Almost immediately after changing my diet to vegan, I was confronted with the ultimate challenge: Road trip across the U.S. with three children. Even worse, we headed South – through chicken and waffle country.
We had many stops along the way, including a truck stop in Missouri – ouch! This was by far the worst of the stops as far as options went. Everything was fried, or had meat, butter, milk…or all of the above! I opted for a waffle – no butter, and maple syrup. I also had hashbrowns (okay…these had some butter and probably oils, but I was starving!) coffee and orange juice. Not the healthiest meal I have ever had, but again – this was a truckstop. In Missouri.
We stopped at other places such as The Old Spaghetti Factory in St. Louis with several pasta options, and salads with bread. Desserts consisted of fruits, sorbets, and a few places with vegan baked goods. Others had options as well: baked potatoes, sides of vegetables, bread, rice dishes, fancy salads. We even stopped at a Greek restaurant in Nashville that had multiple vegan options that were much more substantial, and absolutely delicious.
I discovered pretty quickly that this new lifestyle was not going to be nearly as difficult as I originally thought. It just required a little more consideration about what I was putting in my mouth – not necessarily a bad thing! I found multiple websites and apps to use along our route for planning, and to keep using once home. The following are just a few:
- www.vegan.com This site provides several resources, links to other sites and just general information about restaurants that are vegan-friendly and those that are vegan-hostile.
- www.vegguide.org This one allows you to search by region, and provides a great list by city.
- www.happycow.net This site also has a phone app, and includes recipes, articles, and more.
Just because you have decided to go vegan does not mean you are sentenced to a life stuck in your home chopping vegetables and growing your own food. I am NOT one to garden, don’t love to cook, and I DO love to go out to eat. It is possible if you just plan ahead a little, but even if you don’t, there are almost always options. If I can eat at a truck stop in the middle of nowhere Missouri, you can find options if you try! Bon Appetit!