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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I Went Meat-Free For One Whole Week, And I Changed In Ways I Never Imagined

I didn't expect there would be these many benefits.

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It all started with a simple challenge.

I urged myself to give the vegetarian diet a try, even just for seven days.

I got excited, but also really worried. Excited because this is another adventure in itself. New things are always fun, right? Because my family is not vegetarian, I had to either do my own meal preparations or buy outside food. I got the chance to experiment with ingredients that I didn't normally use. I didn't know that cooking your own food would be such a fulfilling, yet liberating experience. But also, I was nervous — simply because I was not sure if I could do this for a week. Moreso, I got worried about potential nutritional deficiencies. I didn't want to be missing the needed nutrients from my usual meat diet that could negatively affect my daily activities.

Little did I know, the opposite happened.

I expected that my lack of iron from meat would make me more restless and anxious. Rather, I felt way lighter and even had a better mood. Research suggests that the low amount of arachidonic acid from avoiding meat is the reason behind this. To make sure that my lack of iron from meat is being met, I ate right amounts of tofu, nuts, and mushrooms.

Before this challenge, I wasn't really conscious of what I put in my body. My regular diet usually consists of rice, protein (pork, beef, chicken, seafood), and maybe leafy vegetables. Note that "maybe" over there. As long as it's tasty, it will get in my belly. Through this challenge, I started to think about the nutrients that I do need and the junk that I should start to avoid.

Being my competitive-self, I knew I'd have to live up to the challenge no matter what. I also knew it would be hard, though; especially since I've never done it before. What initially started as a mission quickly became an enjoyable experience.

Why the sudden need to try a new diet, you may ask?

One day, I realized how I claimed to love the Earth so much but never considered how much processing went into my daily consumptions. This challenge forced me to dismiss packaged food such as bacon and SPAM for breakfast. It made me choose the actual whole food instead. These involved fruits like bananas, grapes, and kiwis. As a result, my plastic consumption also went downhill.

Even after this challenge, I might continue with my new habits of choosing healthier alternatives. It's always a good idea to be kind to our bodies — even better if that idea helps in taking care of our planet.

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