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What I eat when life is crazy

Today is the perfect day to share two tips:

1. How to eat out if you’re vegan.
2. How to survive on a day when you know you’ll be away from your ‘normal’ meals.

Here’s the most important step: plan ahead!

First, check out restaurant websites and see what they offer for vegan palettes. This is something that I typically do anyway. With two small children, our goal is to get in and get out with as little damage done as possible. There’s no languishing over the menu. There’s no 2nd cup of coffee. If we have 7 minutes to eat in peace without Miss Rae demanding ‘mo’, or J Man knocking something over, we consider it a success.

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I had a breakfast meeting with other principals this morning. Breakfast as a vegan is tough, at least it is at a mainstream breakfast place. Eggs, bacon and pancakes are all out. Checking out the website beforehand led me to a somewhat expected conclusion. The only vegan option was oatmeal. I had the oatmeal:)

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The bananas and blueberries were dumped on top. While it wasn’t as good as my oatmeal with almond butter and pecans and blackberries and…it was still pretty good. I took some flack from some of my colleagues who were chowing down on biscuits and sausage gravy, but I’m used to it:)

So, since I knew that I was eating out for both breakfast and dinner today, I purposely packed a fairly veg heavy salad for lunch.

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Romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, a Dr. Preagers veggie patty and some of my homemade cashew salad dressing! Yum!

Finally, we had a retirement party to go to at a nearly impossible place to eat vegan: Claim Jumper. Don’t even get me started on the calorie count of their dishes. Have you seen that giant chocolate cake? The one that’s basically blocking the entrance to the restaurant? The one that Matty B was salivating over? Yeah, I think one slice is 6000 calories (I’m exaggerating…maybe).

Anyway, once again I planned ahead and checked out the menu online.

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I had a baked sweet potato with roasted veggies and a side of salsa. This was surprisingly filling, although I can’t say I remember too much of the meal as I spent much of it coaxing J Man out from under the table and making conversation with people three times my age (what do I expect from a retirement party?).

Finally, I had a couple of spoonfuls of soy ice cream from the carton. It’s unpictured because of my shame. I’m not ashamed of eating ice cream, but of my lack of appropriate tableware:)

So, what happens if you plan ahead, check out websites online and you still have nothing to eat? Keep a larabar in your purse and press on!

Do you have any strategies for eating out?

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3 responses »

  1. Always planning ahead is what I do to make sure we get veg friendly food and that if possible it is locally sourced.

    Your lunch salad looks quite delicious!

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  2. Great tips! I always get the sweet potato and veggies, too!:)

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  3. I loved this post! I totally get the need to plan ahead, both as a vegan and as a parent. My husband and I recently ate out with our two kids (2 1/2 and 10 weeks) and it was a challenge – and that was a veg restaurant! We’re also a family of traveling vegans this week – I wrote about it a bit here: https://veganma.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/friday-tips-vegan-at-the-airport/ Thanks for the great blog!

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