3 Reasons Being A Vegan Is The Best

3 Reasons Being A Vegan Is The Best

Becoming completely plant-based has changed my life for the better.

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Since the beginning of 2018, I had continuously not felt right every single day. Every time I ate any food, my stomach would extremely hurt and cramp up. Additionally, I had experienced multiple digestive issues. I had no idea what was wrong, because all of my life I had never had any food allergies, and rarely encountered problems when I ate. I needed to get to the bottom of this.

So, I started by not eating red meat anymore. This helped, but I still did not feel right. After having friends who were on vegan diets and seeing multiple Instagram pages with vegan recipes, I took a risk and gave it a try in late October 2018! Being a vegan means you do not consume anything that has come from an animal's body. With that being said, you can only eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts/seeds, soy products, etc. I gave up all dairy and meat from my diet. It was hard, because I love cheese, chocolate milk, and other treats. Now, there may be other versions of a vegan diet that others use, but what matters most is that I feel overwhelmingly less troubled! This diet is amazing and one of the best decisions I have ever made! I highly recommend becoming plant-based to anyone who may be looking to switch things up, or also experiences stomach issues!

Here are three reasons why I am so passionate about being a vegan!

1. You physically feel so much better.

By getting rid of dairy (which is a culprit of many stomach issues) and meat, I feel amazing. My skin is clearer, I have more energy, and my stomach feels better! Fun fact: I do take Vitamin D and Vitamin B supplements because I am missing out on those by choosing not to eat dairy or meat!

2. Animals are friends, not food!

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I am an animal lover. From having pets growing up, I strongly believe that animals deserve to have a life and not be eaten! They are so adorable.

3. A vegan diet is very sustainable for our earth.

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Mother Earth is such a beauty! A vegan diet helps our earth from becoming harmed. It creates green gasses in the air, helps with energy efficiency, and improves our land. How amazing!

Overall, I get made fun of sometimes by my friends or my peers for being vegan. Some of them even like to eat a few burgers right in front of my face out of spite! I do not let it bother me, because being vegan is the best. There are so many recipes out there and I am doing this for me! I hope I inspire other people to consider this beautiful diet that has made my well-being that much better.

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How To Order Vegan Like A Boss At Dutch Bros.

Coffee is a plant. And plant eaters need their fix, too.
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Recently, at my local Dutch Brothers Coffee stand (shoutout to Monmouth Dutch Bros.!) they put up a sign with allergen information, to make it easier for the gluten, soy, and lactose intolerant.

Not only is this considerate as all get out, it also makes it immensely easier to order as someone who eats a plant-based diet.

Which is just the most obnoxious way of saying that I'm a vegan.

Now that this information is available at stands, it's much easier for my fellow herbivores to make delicious new combos without worrying about accidentally ingesting milk or eggs. But I'll make it even easier: here are my favorite vegan orders at Dutch.

1. Mochas

The chocolate sauce is dairy free! Rejoice! Flavored mochas are so creamy and delicious... Especially with coconut milk (it has the most fat content of their alternative milks).

Here are a few of my favorites:

"Grasshopper" (dark chocolate and creme de menthe)

"Double Torture" (vanilla mocha with two extra shots)

"Black Forest" (dark chocolate and cherry)

And last, there's no name for this one, but an English Toffee Mocha is to die for.

2. Iced teas

As long as you avoid the occasional special with white chocolate thrown in, you should be good here. However, they can be quite sweet and if you're like me, that's not ideal.

In general, my tip is to order half sweet, but here are my two favorite, less sickly sweet orders:

A plain, pink grapefruit green tea

"Ray of Sunshine" (blackberry, peach, and grapefruit)

3. Lattes

Now, with no sauce (chocolate, caramel or otherwise) these will be less creamy, but also less sweet! If that's your dig, here you go:

"Nutty Irishman" (Irish cream and hazelnut)

"Amaretto" (almond and cherry)

"Islander" (chocolate macadamia nut, vanilla, and coconut)

4. Chai

Now, this is where it gets tricky. If you believe honey is vegan, then you're good to go; if you're not on the honey train, then chai is a no-go for you.

But for those who love themselves some bee-juice, I have two words for you: dirty chai. (A chai with espresso shots tossed in.)

