ask for no cheese and non-dairy dressing).
Carl's Jr. & Hardee's
Carl's Jr. offers the Beyond Famous Star (at Hardees, it's the Beyond Thickburger). Actually, you can replace any of Carl's Jr's burger selections with a Beyond Burger patty. Just be sure to ask for no cheese, no mayo, and no "special sauce" on anything. Their Crisscut and Natural-Cut French Fries are both vegan, as is the side salad if ordered without cheese. Carl's Jr also has Fried Zucchini. On their breakfast menu, the Beyond Sausage Burrito (Hardee's Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit) can be ordered without egg and cheese. And the breakfast Hash Rounds are vegan.
The tacos, burritos and bowls can be ordered meatless by using Fajita Veggies as your filling (in which case guacamole is added for free), or you can replace meat with Sofritas (organic tofu). But still add guac! The white/brown rice are both vegan, and you can choose between black or pinto beans (or ask for a mix). Whatever you order, be sure to include fajita veggies, lettuce, and salsa. If you're hungry, then rather than a taco or burrito, try: Veggie Bowl, with a mix of black+pinto beans, fajita veggies, guac, mild salsa, lettuce, (optional: sofritas), and add a side of chips for a nacho-style feast. By the way, Chipotle's non-GMO claims only apply to their plant-based foods, not any animal products.
Guess who's taken a first (baby) step toward becoming the world's future Non-Dairy Queen! Their Non-Dairy Dilly Bars are coconut milk-based ice cream dipped in vegan chocolate. Yum. Their fries are also vegan, as are the Misty Slushes. Unfortunately you can't yet make a vegan meal here.
Del Taco has been a trailblazer in plant-based fast-food. On their menu you'll find Beyond Avocado Tacos and the Beyond Avocado Burrito, which are both vegan. Also try the Avocado Veggie Bowl and/or Epic Beyond Burritos. The "Beyond Vegetarian" offerings (e.g. Beyond 8 Layer Burrito or the Epic Beyond Cali Burrito) can be made vegan by ordering them without cheese or sour cream. Or, since Del Taco's entire menu is "made-to-order", you can get any other menu item with Beyond Meat as a replacement for animal flesh. The crinkle-cut fries and hashbrown sticks at Del Taco are also vegan.
Now offers the Beyond Burger, topped with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and pickles on a multigrain bun. Ask for no cheese and no sauce (just add ketchup yourself). Alternatively, replace any of their burger offerings with a veggie patty (which is a Dr. Praeger's or Amys veggie burger). Also vegan at Denny's are the seasoned French fries, baked potatoes with vegetable toppings, Veggie Skillet (if orderd with no egg or butter), English muffins, oatmeal, bagels, applesauce, fresh fruit, vegetable plates, and garden salad with light Italian dressing.
Offers a Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. This is a Beyond Sausage on an English muffin (yes, the English muffins are vegan). But ask for no egg and no cheese. The hash browns are also vegan, and they've even begun offering almond milk for their coffee drinks.
El Pollo Loco
Now offers vegan chicken! Try their Chickenless Pollo Taco or Burrito. Be sure to ask for no cheese and no Creamy Dressing to make them vegan.
Offers the Impossible Burger with Daiya cheese! Be sure to ask for the Daiya cheese, and no mayo. The Fat Fries, Skinny Fries, and Sweet Potato Fries are vegan, and you can even get a vanilla or strawberry milkshake made with vegan ice cream!
In-N-Out used to be cool, but at this point it's pretty much Out. Their only vegan menu item is fries. If you're desperate, you might try ordering: "Hamburger, no patty, no sauce, mustard and ketchup instead, both types of onions, chiles, pickles, and extra toasted buns". Hopefully In-N-Out will start considering their plant-based-former-customers, the cows-that-made-em-rich and the environment-of-future-generations soon. On these issues, old-school is not cool.
Offers a Black Bean (gardein) Burger, with option to add avocado.
Emerging from it's Kentucky Fried Cruel past, KFC has recently launched the Beyond Chicken Sandwich. However, it's fried, and it's fried in the same fryers/oil as the chicken bodies. Not perfect, but much better than eating the bodies straight. KFC's corn on the cob and green beans make good vegan sides.
