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12 Defining Moments In Every Vegan's Life

You know you're an experienced vegan when you've lived all of these defining moments.

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1. Finding out white sugar isn't vegan.

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That's right. Most conventional white sugar is filtered with bone char.

2. Upgrading from Boca burgers to "whole food patties."

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Meat analogues are for amateurs. Quinoa and millet burgers for the win!

3. Purchasing a cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Bonus point if you start using the word "nooch" in place of nutritional yeast.
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Bonus point if you start using the word "nooch" in place of nutritional yeast.

4. Considering a move to Portland, OR solely based on the plethora of vegan options.

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You can get almond milk lattes at the airport!

5. Making avocado chocolate mousse.

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The best part? Serving it to friends and family and asking them to guess the "secret ingredient."

6. Purchasing a "nut milk" bag to make your own almond milk.

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Hardcore vegan brownie points for making a nut milk that is not commercially available (i.e.: pecan milk, walnut milk).

7. Staying zen when asked questions about veganism that used to irritate you.

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"Do you eat enough protein?"/ "Doesn't soy give you man-boobs?"/ "How are you not starving all the time?"/ "Would you eat an animal if it died of natural causes?"/ Etc...

8. Mastering the art of getting nutritional yeast to stick to popcorn

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Tip: Spray the popped kernels with olive or coconut oil, and *then* sprinkle the "nooch."

9. Feeling conflicted and hypocritical about the fact that your pet is not vegan.

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When you Googled "can my cat be vegan?", you just ended up more confused.

10. Becoming a hummus connoiseur and realizing most store brands don't come close to your homemade recipe.

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And you know hummus is the best salad dressing!

11. Knowing the protein content of every single vegetable.

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You know you've achieved "expert vegan" status when you've memorized the protein content of broccoli.

12. Crafting a fantastic restaurant meal out of side dishes in less than 5 seconds.

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"I'll have a side of plantains, a side of black beans, a side of guacamole, and a side of the sauteed spinach with garlic, please."

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