Panda Express Will Now Have Vegan Options

Yesterday it was announced that Panda Express will join the ranks of fast food places that have vegan options. Big thanks to Vegan Outreach for making this possible.

What's vegan at Panda Express?

The two vegan dishes at Panda Express will be Eggplant Tofu and Chow Mein. They were previously not vegan because they contained chicken broth and animal-based seasonings. 

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Picture of Eggplant Tofu that will now be made vegan

You'll be able to order these by the end of February 2019 at any of their 2,000 locations.

The last couple of years have been good to us vegans. McDonald's made their Apple Pie vegan in Canada (source). Taco Bell is set to release new vegan menu items this year (source). Carl's Jr rolled out the Beyond Meat Burger (source).

I'm very excited to see what other restaurants will do. Smart companies are watching the vegan space. In fact, "Sales of vegan foods in America in the year to June 2018 rose ten times faster than food sales as a whole.” (source)

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8 Vegan Celebs You May Not Know About

If you're anything like me, I get super excited whenever I see vegan celebs on tv. There are much more than I thought. Here's a list of the famous vegan celebrities I found. As time goes on, I'll update this post to include more!

1. Madelaine Petsch

Madelaine Petsch is a vegan celeb
No doubt you've seen this vegan celeb on Riverdale

Madelaine is a vegan actress. She is well-known for her role as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale. She was raised vegetarian and became vegan when she was 14. She said "Being vegan keeps my body fueled and running smoothly". She did a campaign with Peta where she wore a dress made entirely of bok choy.

If you like Riverdale too, you might wanna get this graphic tee.

2. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is a famous vegan musician

Ariana Grande is a very famous singer who used to be an actress on Nickelodeon. She became vegan in 2013 because of her love for animals. She said she even loves animals more than people. She believes that a vegan diet can extend your life and make you a happier person. She has also spoken out against SeaWorld in defense of the animals there.

3. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is a vegan actress.

Miley is a famous singer and actress. She started out on Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, then became a singer and starred in movies. Miley has been vegan since 2014 because she loves animals. What prompted her to go vegan was when her dog was killed by coyotes. She has a tattoo of the Vegan Society's sunflower logo and encourages veganism from what she wears to what she eats.

4. Liam Hemsworth

Liam is an actor who is also married to Miley Cyrus. He went vegan in 2015 and has been an advocate for veganism. He was sick on the set of The Hunger Games and Woody Harrelson suggested he eat raw vegetables. This was what sparked him going vegan. He has said that since going vegan he has more energy, sleeps better, and has more endurance for working out.

5. Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is a famous vegan actor from the UK
Betcha didn't know the Grinch was vegan :P 
Benedict is an actor from London. He has been in the Avengers movies and was also the voice of the Grinch in the newest Grinch movie. He has spoken in many interviews about his plant-based diet and about being cruelty-free. In 2016 he was on the cover of British GQ wearing vegan boots and a vegan suit.

6. Peter Dinklage

Peter is an actor who has been in X-Men and Game of Thrones. In the show, Game of Thrones, his character is seen eating meat, but when they film those scenes, he really has tofu or other meat substitutes that look like meat. Before going vegan, he was a vegetarian for 15 years.

7. Mayim Bialik

Mayim is an actress who is well-known as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. She has worked with PETA to help educate people that going vegan is healthy and saves animals. She has a vegan cookbook called Mayim's Vegan Table.

8. Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson is a famous raw vegan.

Woody is not only vegan, but a raw vegan. He also does not eat flour or sugar. In 2012 he was PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian. He is an actor and was recently in the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Did we miss any? Let us know and we'll add them. Which one of these is your fave?

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Chipotle Vegan Options: Ordering Vegan at Chipotle

Chipotle has been a long-time favorite restaurant for Adam and I. Mexican restaurants are usually pretty easy to find vegan food at, and Chipotle definitely meets this. They have tons of fresh options that are vegan and you can make so many different combinations. When I became vegan I did some research and found that there are tons of Chipotle vegan options.

Chipotle vegan options include burritos and more
Chipotle vegan options

They have burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. The burrito comes with a large flour tortilla and the tacos come with flour tortillas or crispy corn shells.

Here are all of the Chipotle vegan options available to us:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Corn tortillas
  • Crispy corn tortillas (for the crispy tacos)
  • Sofritas - The sofritas from Chipotle are vegan and contain "shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblanos (mild chili peppers), and a blend of spices." Source
  • White cilantro lime rice
  • Brown cilantro lime rice
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Fajita veggies
  • Fresh tomato salsa (mild)
  • Tomatillo red-chili salsa (hot)
  • Tomatillo green-chili salsa (medium hot)
  • Roasted chili-corn salsa (medium)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Chips
These are the ingredients that are NOT vegan:
  • Steak
  • Carnitas
  • Chicken
  • Barbacoa
  • Chorizo
  • Queso
  • Sour cream
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Vinaigrette
My go-to order is always a veggie burrito. Their flour tortillas are so soft and delicious, so that's why I get a burrito. Also, the burrito holds more food in it than the tacos do. I get my burrito with brown rice, tomatillo green-chili salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, romaine lettuce, guacamole. Sometimes, the workers will get cheese and sour cream on the work station, which can get on the tortilla of my burrito.

I always look at their work station before ordering to see how clean it is. If it's just a little messy and the restaurant isn't super busy, then I ask them to wipe it down and explain that I am vegan. If it's really messy and they're crazy busy, then I get a bowl instead.

Veggie bowl at Chipotle

Personally, I think their white rice and brown rice taste very similar, so I choose to get the brown rice because it's healthier. I've never been a fan of black beans or pinto beans, but Adam loves both of them.

Their fajita veggies are a mix of bell peppers and red onions. The color of the bell peppers they have changes often. They usually have either green or red, but sometimes they also have yellow. These veggies are really good and can have a nice char on them.

You can get as many salsas as you want, which is awesome! I always get the tomatillo green-chili salsa (medium hot) and the roasted chili-corn salsa. Sometimes I also get the fresh tomato salsa, which is basically just pico de gallo. The medium hot salsa is my favorite salsa at Chipotle. It can be kind of spicy, but I other times it's not too spicy. It provides a lot of acidic flavor to your meal.

Chipotle's guacamole is so delicious! As far as I know, it's made of avocados, red onion, jalapeno peppers, and lime juice. It costs extra to add it to your meal, unless you get a veggie meal! I love that it's included in my meal.

Chipotle makes it super easy to find out what is vegan and what is not vegan at their restaurant. I wish more restaurants would make it this easy and clear. You can find out by looking at their Allergens and Special Diets page. This page also tells you if each ingredient has milk, soybeans, wheat and gluten, and sulphites. They also state that they do not use any eggs, mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, or fish in their products.

I love that Chipotle has locations all over the United States. This makes it very easy for us to find vegan options while traveling. Sometimes it is hard to find menus and nutritional information for restaurants, so I'm glad that I can always count on Chipotle as a backup place to eat.

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