At the moment, McDonald's doesn't have much for anyone on a plant-based diet. However, that'll soon change! McDonald's recently announced a new plant-based platform called 'McPlant', which will be introduced in 2021.
The Eggplant Tofu is vegan and filling. You can also do their chow mein, and then mix in a side of Super Greens (it's a mix of broccoli, kale, and cabbage). Make either even more filling with a side of Veggie Spring Rolls. Fyi, both their brown and white rice are vegan (this isn't always the case at restaurants, as meat stocks are often added).
Try their healthy Baja Grain Bowl or Mediterranean Grain Bowl (order both without feta or yogurt). Other options include the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl and the Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame.
Still no vegan cheese as of 2021, boo. But if you love their pizzas, you can do a Garden Veggie or Gourmet Vegetarian pizza with all the veggies, swap the white sauce with marinara / barbeque / or traditional red sauce, hold the cheese and herb/cheese shaker. Then add your own Daiya or Follow Your Heart cheese at home before/during baking. See Blaze for other pizza ideas.
Plant Power Fast Food
The future of fast food is currently in Southern California and coming soon to Sacramento! 100% plant-based burgers, fries, and shakes: Classic 'bacon cheeseburger', holy guacamole burger, battered buffalo wings, chick'n nuggets, kaleslaw, raw tacos, chocolate cheezecake, Just Egg breakfast burrito, and more.
Try the Veggie Sub on white or wheat bread, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, mushrooms, guacamole and balsamic vinaigrette. No cheese, thanks.
In addition to their selection of dairy free milks (almond, coconut, soy, and as of Spring 2021 Oatly oat milk), you can now get a filling Vegan Protein Bowl, which has brown rice, lentils, butternut squash, roasted tomatoes, and sunflower seeds, with a lemon-tahini dressing.
Some locations are now offering the Beyond Meatball Marinara sub, and some offer falafel. However, Subway's Veggie Delite has long been a staple for vegans who want something healthy+fresh, and all locations offer it. Try the Veggie Delite with no cheese, all the veggies, and add avocado. Better yet, add double avocado! And you can ask for extra of any favorite veggies. Vegan breads include the Hearty Italian, 9-Grain Wheat, Roasted Garlic, and Sourdough, as well as the spinach or tomato basil wraps. Alternatively, order that Veggie Delite as a salad! Note the Subway's veggie pattie is NOT vegan — it contains egg and milk.
You can make many items on Taco Bell's menu vegan by swapping beans for meat, and by requesting "Fresco Style". Fresco omits the cheese and sour cream. Add any salad/veggie items, and guacamole to make it more filling. For example, try a Bean Burrito, fresco style, and add guacamole, jalapenos and extra onions. Or try swapping beans for meat in the Crunchwrap Supreme or Mexican Pizza, and request no cheese or cream (again, just say "fresco style"). Taco Bell's website provides awesome instructions for ordering vegan. And for a little dessert, their Cinnamon Twists are vegan.
TGI Fridays now serves the vegan Beyond Burger. Ask for no cheese and dairy-free sauce. Note that the Challah bun is vegan, the gluten-free bun is not.
We've never been to a Veggie Grill, but if there's one near you, legend has it that everything on their menu is vegan.
Their Impossible Sliders (mini burgers) are vegan if ordered without cheese. Vegan sauces include the Smoky BBQ sauce, Nashville-Inspired Hot Sauce, and Sweet Chili Sauce.
These are some favorite vegan-friendly restaurants around Lake Tahoe, based on visitor input. If you have other suggestions, please tell us! And to encourage kind options, always remember to give positive online reviews to restaurants that offer good vegan options, and vice versa.
★My Thai Noodle
Much of My Thai's menu can be made vegan by replacing meat with tofu or extra broccoli, and asking for vegan sauce. Their brown rice is vegan, white is not; yellow curry is vegan, others aren't. Popular noodle dishes include Pad Thai and Pad See Ew (just ask for no fish sauce and no egg).
