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“What do you eat?”

When people find out that I am vegan, almost always, one of the first questions is’ “…so then what do you eat??”

People think that being vegan severely limits your food options. It doesn’t. I am going to regularly add to this post all the different vegan foods I eat.

***A lot of the pictures are taken on vacation. I am not eating donuts everyday***

 

 

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Posted in Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

We headed toward the Great Smokey Mountains National Park from Nashville. We stayed in a cabin between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We didn’t eat too many meals out, but got food from the grocery store instead. Because of this, I hardly took any pictures of my food.

***This is not the most vegan friendly city***

***We began referring to this city as a redneck Las Vegas- not my favorite city, but it is right next to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park***

Day 1:

On the way to Gatlinburg, we grabbed a quick breakfast from Chick-fil-a. I ordered hash browns, a large fruit cup, and orange juice.

We, also, stopped at Great Smokies Flea Market & Antiques . Not really a place I necessarily recommend stopping at; there is kind of just a lot of crap. We did pick up some watermelon, cantaloupe, and peaches, from the small selection of produce they had.  Both melons were delicious, but the South Carolina peaches were not all that sweet.

We stopped to get groceries at the Kroger in Pigeon Forge. I was extremely surprised by the vegan selection they had. We got breakfast, lunch, and snack stuff for the next few days. I even got a Daiya frozen pizza (the best vegan frozen pizza) for dinner that night!

Day 2:

For breakfast, I had a peach and made oatmeal with a banana and almond milk.

We hiked for the majority of the day. I packed almonds for a snack and had an almond butter sandwich and another peach for lunch.

For dinner, we ate in Gatlinburg at we ate at the Smokey Mountain Brewery. They had a few vegan options, like a soybean based burger, but I just felt like getting a Caesar salad with no cheese and oil and vinegar and a side of fries.

For dessert, we grabbed some ice cream from the Ben and Jerry’s store because they have make my favorite vegan ice cream. They only had two flavors available to get a scoop of, so i decided to just get a pint of the Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Half Baked.

Day 3:

Again for breakfast, I had a peach and made oatmeal with a banana and almond milk.

I ate peanuts for a snack, while hiking.

We hiked less this day and took a trail that led into Gatlinburg, where we had lunch at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. I picked this place because I saw that they had soy cheese for the pizza, on request. I don’t recommend this place because it was just okay and a bit pricey for what it was.

After walking around Galtinburg and doing a moonshine tasting *yuck*, we headed back to the cabin for dinner and to play cards and watch a movie. I decided to eat just a bunch of fruit because we had a lot left and were leaving soon. I gotta say, it was absolutely delicious.

Day 4: 

I, again, had oatmeal made with a banana and almond milk for breakfast.

We packed up and headed out rather early. Packing a lunch and whatever food we had leftover. After driving around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for a while, unsuccessfully looking for handcrafted artwork and such, we headed back towards Nashville.

For lunch, in the car, I ate a almond butter sandwich, pretzels, and some jicama.

Photos that don’t include food:

Hanging out the car window to take pictures of the mountains

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Grocery Item Finds

I cook a majority of the time. I have decided to just list some of my favorite vegan finds from the average grocery store.

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Dairy Alternatives:

Ripple Pea Milk – I really like this milk. It makes great smoothies and the best golden milk. It is a great option, if you are looking for something lower fat than some of the other options.

Silk Protein Nutmilk – Silk actually makes a really good almond and cashew milk that has 10 g of pea protein! I have tried both the original and chocolate and really enjoy just drinking the chocolate nutmilk straight. This is definitely a good option, if you are trying to add in more protein and don’t mind the higher fat content.

My newest favorite is Silk’s Oat Milk. It is really great for baking because it does not change the flavor.

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More Protein:

I really enjoy lifting weights and am always looking for ways to add more protein into my diet.

Evolve – I have tried many of the pre-made protein shakes and this one is by far my favorite. It does not have that weird chalky taste. I always by the Classic Chocolate flavor.

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Protein Nut Spread -This will be delicious on probably anything because chocolate.

Kay’s Protein Cereal -I plan on eating these with my almond cashew protein milk. That will be 20g of protein in a bowl of cereal!

Kay’s Snacks -I am excited to try these for a snack!

Dessert:

Ben and Jerry’s Dairy Free Ice Cream – my two favorite flavors have been Peanut Butter Half Baked and P.B. & Cookies. I am excited to try more and see what other flavors they come out with!

NadaMoo!– If I am not eating Ben & Jerry’s, my next choice is NadaMoo. They do more of the classic flavors and is a Austin based company.

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So Delicious– They make a delicious alternative to Cool Whip. There ice cream sandwhiched and bars are also good. However, the one pint of cashewmilk ice cream i tried (Cookie Dough) was only sub-par.

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Bread:

Kim and Jake’sKim and Jake's - Herb Rolls

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White Cheddar Hippeas I am sooo excited for these. I love Cheezits and Goldfish, but they aren’t vegan. It is really hard to find vegan cheese flavored snacks.

Not So Good Products

Snow Monkey Frozen Treat– I wanted to get on board with this, but the griddy consistency kept me from doing so.

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College Station, Texas

Since I am here all the time for university, I will just add/update this single post about vegan options around town!

