VeganMoFo: Eating on the roadOctober 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | 4 Comments
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I started the first day VeganMoFo traveling to visit my baby sister, who just started college. And where she is going, it’s in the middle of nowhere. I doubted any vegan fare, and I was mostly correct. So, because I always like to be prepared, I brought enough food to keep me happy.
I know this has nothing to do with my food per-say, but this is a constant struggle for me when traveling. I am embarrassed by my constant carrying of a cooler or plastic bags full of food, and eating at weird times or in weird places (like the few minutes before we all go out to eat and I get a salad for the rest of the day or in a vehicle quickly or when everyone goes to bed.)
I have a number of go-to foods when I travel, depending on the location and activities.
1. Hummus and chips, or something close to it. I love this because it’s protein packed and easy to transport.
2. Granola bars and the like. I am always experimenting with granola bars and their tastes/ability to be stuffed in my purse and still edible. I have been getting away from granola bars but I still buy them.
3. Frozen foods/packaged foods. In order to actually eat something to keep me going, I look for the easy cook, eat and throw-away items. I love Dr. McDougall soups, rice packs, Amy’s vegan mac and cheese and another Amy’s item, a hot pocket of sorts.
But what about when I have to/when we do go out to eat?
I personally keep it safe with a salad, if there’s not a veg-friendly restaurant in the area (or I can’t get anyone to go to.) One thing I did to change things up at the last wedding I was in, was to add a small baggie of chickpeas and nutritional yeast to the salad, which had been stored in my purse. Little snack baggies are very helpful in this situation.
Worst case scenario, I drag someone to Subway or Walmart to buy some food.
And something I love to do is once I get home, I treat myself to good, healthy food, and detox from the crazy eating schedule and the large amount of processed salt in my body.
What do you do about eating vegan when you travel???