From Oreos to Zagnuts: Ten Foods Vegans Eat to Scrape By
|Oprah and 378 staffers recently took a one-week vegan challenge.|
Vegans are humans too. Like most Americans, we have only so much time to dedicate to food preparation. So it is an error when outsiders ponder the vegan lifestyle and automatically throw up their hands in mock exhaustion, shouting "I'd never have time to do that!"
The truth is, if we went full-throttle vegan every day, baking quinoa loaves, peeling spaghetti squash, and hunting down wild dandelions for hippie soups, we would probably not have time for things like jobs and families. So many of us vegans truly do it "right" maybe 20% of the time, filling up the rest of our diets with vegan convenience foods like microwavable Boca Burgers, soy "chik'n," hummus, oatmeal, soymilk, trail mix, salads and fruit.
Doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, it gets worse. Do not count on the following list to help you lose 11 pounds like Oprah Winfrey's staffer did during her recent week-long vegan challenge. But for the days when a vegan seriously loses sight of concern for his health, though his karmic convictions still remain strong, there are these ten food-like products to help him just scrape by till the next Hare Krishna potluck.
|Oreos are the epitome of vegan junk food.|
|Getting drunk is vegan.|
8. Sugar Cereals
Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes and Frosted Mini Wheats all contain animal-based gelatin in their marshmallows or frostings, while Honey Bunches of Oats and a few Special K varieties include milk-based ingredients. Other than that, the majority of cereals, from Bran Flakes to Cap'n Crunch, are in fact vegan-friendly, and I for one must admit that if they weren't, I would FREAK. Cereal and soy milk are major scrape-by necessities in my kitchen.
|Cap'n Crunch is artificial enough to be vegan.|
|The white chocolate macadamia is gooey goodness that's hard to find in the vegan world.|
|Clif Bars don't look that good, but they are that good.|
6. French fries and other fast food
Most good vegans avoid fast food chains MOST of the time. I mean, part of the point of veganism is to use your money to support sustainable food production, not chains that regularly raze rainforest to feed cattle in Brazil. But once in a while, even a vegan will put on her dark sunglasses and head through a drive-thru. Wendy's "Natural-cut French fries with sea salt," Taco Chips, and applesauce are examples of vegan fast food options.
|In an emergency, even the drive-thru has junk food to help vegans scrape by.|