You'll find some vegan sushi here, such as the Garden Hand Roll, Tempura Veggie Long Roll, and of course the edamame appetizer.
★Azul Latin Kitchen
Vegan options aren't marked, but servers can point them out. Some favorites include the Veggie Fajitas ($20 but splitable), the Azul Bowl ($18), vegan chili ($9), and sweet potato tacos/burrito (substitute guacamole for dairy).
Serves breakfast and lunch. Vegan favorites include the Vegan Burrito ($9) and Vegan Scram ($9).
Black Cabin Coffee
Offers a vegan soyrizo breakfast burrito ($9) with avocado, black beans, roasted peppers/onions, and hash brown.
Near Heavenly Village:
Blue Dog Pizza (near Raley's) offers pizzas with vegan cheese. Nearby Baja Fresh has a few vegan options, such as the Baja Veggie Taco Combo for $9 (hold the parmesan). Fatburger inside of Harrah's now sells the Impossible Burger. Maya's Mexican Grill (across the street from Heavenly Village) has a veggie burrito ($9). And the Naked Fish (just west of Raley's Center) has vegan sushi options. If you looking for a quick bite, add avocado (or double avocado) to a Veggie Delight at Subway (near Raley's), or check Raley's sushi counter for veggie rolls.
★Artemis Lakefront Cafe
Greek food. Vegan favorites include the Super Veggie Pita, the Falafel Pita, the Mediterranean Power Bowl, and the Mezze Platter (a plate of appetizers that makes a great main dish). Always specify vegan so they hold feta/etc. For breakfast there's a tofu breakfast scramble.
Nepali/Indian restaurant offering at least 10 veggie dishes. Ask them which ones are vegan, and which naan/rice are vegan.
Yes, it's a chain, but a good one for vegans. Try the Veggie Bowl with a mix of black+pinto beans, brown rice, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole (guac is included with the Veggie Bowl at no extra charge). Add a bag of chips, and head over to the beach (the inside seating at this Chipotle is kinda cramped).
They have vegan pizza slices and a salad bar (not currently self-serve due to pandemic). Also vegan sushi and vegan donuts — plus everything you'd need to make a healthy plant-based picnic!
If you appreciate unpretentious places, you'll find one (very filling) vegan choice here: the Super Veggie Burrito (ask for no dairy). Help yourself to chips/salsa.
Their new online menu specifies which dishes are vegan — nice!
This is one of our top two picks for vegan options in SLT (the other is Frescana in Meyers). Vegan dishes are marked on the menu. The only downside is that Freshies is small and can be super busy on weekends/holidays.
★Aloha Ice Cream
Located in the same building as Freshies, they offer coconut-milk-based ice creams, mud pie, frozen chocolate-dipped bananas, ice cream cake by the slice, and more. Be sure to mention vegan when ordering.
★Lotus Pho 2
Located in the same building as Freshies. Until their other location reopens at Raley's Center, this is the only Vietnamese restaurant in SLT. Lucky for us, their Veggie Pho is great. Be sure to ask for vegan broth.
Highly recommended. Several vegan choices including the Mexican Volcano (substitute the honey-mustard dressing with Annie's Goddess dressing), the Veggie Crunch Sandwich, and Tempeh Burger. Whatever you order, be sure to specify vegan so you get options for guacamole, hummus, vegan cheese, etc. You can also get food to go, and walk a block east to the Lakeview Commons Beach. Alternatively, Regan Beach has picnic tables, but is a short drive.
★Tahoe Bagel Co
This place opened DURING the pandemic and is doing great. They offer a Veggie breakfast sandwich, vegan cream cheese for their bagels, and oat/almond/soy/coconut milks for their hot drinks.
The Free Bird (Cafe)
Small cafe. Along with the usual dairy alternatives, you'll usually find vegan baked goods. BTW, does anyone know a cafe that doesn't charge extra for plant-based milks? If so, please let us know.
Off The Hook Sushi
Japanese restaurant with some veggie sushi options (be sure to specify vegan), and a vegetable udon.