It's a plain and simple drink you can get anywhere and adds no sugary syrup. Frankly, the Dutch chai is sweet enough, you really don't need any flavors added. However, I find that I do need the added espresso shots to balance it out. Plus, you get that added caffeine kick, and who doesn't love that?


Hopefully, this gives you some ideas for next visit, so you can do more than the (very safe) soy vanilla latte. Go forth and caffeinate!

Cover Image Credit: Monmouth Dutch Bros. | Instagram

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In Case You're Considering A Vegetarian Or Vegan Diet, Here Are 10 Food Ideas Perfect For Getting Started

It's easier than you think!

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When people talk to me about cutting out animal products, the number one complaint I receive is, "There are no options for vegetarians/vegans! I can't eat a salad every day!" Well fear not my animal-helping friends, it's not a terrible adjustment. In fact, people frequently feel happier and healthier after adding more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Here are 10 food ideas/advice that will be super helpful in your diet change!

1. Soup, soup, soup!

Soup is a great way to get started. There are so many ways to make it, the possibilities are endless! And it's very easy to make it vegetarian-friendly and still taste amazing. Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and explore the different vegetables and starches you can use!

2. Fruity meals for breakfast (trust me, it's great)

Wondering how to replace the bacon and sausage of the morning time? Smoothies, açaí bowls, fruit salad, fruit and yogurt, or even just plain sliced fruit with or without a dipping sauce — all great options. Not only are they great tasting and add to your meal, but fruit also gives a great energy boost for starting your day.

3. Tacos and burrito bowls (yes, Chipotle counts)

Personally, a lot of Mexican food has turned out to have easy vegetarian and vegan options. Instead of meat, there are lots of choices for substitutes, such as black beans, refried beans, grilled veggies, or sofritas if you're at Taco Bell. If you prefer vegan, choose guac over sour cream. Still so delicious!

4. Speaking of certain cultural food groups...Asian food!

From Chinese to Thai to Japanese and more, you cannot go wrong here. Lots of options for soups, noodles, and other dishes, lots of which are easy to make at home or order online! If you like tofu, you can always replace meat with tofu and enjoy your meal!

5. What about vegetable dishes and side dishes?

Learning how to work with vegetables is an important part of being vegan or vegetarian, and it's helpful for health reasons, as well. Roasting and seasoning broccoli sounds kind of difficult when you never do it, but once you start trying, it's pretty simple. One of my favorite meals to this day is string beans, roasted potatoes, and veggie burgers, all three of which take less effort to make than one main course of chicken cutlets.

6. Eggplant is a godsend

Craving chicken cutlets? Try eggplant cutlets! Want pizza without all the dough? Make eggplant pizzas! Want Italian food? Eggplant rollatini! It sounds strange, but eggplant is extremely versatile and very underrated. Eggplant dishes are egg-cellent.

7. And cheat day snack foods

Yes, you can be vegan or vegetarian and have fatty foods. If you're craving sugar, Oreos are great for cookie lovers, strawberries and whipped cream is great for vegetarians who love fruity sweets, or there are lots of candy options (just read the nutrition labels). Salt lover? You can still enjoy your potato chips, corn chips, salted popcorn, and more!

8. Be careful about nutrition and keep a variety

When switching to vegetarian or vegan diets, it's easy to stick to a few foods you already know you love. This is why lots of people get bored as vegetarians and switch back to eating meat. It's especially bad to do so if those few foods are unhealthy — you can't just eat pasta all day. Keep rotating food options and make sure to try new (or even previously disliked) foods! Before being a vegetarian, I never gave asparagus a chance, and now it's one of my favorite vegetables. If you are going vegan, you may have to be careful about vitamin B12, as it is difficult to obtain through veggies... BUT that's what supplements are for!

9. Like eggplant, cauliflower will be your BFF

Cauliflower is admittedly boring on its own, but ironically that makes it perfect for a variety of dishes. Some recipes include buffalo-sauced cauliflower, mashed cauliflower, cauliflower breadcrumbs, sesame cauliflower, cauliflower soup, cauliflower hash browns — the list goes on and on.

10.  Can't think of what to make right now? Use the Internet!

Googling recipes or finding guided recipes on YouTube are some of the best ways to decide what to eat. In addition, I highly recommend an app called Yummly. You can put in your food preferences and dietary restrictions when you download, and it will suggest recipes for you daily!

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