Taking a road trip away from the confines of a cosmopolitan centre can seem a little trepidatious. Vegetarian/vegan options may be scarce on the road so this week’s Meatless Monday partners with our sister site Weal World Travel to bring you A Vegabond Voyage, one of our series in Travel & Nutrition.
Though french fries and salad count as vegetarian food, who wants to rely on those as the main sustenance on their travels. Besides being unhealthy and an incomplete meal, it’s boring! And while there may be some great vegetarian/vegan restaurants on the road, who wants to spend precious touring time trying to find them?
Here are some tips so you can eat healthy on-the-road and on-the-go.
Things to bring:
- Protein to go
An abundance of good quality plant protein on-the-road may be a challenge to find. Bring protein bars, a small jar of nut/seed butter or a bag of raw/sprouted nuts and seeds. Vegetarians can usually find cheese and eggs to eat. Finding rennet-free cheese may be a bit more of a challenge. When in doubt, desperate and hungry there is always Laughing Cow/La vache qui rit cheese which is usually rennet-free.
You may not be able to get your quinoa sweet potato burger and fancy plant-based casseroles so bring some super food and vitamin supplements to ensure you get enough nutrients on the road. These often come in powder form and usually combine greens like spirulina and wheat grass with vegetable concentrates and vitamins and minerals. Mix the powder with a little lemon juice and water and drink on-the-go as you tour around. Oh yes, a small container of lemon juice is worth packing too in your luggage. Add it to water or tea for flavour or use it on food to brighten up a dish.
- To-Go Container
Bring a small food safe container and pack all your supplements inside. When it is empty you can use the container to transport any fragile souvenirs you may have bought.
Things to buy:
- Bakeries are your buddy
Every town, city and village has one and they are not difficult to find. Opt for the good carbs i.e. whole grains rather than refined flour, individual portions (e.g. buns) rather than bulk (loaves). Ones made with oats, nuts and seeds also help up the fibre and protein content of your selection.
- Productive Produce
Farmers markets are a great way to connect with the locals, take some really cool pics and get some fresh produce. If you are stuck, grocery stores are usually easy to find and also carry some sort of edible produce. Opt for items that require little preparation such as apples, bananas, grapes, berries, sweet peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and spinach. Use clean water to wash them and they are ready to go – a raw treat to munch on that provide nutrients and enzymes. Some nut butter and lemon juice can serve as ingredients for a vegetable dip. (Idea: 1 Tablespoon of almond butter mixed with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Tip: A Tablespoon is about the length of your thumb and 1 teaspoon is about one-third that size.)
And there’s always Happy Cow. Check out this Healthy Eating Guide online for a list of vegetarian/vegan restaurants and cafés in your destination. And if you find one not on the list, consider submitting a review to Happy Cow.