Eating healthy when you’re traveling or simply in a rush isn’t always easy. Trying to eat vegan under those circumstances can be even more difficult. Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain, is testing three new vegan sandwiches. If they go over well, eating vegan on the go may be about to get easier for many people, including MNN’s lifestyle blogger, Starre.


Yesterday, Starre mentioned Subway’s new vegan sandwiches on her Facebook page, and an interesting discussion took place. While some of her friends aren’t very impressed with the announcement, Starre sees it as a potential good choice for when she’s traveling. She mentioned that Subway already is one of the places she can eat when she’s traveling because of their veggie sandwich. These three new sandwiches will give her and others who want to eat vegan more options.


The three sandwiches will be the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek and the Italian Black Bean subs. The Sweet Riblet, I assume, will be a meatless rib-like sandwich. I’m not sure what will be in the Malibu Greek, and the Italian Black Bean will obviously contain beans. At least two out of the three choices will contain protein, something a veggie-only sandwich usually doesn’t contain.


Fast food should never be the first choice for anyone who is concerned about eating a healthy diet for herself or for the planet, but sometimes options are extremely limited. When that’s the case, something like a Subway vegan sandwich may be the best option, even if it’s not a perfect option. When you’re traveling and your only choices are a conventional fast food burger or a black bean sandwich, it’s good to have the black bean option.


Starre made this comment on her Facebook post: “I’ve been stuck more than a half dozen times while travelling and unable to find food to eat, and a couple times, there has been a Subway and I was damn grateful for it. When I drove across the US, the only places that even had reasonable healthy options were Starbucks and Subway.”


I know the feeling. I tend to gravitate to a Starbucks in train stations because I know I can always get a piece of fruit and a KIND bar to tide me over until I can find a healthy meal – usually after the train ride. Conventional fruit and a granola bar aren’t the best meal options either, but they’re the best choice I have at the moment. And all anyone can really do is make the best choice you have at the moment – even if that choice is not one you’d make under usual circumstances.


According to Compassion over Killing, a group that has had a hand in convincing Subway to have vegan choices, the sandwiches will be available at select Subways in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for the trial period. If you live in one of those areas, will you be giving Subway’s vegan sandwiches a try?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Subway testing 3 vegan options
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