A couple of weeks before going, I started to research what options I would have. I didn't expect there would be many. However, I was incredibly relieved to find that HappyCow (A healthy eating guide) had tons of suitable restaurants/cafes listed!
Anyone who is planning on going on holiday as a vegan with meat eating friends, I would really recommend firstly researching and finding where you want to go, and finding a map and marking them all on there (trust me, I wish I had done this!) and also finding options which are suitable for both vegans and meat eaters. One evening we ended up at a Burger restaurant which we had thought had a vegan option... turned out their 'falafel' burger contained egg. I had no idea where any other suitable restaurants were as I didn't have wifi at the time and only had screen shots of the post codes on my phone. Total disaster. We eventually ended up in Wagamama at about 10pm - which leads me to the first place we ate.
Every morning we went to a place called 'Juice & Salad' for breakfast as it was right by our hotel. You can make up your own smoothie combinations, so every morning I had a spinach, celery, cucumber, pear, apple, banana and ginger smoothie (which is brought to you in a large jug!) with their Chia seed pudding, made with coconut milk and topped with shredded coconut and dried cranberries.
It was funny as the man who was serving us, was in fact a vegetarian. He was asking me why I was vegan, and I mentioned about the moral reasons behind it, and that I don't believe in the torture and rape of animals, or the corruption of the meat/dairy industry. As soon as you see what goes on in slaughterhouses, you will never look at meat/dairy in the same way again. Plus, the more you learn about what eating animal products does to your body short and particularly long term... eating choices change.
I think the problem is that people just view meat as a 'product', and have no idea what has gone in to putting that 'product' in front of them. These past few months have been really enlightening for me, and reconnected the connection in my mind between 'product' and animal. Now when I look at a piece of meat, I just see a dead tortured animals carcass, and wonder how anyone can think that it's healthy to put that inside of them... (I will be writing a blog post soon fully explaining why I have gone vegan due to health, moral and environmental reasons).
Anyway, just as Sami was demolishing his 4th plate of ribs (eugh) the man was telling Sami that he should go vegan too, as he, like me, doesn't believe in the suffering of animals. He told Sami that he should listen to me as 'women are smarter.' Haha! We did wonder why the man was working in a steakhouse if he morally disagrees with it, though...
Although Amsterdam is best known for its lenient drug scene than its cuisine, it is also an amazing place to discover and enjoy tons of healthy eating options.
Thanks for reading!