“IN-N-OUT VEGAN OPTION
A Wish burger (veggie burger) with mustard or ketchup instead of the dressing, an order of fries, and a soft drink would be condusive to the vegan diet. The buns do not contain any dairy or egg products and the fries are cooked in cotton seed oil. Although the Wish burger is not the menu, you can order it at all locations.”—
“Chipotle VEGAN OPTIONS
Their crispy corn and soft wheat tortillas, the cilantro-lime rice, seasoned black beans, fajita vegetables, salsas, guacamole, and the romaine lettuce are all vegan. A vegetarian burrito or an order of tacos without sour cream or cheese would also be a good vegan choice.”—
Vegans using the terms ‘carnist’ and ‘carnism’ confusing you? Carnism a term coined by social psychologist Melanie Joy in her book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.
Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of vegetarianism or veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the meat of some animals disgusting and the meat of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals isn’t a necessity for survival, as is the case in the majority of the world today, it is a choice - and choices always stem from beliefs.
‘Carnism’, then, being an invisible system of beliefs that conditions people to eat certain animals would make ‘carnists’ people who subscribe to the dominant ideology of carnism. ‘Carnist’ is more fitting of a term then ‘meat-eater’ or ‘omnivore’.
Just as “meat eater” is an inaccurate and misleading phrase to describe those who are not vegetarian, so, too, are the other commonly used terms, “omnivore” and “carnivore.” These terms reinforce the assumption that eating animals is natural, one of the most entrenched and compelling myths used to justify carnism. “Omnivore” and “carnivore” describe one’s physiological disposition, rather than one’s ideological choice: an omnivore is an animal, human or nonhuman, that can ingest both plant and animal matter, and a carnivore is an animal that needs to ingest flesh in order to survive.
So, the terms ‘carnism’ and ‘carnist’ serve an important use. ’Carnism’ was basically created to highlight this invisible system of beliefs- if it continued to go unnamed, it would continue to stay invisible.
The primary defense of the system is invisibility and the primary way the ideology stays invisible is by remaining unnamed: if we don’t name it, we won’t see it, and if we don’t see it, we can’t talk about it or question it. But not only is the ideology itself invisible, so, too, are the victims of the system: the trillions of farmed animals who remain out of sight and therefore conveniently out of public consciousness; the increasingly degraded environment; the exploited and often brutalized meat packers and slaughterhouse workers; and the human meat consumers who are at increased risk for some of the most serious diseases of the industrialized world and who have been conditioned to disconnect, psychologically and emotionally, from the truth of their experience when it comes to eating animals.
I know this isn’t a cooking post, but I’m gonna post it anyways.
I get a lot of people (customers, friends) asking me what Starbucks foods / drinks are vegan-friendly. I decided to make a post about it while I was at, none other than, my favorite Starbucks!
My breakfast of choice: a chai tea (not the latte, the tea) with a couple splendas and some coconut milk I brought in myself because I’m such a picky bitch (it’s in the purple/orange tumbler). I also had a toasted plain bagel, which I promptly ate and is not in this picture….:-]
Ok, so anyways.
Black coffee and teas are vegan friendly, of course. French-press it, get it off the Clover, drink it iced, drink a VIA packet, have it as a pour-over - it’s all good for us and the animals. The iced teas and tea lemonades are vegan, too, of course!
Some lattes can be made to be vegan if you substitute soymilk for the normal 2% milk. Here is the list of vegan-friendly soy lattes:
Vanilla Soy Latte
Toffee Nut Soy Latte
Hazelnut Soy Latte
Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte (However, make sure you request no cinnamon topping; the topping is made with BUTTER. Weird!)
Caramel Soy Latte (Only caramel SYRUP, the caramel SAUCE/DRIZZLE is not vegan.)
Coconut Soy Latte
Peppermint Soy Latte
Raspberry Soy Latte
Classic Soy Latte
(No, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is not vegan. Sorry!)
Soy No Whip Mocha (Yes, mocha is vegan! Surprise!)
Soy Earl Grey Tea Latte
Soy Awake Tea Latte
Soy Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte
Soy Green Tea Latte
Soy Hot Chocolate
Vanilla Steamers (Also any vegan-friendly syrup steamer)
Some frappuccinos, if made with soy can be vegan. These include:
Caramel Frappuccino (no caramel drizzle!)
Coconut Cream Frappuccino
Mocha Coconut Frappuccino
Green Tea Frappuccino
Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino
The vanilla bean powder and java chips aren’t vegan, so java chip fraps, double chocolatey chip fraps, vanilla bean fraps, and cafe vanilla fraps are off-limits. :-[ Sad!
Vivanno Smoothies can be made vegan, too! Just request it made with soy and no protein powder - the powder is whey, so it’s dairy-based!
Stuff on the iffy side
Soy Chai Latte
If you are one of those vegans who doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with eating honey, you can have your soy chai latte guilt-free!
Sugar-free Soy Lattes
Some vegans don’t eat splenda because it’s tested on animals. If you don’t mind so much, sugar-free soy lattes are a-ok.
Coffee Frappuccino Light
Again, the splenda situation. You decide.
Right now, the only vegan options Starbucks has are these:
2 Moms in the Raw Granola Bars
The little packets of fruit chew / twist things
Anyways. That’s my comprehensive list of vegan Starbucks situations. Enjoy!
Dive in! The slower you adjust, the more likely you are to cave or cheat. You need to cleanse your body and adjust to your new healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Use the alternatives available to you. Nondairy milks, ice creams, cheeses and meats are all easily available. It’s best to avoid the processed foods and lean towards whole foods, but they are fantastic substitutes while you’re transitioning. And sometimes you just need coconut milk ice cream.
Try new things. You will get bored very quickly if you eat salads everyday with the same dressing. Buy a vegetable you’ve never tried before. Have a new special treat every week. Look at what other people have in their grocery carts and maybe try what they’re getting!
Explore cultural food. Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican foods all have readily available veggie options.
Don’t be afraid to go out. Ask your waiter about veggie options, or look up the menu before going. Most chefs can work with you to remove cheese or meat easily. Don’t assume restaurants won’t comply; they want your business so most will do what they can.
Know your nutrition basics. When people find out about your new lifestyle they’re bound to ask questions, argue, judge or mock you. So it’s good to be able to offer polite, informative and concise answers.
Find blogs online that you like. The Internet is a gold mine of information and recipes, and it’s always fun to see what everyone else is cooking. Also if there aren’t any veggies in your area, it’s nice to have an online support base (I know it helped me)
Load up your pantry. If you have good food, you’ll eat good food. If you have junk, you’ll eat junk. This next page outlines how to stock a pantry, but this is general. Don’t feel like you need everything, I never have ALL of these foods at once. But it’ll take time for you to get into a routine and know what you do or don’t need in your kitchen.
Share. Share your recipes with friends or online, have people come over, show your lunches off to coworkers or fellow students. Showing people what you cook will help you feel proud of what you’re doing, and it will probably open your friends minds as well.