16 December 2010

Tried and true strategies for the traveling vegan

I started eating vegan in January. I found the transition surprisingly easy (and wonderful and healthy!) The one big obstacle? Travel. I know some vegan bloggers assert “it’s easy, you can eat vegan anywhere!” Sure, if a piece of iceburg lettuce tickles your fancy!

Here are a few ways that I have managed to eat well while traveling:

1. Stay somewhere with a kitchen. In July my husband I spent a week on Lake Waramaug in Connecticut. We rented an apartment at an Inn and I prepped foods for the week. I enjoyed tofu scrambles and green smoothies for breakfast, bean salads and fresh fruit and veggies for snacks. In August we sent to Vermont and stayed at a friend’s home –in a guest house with a refrigerator and stove– so I was able to make some delicious, vegan meals.

2. Call ahead. From rural Pennsylania to San Diego to Barbados, have a plan. I phoned restaurants and resorts to determine if the chefs could accommodate my vegan diet.

3. Pack snacks/portable foods: Cans of beans, juice box-size rice/soy/almond milk, nuts, vegan nutrition bars, dehydrated crackers and fruit. With these foods handy you can snack before going to a restaurant or you can toss some nuts or dried fruit on a boring salad.

4. Let someone else do the work for you. There are some terrific websites dedicated to healthy/vegan travel including Vegan World Trekker, Vegan Backpacker, and The Healthy Voyager. Quarry Girl has great vegan restaurant reviews from cities all over the world.

With a little advance work you can kick up your feet and enjoy your vacation!

These are just a few ideas. How do YOU eat healthy and well while traveling?

Originally posted on Rosey Rebecca.

JL | @JLgoesvegan
Post-40 JL became a marathoner and triathlete, changed careers and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. She now blogs about vegan cooking (and wine!) and fitness. JL is a community college administrator and teaches nonprofit management at a local university. Follow JL on her blog and Facebook.

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