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I am the one to always pass by articles with a title such as this. Not really interested in hearing about a half-hearted attempt to go vegan and then telling the whole world how ‘dangerous’ plant-based eating is for your health.

Yet, something drew me like a magnet to this story, and I kept devouring line after line. After I’d reached the end of it, I knew I had to share it with you, guys! It’s a piece every vegan must read.


Originally posted here.

Okay, vegans. I know what you’re thinking. There have been many articles with similar titles circulating around the internet for years, and after you read the article you realize the person, although technically vegan, also had a serious eating disorder like anorexia or even the lesser-known “orthorexia,” or was on a restricted calorie cleanse consisting of lettuce water, or they were homicidal parents feeding their baby one carrot a day – or something like that. Somehow, people like this even manage to wind up on the Today show with book deals, as we saw earlier this week.

Well, this is not one of those stories. For me and my fiancé, our regular vegan diet actually almost killed us. If you’re thinking about veganism, you’ll want to read this – and vegans, please hear us out.


I believe people are vegan for really, really good reasons. In a nutshell, they’ve learned that we make the choice every day to either pay people to breed and intentionally kill vulnerable animals for our pleasure – or to just not do that. After all, these animals value their lives as much as our pets do and are just as worthy of love.

Then they learn that dairy and eggs are as bad as animal meat, because newborn males are an unfortunate byproduct of egg and dairy production and are typically killed – while their sisters and mothers are forced into production before being butchered once “spent” a mere fraction into their lifetime. And they learn that this is part of the typical process even if the farms are “humane,” small, local, organic, pastured, cage-free, or free-range.

They learn about the many scientific and academic sources showing that vegan diets represent perhaps the most significant environmental effort one can make, requiring about half the water and emissions to produce compared to typical Western diets. This is starting to become more mainstream information, especially since Cowspiracy hit Netflix.


As a recent Chemical and Engineering News cover story explains, producing meat and animal products “requires a lot of animals raised on huge, unsustainable amounts of plant protein,” adding, “A switch to plant proteins by those who can afford meat would go a long way to feeding the growing global population while using fewer of the planet’s resources.”

So how could we just sit by and continue to opt in to this human-created nightmare called animal agriculture when we could just make a very simple, doable lifestyle change to create less harm?

With that background, hopefully you can understand why we chose to go vegan. Our hearts were in the right places. I’d been totally vegan for about 3 years after dabbling in varying degrees of vegetarianism throughout my life. My now-fiancé Craig made the shift after we’d been together for a few months.


Our Vegan Diet Almost Killed Us – No, Really

Unlike the typical negative stories of vegans eating very restrictive diets, we basically ate everything under the sun other than animal products, of course. Craig’s an amazing cook and I’m not so bad myself. Since there are 20,000+ edible plant species on planet Earth to choose from and tons of ways to enjoy fresh, frozen, and prepared fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, mushrooms, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, it wasn’t hard. We made rich cheeses, sausages, ice creams, gravies and more, all without animals. It’s not like we were stranded on a desert island without a plentiful supply of food. And when we got lazy, there were plenty of yummy pre-made vegan meats and cheeses to choose from at the store, even after we moved from an urban to a rural area.

We stuffed our faces full of delicious, nutritious food basically every day with few exceptions – say, that time on a business trip I was stuck with omnivores who looked pityingly at my wilted salad and plain baked potato at the restrictive omni restaurant they took me to. (I snuck out after for a real meal at Native Foods.) But generally everywhere we went, we could get satisfying vegan meals, even from popular chains like Subway to Taco Bell to Chipotle.

Our Vegan Diet Almost Killed Us – No, Really


Whenever I used an app to see if I was getting enough protein, I’d usually had more than enough even just by lunch! I’d always tried to take a daily multi-vitamin even when I was omni, and that didn’t change, but I now took a vegan-friendly version when I remembered to (and I admit I often forgot). Like my old supplement – and like those given to livestock themselves – it included vitamin B12. Salt is iodized, folic acid is added to many packaged goods, and vitamin D is added to cows’ milk, so we didn’t find it weird to be getting a nutrient obtained from bacteria in isolation rather than from the flesh and fluids of animals.


Our Vegan Diet Almost Killed Us – No, Really

We were getting all our nutrients like everyone else and were totally healthy. I hadn’t wasted away, my hair wasn’t falling out, etc. When I gave blood at a blood drive, the nurse commented on my high iron levels. At my annual physical checkups, my physician never mentioned anything was remotely amiss. And despite working in offices where colds and flus regularly made the rounds, neither of us had gotten the flu since going vegan, or even much of the sniffles.

