You think it will be difficult to eat a whole food plant based diet while travelling? You find it hard to eat healthy on vacation? Here are my tips and tricks for eating a healthy vegan diet while travelling!
I know many like to take vacations as an excuse to eat very unhealthy. Even during my vacation to Boracay many of my friends said something like “well, I am on vacation so just let me get this extra beer/desert/burger/coke/whatsoever”. I like to enjoy a lot of good food too, when I am on vacation. However, I prefer to eat healthy food which gives me loads of energy so that I can enjoy my vacation to the fullest instead of feeling heavy and tired after every meal.
There are a few things that I bring with me when travelling;
First, I like to bring healthy snacks such as dates and nuts which last for a week or more. I take these ones with me whenever I go somewhere where I am not sure to find healthy options. Like when we went for a boat trip, when we explored the inner part of the island or when travelling by bus or plane.
Second, I bring my own blender. This may sound weird to some of you, but I cannot live without my smoothies. I have a travel sized blender from Klarstein which I bring with me when travelling. Every country has different fruits and veggies and I LOVE to make smoothies with them. In the Philippines it was just awesome to have smoothies made of the best mangos in the world, together with apple bananas, pitayas, mangosteen and so on. Having a blender with me, I can make sure that I always get a delicious and healthy smoothie for breakfast. You can use it in your hotel room or airbnb or even in a hostel kitchen.
I like to stay at airbnbs when travelling because I just like to have my own kitchen. When you are staying at an airbnb you can cook easy meals yourself – this does not only save you a lot of money but you also know what you get. I love to experiment with local greens and to stroll through local supermarkets. In the Philippines I had a lot of brown rice with mixed local veggies, yam, sweet potatoes, and squash, with a coconut cream sauce. I usually make one pot dishes to keep it easy and I rarely ever spend more than 30 minutes on cooking. I make sure to cook a lot so that we can eat two days from it. Like, I cook something in the evening and the next day, we bring the leftovers to the beach to have a lunch picknick there.
When you do not want to cook, you will find loads of healthy vegan options in all different kinds of restaurants. In general, we love to go to Indian, Chinese or Japanese places because it is very easy there to find vegan currys, rice with steamed vegetables, sushi, soba noodles, etc.
The Philippine cuisine is known to be very heavy on meat and everyone kept telling us that we will have such a hard time eating a vegan diet while travelling Boracay. However, even in Philippine restaurants we found delicious meals such as eggplant salad (the first eggplant salad I have ever had – it was sooo good. The started by ordering one and ended up ordering three of them because we just could not stop eating), string beans with tofu, spring onion salad, steamed mixed veggies…
Finally, I love to snack on fresh local fruits. I will make a post about my beach essentials where I will talk more about this one.
Oh, and make sure to pre-order your special meal when travelling by air plane! As the meals on the plane are never enough for me (I skip the desert and the white bread roll which are both rather unhealthy), I always bring some fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts as a snack on the plane. Sometimes I also bring some whole wheat bread rolls or even sandwiches.
What are you like when travelling? Do you rather go to restaurants or make your own food? Do you like to eat healthy too, when travelling or do you rather take the vacations as an excuse to eat all the bad stuff? I would love to know!