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Vegan-friendly foods you can order at Panera

It can be hard eating out when you’re on a vegan diet. Restaurants sneak in all sorts of extras you would never know about unless you poured through online ingredients lists for every restaurant. But who really has time for that? Whether you went vegan because you love animals or you just prefer to eat a cleaner diet, we found some plant-based, vegan-friendly food offerings from Panera are 100% safe, along with some offerings you should surprisingly shy away from. Also see, 9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A. https://www.instagram.com/p/BcqFMdFny2h/ Breads The Farmstyle XL, Country Rustic, Artisan Ciabatta, Sea Salt Focaccia, French Baguette (which is often offered as a side), and Sourdough are all suitable vegan bread choices. Steer clear of the white and honey wheat breads. They sound innocent enough, but Panera sneaks butter, eggs and milk into these loaves. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmLeI40gupT/ Pastries Unfortunately, not a single pastry at Panera…

9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A

A fast food chain with the word “Chick” in its name just doesn’t sound like a safe place for vegans. But inevitable road trips and late night sustenance requirements land folks of almost any diet at a take-out window now and again. It’s good to know where you can go when you’re in a pinch. Here are 9 items vegans can safely order at Chick-fil-A: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoMmvFolV4o/?taken-by=chickfila 1. Waffle Fries Yes, Chick-fil-A’s best selling menu item — the iconic waffle fries — are made with only three ingredients (potatoes, canola oil, and sea salt), making them undoubtedly vegan. You can even dunk them in the BBQ, Polynesian, or Sriracha sauces — all of which are also vegan, but is anything better than classic ketchup (also vegan)? https://www.instagram.com/p/BS_QZsCh906/?taken-by=chickfila 2. Hashbrowns Because morning rushes happen, too. You can pick up a box of these perfectly golden tots and pair them with ketchup and…

Men are embarrassed to adopt vegetarian diets, study shows

Vegetarian and vegan diets might be having a moment, but according to a study conducted by the British University of Southhampton, men are embarrassed to order vegetarian food. Researches with the Man Food Project surveyed 22 men to explore the social and cultural pressures men are under when it comes to dining out. The group was split into three categories: men who were vegetarian for environmental reasons, those who wanted to build muscle without relying on meat, and those who were on economically restricted diets. In most cases, regardless of the reasons behind their diet, the participants expressed embarrassment and shame around ordering meatless meals. “A number of them relayed different experiences that indicated shame, embarrassment, or conflict-avoidance that on occasion led them to eat meat, or offer meat to guests in their house,” Dr. Emma Roe, lead researcher and professor at the University of Southhamton, told Munchies. Roe explained…

How to: Easy method for roasting beets can’t be beet

After years of being banished to the back of the salad bar, beets are having a resurgence. The popularity of the bright red taproot comes as part of an overall increase of interest in health and nutrition. A study published in the American Medical Journal in 2016 found that the number of Americans with poor diets fell from 56 percent to 46 percent between 1999 and 2012. For many health conscious consumers, beets have been enjoying their rightful place center-stage of a balanced diet. They’re chock-full of essential nutrients like B vitamins, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium and manganese, and have all kinds of positive impacts on the human body. Consuming just one glass of beet juice per day has been found to lower systolic blood pressure by several points, while also lowering chances of heart disease and artery damage overall. Nitric oxide found in beets relaxes and dilates blood vessels, increasing blood to the brain and…

This is the hottest diet on social media right now

If you’re on a diet and you don’t take to social media to hashtag about it, are you really on a diet? With all of the #mealprep, #nocarb, and #foodporn hashtags topping the mega-millions on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, it seems just about everyone loves posting pictures of their eating habits. But whether it’s people going crazy for keto, those pushing paleo, or those running on nothing but #rawfood, it can be hard to tell which diet is actually trendiest. Within each diet there is undoubtedly an active community supporting each other and sharing tips and recipes. But which diet has the largest following online? Researchers at Brandwatch analyzed Twitter to uncover which diet floods feeds with the largest volume of related posts. Then they looked to top “influencers” — those with particularly large followings — to determine which diet trend is most common. It turns out that going vegan…

