Eating Out: 5 Tips To Veganizing Any Restaurant

Being vegan in the comfort of our own home is quite easy. We have our go-to meals, keep healthy snacks on deck, and have our kitchens stocked with all our favorite foods. We know what we're doing in our own space and can control exactly what goes in to our body!

But, going out to eat can be a whole other story, especially when traveling! Often times we can be left to feel quite intimidated when left with the task to essentially "create something out of nothing!" But, creating a healthful, whole food, plant based meal is not as difficult as you might think. So, how do I do it? I'll tell ya!

Check out my 5 tips below!

1. Speak to your server: Sometimes initiating this conversation can feel a bit daunting, but more often than not, they will be happy to help you out! I found that mentioning my dietary preferences from the very beginning encouraged their willingness to accommodate or make substitutions.

2. Be nice about it: When you are kind and flexible, they are more prone to assist you in every way possible! Be gentle, communicate from a space of gratitude, and show that you are also willing to work with THEM!

3. Prepare ahead of time: If you have time, hop on the restaurants website and check out there menu. Preparing beforehand will provide you the information needed to go in with a plan and ask specific questions.

4. Download Happy Cow: Happy Cow is a great resource because it will locate vegan restaurants in your area! Talk about doing the leg work for you! Although it's a bit of an investment ($3.99) it's worth it, especially if you're traveling often!

5. Get creative! See if the restaurant has any vegetarian dishes that can be made vegan or maybe they have several side dishes you can pair together...just find ways to get creative. For example, many of my favorite spots have brussel sprouts, cauliflower, or even Medditerranean platters. Often times, this is plenty to leave me feeling full and happy!