I realized years ago that traveling as a vegan is much easier when you have a little food stash of fun, healthy vegan snacks to have in those times of need. Today I randomly walked by Native Foods in LA and was lucky enough to eat there instead of having to dive into my bag of eats. Everyone has different vegan food preferences so what you put into your Vegan Survival Kit will probably vary from what someone else prefers as their emergency snack staples.
I've found that it's a good idea to include the following:
Include snacks that are nutritiousInclude snacks that are low in carbs and high in protein. If you're the lone vegan traveling with a group of friends and you end up going to a random restaurant for brunch sometimes you have to make a meal out of the fruit plate. Starting the day with a high protein low carb snack like Primal Strips will give you a nice dose of protein without making you feel uncomfortably full or filling you up with too much sugar. I like Primal Strips because they are wheat gluten based so it's a good source of protein. If you have a wheat allergy you may want to consider something like a handful of tamari almonds instead.
Pack snacks that you can eat on the goIf you're going to have days on your trip where you may not have time to eat out, consider also including things like energy bars and trail mix. This way you'll be able to power on through without running out of steam. I often bring things for convenient long lasting energy like:
Peanut Butter Bars
Raw Pecan Walnut Brownie Bars
Tropical Paradise Bars
Cashew Crunch Bars
Don't skimp on flavor. You're on vacation!Include snacks that are gooood! The idea behind the Vegan Survival Kit is to make traveling easy and fun. If you're like me, you'll want to chow down on things like
Balsamic Candied Pecans or Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola at regular intervals. It's also fun to share with non-vegans. They'll remember that you don't eat rabbit food on every occasion.
Junk food overload is pretty common for me when I'm traveling. Once you make sure you have your nutrition food staples for the day, you can eat junk food if you want later and not worry about energy crashing. Don't forget to eat fresh vegetables when it's convenient. In the meantime, making a Vegan Survival Kit can be a good way to guarantee convenient, healthy, affordable and tasty eats so you can focus on maximum travel fun.
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