Trying to stay on a high raw vegan diet while traveling can be difficult. If you happen to be traveling to a raw mecca like LA or New York, it’s easy, but if you’re traveling anywhere else in the world, it can be a real challenge. However, a little bit of preparation can make all the difference. Here are a few tips.
Before you travel….Do your homework:
- Find out about local cuisine
- Learn a few key words (e.g. fruits & vegetables) in the local language
- Consider where you’ll be staying– will you have access to a kitchen? Can you make arrangements with the chef?
- Find out about raw-friendly restaurants and shops where you’re going- even raw potlucks
Bring snacks! Make some dehydrated goodies that can travel well. My current favourite travel goodies (pictured above) include Thai spiced nori bites, 2 kinds of energy bars and some green tea macaroons. The recipe for the bar on the top right comes from Rawmazing (recipe here). These are delicious, with lots of texture. My latest discover is a crazy nutrient-packed raw bar, based on a modification of this recipe here. I haven’t crunched the numbers, but I think the amounts of protein, calcium, omega-3s and other nutrients must be sky high in these. And with the dates, dried fruits (goji berries and dried blueberries) and cacao, they’re incredibly tasty. These are softer than the other bars–because they have more fruit, and they’re not dehydrated. Yum!
In addition to packing snacks, you might want to pack a protein powder, an anti-parasite remedy (if you’re going to a place where raw foods may have parasites) and even a mini blender if you think you’ll have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Once you arrive at your destination, remember that flexibility is key– it’s better to allow yourself to eat “special” meals if you want them, then to spend your holiday feeling deprived. Just try to keep it healthy.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some more raw and vegan travel tips (and anecdotes). Feel free to share your experiences as well.