This Mexican restaurant has six awesome vegan options. Visit their website and click Menu→"Lo Vegano" (The Vegan) for descriptions. Burrito with vegan beef or potato+soychorizo ($10), Taco plate with same options ($13), Vegan mozzarella quesadilla ($14), Super nachos ($14).
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★Artemis Mediterranean Grill
Excellent Greek/Mediterranean restaurant — just wish they'd offer vegan sauces other than ketchup. Vegan favorites include the Super Veggie Pita, the Falafel Pita, the Mediterranean Power Bowl, and the Mezze Platter (a plate of appetizers that makes a great main dish). Always specify vegan so they leave off feta/etc.
★Orchids Thai Cuisine
Comfortable Thai restaurant, popular with both visitors and locals. Many dishes can be made vegan by asking for tofu or extra veggies rather than meat, and asking for vegan sauce. Some favorites include Spicy Basil Vegetable (the rice version).
★My Thai Cuisine
Authentic Thai restaurant, definitely recommended. Much of their menu can be made vegan by replacing meat with tofu or extra broccoli/veggies, and asking for vegan sauce. Their brown rice is vegan (white is not). The only vegan curry is yellow. Some popular noodle dishes include Pad Thai and Pad See Ew (just ask for no fish sauce and no egg).
With self-pour beef/wine/kombucha, outdoor seating, a firepit, and pizzas that now offer vegan cheese and Impossible meat, AleWorX has become pretty awesome.
Alpina Coffee Cafe
Offers a vegan breakfast burrito with plant-based sausage.
Offers six veggie burgers, including the Santa Fe (with avocado and jalapenos), the Sweetness (with fresh grilled pineapple), and the Desert Delight (with grilled cactus). The veggie patties are a bit on the small side unfortunately, but a side of shoestring fries and/or fried mushrooms can make up for it.
Mexican with a modern feel and easygoing vibe. Locals love it. All non-GMO produce and homemade salsas. Vegan favorites include the Verde Burrito (say "no dairy" and they'll offer cashew cheese for a dollar), Vegetarian Tacos (again, hold the dairy), and the Cauliflower Rice Bowl.
★Lake Tahoe Pizza
Traditional pizza parlor offering daiya (vegan cheese) and a salad bar. This was the only pizza place near the Y before AleWorX came along, but many people still prefer their thicker crust. Open for dinner only. They also offer pizzas to cook at home ("take and bake").
Traditional coffee shop feel. Open for breakfast and lunch only. Vegan options include Vegan French Toast and Garden Burger ($12). Ernie's is also listed on the Oatly Finder, so they may have vegan hot drinks.
Some ideas if you're just looking for a quick bite: Add avocado (or double avocado) to a Veggie Delight at Subway (across the street from Raley's), or check Raley's sushi counter for veggie rolls. Taco Bell (in Raley's parking lot) has a Bean Burrito that's vegan — order it fresco style, add guacamole, jalapenos and extra onions! Kitty-corner from Raley's you'll find Grass Roots Grocery which often has homemade tempeh sandwiches with Vegenaise.
One of our top two picks for vegan options in Tahoe. Dedicated plant-based menu! Some favorites include the Beyond Crispy Taco and K's Vegan Veggie Taco ($6 each — one of each makes a great combo), the Burrito Morado ($15 but huge), the Beyond Guac Burger (ditto), the Vegan Sunrise Veggie Bowl, Vegan Avocado Toast, and the WFPB Bowl. Indoor or outdoor seating, or get takeout and head to Tahoe Paradise Park. If you live in Tahoe, be sure to sign up for their daily email deals, which often include off-menu vegan lunch specials.
Cool Meyers spot best known for evening music, but also good for lunch (open 2pm to 2am). Currently just "okay" for vegan — see their menu on Yelp for what you can expect. The Reuben can be made into a Veggie Reuben with Portobello mushroom, or the Taco Salad can be made vegan by holding the cheese.
Incline Village (East to west)
Tunnel Creek Cafe
Offers a whole grain vegan burger with spicy brown mustard, lettuce, and tomato on a toasted vegan whole grain bun.