Yes, sometimes it was hard socially, like when my uncle asked me why vegans don’t care more about people. I told him we don’t kill and eat people, either. That shut him up. (I could direct those with further objections here or give them the handy  anti-vegan bullsh*t mix n’ match for fun.) And that time when the waiter accidentally put dairy milk in my oatmeal, instead of throwing a tantrum, I politely requested another bowl. The struggle is… real?

I should add that Craig is a molecular biologist and I have an MBA in environmental management, so we know better than to intentionally harm ourselves to avoid harming others – or so we thought. After all, despite lots of anecdotal confirmation bias-affirming claims to the contrary, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals (the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly called the American Dietetic Association) and its international counterparts declare a vegan diet is healthful and appropriate for all stages of life, with not one medical or dietetic association claiming otherwise or that the flesh or fluid of any animal is somehow necessary to cure, treat, or prevent any deficiency, disease, or twinge of discomfort. Not only that, but a growing body of evidence shows that animal products don’t do a body good after all.


Well, it was a couple of months ago when we ran out of cashew milk (one of many tasty non-animal milks) and bananas. I really, really like to make shakes every day around midafternoon – peanut butter, dates, vanilla, chocolate, berries, whatever ­– with a frozen banana for a creamy base. I swear it tastes like soft serve ice cream, but healthy. You can add hemp, chia, and/or flax seeds and a few Brazil nuts for an extra boost of sustenance too, if you’re into that sort of thing.

So we ended up going to the grocery store to get more milk and bananas, and as we were crossing the street to the store after parking… wait for it… a car totally came out of nowhere and almost hit us! It was seriously a really close call. We could have been killed. We almost died!

If we hadn’t been vegan, we wouldn’t have run out of cashew milk, and we probably wouldn’t have been drinking a midafternoon shake because we probably would have still been in a food coma from eating severed birds’ wings or someone’s ribcage with mammary secretion dip or whatever the hell it is omnis eat these days. Am I right?


Ever since that fateful day, even though our vegan diet almost killed us, we’re actually both… still vegan. You heard me right.

We decided that we’d still rather not pay people to do things like fire bolts into sweet animals’ brains and slit their throats, grind up newborn male chicks in macerators, place “spent” hens in gassing chamber units, force females to lactate by impregnating them and then removing and either killing their babies or forcing them into the same servitude based on their gender, turn “spent” mothers into hamburger meat, remove fishes from the rapidly depleting oceans to become “seafood” no one needs (or feed for filthy fish farms for more manufactured seafood no one needs), or heck, even to steal honey we also don’t need that bees produce for their own personal use and whom we have to sedate in order to take. That would be like, I don’t know, aliens breeding humans for our ear wax.

In fact, seeing as the global population is now seven billion humans and SEVENTY billion farmed animals, we’d rather not pay people to artificially inseminate animals at all! And if we want to talk about our diets almost killing us, perhaps the focus should be on the many pervasive lifestyle diseases either directly caused or greatly exacerbated by animal-derived foods, many of which actually kill people. In fact, heart disease, which vegans rarely get, is the number one thing that actually kills people!


After all, we have somehow managed to peel back multiple, complicated layers of confusion and cognitive dissonance we’d picked up from a lifetime of sensationalist articles like the one you thought you were about to read. Like you, we had constant exposure to the same repeated myths and misinformation about where nutrients must come from, had been told the same fairy tales about farming animals for their flesh and fluids, and we also operated in a social context that reduced our natural wisdom and empathy for animals; animals whose individuality and cuteness we would have otherwise gone gaga over – or whom we would have at least respected enough to just leave the hell alone and eaten or worn something else.

We didn’t come this far to turn back now, careless drivers and annoying lifestyle bloggers be damned.

If you’re interesting in going vegan, visit or google “how to go vegan.”

By Inourishgently




You cannot be an environmentalist and a non-vegan. Yet, often times the most passionate, vigilant, and militant environmentalists still eat animal products. Let’s see some examples of why that is… well, hypocritical. Beef production alone uses more water than is consumed in growing the nation’s entire fruit and vegetable crop. Producing a single hamburger patty uses enough fuel to drive 20 miles and causes the loss of five times its weight in topsoil. In his book The Food Revolution, author John Robbins estimates that “you’d save more water by not eating a pound of California beef than you would by not showering for an entire year.” Because of deforestation to create grazing land, each vegetarian saves an acre of trees per year. The facts could go on, but… well, you get the point!



