We have all heard of individuals who choose to eat vegan, but what exactly does that mean? Eating vegan is defined as deciding to avoid consuming anything that comes from an animal such as honey, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Many individuals also choose not to purchase anything that comes from an animal.
Ideally, a vegan diet is full of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. Many individuals obtain their protein from soy products such as tofu which helps ensure they get enough protein each day. Of course in the world we live in today, there are many vegan products that offer individuals more of a variety in their day. Products such as vegan burgers, vegan ‘nuggets’ or ‘chicken’ are becoming more popular.
On campus we try our best to help students identify what items are vegan with a symbol. We know that sometimes it can be very challenging to identify what entrees are vegan as there are many hidden ingredients that come from animals.
There are also many ‘hacks’ that can be used in the dining halls. For example, we offer plant based protein on our salad bars which can be added to items on our hot line such as pasta for added protein. Esker dining hall now has the stir fry station open which allows students to customize their own meal which can easily be made to suit a vegan lifestyle.
This month our executive Chef, Michael, is making Chorizo Black Bean & Sweet Potato vegan burgers as a special at Esker. Stop by and try it out!
If you are wanting to learn more about how to transition to a vegan lifestyle, reach out to Rachael Omdoll our campus dietitian for a personalized consultation.