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Vegan on the go: 5 challenges - and how to master them

How often have we heard this sentence: “At home I eat vegan, it's easy. But unfortunately that doesn't work when I'm on the road. How do you do it? "

In fact, it's easy to be vegan when you shop, cook for yourself and decide what to eat and when from morning to night.

But there are days when that doesn't work: you're at a competition, meeting friends in a restaurant, invited to a party, on vacation or - yes, sometimes in the office.

So what? Throw all good resolutions overboard, let five go and make an exception?

With a little planning and preparation, that's not necessary! We have compiled the knowledge we have gathered over the past three years as a vegan and in this article we will show you how to master the 5 greatest challenges of "eating out".

Eating vegan on the go - that's how it works

Challenge # 1: competition

Whether it's a marathon or 10 kilometers: nutrition after the competition is extremely important. The optimal time window is short - it is best to consume a good portion of protein and carbohydrates within the first 30 minutes.

Not like that: You rely on the organizer to offer other delicacies in addition to a purely plant-based regeneration drink. In the finish area you will only find drinks with whey protein, sausage bread and chocolate bars serve as the finish. And the cake buffet, which is obligatory for fun runs, is not for you either. So you have given away the decisive step to a quick regeneration.

Better this way: Provision is the magic word. If possible, you grab a handful of fruit and ideally a non-alcoholic wheat beer and off you go to the baggage claim. In your bag you have peanuts and almonds (also in the form of peanut or almond butter), a banana and date smoothie, dried fruit, post-run cookies or homemade energy bars. I guarantee you: your fellow travelers will be jealous - I speak from experience!

Challenge # 2: Going to a restaurant

Make no mistake about it - as vegans we are a small minority. And not every city, like Berlin, has countless vegan-friendly restaurants to offer. What now? Don't go out to eat in restaurants anymore, snack on bananas and peanut butter in your hotel room the evening before competitions in foreign cities (it's also delicious, of course), avoid appointments?

Not like that: You are passive, do not make any suggestions yourself where you can go with friends and think to yourself that you will find some dish on the menu or that the cook will be able to conjure up something vegan for you from the existing offer. That can go well, but it doesn't have to be.

Better this way: Research a few restaurants that will suit each of you. Asian, Indian or Italian restaurants are ideal as they offer something for (almost) every taste. Most of the time you will find vegan dishes on the menu - and if not, the vegetarian dishes can easily be "veganized". In any case, you should ask beforehand whether the cook really doesn't use fish sauce (often in Asian dishes) or clarified butter (in Indian dishes).

Many restaurants that definitely offer dishes for vegans can be found in the extensive directory of Germany is (s) t vegan.

Challenge # 3: Parties

Saturday evening, a friend celebrates his birthday, there is the usual party buffet with pasta salads, chili con carne, baguette, pretzel sticks and dips, chips, cakes and drinks.

Not like that: You expect your host to know and take into account all of their guests' eating habits when planning. Since he / she didn't do that, you keep yourself happy the whole evening with paprika and cucumber sticks (without the yoghurt dip, of course) and go home frustrated and hungry. The jokes that vegans don't have any fun in life run deep.

Better this way: At the invitation you ask what you can contribute to the buffet - for example a spicy pasta salad, a large portion of hummus with homemade bread or a few cupcakes. In the end, no one will notice that your cupcakes with Riesling cream were vegan, and at least three people will ask you about the recipe for the pasta salad with rocket.

Challenge # 4: Vacation

Vacation time! You have decided on a destination, have booked the journey and possibly even accommodation and of course you want to enjoy the food during the most beautiful time of the year.

Not like that: You sit down on the train / car / plane with naive eyes and expect everything to go as it does at home. But: there may be no soy milk in the café around the corner and no vegan restaurants within walking distance, and in the worst case you don't understand what you mean by “I don't eat foods of animal origin”.

Better this way: Even on vacation, good preparation is half the battle: call the hotel and ask if there is soy milk for breakfast. Check out Google Maps to find out where the nearest supermarket is. Order a vegan meal from the airline (the code for this is “VGML”) and it is best to always have an emergency ration of fruit, dried fruit, nuts and bars ready.

The Happy Cow website is where you can search for vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and shopping around the world. The Vegan Society offers the Vegan Passport (definitely recommended for countries where you can't get very far with English and you don't speak the local language) and Linda has already presented numerous holiday destinations and their vegan options on her blog “V” eltenbummler.

Challenge # 5: Lunch break in the office

The canteen doesn't even offer a veggie menu, the culinary offerings around the office are poor and / or expensive - and yet you want to eat something decent at lunchtime. I can understand very well.

Not like that: You spend a lot of money on bad food out of sheer desperation and get angry afterwards because you feel uncomfortable, overcrowded and sluggish.

Better this way: Prepare your food the evening before and take it with you in a Tupperware box the next day. Either you cook in advance for several days on the weekend and freeze the food in portions, or you simply prepare double the portion the evening before. It takes a little practice and routine, but at some point you will automatically cook the right amount.

If you don't have a microwave in the office, there are countless salad recipes, possible variations for sandwiches or raw vegetables in the form of lots of fruit, dried fruit or vegetable sticks with peanut butter - dishes that you don't have to warm up and that are still very tasty fill you up.

Now I'm curious: What are or were your very personal challenges - and how did you master them? Encourage other beVegt readers and tell us about your experiences!

Also listen to our podcast episode on the topic: Vegan nutrition while traveling