Aggie Football at Kyle Field

Groceries:

I do the majority of my grocery shopping at either the H-E-B on Texas Ave or William D. Fitch Pkwy. They have a great selection and I usually find most of what I’m looking for.

If I can’t find something at H-E-B or I’m looking for a more specialty item, like vegan nacho cheese dip, I head to one of the natural food stores. I mostly go to Brazos Natural Foods because it is the closest, but I will, also, go to Village Foods Pharmacy in Bryan.

Restaurant:

My friends and I have a few favorite restaurants that we always go to. They have, recently been Blaze Pizza, Aji Sushi, and BJ’s.

At Blaze Pizza, their regular crust and original marinara sauce is vegan. They, also, have vegan cheese! I always build my own pizza. I actually prefer to opt-out of having the vegan cheese and just load it with veggies. I absolutely loveeee this pizza.

At Aji Sushi, they have a vegan bento box, that I have actually yet to try! I almost always order the cucumber rolls and the vegetable fried rice without egg. They are super cool about letting you leave out stuff, like the egg in fried rice.

At BJ’s, I have recently been getting one of the following- the Enlightened Kale and Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad with no cheese or the Enlightened Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos without the cheese or Greek yogurt Creme. I, also, have a French fry obsession and really like theirs. If you are unsure of what to get, ask for their allergy menu! They list everything out, such as what items have dairy and eggs in them.

At Zoë’s Kitchen, okay this menu they have for different diets is the bomb. It is also delicious!

Brazos Proper Texas Kitchen– This restaurant is located inside the hotel on campus. We went here when I graduated the first time. I ordered the Mixed Grain Salad with a side of fries. I highly recommend this salad! They also make really good cocktails.

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Shirz Shish Kabob– They list everything on the menu that is vegetarian/vegan. Because it is my favorite, I go the Falafel with rice. I wanted to get it as a sandwich, but was told the pita bread isn’t vegan. For $10, I got enough food for two meals.

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Nashville, Tennessee

Here goes nothing! Hope you enjoy my first post…

I was in Tennessee for a week with my mom, aunt, and younger cousin (all meat-eaters). I found some restaurants from another blogger ( A Southern Gypsy) and just had to lookup menus for the rest (I use Trip Adviser a lot).

Day 1: 

We flew in very early and I had a banana and water in the airport before take off.

When we arrived, we got brunch at The Post . (discovered on the blog linked above). They had an enormous amount of vegan option! I got the waffles with the seasonal compote, which was strawberries, blueberries, and lavender. I, also, got a side of fruit. This meal was amazing and I ate until I couldn’t eat another bite! One of my favorites; definitely recommend this restaurant.

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In the afternoon, we were exploring downtown Nashville. After stopping to try different cocktails, listen to bands, and get chips and salsa as an appetizer at a few different bars, we went to Mellow Mushroom because I saw that they had vegan cheese. I opted to build my own pizza- for the sauce, I just got oil and garlic and topped it with vegan cheese, spinach, green peppers, and onion. I ended up only eating half and saved the rest to eat in the hotel later.

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Day 2:

In the morning, we were heading towards the Adventure Science Center, so I found a southern breakfast restaurant nearby, Biscuit Love. I got the Banana Foster Oatmeal with a side of fruit. The oatmeal was made with coconut milk and there was so much of it that I barely put a dent in it.

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While out looking for resale shops, we stumbled upon No Baked, a place that sells cookie dough like ice cream. All of the cookie dough bases are vegan and they have 3 (4, if you consider Oreos vegan) flavors that are vegan. It was so good! Though, I couldn’t eat it all because it was so sweet and had to save the rest for later.

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For dinner, we were in a rush to get ready for the CMT Music Awards, so we ordered food via Uber Eats. We decided based on what would arrive the fasted. We went with Nuvo Burrito and I had the Berkeley Burrito with no cheese. The traffic was really bad, so the burrito got a little soggy, but otherwise good. SorryI didn’t get a picture of this!

Day 3:

We decided to just go to the restaurant across the street from our hotel, Pucketts. This was a really southern style restaurant and I had very limited options. I had to just order three sides: fruit, potatoes, and whole wheat toast.

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We headed to The Gulch district or Nashville to take a picture in front of the iconic #WhatLiftsYou wings. I saw Juice Bar and just had to get something. I went with The Doc. It contained kale, spinach, probiotics, spirulina, ginger, mint, blueberries, strawberries, banana, and juiced apple. There was extra, so they gave it to me in a large, even though I had only ordered the small! This was an amazing smoothie and a really nice snack to follow my okay breakfast.

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In between doing a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry and going to a concert there in the evening, we explored and ate at the Opryland Hotel. This place is ginormous and we decided to eat at Wasabi’s Sushi and Cascades. This two restaurants are attached and you can order from both/either. I went with a huge bowl of edamame and the Mango Vegetable Roll. This was another one of my favorite meals!

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Day 7:

We came back to fly out of Nashville, after spending time in the Rocky Mountains. We didn’t want to have to go far from out hotel near the airport, so we went to Darfons. I got the Chef’s Summer Salad and a side of fries. Both were very good.

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Photos that don’t involve food:

Fontanel Mansion

CMA Fest was going on when we were there