Eating Out Over the Holidays? Here are 4 Ethical Approaches
Sometimes, we just aren’t able to stay by the stove and whip up lunch or dinner at home – after all, it’s the busiest time of year! Over the holiday season, it’s all too easy to give in to temptation and convenience, but what do you do if you want to say “no” to all those sugary, processed chains don’t don’t have a positive impact on their industry or community? We’ve come up with some alternative options that don’t just care about you, but also the world around us. Let’s take a look:
From bagel shops to creperies, cafés and much more, there are many more vegetarian offerings out there than you may think! Next time you’re out for a bite on the go and are considering settling for a fast food chain’s “vegetarian” offering, instead look elsewhere and see what you can find – and prepare to be surprised! Many local vegetarian restaurants and cafés offer unique menus and a wide selection of dishes.
It can seem daunting to find a local vegan dining option that you can trust – especially if you actually are a vegan and don’t want to leave things to chance. This is where being always online comes in handy – there are many great websites full of details on local vegan eateries that include details such as real user reviews, menu links, pricing, and more. In this day and age, there’s really no reason to skip a delicious, super-healthy meal at a vegan restaurant if you know in advance that it’s a good one. Many vegan solutions also tend to offer much higher quality dishes as well. Take a look and see for yourself!
Fair Trade Operations
Many of us are too busy over the holidays to realize the impact we have on the world around us. That said, why not eat out somewhere with a social conscious while doing all your Christmas shopping? Instead of shuffling over to the mall’s food court, consider a fair-trade café or restaurant. These businesses often not only have much healthier and more organic dishes but also better prices and fairer working conditions for the suppliers behind your meal’s ingredients. These organizations also strive to help preserve and protect the environment with sustainable practices firmly in mind.
An organic meal is a little more expensive, sure, but have you considered what you’re actually getting for that extra investment? In short, a lot of peace of mind while helping organic goods producers keep their all-natural operations running. With no pesticides or harsh chemicals, organic producers have less of an impact on the environment, so take advantage of some all-natural goodness the next time you eat out.
Are you looking for a new place to eat out this winter? Take a look at local listings online to compare reviews, ratings, menus, prices, and more. Armed with the info you need, you can comfortably make healthier choices – for you and for the environment!