Top 5 Vegan Traveling Tips:
Research Places to Eat Before You Leave.
Use Yelp and HappyCow to find restaurants and vegan friendly places in the area of your destination. If there aren’t any places nearby, don’t worry! Most restaurants are happy to prepare something for you. Choose vegetables that you see from any dish on the menu and pair it with brown rice, pasta or quinoa along with a plant protein like a veggie burger, black beans, garbanzo beans, tofu, lentils or even avocado. Get creative! All you have to do is ask, which I know can be intimidating at first, but after a while it’s no biggie at all. I promise. There are so many allergies and dietary restrictions nowadays that chefs are accustomed to creating special meals for special diets.
Bring your own food and snacks.
Don’t rely on airport or plane food! I ALWAYS bring snacks along because you never know. My must-haves are snack bars, fresh fruit such as apples and oranges, trail mix or granola, the travel-friendly YumButter superfood nut butters, plant based protein powders, small bags of chia seeds, hemp hearts and gogi berries (they’re easy to sprinkle on anything). I also bring my own little packets of oatmeal for an easy breakfast or snack. A couple bars of dark chocolate never hurt either 😉
Find a local grocery store and stock up on essentials.
I make sure to pick up lemons for my morning lemon water, baby carrots, hummus, crackers, extra fruit and veggies to snack on, raw & cold-pressed juices, premade veggie salads etc.
It’s easy to get dehydrated while traveling because it can throw off your routine and how much water you may normally drink. I love my Brita water bottle from this post to make sure your drinking filtered water. Plus, it light and super easy to travel with!
Exercise As Often As You Can!
Inevitably, eating out means lots of excess oils and salt etc. (unless you ask for otherwise) so make sure to get active and sweat. I don’t normally cook with oil at all so I didn’t feel that great after getting back home but we walked a lot and I exercised in the hotel room with my mom which really helped! We also had quite a few drinks 😉 so a good workout while traveling is essential to feel your best.
What I Ate:
All of the restaurants were accommodating and while I didn’t take pictures of all my meals due to bad lighting, I tried to take as many as I could!
Looking back at my pictures, I didn’t snap any shots of dinner, unfortunately 🙁 🙁 The first night we ate at Tortilla Republic which was delicious! I drank jalapeño margaritas and ate the Vegetarian Enchiladas made vegan without the cream sauce and cheese. The next night we ate at Watermarc where I had a roasted beet salad and a plate of sautéed vegetables with red potatoes and mushrooms.
We had the wedding the next night! With the many food allergies of people attending the wedding, they offered plenty of vegan options including veggie sushi rolls, black rice, plenty of green veggies & potatoes and even vegan chocolate desserts, plus lots of champagne for me! For our last night, we went to Nirvana Grille and ended the night at the newly opened SpyBar (which I HIGHLY recommend!) At Nirvana Grille, I loved the Passion Margaritas and the Nirvana Vegetable Plate (no cheese or butter).