Still, with a little creativity and planning you can thoroughly enjoy European food and not feel like you're missing out.
Here are my best tips for traveling Europe as a Vegan.
1. Go to the markets (which are incredibly abundant by the way) and buy a variety of your own produce, nuts etc.. Take fruit and other produce as snacks as you explore. Never be stuck without a snack to hold you over until you find a meal. If you're not prepared, the temptation could be too great to eat something you won't be happy about later or you could find yourself with low blood sugar and feeling terrible
2. Choose International restaurants such as Thai, Indian or Japanese when you can. Almost every culture except for Western culture is vegan/vegetarian friendly.
3. Go online to Google Translate and look up phrases and words that will help you make the right choice for food. For example, in France I ask, "Sans lait?", which means, "without milk?". It is also very useful to learn how to ask if the waiter speaks English in whatever language appropriate. As a side note, if you express gratitude that they will communicate with you in English you will have better service over all. Before going grocery shopping, look up words such as eggs and milk so you know what ingredients to look for on the packaging.
4. Look for health shops online before you go out. In France they are called Bio Shops and there are many of them popping up everywhere lately (hurray!). Also, big Super Markets such as Carrefour in France, have a Bio section where you can find healthier alternatives.
5. Use the Happy Cow website to locate Vegan restaurants all over the world. And if you personally find a new place in your travels, please add it to the site. There are new Vegan friendly places everywhere so let's spread the word!
6. I'll say it again because it's so important. Have a back up plan and snacks. I can't tell you how many times I found myself without food and miserable because I wasn't prepared. It takes more work to be healthy, it's just part of the deal. However, it's always worth it :-)
How do you eat as a Vegan when traveling in Europe? Let me know your tips!
Original Post: http://www.angelaorecchio.com/how-to-be-a-vegan-in-europe/
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