We (my three kids and I) are into our 2nd week of road trip travel. We’ve been to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and now Massachusetts. This is my first extended travel while choosing to eat vegan. At home I find that there are times when it seems to be a little difficult to find viable, healthy options for vegan food (visiting relatives, family holidays, etc.) so when planning our trip east I was somewhat overwhelmed and nervous to see how I could actually make that work. Well, I’m happy to say it’s going great, so I thought I would share some of my “traveling vegan techniques” with my favorite yogis.
1) Be prepared! This is the number one rule. If you know that you’re going to be traveling for hours in the car, flying across the country on an airplane or hiking the Appalachian trail, get your preparation pants on. Shop, bake, mix, and blend. The last thing you want is to get hungry and have french fries as your only vegan option. There’s nothing better than home made goodies filled with healthy deliciousness. Here are a few of the recipes I used for our travels.
-Vegan Blueberry Muffins
-Cranberry Macadamia Nut Squares
-Nutty Maple Granola
2) Did someone say vita-mix? Now although this might not be an option for air travelers, if you’re taking an out-of-town trip in your car, throw in the good old blender or vita-mix. Heck, you could even bring your juicer. Joe Cross did in his trek across the states. It’s super simple to stop for fruits or veggies on the way (every grocery store has them) and make all kinds of fabulous drinks while at your destination. My kids LOVE smoothies! They’re packed with power and so easy to make. Get creative yourself or stop along the way to grab a recipe book.
-The Best Green Smoothies on The Planet
-The Blender Girl
3) Order an APP-itizer! There are so many apps available these days. Apps for games, apps for yoga and of course apps for food. Happy Cow is an app that helps people connect with suppliers of wonderful healthy food wherever they may be. It totally saved my nomad pal Ashley as she traversed Europe and South America and has proved to be a valuable tool this trip.
4) Ask, ask, ask and then ask again? Ask the people who live near the place you’ll be staying for suggestions. If you’re staying with a friend or family member ask them if they’d entertain the idea of exploring a vegan diet with you for a few days. A good thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of restaurants that are willing to cater to your needs if only you ask. Many vegetarian dishes can easily be made vegan by just losing the cheese and some places will even whip up something from scratch. Don’t be afraid to ask. What's the worst thing that could happen? They say no...
Overall these 4 tips have been a lifesaver while traveling away from home. The kids and I are feeling fantastic with lots of energy and delicious food in our bellies. I would love to hear if any of you have a vegan road trip tip for all of us wanderers. Until then, peace, love and travel!