Vegan Gas Station Food Challenge!
Alright, so, since I’m on the road- I’m moving
from Florida to Massachusetts right now, so
I thought this would be an interesting time
to kind of talk about how when people are
newly vegan or sometimes even after you’ve
been vegan for a while, one of the things
that can be a struggle is finding vegan food,
you know, out and about especially while you
are on the road. So, I decided I’m going
to challenge myself and walk into this gas
station here…I’m going to bring you along
with me- I don’t know if I’m going to get
into trouble so I’m going to hide the camera
so there are probably going to be some weird
angles. I’m probably going to do to do an
audio voice-over after the fact so that I’m
not like talking to myself in this gas station.
I’ve got in to trouble before for filming
in companies-anyway. So, I’m gonna go in the
gas station and we’re gonna see what vegan
food is available in a typical gas station,
we’re in the middle of “Podunk” Florida
right now. This is not a vegan friendly place
by any means. It’s just right off the highway
so we gonna go in there and see what vegan
options we can find. And Ooby is going to
watch the truck. Keep the truck safe Ooby.
Keep it safe okay? Don’t let anyone come in.
We’ll be back.
As a quick side note, Ooby is in the room
with me while I’m recording this audio.
She usually gets kicked out but since this
isn’t a super formal video, I’m gonna
let her stay for this one. So enjoy the background
So walking in here and those are definitely
not vegan- those are the gross log-like things
you see rotating on the hot bars for god knows
how long. Starting with the basics you’ve
got your jelly and peanut butter- of course
the sugar added to peanut butters like Jif
is likely sugar that’s been filtered with
bone char, meaning the charred bones of cows.
See the link in the video description for
more information about bone char. So be aware
but don’t sweat the small stuff if you’re
out and about.
Of course peaches in fruit juice are good-
again check for added sugar and make your
own call. I say in my sugar video that once
we stop slaughtering animals for food, we
won’t be finding nifty ways to utilize their
byproducts, like filtering sugar through their
bones. So cut out the meat, dairy, eggs, and
honey, and you’re hitting them at the source.
The rest is up to you. So with this tour,
several of the things I’ll mention have
added sugar but I’m going to list them as
vegan and you can make your own decision.
I may not mention the sugar in every case.
Then you’ve got some bread to put your PB&J
together with. Maple Pecans and Pomegranite
Pistachios are good, again with some sugar,
so make your own call. Both of these trail
mixes are a no-go as they contain milk. But
we’ll see some others later that are good.
Of course pumpkin and sunflower seeds are
a go. Then over here we actually have some
awesome veggie-based snacks sticks and chips.
And they say prominently 100% all natural,
no artificial ingredients, no dairy 100% vegan,
no artificial flavors or coloring, non GMO
and no hydrogenated fats. That may be the
most natural, vegan thing that we’ve seen
yet in this gas station. And I feel the need
to point to the vegan marking… Then we’ve
got Veggie Straws and Apple Straws- both again
with some sugar added.
Food Should Taste Good’s Sweet Potato and
Multigrain Chips are totally vegan, not even
a sugar issue. Pretzel Crisps Original flavor
are good, again has sugar, the Buffalo Wing,
however, contains milk so it’s a no-go as
is the Jalapeno Jack. Pretzels are good, but
not the honey flavored of course.
Oreos are vegan in the United States, of course
with sugar. There are a variety of bars to
choose from, with some vegan and others not.
The best way to quickly assess is at the bottom
of the ingredients they have to list allergens
so it will say “contains Milk, Soy, Wheat,
etc” So you can always see if dairy is involved.
However, still look through the ingredients
because some will have honey as an ingredient
and some things like chips can have pig or
cow fat listed. So this one is good but that
one contains honey. The Fruit and Nut Nature
Valley is good. You’d think fruit and nuts
would be vegan by default, but always check.
So here I’m showing you the quick check
allergens. This bar has milk listed. And the
Fruit and Nut bar has other allergens but
no non-vegan issues. With Clif Bars you have
to go on a case by case basis. Most of the
originals are vegan. And they source their
Palm Oil from sustainable farms, so no worries
Of course with beverages you’re usually
safe, but skip any juices enhanced with Omega-3’s;
some brands like Tropicana’s Heart Healthy
Orange Juice get those amino acids from fish
oil and gelatin. Also, the vitamin D in some
enhanced juices is derived from lanolin, a
natural oil in the fiber of sheep’s wool.
