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IMHO we need more vegetarian food chains!

A chick pea fritter? I’d order that!

I’ve often wondered why there are no local vegetarian drive through restaurants (that I know of) because I believe if we had that choice, we would chose it. Maybe not every time we’re rushing around looking for something to stuff in our pie hole, but maybe often enough to make a difference in our diet. And by “diet”, I mean what we choose to eat every day.

There’s a new vegetarian food chain restaurant opening in Somerville, Clover Food Lab. They have about a dozen locations in the Boston area. This particular Clover Food Lab will be located in Assembly Row. They move in next month…which is just days away!

My daughter’s pretty much vegetarian. Though I’m still a carnivore, I do have many meat free meals and am one hundred percent open to eating mostly vegetarian meals. My meat eating stems from habit, what I grew up eating and not knowing how to quickly prepare a lot of tasty, interesting vegetarian dishes. I did stop eating meat many years ago for about eight months but eventually started incorporating meat back into my diet.

There are parts of the country where you have more vegan choices. 2022’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians lists the top ten cities you might expect to be in the top ten: Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, Seattle. And some that might surprise you: Orlando, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky. Out of those 100 cities, Boston ranks 89th for vegans and vegetarians. Yikes!

2022's Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians

About 15.5 million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. Unfortunately, it's not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge. That's beginning to change, though, as more and more venues have begun to offer vegetarian or vegan meals, including many fast-food chains.

 

India ranks number 1 for most vegetarian country with 38 percent of the population adopting a vegetarian diet, followed by Israel at 13 percent. Most meat eating countries? According to this study, no surprise, the US, Australia and Argentina.

We’re all products of our environment; our culture, where we live. Which doesn’t mean we can’t learn and grow and change if we choose. For me, the good news is it doesn’t have to be done all at once. Just little adjustments here and there. And more vegetarian drive through restaurants would be a good start. More options!

Here’s a brief list of vegetarians we know and love:

A List Of Famous Vegetarians

There are so many famous vegetarians that to list them all would be quite a feat. Therefore, I’ve included some of the most recognized and revered.

Their reasons for a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle vary which you can hear in their own voices below.

  • Paul McCartney

    The story goes, Paul and his wife Linda were watching sweet little lambs romping around a field on their beautiful Scottish farm… while they were enjoying lovely leg of lamb. And that put an end to the eating of the meat. He’s been a vegetarian since the mid ’70’s. He and his daughters started “Meat Free Mondays” in 2009.

  • Madonna

    Madonna follows a strict “macrobiotic diet” which prohibits wheat, eggs, meat and dairy. And that’s why she looks as svelte as she does with that flawless complexion of hers.

  • Billie Eilish

    Billie was raised vegetarian and has taken the extra step to strictly vegan. She loves animals and wants them to be left alone. She encourages her fans to become vegan.

  • Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder decided to adopt a vegan diet in 2016. He says eating healthy is important for his body and the planet at large.

  • Pamela Anderson

    Pam Anderson is a long time vegan and animal activist. She was PETA’s 2016 Person of the Year and has even opened a vegan pop up restaurant in France.

  • Mayim Bialik

    Another long term vegan who advocates for animals. Mayim has also published her own cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table.

  • Colin Kaepernick

    Colin went vegan to help him recover from injuries sustained from his football career. He even has his own flavor of Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice cream!

  • Bryan Adams

    Bryan says he stopped eating animals and fish when he was 28 and has never looked back. His life’s motto is: “If you love animals, don’t eat them.”

  • Brian May

    The Queen guitarist and astrophysicist only recently made the decision to go vegan. He believes there is a link between the pandemic and eating animals.

  • Casey Affleck

    Casey learned about the animal agriculture industry in the mid ’90’s and has been vegan ever since.

  • Serena Williams

    This tennis phenom follows a mostly vegan and vegetarian diet. She changed her diet after her sister Venus was diagnosed with an immune system disorder.