While there are no new medical articles demonstrating the health benefits of adding bacon and burgers to your diet, there are many studies that reinforce that idea that eating nothing but fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes is optimal for your health.

In fact, new data consistently reminds us of the benefits of a vegan diet, which makes it fairly safe to conclude that avoiding meat is one of the most important health decisions a person can make.

Unlike the new data showing that the more servings of fruit and vegetables you eat, the more likely you will avoid chronic diseases and delay death, eating meat has the opposite result, leading to disease and early death. If you were ever wavering about your commitment to make it a bean burger rather than a beef burger,



9 NEW Health & Medical Reasons To Be Vegan And Never Eat Meat

In a long-term study from Finland that followed more than 2,000 men over the course of 19 years, replacing even one percent of calories from animal proteins with plant proteins lowered the risk of developing diabetes by 18 percent.


9 NEW Health & Medical Reasons To Be Vegan And Never Eat Meat

A growing health concern is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In an analysis of more than 3,000 subjects in the Netherlands, increased dietary proteins from animal sources (meat) were associated with a greater risk (reaching 50 percent higher) of developing NAFLD.


9 NEW Health & Medical Reasons To Be Vegan And Never Eat Meat

study that focused on the relationship between processed red meat consumption and asthma symptoms found that eating cured red meat more than four times a week increased the odds of having worsened asthma by 76 percent.


The health community was stunned (although some of us weren’t) when, in October 2015, the World Health Organization announced its results of a comprehensive analysis demonstrating that processed red meats such as bacon and hot dogs cause colorectal cancer. In a more recent analysis, 400 studies were examined and found that the risk of colorectal cancer increased by 12 percent for each 100 grams of red and processed meats eaten daily. The study also found that whole grains and vegetables decreased the risk.


9 NEW Health & Medical Reasons To Be Vegan And Never Eat Meat

In an analysis of 21 studies examining diet and depression, eating red and processed meats increased the risk of depression by more than 25 percent, while fruit and vegetables had the opposite effect by 20 percent.


Researchers combined 42 studies relating diet to stomach cancer and found that a higher intake of red meat increased the risk of stomach cancer by 70 percent, while processed red meat increased the risk by 80 percent compared to those who shunned meats.


A Netherlands study of more than 120,000 subjects (who were followed for more than 20 years) says that the consumption of processed red meat is associated with developing cancers of the head and neck. The risk was increased as much as 50 percent compared to the low- or non-meat eaters studied.


Developing diabetes during pregnancy (known as “gestational diabetes”) can complicate pregnancies and have an impact on the health of the offspring. However, recent analysis suggests that high red-meat consumption increased the risk of gestational diabetes by more than 200 percent. Once again, processed red meat also increased the risk by approximately double compared to people who eat fewer amounts of meat.


9 NEW Health & Medical Reasons To Be Vegan And Never Eat Meat

For the first time, diets high in saturated fats like butter, egg yolks, meats, and even palm oil have been linked to increased risks of destruction of joint cartilage commonly known as degenerative joint disease or DJD. The inflammatory nature of meat was identified in the study. Saturated fatty acids in meat deposit on the cartilage in joints, weakening them and making them more prone to damage.

Joel Kahn, MD, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, is founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity and serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.


Via Inourishgently



Hollywood legend and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the call for people to completely stop eating beef. He has joined other concerned activists in asking people to reconsider their dietary habits, and in particular stop eating beef.

8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for Good

From Silicon Valley tech moguls to business executives and entrepreneurs, these people know that the future of food means not slaughtering animals.

11 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Were Vegan


This article was written by Arista Moultrie.
If you’re beautiful, talented, famous, and rich chances are you don’t eat. There’s an even higher chance you are so pretentious that you will eat a little but put yourself under “dietary restrictions” for the fun of it. The latest diet in Hollywood these days seems to be veganism. We all know about Pamela Anderson and Alicia Silverstone’s Save the Animals campaigns, but here are a few celebs that you may not know are vegan.

