Monday, July 1, 2013

Winner of Whole. Healthy Vegan Travelling Tips. Fourth of July.

I've been quiet on the blog lately, but I do want to talk about a few things with you and hopefully get your input. Life has finally settled down a bit after six weeks of guests in our home and then a road trip, so I am starting to have some fun in my kitchen again! Just this past weekend I whipped up Cathy Fisher's Zucchini Bread (I made it in muffin pans and left out the walnuts and it was AMAZING), "cookies" made with just bananas, oats and applesauce (thanks Sharon McRae) and Beet Tartare!

But the first thing I really want to discuss with everybody is maintaining a Plant-stong, even Nutritarian diet, while travelling. 

Two weekends ago my husband and I and our two youngest kids took a road trip to Washington D.C. and the Baltimore area for a family wedding. To be totally frank, I have found travelling while trying to maintain a healthy diet to be difficult and somewhat stressful, but not totally impossible. Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it, so with effort you can stay Plant-strong on the road. But it does take effort.

I really enjoy treating myself to more indulgent Vegan food
when I am on the road, which is not very often.
The Great Sage Lentil and Quinoa burger was made uber delicious by the addition of
avocado, some fried thingies and a secret sauce.

And that's what I was really reminded of this past weekend: that healthy eating takes effort, whether you are travelling or not. Fast, easy, tasty, calorie dense, salty, fatty and sugary food is EVERYWHERE you turn. I am never aware of that more than when I am out of my home environment. It is way to easy for all of us to make poor choices when it comes to food, because doing the right thing is doing the hard thing.

But there are strategies for success on the road. I'll share mine if you share yours.

Here's some of the stuff that we brought with us in the car . All of the perishables were packed into large cooler bags (thanks Quinn) that had ice packs inside. Once we arrived at the hotels I unloaded the food that was left into the mini-fridges that I made sure were in our hotel room. Boy are those things mini!

1. Electric Pressure cooker: Instant Pot - to cook my morning greens

2. Bags of washed and cut Greens
3. Bags of sugar snap peas
4. bags of broccoli florets
5. bags of baby carrots
6. containers of hummus
7. lots of water
8. unsweetened dried fruit

Rawvioli from Great Sage Restaurant in Clarksville, Maryland.

Another thing that made this trip really cool was using the smart phone app "Happy Cow." It used to be just a website that helped users locate Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants all over the place, but recently Happy Cow released an app. It was so cool! I just opened the app and with a few pushes of buttons it told me exactly where any Vegan restaurant was in the area and exactly how many miles it was from my current location. It's also great to use from home, because who doesn't want to know all of the places to get Vegan food near you?

My favorite of all three "treats" was their Tempeh Reuben.
Makes me want to try the Tempeh Reuben recipe
from Rip Esselstyn's new book My Beef with Meat.

But I'm really curious about what you do to make Plant-strong travelling a little bit (maybe even a lot) better?

I also have yet to announce the winner of the book Whole, but here it is!

The winner of Whole by T.Colin Campbell is commentor #8, Maralee, who commented, "I happily signed this petition. Loved "The China Study" and hope someday America will start to embrace the plant based, vegan diet (lifestyle) more."

Maralee, please contact me at with your full name and address.

If you didn't win a copy of Whole, don't sweat it! Get yours here:

On a final note, what are your plans for the Fourth of July? We're hosting a "barbecue" again this year and I am menu planning in my head. I know I'll be making veggie burgers again, and the first one on my list is something I recently perfected: The Un-fried Falafel Burger. It took me more than a few tries to get it right but I loved the results! You can check out what we did last year for the Fourth. I know I'm taking it easier on myself this year!

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