Vegan By Accident?

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Ashley Flitter blogs at The Unintentional Vegan. Here’s her Earth Balance interview.

What does “The Unintentional Vegan” mean?

Since I sort of stumbled upon veganism (I eliminated dairy first trying to help stomach issues, then meat later on), I thought calling myself the Unintentional Vegan was sort of fitting.

What food do you always, always have in your fridge or pantry?

I always have some sort of butter around. Whether it’s maple almond butter or coconut butter, I love to munch on it straight from the jar as a snack—and it’s good on other things, too.

What’s your personal favorite vegan snack?

Butters aside, I really enjoy anything crunchy such as roasted chickpeas, kale chips, and nuts.

What’s your favorite way to use a particular Earth Balance product?

My little one and I love using Earth Balance® Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread on just about everything. We slather it on waffles, toast, tortillas, you name it.

Veganism seems to be “hip” now. Do you agree? What’s that like from your perspective?

I don’t know if it’s necessarily hip, but I think people definitely respect it more than they ever have. I think being healthy and fit are hip, though, and I think that experimenting with your diet comes with the territory, so I’m not surprised when I hear people are trying veganism or vegetarianism. Whatever their reasoning, I love that they are giving it a chance and hopefully they learn something from the experience.

If you had a restaurant, what dish would always be on the menu?

Definitely a Reuben. It’s the measure of a great restaurant.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d have for someone wanting to go vegan?

Just take it slowly. Like anything, our learned behaviors can’t just change overnight, so go easy on yourself and don’t try to do too much too quickly.

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