Living the vegan lifestyle is increasing in popularity. And it’s not as difficult as you might think. Even your favorite holidays can be celebrated vegan style. Whether you’re trying to accommodate one family member or many, there are plenty of delicious Mexican style foods and philosophies you can incorporate into your vegan Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Do battle with the pinata only.
Even though Cinco de Mayo commemorates a famous battle, your celebration doesn’t have to include violence. Keep the party peaceful. Instead of reenacting the war, take out your frustrations on a colorful pinata filled with vegan treats. They make a wide variety of vegan chocolate these days. Many other candies are vegan too. Skip the gummy bears and other candy made with gelatin. They’re not vegan or even vegetarian for that matter.
Beware of other sneaky foods.
You might think skipping the meat and cheese makes something vegan. It does. However, when it comes to traditional Mexican foods, there’s something you should know. Beware of the normally vegan friendly bean. Re-fried beans are traditionally made using lard (pig fat). The same goes for tortillas, sopapillas, chimichangas and other typical fried Cinco de Mayo foods.
How can I know Cinco de Mayo food is completely vegan?
You’re at your local Cinco de Mayo festival. You want to try the guacamole. Unfortunately, you have no idea how those chips were made. Were they fried in lard? Was GMO free corn used to make them? These days, most people are at least aware of the vegan diet. Why not just ask? Take care not to insult the chef. Start by saying how delicious the food looks and ease into the inquiry. Chances are, they’ll be happy to discuss how their specialties are made.
Celebrate at home.
It’s one sure way to guarantee your whole Cinco de Mayo feast is vegan. Many popular Mexican foods can be made vegan. How about some bean and rice burritos with guacamole and veggies? Organic blue corn chips go great with homemade salsa. One of our favorites is a wrap made with sweet potatoes, black beans, green onions, pesto and spicy sauteed tofu. If you use your imagination, just about any Mexican food can go meatless and cheese-less.
Dancing on Cinco de Mayo is completely vegan.
So is dressing in colorful costumes. Go for organic cotton if you’re an Eco-friendly vegan. Leave your cowboy boots at home. They’re made of leather, of course. Going vegan isn’t just about your diet. Better yet, buy some vegan boots. They function just as well as the leather ones. Plus, you’ll look and feel great inside and out. Now, kick up your heels and have a cruelty free Cinco de Mayo.
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