You’d be amazed how many calories you burn when wheeling. Yes, you are sitting down quite a bit. However, you are constantly climbing in and out of your Jeep to scout obstacles, running ahead for that photo, scrambling up hills with winch lines, etc etc.
As vegans, we have all lived on some deserted islands. We have all defended our protein intakes. And, we have spoken (or perhaps marched) on behalf of the animals.
But of all the curves the omni crowd throws at me, the one I struggle with the most is the topic of processed foods.
I am what I like to call a “meaty vegan.” I grew up in the woods of New England, eating wholesome foods like ham steaks, meatloaf, and spaghetti sauce “flavored with meat.” So personally I enjoy the meat analogs that allow me to bridge the gap between my personal heritage and veganism.
But that also comes with it’s own set of concerns, mostly around the fact that most of this food is highly processed and contains a lot of oil, salt, and sugars.
When I was a kid, I never really liked hot dogs. Even then, I knew what they were made of and it really grossed me out.
Fast forward a shit ton of years, and I am loving them all over again. Why? Because now I know what is in my hot dog…but more importantly I know what is NOT.
Vegan hot dogs are plagued with balancing two distinct needs of people: make your product as close as a match to the meat version (for the ex-meatheads like me) but not so close as to freak out people that don’t like meat.
Many of the brands out there are rubbery analogs that do the job, but not well.
These are a “drier” dog, that I prefer to grill or boil while in the plastic “skin.” These dogs will not have a ton of water in them like traditional franks. They have a wonderful flavor and texture that perfectly balances the like-meat-but-not-too-much scale.
These travel incredibly well (keep them refrigerated) are easy clean up, and deliver plenty of protein and food to your gut on those long days of wheelin.