Travel in the Raw

Did my racy title catch your attention? Good. My slightly naughty playful side came out and I couldn’t resist.

Political incorrectness aside,  I’ve heard from many of you who struggle with eating healthy while traveling. Well fret no more.  I’m going to share my process with you.

Whether you’re flying or driving, planning ahead is key. So, whenever working out the details of a trip I always look online to see if there are any Co-ops, Whole Foods Markets, health food stores, juice bars and veg-friendly restaurants are in the vicinity of my destination. I also contact the hotel in advance to request a mini refrigerator in my room. Some hotels, like the DoubleTree for example, offer these as a standard amenity. Others sometimes charge a slight fee.

When flying we usually rent a car which makes it really convenient and easy to stop and pick up what we need along the way. If this isn’t an option for you, some hotels have a shuttle that will drop you off at your shopping destination and pick you up at specified time.

Next, I make sure to bring plenty of snacks and food that’s easy to prepare in my room. Sometimes I even bring my high-speed blender along, like on a recent trip to Vancouver, B.C. Since we were driving it was no big deal to pack an extra suitcase and a small cooler with a bunch of stuff. Here’s what I brought. Read more

Equipment

  • High-speed blender
  • Collapsible colander
  • Salad spinner
  • Silicon spatula (for getting all of the green smoothie out of my blender)
  • Plastic bowl, plate, cup
  • Knife, fork, spoon
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small bottle of dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Dish towels
  • Vegetable wash
  • Cutting board (flexible)

Food

  • Chia seeds
  • Avocados
  • Assorted fruits and veggies
  • Leafy greens
  • Hemp milk
  • Powdered green drink mix
  • Raw energy bars
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Flax crackers
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Purified water

When flying, I really pare down on the above items, especially since I have been quite successful at manifesting exactly what I need within a reasonable proximity to my destination. I always bring food to eat on the plane. Cut up veggies and raw vegan hummus travel pretty well as do the energy bars, cut up fruit, nuts, seeds, flax crackers and avocado. And the powdered green drink packets are loaded with minerals and taste really good mixed in some filtered water. Just remember to pack your knife in your checked baggage in order to avoid a scene at the TSA checkpoint!

Wherever your travels take you, with a little bit of planning it’s easy to fuel your body with nutritious real food.

I would love to hear about what you do to eat healthily when traveling. Please drop me a line and let me know!

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