Avoid These 5 Unhealthy Vegan Eating-Transition Mistakes


Vegan eating sometimes gets a bad reputation for simply being “too hard.” That, not surprisingly, keeps people thinking, “I could never do that!” Consider this, though: most major life changes are going to seem overwhelming, difficult and even scary at first. That is not a good reason not to try it! All you need to do is equip yourself with some good information to get you started. Great news, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll be honest, vegan eating, like anything new to you, will have a learning curve. For most people, this learning occurs through trial and error in their transition stage. This list is here to make the learning process and transition easier than ever before: it helps you avoid many of the mistakes new plant-based eaters make. Having a healthy (and easy) transition will make this lifestyle change all the more exciting and rewarding. Are you ready? OK, here’s the five unhealthy vegan-transition mistakesto avoid:

1. Doing Everything at Once When You’re not Ready

Understand that everyone has their own ways of making major life changes. For some, all it takes is a video on dairy cattle or factory farming and they’re off animal-products for good. For others, especially those seeking this lifestyle for environmental or health reasons, the transition may not be so smooth. There are cravings and attachments to certain animal-products to overcome. There are frustrated moments while grocery shopping or eating out. There are questions, comments and even criticisms from family, friends and, yes, sometimes even strangers. There are times when it feels you’re fighting a battle you can’t win. For those of you, be gentle with yourselves. This is a process of changing your life. If you push yourself into new food, new clothes, new furniture and more all at once, you may end up like many others who shy away altogether and denounce vegan eating itself as too much “work.” Don’t let this happen! Go at your own pace and feel good about any changes you do make. Tip: what has worked for many vegans I know is to eliminate one animal-product a week.

2. Not Understanding Calorie Contents

Know that not all foods satiate you the same. The meat, dairy, eggs, etc. you may be used to eating probably fill you up for hours because of high fat contents and caloric density. Transitioning to vegan eating means, for a lot of us, increasing our intake of produce. This is undeniably great, but keep in mind that most produce is very nutrient and water-rich in very small calorie packages. This means you get fuller faster, but will need to eat more food regularly to keep your calories up, your body functioning properly and your health in check. You can easily tackle this transition mistake by eating nuts, seeds, and legumes, higher calorie produce like avocados and bananas and just accepting you may need snacks now.

3. Not Understanding That Your Body is Going Through Changes

Did you know digesting meat can take days, whereas digesting plant-based foods only takes minutes to hours? This may not seem significant, but it makes a huge difference to the regular functioning of your entire body. Understand that if you’ve been eating a diet of meat, dairy, eggs, etc., your bodily system is used to that: it is used to allocating lots of energy to the digestive process and taking its time. Transitioning changes that process; your body will be playing “catch up” eliminating the animal-products from your system and replacing them with plant-based nutrition. This can cause some stomach upsets and discomforts at first. Know that your body is adjusting to this switch and getting healthier because of it. Get ready for more energy and a quicker digestive process! You can help this process along by remembering to drink plenty of fresh water, every single day.

4. Just Taking the Animal-Products Out

If you’re anything like myself, you may have grown up in a household where dinner consisted of some sort of animal, some sort of common grain and a vegetable serving. It can be challenging to consider meals in any other way, leading to new vegans just simply taking out animal-products. While those products definitely need to go when eating a vegan diet, there shouldn’t be an empty spot on your plate when that happens. Fill it up and try new products and crops to ensure a balanced and delicious meal.

5. Not Learning New Recipes

I know, I know, not everyone loves or even wants to cook. However, unless you plan to be a raw vegan or subsist on take-out alone, you’re going to need a few recipes to fuel your body with. Don’t shy away from trying new recipes and products—it is another one of the fun parts of changing your lifestyle! All it takes is a little learning and then once you get the basics of vegan cooking down, you can veganize literally any meal.

By Onegreenplanet

Most People Throw Away Avocado Pits, But This Artist Carves Them Into Magical Forest Creatures


Jan Campbell was preparing an avocado for lunch one day when she was struck by the beauty of the pit inside, an object most people throw away without a second thought. After weeks of pondering its potential, a deeply pigmented surface scratch inspired her to carve away its layers until a beautiful piece of art appeared.

Ever since that day, the Irish artisan has been turning avocado pits (or ‘stones,’ as she calls them) into tiny, intricately detailed figurines inspired by Celtic folklore. She carves the tranquil faces of forest spirits, the flowing hair of ancient goddesses, and even a handful of wild mushrooms now and then. The miniatures can be simply displayed as statues, or worn as pendants, and are meant to provide the holder with a unique sense of companionship and comfort.

