It’s possible to stay healthy and eating vegan during your travels?!
ONE) Start healthy your day: find a local juice bar and order fresh fruit smoothie with soymilk or if you stay in an hotel order oatmeal with raisin or nuts to put in, or if you have international breakfast choose a bowl of soy milk and cereal, or whole’s grain toast with just a little jam or jelly.
TWO) Remember to travel lite: eat foods that are easy to digest when traveling. Usually when you travel lunch or dinner means going to a restaurant: look for ethnic restaurant that will offer a vegan variety of foods for example: Chinese restaurant may have a separate veg menu, Japanese restaurants offers a lot of vegan dishes like miso soup with noodles or tofu, salad, beans. Also most Mexican restaurants offer black bean soup and salad or Italian restaurants offer escarole, or broccoli rabe sautéed with olive oil garlic, minestrone, soup or pasta with zucchini!
TRHEE) You need a snack on the road? Dried fruits, nuts, seeds, trail mix and protein bars are great solutions. Seek out the local farmer’s market or natural foods store for fresh, organic fruits to snack on. The natural foods store may have a juice bar where you can order fresh vegetables juice and smoothie.
FOUR) If it’s possible bring baked whole grain crackers along your trip and fresh cut vegetables and fruits (bring along a small ziploock to keep your snack fresh!).Keep with you nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts easy and fast to eat and very energetic! You can also pack sandwiches white whole grain bread and peanut butter or vegan cheese alternatives. This saves calories and money!!!
FIVE) Drink a lot of water its’ important stay properly hydrated while you travel: bring with you a vegan stainless steel water bottle in your pack.
SIX) Try to reserve a hotel room with a refrigerator and microwave and before your arriving at your hotel, look online to find local grocery or natural food stores. Stock up on frozen vegan meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, instant oatmeal and whole grain bread.
SEVEN) Before your travel use surf the web and stay in contact for example with the site Couchsurfing research a vegan’s group and chat with vegan people, ask for tips about food, grocery or natural store. In my experience it’s a great solution.
EIGHT) Consult a Vegan Travel Guide and Happy Cow web sites : I used both this summer to find vegan shop and restaurant when I was in Malta and also in Spain! Very useful!
Follow these tips for better vegan nutrition on the road and have a safe and healthy vegan trip!