How Ama Lou Sticks to Her Plant-Based Diet on Tour
Even if you’re living in a metropolitan locale, where it seems like vegan-friendly restaurants are just about on every corner, sometimes it can feel difficult to stick with a plant-based food regimen—maybe you don’t want to seem fussy at your carnivore pal’s annual summer BBQ, or perhaps it’s the temptation of that 24/7 taco truck on your block. No matter your weak spot, the prospect of traveling through the middle of the country while adhering to a plant-based diet is an even more daunting prospect if you’ve come to rely on your neighborhood, city-optimized vegetarian spots. But rising singer Ama Lou, who just wrapped up a U.S. tour with fellow Brit Jorja Smith, insists otherwise: “It’s not that hard really,” she says emphatically. “You definitely don’t eat as often as you do at home, and you tend not to have as many options, but if you’re savvy, you’re good.”
Lou, who released her debut EP DDD earlier this year—and just today got a co-sign from Drake, who bought ten of her T-shirts—has certainly become savvy when it comes to accommodating her diet while she’s been driving across the Americas over the past few months. She’s traveled up the west coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, across to Montana, and all the way back up to Canada, to name just a few of the stops on her tour. Lou started her fruit and vegetable-based diet (which is also low in carbs, but as she says: “I do love a good vegan cake!”) three years ago after working through some mysterious health issues. “It’s honestly one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” she says. “Immediately after I switched I just had so much energy. I didn’t ever feel lethargic after eating, my skin cleared up, I started cooking, and I finally have a great relationship to food.”
Before she plays a homecoming show at London’s Electrowerkz on June 12th, she’s taken some time to share a photo diary from her time on tour. “You can always find a veggie dish at a restaurant,” she claims, adding that it’s usually only by accident that she’ll spot a vegetarian-friendly dish on a menu. Otherwise, she’s not super fussy if the dining options are limited wherever she might be at the moment. “I can live off simple things from the fresh produce section, so if there’s a grocery store, I’m okay!” Aside from market fresh produce, she has some other simple reliable go-to’s: “A lot of vegan baked goods, sweet and salty popcorn, red and blue corn chips, and hummus—a lot of fucking hummus.” Take a look at Lou’s photo diary above, which finds her applying turmeric face masks, eating açai bowls, and stopping at some vegetarian-friendly gems that she found on the road.