About two weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 15th year Anniversary in Las Vegas!! Despite the 106 degree temperatures we were determined to maintain our eating habits while on vacation. We had Googled Vegan eating in Vegas to search for restaurants and healthy places to eat while in Vegas. Only to find out that Vegas has so many steakhouses! Who knew? I did know that I would not be able to maintain eating raw while in Vegas but Vegan seemed a little less daunting; Right? We searched the first day while in Vegas for fresh fruit?? Yes you read it correctly fresh fruit not canned in a heavy syrup fruit cocktail but fresh produce! We stayed at the Stratosphere hotel and while the hotel boasts rides, an observation deck, indoor mall, restaurants including a 24 hour McDonald’s and a casino we were left looking for fresh fruit! We eventually on our second day there found a fresh fruit cup in the cooler at Starbucks in the hotel!
Since this was our Anniversary trip for the year we were gifted a free dinner at a five star restaurant which also happened to be a “steakhouse” inside the hotel. Needless to say we got pretty creative with our eating while in Las Vegas. The day that we actually ventured down the strip to find the Vegan delights we had read about online to only be disappointed by how pricey those food options were because they are considered a specialty while in “steakhouse city”!!
As eating has become very important to us it has also made us very conscious about what and where we eat. Just because an item is sold at a chic Vegan restaurant doesn’t mean that it is as fresh or even what you would expect it to be. While eating creatively still no meat and mostly Vegan we found ourselves very hesitant about just eating anything because it was available. We were also gifted a free meal to a buffet in our hotel. Think about this for a minute; Vegan and buffet isn’t something that you hear every day. Normally when people go to a buffet they are excited about how much good food they will be eating. However, for us we just wanted a fresh meal. Then disappointment strikes: there was only small amounts of fresh salad options but the meat and highly processed toppings were plentiful. Most foods were covered with gravies and while there were carving stations and even an entire section dedicated to desserts we had to double our portions of fresh fruit because the watermelon was simply delightful! While this wasn’t the worst eating experience that we’ve ever had you truly become more aware of food options and the way we eat.
Since this is still a new part of my journey I’m not an expert on eating healthy but I’m becoming a creative eater striving to eat what’s best for my body. Vegas is still a very fun and lively city! We visited Vegas not for the gambling but for the mountains and alone time!! The sun is good for your health and soul. Time away is good for rest and relaxation which is what we did and we enjoyed every moment!! We “Eat to Live not Live to Eat” and Vegas taught us to Live well and to search everywhere!
Until next time hugs!!