If you are either vegetarian or vegan, you understand that the struggle is real when it comes to finding delicious restaurants catered to your diet. You may have a few restaurants hidden away in your back pocket for when it’s time to go out, but now you can add another restaurant to that list – Vida Mia.
Vida Mia is known for authentic homemade Mexican food. When you think of Mexican food, you might think of unhealthy dishes. However, our chefs prepare all of our dishes from fresh ingredients – which is why we are proud to finally offer a full vegan and vegetarian menu. This is also known as our “secret menu” because you won’t find it anywhere online or on our website. This menu is exclusive to our guests.
If hearing about vegan and vegetarian dishes is new to you, it may be difficult to differentiate vegans from vegetarians. Although they are similar, they are different diets and have different restrictions. Both diets are safe for all stages throughout life and offer a few health benefits. Here’s a little bite more:
What Does Vegetarian Mean?
Vegetarians don’t eat any animal meat. This includes pigs, chicken, cows, fish and any other kind of animal. It has been reported that vegetarians have been around since 700 B.C. There are a number of reasons why some people choose a vegetarian diet, including health, ethics, environmentalism, and religion.
If you’ve ever heard someone refer to themselves as “flexitarians,” it means that they are essentially part-time vegetarians. Flexitarians may choose to eat vegetarian during the day, but eat meat for dinner. Others may be a little stricter and may follow a vegetarian diet during the week, but choose to eat meat on weekends. There is no exact diet flexitarians must follow, other than they must eat vegetarian regularly on their own schedule.
Some people choose to eat vegetarian for the health benefits. Even when compared to vegans, vegetarians reportedly consume more calcium and vitamin B12. Studies also show vegetarian diets help prevent cancer, fight off heart disease, lower blood pressure, and even reverse diabetes.
What Does Vegan Mean?
Vegan is under the umbrella of vegetarian. This is a newer diet, but vegans follow the same rule as vegetarians when it comes to avoiding animal meats. However, they go a step further. Vegans do not consume any product that comes from an animal. This includes milk, cheese, eggs, honey, and more.
There are many reasons why people choose to eat vegan, but the biggest reason is due to animal cruelty. The Vegan Society says that veganism is “a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty as much as possible.” Vegans will also avoid purchasing or using any animal by-products, like fashion fur, leather belts, certain make-up brands, and more.
There are many benefits that come with vegan diets. Reports have shown that vegans may have a slightly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other types of cancer – even when compared to vegetarians. Vegans also tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and are likely to gain less weight as they age. Vegan diets can also help lower blood sugar levels, improve kidney function, lower the risk of heart disease, and more.
Vegan and Vegetarian Options at Vida Mia
Vida Mia is proud to offer a new and extensive menu of vegan and vegetarian-friendly meals. Our chef is passionate about healthy eating. This includes eating natural foods and spicing them up with natural ingredients. Our raw, vegan, and vegetarian menu includes a variety of salads, soups, enchiladas, ceviche, chilaquiles, and more!
A few of our favorite dishes on the menu include: Beet Ceviche, Vegan Pozole, and Jicama Enchiladas. Ceviche is usually made with fish, but we got a little creative so you can enjoy ceviche without breaking your diet. The Beet Ceviche is made of beets, carrots, jicama, pico de gallo, avocado, and sprouts, marinated in tamari sauce and orange juice.
The vegan pozole proves that Mexican food can be healthy and delicious! This is made with hominy, mushrooms, vegetable stew, guajillo chile, radish, lettuce, onions, and a side of jalapeno.
Our enchiladas are served vegan, gluten free, or vegetarian. They are customizable to suit your taste buds and desires! Choose your wrap, your filling, your sauce, and cheese (if you’d like). Our favorite is the jicama enchilada because it is light and crunchy. You can even choose from a number of fillings like vegan chorizo, sweet potato smash, and more.
Vida Mia has two locations in San Antonio with a secret vegan and vegetarian menu, one on Bulverde and one in Stone Oak. It shouldn’t be hard to find delicious food that fits your dietary needs. Vida Mia is dedicated to bringing something to the table that everyone can enjoy! Come visit us soon.