Bare simply toasted crunchy coconut chips
are vegan- they do contain sugar. You’d
think Kind Bars would be kind, right? Well
this one contains honey and this one has whole
milk. Not very kind.
Okay so we’ve got some vegan trail mix options,
of course yogurt is a no-go as well as ones
with chocolate included.
Now this Almond Pecan Crunch doesn’t look
too promising. But surprise, surprise, it
even states it’s vegan. Look at that- a
little leaf and everything.
So now the Barbeque chip showcase. Strangely,
many barbeque chips are vegan while others
are not- so be sure to check the ingredients.
Cape Cod is vegan, as are the original and
sea salt of course. But here you’ll see
milk listed as an ingredient on the Lay’s
Kettle Cooked Barbeque. However, Lay’s regular
barbeque are vegan, but Lay’s Sweet Southern
Heat Barbeque are not.
You’ve got a variety of peanut snacks here.
Fritos are another vegan oldie and of course, salsa.
Original Bugles are good, they do contain
sugar, though. Gordettos are good to go-
the label says is may contain milk as a cross
contaminant so that’s up to you.
Then look at this! Vegan specialty cookies
in the “Podunk” Florida gas station!
They’ve got double chocolate and chocolate chip. Then
we’ve got some kettle cooked potato chips
and these Voodoo style are vegan.
There’s the failsafe fruit containers and
mixed fruit cups.
Not your ideal fruit source but it will do in a pinch.
You’ve also got fruit cups in juice, again most likely with added sugar.
And a good dill pickle is always a safe bet.
Then we’ve got the one Doritos flavor that’s
vegan the Spicy Sweet Chili.
And finally, the appetizing gas station fruit basket.
Again good in a pinch, but the bananas are usually never ripe.
That actually went a lot better than expected.
The manager was actually asking me a lot about veganism. So, I’m going to bring him my card.
Here, you can check this out. There’s all kinds of information about veganism and stuff
so feel free to check it out, there’s a Youtube Channel and a website.
You got your own book?
Yeah, I have a ebook too, you can get
it for free on my website so…
Thank you, have a good day.
So, I’d say that that was a pretty
successful gas station trip.
What do you think? Do you wanna go for
a quick walk? Let’s do that.
So, we just had a really successful gas station trip. I’m walking Ooby really quick.
Even I was really surprised at the amount
of vegan options this gas station had.
I’m still pretty much out in the country right
now. This is by no means a vegan place.
I’ve been passing a lot of
farmland and steakhouses and things like that.
This just goes to show you that it’s really
not that complicated or that difficult to
be vegan, even on the road even when you’re
on the go. I mean, the options in there were
probably not the healthiest, it’s probably
not the healthiest food that you could ever
want to find, but it’s a gas station, its
gas station food. But, there are still a lot
of surprisingly vegan foods around. I think
a lot of the times when people think it’s
really hard that can just be a mental thing,
it can be our own beliefs that we have about
what it means to be vegan or that it’s going
to be hard, it really isn’t you know? As we
just saw, within a random gas station in a
very non-vegan place, there were a slew of
vegan snack options, even some specialized
vegan cookies which I was really surprised
by that so … The manager was pretty cool.
At first I think they thought I was a competitor
sizing up the inventory but once I told them
that I was doing this to show you guys how
to eat vegan on the road they were very helpful
and very receptive. So, I gave the manager
my card so he can watch the videos and learn
more about veganism because his reaction was
the same as a lot of people’s is. His reaction
was immediately “Oh… I could never do
that because it’s so hard to be vegan” but
it really isn’t. Just in his gas station I
found a slew of vegan options. I hope that
was helpful for you guys to show you real
life vegan options. If you’re into this, I
was thinking I could do more series about
how to eat vegan, at specific places, like
restaurants, specific restaurants you know
different places that might encounter in your
everyday life, if you want to know how to
eat vegan at those places, I can maybe do
series on that. Let me know if you like that
idea. If you enjoy this video and if you found
it helpful please give it a thumbs up and
I will know to do more in this vein. Ooby
and I are gonna get back on the road. Also,
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I’m sorry that I’m yelling, but I am right
by a highway. Anyway, I hope this was helpful
and I’ll talk to you guys soon.