Why Vegan Food Is More Interesting

 

I like to consider myself an enthusiastic vegan.

(You probably just rolled your eyes). Don’t worry, I knew that was coming when I mentioned the word vegan).

That’s because in 2016, veganism is the new fad in health. Millennials have taken a break from CrossFit obsessions (CF was never my thing, but I have friends who obsess over it) and have gone animal-free. Vegan restaurants are popping up all over LA and offering new, animal-free menu items to attract new customers. And I have to tell you, it makes me really happy.

I know the vegan gospel is already out there. I’m fully aware that there are literally a million stories / articles / posts on the web about the benefits of veganism. If you want to be watch a great documentary on the subject, just check out Forks Over Knives. Give them 60 minutes of your life and they’ll help you understand the numerous links between animal products and countless diseases. Of course stories like this have had a huge impact on why I went vegan (animal cruelty being the other, big factor.)

But there’s an aspect to veganism that too often gets overlooked amongst the bragging and backlash. Going vegan is actually really fun!

I’ve found that vegan food appeals to the creative side of my spirit. I’m always left so impressed with how these restaurants do what they do. Because if you’re a vegan restaurant, nobody is coming to your restaurant for a salad. They want to see how you are going to create a delicious, juicy burger….without the beef. And that, my friends, is no easy task.

But vegan restaurants are up for the challenge. I dare anyone to try the Magical burger (appropriately named) at Cafe Gratitude and tell me that this thing doesn’t blow your mind.

I mean, just look at these ingredients:

Two housemade black bean patties, shredded romaine, tomato, pickles, red onion, spicy cashew thousand island, chipotle ketchup, cashew macadamia cheddar, gluten-free amaranth and millet bun, roasted garnet yams with your choice of chipotle ketchup or spicy cashew aioli.

Give it a chance. You might be surprised at just how good it tastes. These restaurants are fully aware that they have big shoes to fill when it comes to making vegan food taste good, and they’re bringing their A-game each and every time.

Cafe Gratitude is just one restaurant’s take on a burger. There are hundreds of different options out there. The variety (and tastes) change with every new restaurant you go to — and as a vegan — I can’t begin to tell you the joy of watching first timers go “Damn, there’s no meat in here?”

So I encourage people to fall in love with the creativity of veganism. Fall in love with restaurants who will help expand your palate in new and exciting ways. Because in addition to doing something positive for your body, you’re doing something amazing for your tastebuds, too