Veganism for the win. Finally, there are Vegetarian options that don’t taste like smashed carrots and rice. People can now enjoy a laundry list of dynamic nondairy and meatless junk food classics that we all grew up with. Traveling will be made easier for the lone Vegetarian soul in the backseat who’s probably been starving for 3 hours straight and is close to passing out. With the debut of the Impossible burgers at Burger King earlier this past year, and now Hardee's introducing beyond meat meals there is a growing market for even more decisions to be made for the future of fast food.
If you asked an old school vegan 20 years ago if they thought we as the United States known for our hearty, juice-filled, supple steaks would take a forward move towards plant-based burgers nationally they wouldn't even be able to conceptualize that. Now it’s resulted as the status quo. Major fast-food chains have introduced meatless options that don't taste like soggy vegetables and people everywhere are obsessed. Large companies like “Beyond Meat” are the game changers. So far Burger King is leading with the Impossible Whopper, and now Hardees has introduced the Beyond Meat sausage biscuit. This ideology of a Vegetarian lifestyle is growing in the mainstream. Walmart, and Kroger are carrying a plethora of options for Vegans and Vegan adjacent people to try. Gardein, Simple Truth, and Amy’s are some of the great names of non dairy, and meatless brands breaking through.
The main question on everyone's mind at the moment is will the United States ever be completely Vegan? The answer is a bit complex. The U.S. will be Vegetarian leaning in the next 10 to 20 years but it would be next to impossible for all Americans to become 100 percent Vegetarian. What we should be aiming for is not perfection but more so a national integration as well as the ideology that living a more sustainable, cruelty-free lifestyle can help not only ourselves, millions of animals, but also our beloved planet Earth. If a taste of some yummy vegan junk food is the way to get America on track to this positive movement then it can only be something we should push forward.
The last piece of this puzzle is understanding how these “junk” foods aren't the healthiest, but get the job done in terms of opening the doors to those who might have believed Vegetarianism was a drought of unwanted food possibilities. Forcing people to understand that all Vegans aren't just skeletons shaking in the corner of their homes forcing themselves to believe that carrots somehow taste like nacho cheese. Vegans aren’t delusional nor cult-like. Most of them enjoy chips, soda, and chicken nuggets just like everyone else. Minus the meat of course, and now by the grace of God some fast food too. If any of you are still suspicious over whether this new “trend” will really last I suggest fulfilling your unspoken curiosity and walking into your local Burger King for a quick bite.