Explore some of Jan’s finest creations below, and follow the links underneath them to see if they’re available to buy.



Emma Watson has recently been on the road promoting her new movie “Beauty and the Beast,” one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. But, in spite of her hectic schedule, the actress is still taking time to spread the word about sustainable, vegan fashion. On the press tour for “Beauty and the Beast,” Emma looked fabulous wearing a dress and shoes made out of recycled plastic.

The Best Vegetarian Options at 17 Fast Food Chains


It’s hard out there for a vegetarian. Especially when it comes to snagging quick eats on the cheap. In a fast-food world where the burger reigns supreme and drive-thru menus tout vegetable sides inexplicably containing pork fat, options are, well, limited. But that doesn’t mean it needs to all be doom and gloom — all the major fast-food players have at least one tasty veg-friendly choice on their roster to keep you satisfied. And to save you from staring blankly at the drive-thru screen searching for something you can eat, we’ve rounded up the very best option at all the big chains.

Important note: many of the selections on this list are fried, which means there’s no guarantee that they’re not cooked in the same oil as non-veg items. If you’re ordering at a fast-food spot, this is probably a risk you’re already willing to take, but just know that if you are conscious of contamination, many of these suggestions will not work for you. You should probably just ask. Or just say “who cares,” because you’re starving.

Credit: Flickr/Jay Reed

Chick-fil-A: Waffle fries

When a place is named after the animal it serves, you’re kinda out of luck. But since you’re here (why are you here?!), the waffle fries are good. And they’re allegedly vegan.

Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s: Veg It. Thickburgers

Both Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s (Carl’s Sr.?!) offer up a “Veg It.” option for their Thickburgers. At Hardee’s, that just means a burger, but minus the patty. At Carl’s, though, they offer up a package of fried zucchini you can load onto the bun. Why they haven’t seized the opportunity for a commercial featuring Paris Hilton washing a car while eating a zucchini is beyond us, but it seems like a missed opportunity for their campaign.

Credit: Aaron Miller/Thrillist

McDonald’s: Oreo McFlurry

You might be tempted to go for the legendary fries at the Golden Arches, but turns out the oil they fry ‘em in actually contains beef flavoring, so don’t be fooled. Instead go for a creamy, cookie-filled McFlurry. When it’s your tastiest option, no one can fault you for eating dessert for dinner. NO ONE.

Whataburger: Egg & cheese biscuit

Whataburger’s biscuits are delicious on their own, and especially with honey butter. But that does not a balanced meal make. That’s why the egg & cheese biscuit is king. And yes, it’s still good with honey butter.

Credit: Flickr/Adam Kuban

Sonic: Cheese tots

Sonic is the only fast-food chain where it is imperative to forgo fries for an order of cheese sauce-covered tots instead. Golden and crispy on the outside, fluffy and starchy on the inside, these salty spuds are the spirit of sonic and demand space in your stomach. Of course you could choose to get them plain, but when melty cheese is a choice, there’s really no choice at all.

Jack in the Box: Stuffed jalapeños

Jack’s forte is gigantic burgers, some of which are stuffed between grilled cheeses that aren’t on the regular menu. Luckily, they have all-day breakfast, with egg sandwiches and mini pancakes. But let’s be honest. If you’re here, it’s because you want something fried. So thank goodness for cheesy jalapeño poppers, which go pretty well with curly fries and a late-night viewing of The Wall.

Credit: Lee Breslouer/Thrillist

Taco Bell: Anything and everything!

T-Bell is without a doubt the greatest fast-food spot for meatless folks, but that’ll happen when your options are exactly the same as everyone else’s. Pretty much everything at Taco Bell can be made meat-free with beans and/or potatoes as the replacement protein, you just gotta ask. My personal favorites are the Crunchwrap, Cheesy Gordita Crunch, and Quesarito, but really, the world is your beefless burrito. Or whatever.

Arby’s: Mozzarella sticks

What, you didn’t know that Arby’s has mozzarella sticks? Fair enough. It’s hard to see past the Meat Mountain. But, as with any place that serves them, the mozz sticks at Arby’s are insanely good — as good as anything that you can get at a bar, but cheaper.

Credit: Flickr/Pam

Culver’s: Fried cheese curds

Most people head to this Midwestern chain for the ButterBurgers, but even if you’re a full-time carnivore, the Wisconsin cheese curds are the real star. The chain started in the home of the curd, so it only makes sense that they’re one of the few fast-food spots where you can snag some of these squeaky morsels of all that’s right in the world. Made with both yellow and white cheddar and deep-fried to crispy, golden perfection, these lil’ guys are addictive and almost too poppable.

