Being A Vegetarian In College Isn't Easy

Being A Vegetarian In College Isn't Easy

Living on a college student budget does not make trying to eat healthy and be a veterinarian easy.

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Being on a college student budget for groceries does not make being a vegetarian easy.

Since my senior year of high school, I have been a vegetarian and I never had a hard time until college came around. Living at home and having your mom make you dinner, especially a vegetarian one, is a blessing I took for granted. Now that I have to juggle paying for bills, gas, and groceries every week, it makes it so much harder.

We all know how expensive fruits and vegetables are, and having a budget of $30-$50 a week for food limits the amount of food you can get for your money. Yes, there are alternatives to eating meat, but the substitutes like veggie patties and veggie burgers are still rather pricey.

Don't even get me started on trying to find a decent meal while living on campus, and having to pray they make a vegetarian option for dinner.

Salads get boring after a while and having carbs for every meal isn't healthy. It is sad that we live in an age where healthy foods are still so much more expensive than a burger or fries, and converting back to having meat again just isn't an option.

Pasta is amazing, but try having it for every meal.

Going out to eat is also a struggle because fast food is geared towards people who eat meat, so finding something other than a salad on the menu is a hit or miss. No one likes having to be the one to always have to say, "If we eat there, is there something I can actually have?" or being at a restaurant and realizing there's nothing there for you besides soup or a salad.

Not liking or eating meat is a struggle.

Meat lovers, I'm jealous.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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7 Vegan Foods That Don't 'Taste Vegan,' AKA Like Grass

Some vegan foods I recommend to everyone I know because they're just that good.

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Over the two years I've been vegan, I've tried some not-so-tasty vegan foods, and I will admit that. But, I've also had some of the best food I've ever had in my entire life, even before I was vegan.

Some vegan foods I recommend to everyone I know because they're just that good.

Here are X vegan foods that, as a non-vegan would say, don't "taste vegan."

1. Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn

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Oh my days, this stuff is heavenly.

Crunchy, crispy, sweet, salty, and, in case you're wondering, vegan.

This snack is also gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, whole grain, and free of high fructose corn syrup.

2. Dark Chocolate Oreos

The first package of these I bought disappeared in a few hours. They're hundreds of levels above the regular chocolate creme filled Oreos. Imagine the cream on the inside of the cookie was just as chocolatey and rich as the cookie itself, and just a touch sweeter: that's what the dark chocolate filling tastes like.

Seriously, these are so freaking good.

3. So Delicious Salted Caramel Cluster Non-Dairy Ice Cream

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This is, hands down, my favorite ice cream on the planet.

Chock full of chocolate covered cashews, layered with ribbons of salted caramel, and loaded with more chocolate chunks, all stirred into a creamy, dreamy delightful cashew-based frozen dessert, this "ice cream" is a salty and sweet lover's fantasy come true.

And that's a fact.

4. Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream

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Imagine the most chocolatey chocolate ice cream you've ever had.

Take that, make it more chocolatey, and throw in über-chocolatey brownie chunks. Then you'll have this almond-milk-based treat.

Without a doubt in my mind, this is the best chocolate ice cream I've ever had. And I've had dark chocolate gelato on the backstreets of Pompeii. This beats it.

Bonus, Ben & Jerry's supports fair trade farmers with their sugar, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and bananas, and uses non-GMO ingredients.

Even if you're a vegan-dessert skeptic (which you shouldn't be) Ben & Jerry's also uses cage-free eggs and implement a program they call "Caring Dairy" to ensure that even their non-vegan products keep in mind the importance of our animal friends.

5. Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs Vegan White Cheddar

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These are the closest thing to Cheetos in a vegan diet... except they're better than Cheetos, if you ask me.

These are non-GMO, kosher, gluten-free, and free of both soy and nuts, so they're suitable to pretty much any allergen restriction or diet. They also have a high protein and fiber content.

6. Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Beverage

This is just super delicious chocolate milk, without any nasty hormones or cholesterol and it's also soy free. Need I say more?

7. Oatly Oat Milk

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The absolute best dairy-free alternative for dairy is oat milk. There, I said it. I honestly prefer the taste of it to all milks, animal- or plant-based. It's got a taste you can only understand if you've tried it, and Oatly makes the best oat milk.

It's perfect for coffee, in a smoothie, in cereal, or on its own. It's that good.

Of course, there are plenty of other vegan foods everyone can enjoy, like guacamole, french fries, plain potato chips... the list could go on. However, these are seven things that are vegan that, if you haven't tried, I suggest you run to your nearest grocery store to try. Now.

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