Guest post from Emma Wilson creator of Vegan Calm
Keeping up with your diet while you’re at home isn’t too difficult. Your fridge and pantry
are likely stocked full of your favorite plant-based foods, and you may even have a list of
quick meals that you can whip up to satisfy your cravings.
Traveling presents a unique challenge for vegans, though.
When you’re out of your familiar environment, traveling, and living an on-the-go lifestyle,
it can often be difficult to find the time to cook a good homemade meal. While you can
always eat out, this can quickly become expensive and time-consuming.
Today, I’ll show you some quick everyday vegan snacks and meals that you can take
with you on your adventures!
How To Eat Smart As A Traveling Vegan
As a traveling vegan, I’ve had to get creative about the way that I meal prep.
Sometimes, I may not even have time to prepare meals and have to rely solely on
quick, healthy, nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day.
To fit my on-the-go lifestyle, I need my vegan foods to be:
- Small, compact, and easy to pack in a bag
- Filling and able to sustain me
- Mostly natural, with few artificial or chemical ingredients
Here are a few tips to eating smart as a traveling vegan.
Eat Small, Filling Meals
The best vegan foods are small and filling. When you’re hiking, embarking on a road trip, or walking through a new city, you don’t want your food to take up all of the space in your bag. How filling a meal is depends mostly on how much fiber, protein, and fat that the food has. High-fiber foods are more filling because our body takes longer to break them down and digest them.
Have A List Of Easily Accessible Vegan-friendly Foods
There are going to be times where you won’t find a Whole Foods Market or other
vegan-friendly grocery stores. For example, if you’re taking a long road trip across the
country, most of your food is probably going to come from a gas station. At times like
these, I find it’s helpful to create a list of simple, affordable, vegan snacks that I can find
The Best Foods For Vegan Travelers (Traveling Made Easy)
With those principles in mind, the following vegan foods are:
- Easy to pack
- Easy to find
- Don’t take up a lot of space
These are just some of my favorites. I’m sure you may have several of your own to add
to the list!
Peanuts (and all nuts, for that matter) are an excellent vegan snack. Not only are they
100% plant-based but they’re also affordable, filling, and can be found at almost any
store. Additionally, peanuts are incredibly healthy. They contain healthy fats (which
promote satiety), fiber, and essential amino acids to sustain your body and brain.
2) Vegan Protein Bars
Vegan protein bars are always a reliable snack to take on your day trips. Most vegan
protein bars are made with a balanced recipe and are designed to be filling and
nutritious. Many convenience and grocery stores stock some type of vegan protein bars.
If you buy a large pack from the grocery store, though, you can usually save money,
compared to buying single bars at the store.
As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are an excellent
fruit to pack in your bag. They have a long shelf life and won’t go bad for several days,
are hardy and difficult to damage (unlike bananas, which are easily squashed), and
contain high amounts of fiber.
4) Trail Mix
I love a good trail mix! If you visit your local whole foods supermarket, you should be
able to find a station where you can fill your own bag full of different varieties of trail mix,
many of which are 100% plant-based.
5) Vegan Protein Shakes
Protein powder is always a great option. Whenever I’m on a road trip, I like to pack
some of my Ghost Vegan Protein in my bag. Whenever I start feeling hungry, I just
pour some in a water bottle, shake it up, and drink my calories. Most protein shakes are
quite filling and contain most of the essential nutrients I need.
Proper planning will make your travels a lot easier. Before planning any trip, I
recommend making a brief list of snacks that you plan on bringing with you or that can
be easily found in the store while you’re on the road.
You’ll save a lot of money doing this and will save time that would otherwise be spent
stressing out about where you’re going to eat next.