How to Eat Vegan in Scotland

Day 21

Part of the reason why I created this blog was to show the world that eating vegan can be easy and fun.

Ok so the majority of the population have the idea that eating vegan at home is difficult and eating vegan while traveling is impossible. I’ve bumped into loads of veggies and vegans that feel this way to, about traveling while being vegan that is.

Well for the last month I’ve been in Scotland and have had no problem what so ever with eating vegan. Actually for the most part I’ve been eating a fruititarian diet till dinner time then vegan there after. How? Well here are a few things that worked well for me. These tips should work well whether you are renting a flat like myself, or traveling to a different hotel, motel or hostel every night.

  1. Oatmeal is your friend – Oatmeal is one of those foods that is satisfying, delicious, easy to get and takes next to no preparation. If your on the go, bring your bag of oatmeal with you to a coffee shop like Starbucks. Ask for a large cup of water, half full. Pour your oatmeal into the cup, let it steep and your done! You could add some honey, raisins, goji berries or dried fruit to make it a little less bland.
  2. Look for local fruit and veggie wholesaler shops – In Edinburgh there are a million little fruit and veggie kiosk type shops located all over the city. Go in a grab 10-20 ripe bananas or even better ask the owner if they have any fruit that is too ripe to sell. Usually you can get really ripe fruit at a discount and it is ready to eat then and there.
  3. Look for Indian or Chinese restaurants – They are located everywhere and your always going to have a few all vegan dishes on the menu. Ask for two servings of rice as well, this will keep you full and happy without emptying your pocket.
  4. Always have dates handy – Dates are true super foods. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, are easy to transport, taste great and are satisfying. I would recommend drinking water when consuming them as they are really concentrated.
  5. Potatoes, rice, corn pasta or quinoa – If you have access to a kitchen, boil up one of these four for dinner. They are really easy to make, cheap and filling. Add some tomato sauce to either of them for an added kick of flavor.
  6. Stir-fry’s – If your on your own and traveling and again have access to a kitchen, buy bean sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, kale and mushrooms. Chop them up, toss them in a wok or frying pan with water, cook for 5-7 minutes and enjoy with a bit of soy sauce and rice.
  7. Help the local economy – Look up vegan restaurants in the city your traveling to a go to them. Make it an event! I’ve done this for places in Edinburgh such as Kapana, Hendersons, Urban Angel, ORB Cafe and The Brazilian Kiosk. Just getting to these places I saw a side of Edinburgh I probably never would have scene before.

I think in general people over complicate food. There are so many flavors and ingredients added to a meal these days it’s tough for to digest and requires a lot of time, preparation and kitchen equipment. I find eating simple meals consisting of one, two or three ingredients works well with my body. It also allows me to eat vegan without needing a lot of time or kitchen space.

I hope these tips help you when your traveling. Please comment below if you have any additional tips you’d like to share.

As for today’s adventures, spent most of it out in The Meadows (local park) enjoying a delicious watermelon and reading a good book. This evening I attended another one of Susan’s yoga classes at Ashtonga Yoga Edinburgh. Love Susan and her way of teaching. She is truly and inspiration leader. If you want to read more from her, click here to check out her yogi blog.

Lunch in the park

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