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13 times you were vegetarian or vegan and didn’t even know it

13 times you were vegetarian or vegan and didn’t even know it

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What if we told you that you have been eating plant-based food more often than you thought?

What if we told you that you have been eating plant-based food more often than you thought?

13 times you were vegetarian or vegan and didn’t even know it
Few things in life feel sweeter than realising you’re actually doing more good than you thought you were. A big reason many people are intimidated by going vegan or vegetarian is because they feel their food options will diminish substantially and the FOMO just gets too much to bear. So, they go back to eating the animal products they have grown up with because it’s mostly all they know – or so they think!

What if we told you that you have been eating plant-based food more often than you thought? We’ve compiled a list of all the surprisingly vegan and vegetarian treats that are available to you in hopes that this will give you hope for finally making that change into eating less animal products every now and then.

No animals were harmed during the making of this list.

Dining Out

Falafel and hummus  

This typical Middle Eastern food is a great option for when you want something that’s simple and delicious. They are commonly served with pita bread, hummus and salad – which are all vegan. For the full vegan experience (and according to some, the best falafel in Oslo) visit Falafel King.

Hummus salads are also a yummy option when eating out, and often all vegan. You can find a great one at Kaffebrenneriet. (Psst: Kaffebrenneriet also offers to replace normal milk with oat milk from Oatly).

Veggie Burgers

Vegetarian burgers are a delicious and filling alternative when eating out. The American chain TGI Friday’s offers a wide selection of dishes and has something for everyone, including a Beyond Burger for the vegetarians/vegans. The burgers are served with vegan cheese, veganaise, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and pickles. Some of the sides are vegan too like the fries, garlic and herb potatoes, and green salad. They also offer a delicious chia pudding for dessert!

The McDonald’s veggie burger is actually also completely vegan. Just make sure to ask that the burger has no cheese added. There are no animal products in the patty, however, be warned: because Mc Donald’s has a mostly meat menu, there may be some cross contamination with where the patties are prepared. Other vegetarian options at McDonald’s include their nuggets and green salad. Burger King also has a vegetarian burger. Yup.

Thai curries

If you’re thinking of adopting a more vegan or plant-based diet, one cuisine that you can almost always rely on is Thai food! By substituting meat with tofu (or you can go full veggie), you’ll have a delicious meal suitable for those on a plant-based diet. Make sure to visit Risbolle Thai Café who cater to both vegetarians and vegans.

Vegetarian pizzas and pastas

There are a great selection of vegetarian and vegan pizzas and pastas to choose from. Most restaurants might be more likely to have vegetarian ones, but some places like Restaurant Teatro in Oslo, has vegan options. Enjoy!

At Home Snacks

Potato chips

Even with taste of beef or spareribs, potato chips are most likely vegetarian/vegan.  Yes, you read that right. Just because it says beef on that the pack, does not mean that it is, in fact, beef in the pack. This is a great option for when you’re craving a meat-like taste without having to actually eat meat.

REAL On The Go Dark Chocolate Bars

This delicious treat is milk free, vegan, and gluten and lactose free. For vegetarians there’s also the option of REAL’s Choco Crisp Protein Bar, an energy bar dipped in dark chocolate.

Oreo Originals

The biscuit part is basically cocoa, flour and sugar while the filling is a slightly creamy tasting icing sugar.

Most cake or brownie mixes

You know those boxes you get at the store for when you want to make your own cake but don’t want to have to go through the hassle of making it from scratch, like Toro brownies mix? Simply replace the animal products with vegan egg replacement and a dairy alternative. Rumour has it you can replace the eggs with bananas (or just leave them out) and milk with water, but try that one at your own risk.

Lindt 70%+ Cocoa Bars

Most dark chocolate is vegan, but you do always have to double-check specific brands to make sure. The Lindt bars are vegan.

Cinnamon buns from Eldorado

Yummy buns ready for the oven, and completely vegan!

Nesquick cereal

This breakfast cereal is completely vegan as it contains no dairy or eggs in the ingredients. Enjoy it with your favourite plant-based milk alternative!

Salty liquorice

Liquorice, including Norwegian's beloved salty liquorice is all vegan, including salt sild (salty herring) from Malaco and Tyrkisk Peber (turkish pepper) from Danish Fazer. Yum!

