I’m going to cut to the chase on this post. I am vegan and so is my kid, so here is 2 reasons for this post: One, why I am writing this post (dun, dun, dun) and two, what we eat. Oh, it’s not just nuts or berries FYI.
We recently went to a party, and like in many events that we go to, where I was asked if I wanted a burger. I said “oh! thanks but no thanks, we’re vegan.” My kid and I were quickly pointed out to other guests repeatedly: “omg, can you belive it? These two are vegan!” That accompanied by a uncomfortable eye rolls, laughs and stupid jokes.
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Needless to say I was deeply offended and oddly glad that my kid doesn’t understand yet that we were made a laughing stock that day. I wouldn’t normally pay attention if it was directed to me alone. I’ve brushed off those situations for many years since I became vegan. But theres a fucking problem when you’re directing it to my kid now.
Do you see where I’m going with this post? This isn’t about a campaign to have vegan options at parties, although I’d love it to be! There was only candy, cake and burgers at said party, nothing else. This isn’t odd of most hispanic outdoor parties and I know better so I brought fruit and veggies, for us and the curious.
This isn’t about preaching veganism or condemning people for offering burgers.
This post is a message about being tolerant of others’ choices and not making them a laughing stock for sticking to their choices. It’s about educating people (specially moms) about a vegan
I am very passionate about veganism and I want to help educate people on the subject so that when my kid understands better, he’s not laughed at.
For now we’ll share fruit and veggies at the next party and accept that it’s ok for other people to make the choice of not being vegan too. No one needs to be laughed at.
From above, what we eat:
- Orange juice and spirulina powder: Spirulina is a great source of vitamins and absorbed better with citric acid. Thank you Ana for the idea. Follow Ana for more ideas on vegan recipes.
- Oatmeal and hemp hearts: Hemp seeds are packed with protein and oatmeal is packed with protein. That’s where we get protein, so don’t ask that stupid question ever again. Recipe here.
- Banana rolled with almond butter: Great for a pick me up, it’s packed with energy and oh wait, protein. Recipe here.
- Roasted broccoli with nutritional yeast: Packed with B vitamins and um, protein! and calcium. Recipe here.
- Zucchini and flaxseed nuggets: Flaxseeds provide a good amount of omega oils. Recipe here.
Are you or anyone close to you vegan in Miami? Do you have a good recipe to share (kid friendly)? What are your thoughts on veganism?