We all know that eating vegan while traveling can be difficult.
You never know what will be available!
When hunger strikes, you don’t want to be left with whatever happens to be at the airport convenient store. Although, I will say I was pleasantly surprised to find fresh smoothies (with almond milk and plant based protein) at Chicago O’Hare, along with bananas and apples (although, the banana was green and I doubt the apple was organic… but it’s a step in the right direction).
Airport options have drastically improved but that wasn’t the case in Mexico… every airport is different and unpredictable!
Since I’ve been traveling more the past few months than ever before, I’ve learned the hard way. I have too much trust in what will be available so, on my most recent trip to Florida, I made sure to be more prepared so I could actually enjoy the travel part instead of worrying about my next meal.
This post focuses mainly on the travel/airport as well as quick snacks/breakfast in your hotel room.
Depending on where you are in the world, breakfast can sometimes be the most difficult meal of the day. You probably won’t be able to stick to your normal eating habits but that’s okay, just make it work. Travel days are long so when you arrive to your destination, I recommend heading to the grocery store to pick up fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges) carrots & celery with hummus, as well as pre-made salads to make life easier but until then, here are my favorite Vegan Travel Snacks (look out for the amazing Salad Power Giveaway too, for THREE WINNERS!)
5 Vegan Travel Snack Ideas:
1. Drinkable Greens
First up, I’m obsessed with Salad Power! My favorite flavor is pineapple and just veggies, but they taste similar to V8, without the funky added ingredients and sodium. Plus, they put sustainably grown, non GMO veggies first, so the juice is low in sugar but high in vitamins. They call it a “complete drinkable salad” with no added sugar!! What I love about Salad Power (read how they’re different here) is they aim to be trustworthy with their juice, rather than misleading, like so many other juice brands out there, who add a whole bunch of fruit first and only a couple veggies later. This is an amazing option for a convenient veggie juice on the go, while traveling!
You’ll want to pack Salad Power in your suitcase because I doubt you can bring these through security.. but they will save you! The best part? They can be stored at room temperature, which makes them perfect for traveling. It’s recommended to refrigerate Salad Power upon arrival (just ask for a mini fridge) because it tastes better cold. Since the bottles are super special and no light or oxygen touches the juice, no nutrients are lost. SaladPower is available in four flavors: Just Veggies, Veggies + Mango, Veggies + Apple, and Veggies + Pineapple. Yum!
2. Plant Based Protein Powder
Next up, single-serving plant based protein powder! I brought these along for the early morning airplane flight and for snacks throughout the trip. Carefully add to a water bottle (before the plane ride!) and shake it up. You can also bring along baggies of pre-scooped protein powder. Either way, it’s an easy way to get a filling, protein packed snack while away from home. I like the Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Powder or the Vega Protein and Greens (in Berry).
I also included the Vega Greens drink mix (Mint Lemonade and Matcha Honeydew). The more greens the better, in every aspect of life! Just add to a water bottle and shake it up.
3. Snacks on Snacks on Snacks
Bringing snacks is essential. Please bring as many snacks as you can. Clif Bars, Larabars and fruit squeezes (Fruigees)are my fave, especially for the airport and plane rides! They’re easy and quick without being messy. Obviously fruit is great too, if you can find it in the airport. Apples, bananas, berries.. anything not too sticky or messy. Carrots and/or celery with hummus too!
4. Breakfast Essentials
Filling up on breakfast is so important. Ideally, fresh fruit will be available at your hotel or a restaurant you’re going to but sometimes, that’s all they have for a vegan breakfast. Obviously we need more than fruit… which is why I bring oatmeal packets, chia seeds in a plastic baggie and single-serving packs of almond butter to make a filling, nutrient-dense breakfast. Hopefully they have fresh berries or banana that you can add in. Just ask for hot water and let the oatmeal soak in a cup or bowl with a scoop of chia seeds – or bring to wherever you are going for breakfast. You gotta do what you gotta do, ya know?!
5. Fruit, Nuts and Chocolate
When everyone you’re traveling with gets ice cream after dinner… and they don’t have any dairy free options at the ice cream shop… you eat chocolate, dried fruit and nuts/seeds! Or when you have a sweet tooth… which is me, always. I make sure to bring a chocolate bar and lately, have been obsessed with Theo Organic Orange Dark Chocolate. SO YUM. Also like this dried Berry Mixand Gogi Power Mix too.
I hope this helps and gives you some ideas for traveling as a vegan! Be sure to enter the Salad Giveaway below!!
Salad Power Giveaway Guidelines:
– Open to US residents only.
– 3 winners will receive one case of 12 Salad Power Juices (as shown in picture below!!).
– Leave a comment below with one tip for traveling as a vegan.
– GIVEAWAY OPEN UNTIL Thursday, April 13th! (4/13/17)
* This post is sponsored by Salad Power. Opinions are my own, always.