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Vegans Are Hot!


 I took a few minutes to peruse a professional journal that came in the mail today, and GUESS WHAT! Meat free diets are one of the top 5 health trends for 2013. We are now mainstream.The article states that eating vegetarian and EVEN VEGAN is no longer considered the domain of "hippies and hipsters". That's a quote - "hippies and hipsters". I often have trouble being labeled, but I guess if the popularity of our diet is on a steady climb, that's a good thing. The herbivore diet is now being seen as a viable "health alternative" by athletes and celebrities. Guess that means more tofu and tempeh on the menu for us, not to mention those delicious locally sourced vegetables. 

Wait! The same publication listed the top 10 menu trends for 2013, and several items on The National Restaurant Association's list  are actually favorable for those of us who reach for the cauliflower instead of the cow. The trends that help make menus more enticing for us are:

2. locally grown produce

3. healthful kids meals (I'm stretching here. I'm not sure they would agree with our idea of healthful.)

4. environmental sustainability as a culinary theme

5. children's nutrition as a culinary theme (see my disclaimer for their #3)

7. hyperlocal sourcing, such as restaurant gardens

8. gluten-free cusine (Least they are thinking outside the box and including off the beaten path eaters)

10. whole grain items in kids' meals

What does this mean? In a nutshell it means we are influencing the masses. It means that we are being viewed as being healthier, and our lifestyle is desirable. It means that we've voted by putting our money where our mouths are, and restaurants want a piece of the action. 

Keep up the good work!

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  1. No Name
    This is so good to know. Thank you for sharing this with us. Thanks Voted
  2. SnakeWitch
    When I read the title, I thought you were going to describe how sexy vegans are, but this is good too! ;) Voted! By the way, what are the missing numbers in the list? I'm just curious to see what the other trends are, even if they're not vegan. When you have the chance, stop by my new piece, Why is Technology Bad for the Environment?, and vote if you like it!
    1. Veganara
      Voted. Nice blog. Like SnakeWitch, I thought you meant vegans are sexy!!! (There certainly are some very hot vegan celebs!!) You may well be interested in my latest blog, The Essential Aid for the Vegan Voyager, check it out and please vote if you like it. :-)
  3. beachgurl
    The missing trends are: 1. locally sourced meats and seafood 6. new cuts of meat (e.g., Denver steak, pork flat iron) I don't know what this is 9. sustainable seafood
    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks for that. Glad to see that at least meat-eaters are moving towards more sustainable or environmental choices (numbers 1 and 9).
  4. Veghead
    Vote no 5. This is great to hear.


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