Whether you’re riding bikes, hiking across country, or spending the weekend camping, you’re going to need proper nutrition. Athletic lifestyles require extra fuel, but when you’re exploring unfamiliar terrain it can often be more difficult to stick to your vegan diet. Many people picture athlete guzzling down raw eggs and tearing into massive steaks to stay fit, but vegan athletes known that plants build just as big muscles with the right dedication. What they might not know, however, is how to manage vegan traveling without too much hassle.
General Travel Tips
A vegan lifestyle is full of benefits, but it is admittedly not the easiest lifestyle to maintain. While routines and practice simplify the process of curating meal plans, this comfort can often be interrupted when it’s time for travel, or if you’re simply living an active lifestyle that doesn’t leave much room for meal prep. Luckily thinking ahead can simplify the struggle.
Before engaging on any out of town trip, don’t forget to do your research. While some people plan travel itineraries before heading on vacation, vegans should be researching places to eat between races and events. Known your options ahead of time, so it won’t be a struggle once you arrive. Luckily you can connect to vegan groups on social media and use online vegan resources to scout out local vegan and vegetarian eateries.
Focus on learning how to order whole-food, plant-based meals at non-vegan eateries. Research menus online ahead of time and scout out orders that aren’t fried. It’s alright to ask if some reasonable meal adjustments are possible as long as you’re polite. It might help to learn a few words of another language if you’ll be traveling to a foreign country.
Basic Snack Prep
While planning ahead meals is always recommended, snacks can take vegans a long way. Padding your suitcase with backup treats and filling your bag with healthy options makes eating vegan on the go easy and rewarding. If you can manage to secure a room with a kitchen or fridge, always try to when traveling. That way you can head to the local grocery shop and pick up some fresh ingredients to whip up quick meals between activities.
There are a number of healthy and tasty go-to snacks that vegans can carry with them regularly. Some require refrigeration, which can be handled with coolers while traveling, while others are easy to toss in your gym bag and save for after work. Overall, there are many snacking options for active vegans. Don’t forget to pack some in your carry-on if you know you’ll be spending time in an airport, since vegan travel options can often be limited.
If you have a cooler, consider packing ants on a log (celery topped with nut butter and fruit), fresh fruit, hummus and veggies, wraps or sandwiches, and chia seed pudding. Other options won’t spoil if left out. Perfect for busy schedules or road trips are granola bars, energy bars, energy bites, protein bars, roasted chickpeas, and trail mix. You can also pack some raw vegan chocolate or cookies for a little pick-me-up.
Other must-have snacks for vegan traveling include raw nuts, dried fruit, and nut butter. Planning ahead and preparing these snacks at the beginning of the week or the start of a trip will make travel easy and grabbing a snack convenient.
Best Workout Snacks
While these snacks are all healthy and convenient, athletic endeavors require a certain amount of protein while on the road. Since a number of restaurants are uncertain of how to cater to vegan protein, it’s essential to load up on vegan snacks for working out.
Before working out, it’s recommended that vegans chow down on light meals such as soy milk fruit smoothies, low-fat muesli, fruits such as bananas or grapes, multigrain toast with nut butter, soy milk or yoghurt, cooked potatoes, or overnight oats. While all of these meals won’t translate to travel, it’s always possible to pack some nut butter.
Post-workout snacks call for fruit smoothies with soy milk and protein powder, toast and nut butter, nuts and dried fruit, meatless stir fry, beans or peas, rolled oats, and other more filling protein-filled meals. Luckily dried nuts and fruits make for easy travel, and it’s easy to whip up homemade vegan protein bars to pack ahead of time.
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