Here's Where Vegetarians and Vegans Can Eat at Epcot
Last weekend, we found ourselves starving in England. We were in Epcot’s World Showcase, a few hours away from the Checkers sandwiches and fries we’d grabbed on the way into the park. With a greasy fast food meal already under our belts, it was time to eat clean.
The England pavilion wasn’t the place to try it. I made a weak effort to suggest that fish & chips are partially healthy, but I really knew there was one place to go: Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion.
Sunshine Seasons and the Garden Grill are both known for having the freshest and most healthy choices that Epcot has to offer. So we trucked halfway across the world in search of food that would make us feel a little better about our sketchy Checkers choices that morning.
As a former vegan, I understand the struggle to find flavor. Dishes that simulate meaty favorites often fall flat. Unfortunately, the Vegan Korma at Sunshine Seasons is yet another victim of this tasteless fate. Even the "Gardien" brand chicken, a vegan favorite for simulating the real thing and the unmeat-of-choice in this dish, can’t counteract the bland seasoning.
The best attribute of this dish is the portion size. At $8.99, it’s about the price of a kids meal, with enough rice and veggies here to ask for a take-home box.
But when considering if leftovers are worth toting around Disney all day, you’ll probably pitch the remainder. If you’re two vegans or vegetarians looking for a protein-packed nosh, this one could be split between the two of you. Don’t forget to grab the salt.
Our number one healthy choice at Sunshine Seasons? Hands-down the fruit dessert. I swear, it's not what you think.
With a name like ‘Fruit Dessert’, who could resist? While the name is less than inspiring, this little dessert cup is a powerful treat that I wish was available at more Disney Parks locations.
What looks like pudding in the cup is actually mashed banana, so you have this delicious mixed fruit treat with a creamy base. The fruits in the cup do not waste time or space with honeydew.
Instead of that trash fruit, expect fresh blueberries, strawberries and mandarin oranges. Not only is this a solid option for vegans, it’s a pretty good choice for anyone who wants to power up their energy for hiking around the world. At only $4.59, it’s the perfect snack price.
Tuna Croissant and Side Salad
If you’re looking to eat light and healthy, but maybe not vegan or vegetarian, head for the ‘Grab n’ Go’ shelf at Sunshine Seasons.
The Tuna Croissant is priced at $8.19, but I’d argue that it isn’t quite enough food for the price. To beef it up, I added a cheap $3.29 side salad.
I dumped the side salad into the lid of the tuna croissant package and proceeded to make a great tuna and greens salad, with enough tuna leftover to put on the croissant as a sandwich. You could also add dressing to your salad creation, but I didn’t want the extra sugar.
Our dinner for two people (including the fruit dessert) cost about $13 each. Not too bad, considering we didn’t even (want to) eat all of the korma.