Anonymous asked: You have the best blog around. I just moved from michigan to go to college in California back in january. I wish I hadn't! I love the weather but at my school they have nothing healthy or vegan. They don't label the foods so sometimes you can't even tell what it's supposed to be. I don't have a job yet so I can't grocery shop. The only things I can eat are the obvious vegan foods such as raw vegetables and raw fruits. Very healthy and I've had a completely raw diet since being here but it's just so boring! Hard for me to eat more than 800 calories a day since I don't have many options.
Sorry this is long and pointless but I just mean to say that I should have gone to UofM! it;s so cool they label what's vegan and what isn't.
I hope to find new ways to mix up my diet soon.
Thanks so much!
As far as your dilemma, I would first find the head chef at your dorm cafeteria and become best buds ASAP. When I was living in the dorms, I was a pescatarian, and I still had trouble finding things to eat that were healthy and tasty. Thus I befriended a few of the cooks in the dining hall, and I was able to not only get some special request foods, but I even got the recipes for some of my favorite dishes (they were sparse…but really good).
Living in California, where you can get fresh, local produce year round, they have no excuse not to be serving you up the best stuff around. I’m pretty sure our school likely gets a ton of fruits and vegetables from your backyard.
If the chefs can’t give you more information about things that are safe to eat (or they won’t make some vegan accommodations), I would next go to someone that is higher up in dining. You could probably find the person in charge of writing the menus for the whole University. Just ask around or peruse the school’s website.
If you are still getting stuck in the cafeteria, get creative. They probably have some kind of microwave and/or panini press? If so, steam your own fresh veggies. Also, try (you may have to be sneaky about this) to grill veggies on the panini press with a little oil. Toss either of those with some rice and beans (hopefully you have those sometimes if not every day??), or pasta (they likely use boxed stuff that shouldn’t have egg in it, but check just in case) and tomato sauce
You should be able to request some kind of non-dairy milks too, if they don’t have those available.
I guess I never realized how spoiled we are here in respect to dining halls. Sometime soon I will go to the “vegetarian/vegan” dorm and then you will probably be even more jealous. I’m jealous of those East Quad-ers just thinking about it…
Good luck and glad to see that you’re reading!