★Mountain High Sandwich Co.
Our top pick for Incline Village. Some recent highlights include the House Smoked BBQ Tofu, Chickpea Salad Sandwich, All Good Veggie Sandwich, Veggie Ruben, Harmony Wrap, and for breakfast the Avocado Toast or Dreamy Coconut Chia Seed Pudding.
Lone Eagle Grille
Upscale restaurant with separate vegetarian/vegan menu available upon request. Carrot Risotto, fancy Beyond Burger, Tomato & Roasted Pepper Bisque, and Vegetable Linguini are some current offerings. Nicey but pricey.
Asian fusion restaurant. Tell them you're vegan and they can adjust many of their menu items to accomodate.
Offers an excellent vegan pizza.
Inclined Burgers and Brews
Offers a Beyond Meat burger (hold the cheese).
As with most Thai restaurants, many of the menu items here can be made vegan. Just substitute tofu or extra broccoli for meat, and ask for vegan sauce.
Offers a vegan tofu scramble for breakfast. No lunch options yet.
Thania's Juice Bar
Vegan tamales and smoothie bowls.
Kings Beach (East to west)
Rather upscale yet casual restaurant with a Vegan Udon Noodle Bowl and another noodle bowl that you can add tofu to.
Southwestern (non-traditional Mexican) restaurant with a Veggie Fajita. It's an upscale restaurant (the fajita is $23).
Traditional Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options that can be made vegan by holding the dairy.
Tahoe Central Market
Market with a deli and juice bar. Didn't see any vegan menu items at the deli, but you could put together a picnic with grocery items, and there's the juice bar.
Tahoe City (East to west)
Sugar Pine Cakery
Bakery with some vegan options.
Vegan friendly Thai restaurant. As with most Thai restaurants, just tell them you're vegan and most of their menu items can be adjusted.
Jake's On The Lake
A few vegan options including Vegan Buddha Bowl and Veggie Udon.
Hacienda Del Lago
Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options that can be made vegan by holding the dairy.
Tahoe City Sushi
Offers vegan sushi with a dedicated vegan menu - be sure to ask for it!
Fat Cat Bar & Grill
Offers the Beyond Burger and a tofu lettude wrap.
Syd's Bagelry and Espresso
Cafe with non-dairy milks and some vegan food options.
The Pioneer Cocktail Club & Kitchen
Veggie (cauliflower/mushroom) tacos are the only vegan menu item, but you can also do a no-cheese veggie pizza.
The Blue Agave
Traditional Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options that can be made vegan by holding the dairy.
The Dam Cafe
A few vegan options, but the Vegan-Rito (vegan burrito) is the winner here.
New Moon Natural Foods is a health market (great place to buy vegan groceries when visiting Tahoe City), but in the back corner you'll find the Uncommon Kitchen, which is our favorite place in Tahoe City for vegan to-go.
West Shore Market
Deli with a veggie sandwich option.
Fire Sign Cafe
Breakfast and lunch, with vegan options including a Vegan Tofu Scramble and Black Bean Burger.
For the healthiest plant-based meals, nothing beats preparing your own!
For those with zero interest in cooking, these services deliver boxes of ready-to-heat, plant-based meals to you:
Well, recipes from the movies we recommend ☺
Browse a bit and you'll quickly see that you're not giving up anything by going plant-based. Bookmark any recipes you'd like to try!
These are sites mentioned by Tahoe's Plant-Based Cooking Club, so you may be more likely to find WFPB (whole foods, plant based) recipes on them.
Not a specifically vegan recipe site, but search for "vegan + your desired dish" and you can find just about any recipe veganized. For example: vegan chocolate cake
Great Reddit channel for cooking inspiration/ideas.
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The best plant-based products on Earth grow directly out of the earth, and can be found in the produce area and bulk bins of any decent supermarket. But here are some favorite packaged foods that you might also want to try.
It's not exactly healthy (lots of coconut oil), but hopefully you're not eating cheese for your health. At least this one's made with plants, not pus.
Miyoko's is expensive (~$10), but it's amazing. Try it for your next special occassion. It's expensive because it's made with cashews.