Tom & Jerry biscuits

Not just for kids, these biscuits contain no dairy or egg, making them completely vegan!

Few things in life feel sweeter than realising you’re actually doing more good than you thought you were. A big reason many people are intimidated by going vegan or vegetarian is because they feel their food options will diminish substantially and the FOMO just gets too much to bear. So, they go back to eating the animal products they have grown up with because it’s mostly all they know – or so they think!

What if we told you that you have been eating plant-based food more often than you thought? We’ve compiled a list of all the surprisingly vegan and vegetarian treats that are available to you in hopes that this will give you hope for finally making that change into eating less animal products every now and then.

No animals were harmed during the making of this list.

Dining Out

Falafel and hummus  

This typical Middle Eastern food is a great option for when you want something that’s simple and delicious. They are commonly served with pita bread, hummus and salad – which are all vegan. For the full vegan experience (and according to some, the best falafel in Oslo) visit Falafel King.

Hummus salads are also a yummy option when eating out, and often all vegan. You can find a great one at Kaffebrenneriet. (Psst: Kaffebrenneriet also offers to replace normal milk with oat milk from Oatly).

Veggie Burgers

Vegetarian burgers are a delicious and filling alternative when eating out. The American chain TGI Friday’s offers a wide selection of dishes and has something for everyone, including a Beyond Burger for the vegetarians/vegans. The burgers are served with vegan cheese, veganaise, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and pickles. Some of the sides are vegan too like the fries, garlic and herb potatoes, and green salad. They also offer a delicious chia pudding for dessert!

The McDonald’s veggie burger is actually also completely vegan. Just make sure to ask that the burger has no cheese added. There are no animal products in the patty, however, be warned: because Mc Donald’s has a mostly meat menu, there may be some cross contamination with where the patties are prepared. Other vegetarian options at McDonald’s include their nuggets and green salad. Burger King also has a vegetarian burger. Yup.

Thai curries

If you’re thinking of adopting a more vegan or plant-based diet, one cuisine that you can almost always rely on is Thai food! By substituting meat with tofu (or you can go full veggie), you’ll have a delicious meal suitable for those on a plant-based diet. Make sure to visit Risbolle Thai Café who cater to both vegetarians and vegans.

Vegetarian pizzas and pastas

There are a great selection of vegetarian and vegan pizzas and pastas to choose from. Most restaurants might be more likely to have vegetarian ones, but some places like Restaurant Teatro in Oslo, has vegan options. Enjoy!

At Home Snacks

Potato chips

Even with taste of beef or spareribs, potato chips are most likely vegetarian/vegan.  Yes, you read that right. Just because it says beef on that the pack, does not mean that it is, in fact, beef in the pack. This is a great option for when you’re craving a meat-like taste without having to actually eat meat.

REAL On The Go Dark Chocolate Bars

This delicious treat is milk free, vegan, and gluten and lactose free. For vegetarians there’s also the option of REAL’s Choco Crisp Protein Bar, an energy bar dipped in dark chocolate.

Oreo Originals

The biscuit part is basically cocoa, flour and sugar while the filling is a slightly creamy tasting icing sugar.

Most cake or brownie mixes

You know those boxes you get at the store for when you want to make your own cake but don’t want to have to go through the hassle of making it from scratch, like Toro brownies mix? Simply replace the animal products with vegan egg replacement and a dairy alternative. Rumour has it you can replace the eggs with bananas (or just leave them out) and milk with water, but try that one at your own risk.

Lindt 70%+ Cocoa Bars

Most dark chocolate is vegan, but you do always have to double-check specific brands to make sure. The Lindt bars are vegan.

Cinnamon buns from Eldorado

Yummy buns ready for the oven, and completely vegan!

Nesquick cereal

This breakfast cereal is completely vegan as it contains no dairy or eggs in the ingredients. Enjoy it with your favourite plant-based milk alternative!

Salty liquorice

Liquorice, including Norwegian's beloved salty liquorice is all vegan, including salt sild (salty herring) from Malaco and Tyrkisk Peber (turkish pepper) from Danish Fazer. Yum!

Tom & Jerry biscuits

Not just for kids, these biscuits contain no dairy or egg, making them completely vegan!

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