A&W: Root beer float

“This place basically invented the root beer float. And they use cane sugar. If you can get one in a frosty mug, it somehow tastes even better. That’s probably not gonna happen at one with a Taco Bell stapled to it, but you can still dream.” – My editor who insisted on writing this because I hate root beer

Credit: Thrillist

Dairy Queen: Blizzard

This one is a given. Shockingly, DQ has not (yet) found a way to incorporate bacon into all of their signature stormy soft-serves, which means they’re all fair game. And delicious. The flavor options are plentiful, and while we could give you an exact pick, we know it’s rare for a veggie to have this many choices, so we’re gonna let you do you. But also we really like Reese’s. NO PRESSURE.

KFC: Potato wedges

I’ve been spreading the gospel of KFC potato wedges for approximately 26 years. I’m only 23, so you do the math. They’re just that good. You can actually see the seasoning on these wedges — they’re salty, peppery, and kicked up just the right amount of notches to make Emeril happy. Though they’re already lightly battered and crunchy, if you get a particularly crispy one, you’re in for a treat. To give you a sense of how you’ll feel after biting into these babies, my boyfriend and I once accidentally ordered a family-size portion of them at 9am in Penn Station. There were no regrets.

Credit: Flickr/Stephan Mosel

Burger King: Veggie burger & onion rings

The King bestows upon all vegetarians the gift of an actually solid, complete meal comparable to that of a meat-eater dining there. For one, they actually use MorningStar patties, aka what every vegetarian awkwardly brings to a BBQ, so you know this is legit. But they also have onion rings. We know other spots have those too, but BK’s are particularly tasty, and obviously taste way better when accompanied by a burger, an option seldom seen by vegetarians when it comes to fast food. And yes, we know this is technically two picks, but your Grandma told us you were looking thin.

Wendy’s: Fries & a Chocolate Frosty

Contrary to popular belief, the Pythagorean theorem actually proves that it’s a really bad life choice to order fries sans a Frosty on the side. Without the Frosty, we’d probably be telling you to snag a broccoli and cheese baked potato (still a good option!), but the sweet-and-salty combo of hand-cut fries dipped in a creamy, chocolatey shake is where it’s at, for anyone, meat-eater or not. And yes, we know this is also technically two picks, but that’s on Pythagoras, not us.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Qfl247

In-N-Out: Animal Style fries

Sure, you could get the not-so-secret grilled cheese, but have you forgotten you’re at In-N-Out? Because you are. And that means it’s your responsibility as a contributing member of society to get something Animal Style. And since you’re not getting a burger, you’re getting fries. Covered in melty cheese, grilled onions, and special sauce, you’ll be just as satisfied as your meat-eating pals. Though might we suggest an Animal Style grilled cheese be a future thing that exists?

White Castle: Veggie sliders and/or onion chips

Upon the announcement of veggie sliders coming to Harold and Kumar’s chain of choice, meat-eaters of the world acted as if this new development had a profound effect on them. It did not. Instead, leaf eaters were just getting the extra option they were fully entitled to. The Dr. Praeger’s sliders full of veggies like carrots, zucchini, peas, spinach, and broccoli are here, and they’re pretty damn good. They even come with a choice of sweet Thai, honey mustard, and ranch sauces. Unfortunately, these things aren’t permanent menu fixtures and will disappear at some point, so once that sad day comes, go for the onion chips. These fried-up petals are tasty as hell and it’s basically like eating a deconstructed, fast-foodified blooming onion.

Popeyes: Cajun fries

You might take a glance at the Popeyes sides menu and think you have a killer arsenal of choices. But you would be sorely mistaken. Red beans? Pork fat. Cajun rice? Meat sauce. Green beans? Turkey bacon. Mashed potatoes & gravy? Pork. It’s a sad, sad, Southern world. But it won’t be if you get these crispy, Cajun-battered fries bumped up with spices like garlic powder, cayenne, and paprika. With a crunchy exterior and a flavorful-but-not-overpowering spice blend, these guys don’t even require a dipping sauce, and are the best you can do as an herbivore getting down at Popeyes. I don’t think I need to tell you that these must be paired with a fresh, fluffy biscuit — but these must be paired with a fresh, fluffy biscuit. Class dismissed.


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