10 Things All Vegans Have Heard At Least Once

10 Things All Vegans Have Heard At Least Once

"Aren't you hungry?"

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As a vegan, sometimes people ask me questions that are just plain dumb. And unfortunately, I think all vegans can relate. Here are the top ten things I hear that make me shake my head.

1. "What do you even eat?"

Oh you know... small children, woodland creatures, the usual.

2. "How do you get any protein?"

Plant based protein is a thing, people.

3. "Aren't you hungry?"

If you're offering to buy me French fries, then yes.

4. "You must eat so healthily." 

Haha yep. I definitely didn't just eat a whole sleeve of Oreos slathered in peanut butter.

5. "Isn't that like, so hard?"

Yes. Every day I wake up and I have to force myself to eat my coconut yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and granola without vomiting. It's awful. I don't know why I do it. *rolls eyes* Really though, sure it can be challenging at times but I wouldn't say it's that difficult overall. It's surprisingly easy to find delicious substitutes for foods you would normally eat, like milk and even ground beef.

6. "So can you just eat salad and stuff?"

You know what.... yeah. I just eat salads. And stuff.

7. "Vegan means no meat, right?"

Good try... I guess?

8. "But would you eat meat if you had to survive?"

Yes, Karen. If I was stranded on a desert island I wouldn't just let myself starve. But also let's be honest, a million things would have already killed me by the time I managed to successfully catch an animal.

9. "Doesn't this look so good, though?"

No. That hunk of old greasy flesh that somebody ground up, squished into a ball, and threw on the grill doesn't look good. Sorry, not sorry.

10. "Why?"

This is one of the only things I actually love to hear regarding my veganism. Because I will never miss a chance to tell someone how what they consume every day could be making a much more positive impact on their health, the environment, and the lives of this planet's animals. And I'm living proof!

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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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23 Snacks You Live On And Don’t Understand How Vegans Live WITHOUT

What do they eat, rocks?

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Vegans actively avoid the use of animal products for food, clothing or any other purpose. So, what do they snack on? I'm sure there are plenty of tasty options, but there are some caveats, too.

As for me, I'm not a vegan, LOVE the following snacks and don't see how vegans can live without them.

1. Vanilla ice cream

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Even if you eat dairy-free ice cream, it doesn't make it necessarily vegan. Castoreum from beavers can be used for vanilla flavoring.

Also, don't @ me for liking vanilla ice cream — you can add literally anything to it and change the flavor.

2. Flavored potato chips

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It depends on the flavor, but some chips contain dairy products — even if the flavor has nothing to do with dairy.

Why are they called potato chips? Because you can't stop at just one.

3. Non-organic bananas

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If you're eating non-organic bananas, you could be eating a spray-on coating made with shrimp and crab shells that lengthens shelf life.

I'd go bananas without bananas.

4. Bagels

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L-Cysteine is a dough conditioner and strengthener often made from bird feathers.

Giving up bagels, though? That's for the birds.

5. Red candies

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Vegans probably already know this, but "Natural Red #4" is made from cochineal — AKA smashed bugs.

The only thing that bugs me about red candies is my tongue being stained.

6. Hard-coated candies

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Most hard-coated candies are coated with shellac. First off, it's the same shellac for nails, furniture polish and hairspray — yum. But for vegans, shellac is made from insect secretions.

Call me hard headed, but I'm not giving up candy.

7. Salted peanuts

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Seems innocent, right? Not always for vegans. Guess what's keeping the salt on those peanuts — gelatin. And gelatin is typically made from the skin, tendons, ligaments and/or bones of cattle and swine.

You're nuts if you think I'll stop eating peanuts.

8. Twinkies

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We know they're not healthy, but they're not vegan either. Tallow, made from beef fat, is what keeps Twinkies on shelves forever. And their sweet taste is what makes us non-vegans love them forever.

9. Chex Mix

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Most Chex Mix recipes call for Worcestershire sauce — made with anchovies. The mixed nuts probably have gelatin in them, too.

Your thinking is mixed up if you think I'll give up Chex Mix.

10. Lucky Charms

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Gelatin strikes again with the marshmallows being vegan-unfriendly. For the rest of us, "They're magically delicious!"

11. Pastries

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Suet is the fat around the kidneys and organs in animals — a saturated fat commonly used in pastries. You'll probably find bird feather-related ingredients in them, too.

If it hasn't saturated into your brain yet, I'm not giving up my snacks.

12. Jell-O

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More gelatin. Vegans are missing out on more than the tasty snacks from gelatin, they're missing out on health benefits, too.

Give up a fun and tasty snack? Jell-No.

13. Beef, turkey and other jerkies

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This one is obvious why vegans won't touch it, but they're missing out on the awesome taste of a convenient and versatile snack.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, but don't touch my jerky.

14. Pizza

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Remember that dough strengthener? Yeah, it's probably in pizza, too.

What kind of person gives up pizza? A weir-dough!

15. Fries

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Fries are, obviously, fried. That means oil, which means fat — like McDonald's using beef fat for their fries.

Your brain is fried if you think I'm giving up fries.

16. Pop Tarts

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If you eat Pop Tarts without frosting — the ones that don't taste as good — you might be safe. But the frosting in Pop Tarts contains gelatin.

Bless your tart if you think I'm giving up Pop Tarts (I'm not).

17. Salted sunflower seeds

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If salted peanuts use gelatin to make the salt stick, you better believe some brands do the same for sunflower seeds.

Good luck stopping this Kansan from eating them.

18. Cheese

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This one is so obvious why vegans won't eat it, it's cheesy.

A friend from Japan said that one of the first things she noticed about Americans is that we LOVE cheese.

19. Peanut butter

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The FDA allows a ratio of 30 insect fragments per 100 grams of peanut butter. Bad for vegans, but insects offer a host of health benefits.

You butter believe I'm not giving up peanut butter.

20. Fruit snacks

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Gelatin, again. It won't stop me from smiling as I eat my fruit smiles, though.

21. Apples

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Apples are often coated with beeswax, shellac, carnauba and/or petroleum jelly.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and a bit of wax (that can be washed off) isn't going to keep me away from apples.

22. Dried fruit

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While all fruit contains natural sugar, dried fruit often has added sugar. But that's not a problem, It's just sugar… right? You might want to check out the next point...

23. Basically anything with sugar

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Sorry, sugar, but bone char gives some sugars its pure white color.

It tickles my funny bone if you think I'll stop eating sugary snacks.

I understand that some individuals cannot eat certain animal by-products due to health reasons. Also, I'm not judging anyone for their lifestyle choices — I just don't see how I could live without my snacks!

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