7 great alternatives to milk for dairy-free diets

Just a decade ago, milk really only meant one thing: moo-juice. It was white. It came from cows. Sometimes it was chocolate or 2 percent or whole. But our interest in the stuff really stopped there. These days, everything has changed. A new milk substitute flashes on the scene every few years claiming to be the perfect product for vegans, dieters, hipsters or what-have-ious, and we all give it a glance. While these non-dairy, plant-based milk alternatives can be a real convenience for those who are lactose intolerant, allergic or ethically opposed to cow’s milk, the high number of modern options has left everyone a bit confused. Cow’s milk has been long recommended as part of a healthy diet. It provides several vital nutrients like vitamins D, B2 and B12, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. But the truth is, many of these milk substitutes aren’t really milk at all. Instead, seeds, nuts, beans and other foods…

12 Foods you think are vegetarian but surprisingly aren’t

Becoming vegetarian isn’t always as easy as recognizing there is pepperoni on your pizza or bacon bits on top of your Brussels sprouts. Whether you’ve gone vegetarian for dietary or ethical reasons, you always have to be on the look out for the sneaky animal products manufacturers slip into seemingly safe food items. If there’s not chicken stock in your vegetable soup (very common at restaurants and in store bought brands), there’s gelatin in your marshmallows (so long Rice Krispie squares!). Here are 10 other foods that have got to go if you’re serious about an animal-free diet. 1. Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese For vegetarians, cheese can spruce up a plate of pasta, make a salad extra satisfying, or add oomph to a tray of appetizers. Unfortunately, for vegetarians, not all cheeses are, well, vegetarian. Some cheeses use an enzyme called rennet that is sourced from the stomach lining of goats and cows. This enzyme helps…

4 reasons why your vegan diet isn’t helping you lose weight

Vegan diets conjure up images of lean, healthy folks, happily chowing down on massive bowls of leafy green salad. And science backs this image. In a large study of 40,000 adults, conducted by Oxford University, vegans were found to have the lowest BMIs among any of their peers, while meat-eaters, not surprisingly, had the highest. But not every vegan sees the same results after cutting out animal products from their daily diets. Some don’t see changes at all, and some can actually gain weight. If you’ve made the switch to vegan in attempt to shed pounds, here’s what you might be doing that could be sabotaging your efforts. Reason 1: Your overestimating portion size Sure, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains are healthy food our bodies require to fuel new cell growth, and regenerate healthy hair, nails and muscles, but we don’t need an infinite amount of these nutrients. The amount…

Vegan sausages coming to a store near you

Beyond Meat is expanding its line of mimicked animal proteins. The popular manufacturer of faux burgers and chicken strips (that even fooled food master Alton Brown), released its first pork knockoff product this week with a vegan sausage line they claim “looks, sizzles, and satisfies” like the real deal. The first of its kind, Beyond Sausage is a blend of pea, fave bean and rice protein structured to deliver a taste comparable to that of pork sausage. Trace amounts of beet give the meat its red color, coconut oil ensures juiciness and 100 percent plant-based casking derived from algae, gives it that slight exterior snap. Consumers can try the product in three varieties — Original Bratwurst, Hot Italian, and Sweet Italian. The products are engineers to taste like pork, but the nutritional benefits far outdo anything off the animal. The company says these links have 14 percent more protein, half the fat, 27 percent fewer…

10 food trends you can expect to see in 2018

Whole foods released a list of the items its experts anticipate will have a place in your shopping cart in 2018. The list was compiled by industry experts, trend forecasters and buyers, so what they think will sell is likely what we’ll also be seeing on store shelves — and in Instagram photos — in the coming months. Many of the items aren’t brand new. Take tacos for instance. They appear on the list even though we’ve been obsessing over them for years. But it’s the boundaries the taco folks are pushing that lands them on the list — seaweed shells and even chocolate tortillas filled with ice cream. Here’s the full list of projected food trends for 2018: Flowers on everything From foragers to celebrity chefs, the edible petal trend will be in full bloom. Full flowers or even just the petals will appear in drinks and snacks. The trend adds subtly sweet taste, fresh aromatics…