Updated: May 30
Guest post by Kendall Dennis
If you’re anything like me, maintaining a well-balanced diet while traveling can be a struggle. It can be even harder to find appetizing plant-based and vegan foods while on the road. Even with snacks packed in the luggage, finding delicious and plant-based meals while moving through airports, gas stations, and hotels can be difficult. With the spring break on the horizon, you may be gearing up to hit the road, or air, and wondering how you can still eat foods that will make you feel energized. We’ve compiled this list to help make eating plant-based while traveling a little bit easier.
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Firstly, let's talk about the snacks. Bringing snacks with you on your journey is one of the easiest things to do to make sure you don’t end up ravenous, irritable, and making unhealthy last-minute choices. Fruit, such as apples, bananas, and pears, are easy to pack for short trips and can offer a hydrating and nutrient-dense snack. Packaged dried fruit is another option for packing in your bag and may be better for longer trips. Dried fruit is great because it's a natural source of energy and provides lots of plant-nutrients to keep you nourished. However, since fruit is comprised of mainly natural sugar, consider eating a handful of nuts with it as well to balance out your sugar intake. Adding some carbohydrate (like fruit or whole grains) in addition to plant-based protein and healthy fat (like nuts and seeds) can help to keep you full until your main meal and keep your blood sugar balanced. Other easy-to-grab options include almonds, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, trail mix, granola, protein bars, homemade energy bites, crunchy baked chickpeas, baked sweet potato chips, and whole-grain crackers.
Mix and Match
If you’re a frequent flyer, you probably have the airport food markets memorized. While these markets offer books, mints, and other traveling essentials, they can also offer decent snack options. In these airport shops you can find most of the snacks we mentioned above including nuts, trail mix, dried fruit, and baked chips. Many of these shops also have prepackaged food like sandwiches and crackers with hummus. While not always ideal, at least you have the option to grab several different snacks and pre-packaged foods to mix and match to create a meal.