After my last post, Coming Out as Vegan, I had a super interesting conversation with one of my mom-in-law’s, Wendy! I’ve been vegan for about a year and a half and was a vegetarian for three years before that. So, I’ve had plenty of time to adjust to eating out, eating at a friends, and so on. I haven’t had to think about in a long time, what it’s like for people to host me, a vegan! Honestly, I have like..zero expectations when I go out to eat or to a friends house. So I guess I’m easily impressed. BUT – I know when people host, they want their guests or friends to feel welcomed and well taken care of! So, I thought I’d share some tips on how to host a vegan.
Some things to note,
We Love that You Even Tried.
Really, we do. We know it’s not easy to understand (especially when you don’t have to think about it everyday) what we can or can’t eat. So the fact that you’ve even put effort into trying, means the world to us!
We Probably Feel a Little Weird, Too.
You might not feel super comfortable cooking a vegan meal, and we might feel a little weird asking you to. The last thing we want to do as guests, is stress you out even more! Just know that we usually have close to no expectations at all for people to feed us! At least Dylan and I personally, we assume we’ll be making a trip to the grocery store when we’re visiting friends, and that doesn’t bother us at all!
But, if you’d really like to be the perfect host to a vegan, I’ve outlined a few tips.
- Do just a little homework! You can ask us what our favorite meals are, where we get our recipes, or our favorite restaurant chains! (Dylan and I get so many of our recipes from Minimalist Baker, it’s unreal).
- Include us in every meal. It doesn’t have to be extreme. It can be as simple as making sure you have some almond milk available for cereal in the morning or fruit to snack on during the day! If we go out to eat, check and make sure there’s at least a decent salad option! (Pita chips and hummus are a great snack option, too). If you want to go the extra mile, join us in eating vegan for the weekend!
- Don’t make us sleep in a room with taxidermy animals. Seriously? You have your hobbies and we have ours and that’s great, but I think we’d be more comfortable on the couch 😂.
That’s really all it takes! We’ve all hosted before and we all know hosting is stressful in itself. Adding dietary restrictions on top of it can just be intimidating. But don’t let it be! Don’t be afraid to ask your vegan friend or family member what they prefer to eat or how you make sure they enjoy themselves!