Oat doesn't just make one of the best-tasting vegan milks, it's also one of the best choices for the environment. We recommend Oatly's medium-thick version in the bluish container (not "whole", not "skinny", but "semi"). Find your nearest retailer with the Oatly Finder. Bonus: it's fortified with calcium and B12!
One big difference you'll notice among plant-based milks is the amount of sugar. Some are as sweet as soft drinks, others are similar to cow secretion, and others (like this pea-protein-based Ripple, which also contains calcium+B12) go sugar free. It may take a little experimentation to find your sweet spot.
If you're a coffee drinker, you'll have no trouble finding soy/almond/coconut/oat and other vegan creamers. Here's one we like.
Egg from plants (rather than the backside of a chicken) with zero cholesterol. Great for scrambles, omelettes, pancakes, etc.
Ugh, I can't believe I ever ate butter — the solidified secretion of a cow's nipple, gross. Try this.
Tofurkey's Italian sausage makes an excellent addition to any pasta dish. But don't be surprised if you find yourself eating them straight out of the package.
No, they don't taste like hot dogs — it's difficult to simulate the taste of pig faces, butts and guts with plants. But think of Field Roasts as something new, and they taste great!
If you were ever a chicken nugget addict, you'll love gardein.
We like to cut these up and add 'em to quinoa/avocado/veggie bowls, salads, etc. They have a spicy taste, and a crunchy/fried texture.
Wow, we just said it's difficult to simulate the taste of dead animals with plants, but the scientists at Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have done it — without the hormones, antibiotics, blood, cholesterol or cruelty!
The main ingredient in hummus is protein-packed garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas). Most brands are vegan.
An amazing, special occasion spread. The only drawback is that it's too good to eat in moderation.
If making a plant-based pizza, Daiya cheese comes pre-shredded. Or you can just buy one of their pre-made frozen pizzas, add some fresh veggies on top — and maybe some more Daiya on top of that! For frozen, we also recommend the Sweet Earth Veggie Lover from Target or Whole Foods (add your own Tofurkey Italian Sausage).
The best chocolate cake ever is vegan! Although Just Desserts products are sold many places, we seem to find this vegan gem most consistently at Safeway/Albertsons.
Uncle Eddies cookies can be found at many supermarkets (sometimes in the freezer), as can Alternative Baking's. Both are "sweeter" than their cruel counterparts!
It's called Coconut Bliss because it's made with coconut milk, but it comes in several flavors, including this decadent dark chocolate.
As of January 2021, Raley's, Target and Whole Foods seem to have the best "shop by vegan" functionality.
Cooking not your thing? Check out these prepared meal services:
If you're into beans for protein (or anything that takes long to cook), an Instant Pot could be a worthwhile purchase. If you're a 1-2 person household, go with the mini version.
Last, but certainly not least for many of us, be aware that not all alcohols are vegan. For vegan wine, you're typically safe with organic brands. Most beers are vegan, but some contain ingredients like gelatin. You can confirm that your drink is worthy of your affection at Barnivore.com, or try something new from Food52's list.
The #1 tip for going plant-based is "just get started". A wise person once said "you don't need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step" and that advice definitely applies to plant-based life. Every step you take on this journey will get easier as you discover more great options that cause animal flesh/fluids to lose their appeal.
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- Hang with vegan friends: For the same reason that it's difficult to quit smoking around smokers, you'll likely find the plant-based transition easier if you team up with a friend or two. This also alleviates the "am I crazy" doubts of going solo.
- Try new foods: While there are many plant-based meats/cheeses these days, vegan typically gets easier and healthier when we stop trying to simulate the taste of animal flesh and secretions with plants. Keep experimenting with new foods to discover how much more there is for your taste buds to enjoy!
- Focus on WFPB (whole foods, plant based): Especially if you're going vegan for health, try to limit highly processed and sugary products being marketed as "vegan". Even if you're doing it for animals, there are animal-undermining downsides to "junk food vegan". It certainly won't inspire friends to eat kindly if they see us getting fat(ter) or sick(er) on such a "vegan" diet.
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