Basically all that is here is what I’ve learned over the years combined with my nutrition knowledge for how to be a healthy person on the road. This basically fills up two grocery bags. I’ve come to learn that paper bags usually break and so I’ve moved onto like whole foods reusable bags. I also find that it is good to have a bag on hand that is an insulated bag/thermal bag to keep things hot or cold (I mostly use it for cold). I’ll use it if I make a salad and then want to drive like 10 hours and not want my salad to go bad. Also, if you’re going to be really ruffing it, get a re-usable bowl of some kind and a closable mug and silverware type pocket knife thingy at REI. Also I give info from a vegan frame of mind as I figure you and everyone else has already learned about how to most efficiently eat animal products.
What to Put in your travel bags:
- High protein macro bars (banana/almond butter, sunflower butter/chocolate, cashew caramel, peanut butter/chocolate chip)
- Other macro bars are great as well but only have about 3 or 4 grams of protein. The ones above have about 10-12
- Laura Bars are great as well but are more like a smaller version of low protein macro bars.
- Watch out for sugar content when buying bars in general. I stopped buying cliff bars a while back. Too much sugar that makes you feel horrible.
- Organic vegetable puree packets bought at whole foods or target.
- I usually veer away from the fruit ones because veggies are always harder to get on the road, although blueberry and apple are always good mixers. These packets were life savers at Burning Man last year. Seriously people would be strung out on drugs, dehydrated, and in another world. I would offer them one of these and their face would fill with color again and they’d be way more present.
- Pistachios and Brazil nuts and Walnuts
- Pistachios contain an important protein called lysine that is rare in plant sources. Brazil nuts contain Selenium which is also rare in plants and a vital nutrient. Walnuts have Omege 3s which are rare as well.
- Obviously if you don’t like these then just get other nuts. Nuts are calorie dense and will satiate your appetite better than most things. Seeds as well, pumpkin seeds are one of my favorites.
- And on the topic of lysine protein: Eating lentils, amaranth, quinoa, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, soy, garbanzo/kidney/pinto/navy, split or green peas is the best protein you can get. Lysine is way more important than other proteins
- Protein: Garden of Life Raw Protein in chocolate, vanilla, coffee. There are a lot of protein supplements out there and I’ve tried a lot of them and a lot of them are nasty. These ones passed my taste test and vegan test. Can be bought at whole foods but I always buy it online as it’s much cheaper. At whole foods, though you can buy just single use packets which is convenient. What I’ve started doing recently is just buying the large can and putting it in Tupperware for my trips. Can be mixed with water or any milks
- Solgar Iron-Free Formula V VM-75 multivitamin: can be bought at whole foods or online. For being a vegan it’s good to have a multivitamin that has at least 20mcg or 600 iu of vit D a day. Along with 75-150mcg of iodine, preferably with small amounts of zinc and iron in it (although this one has no iron), Vit B12 at 25-100mcg and calcium at 1000mg. Even for non-vegans this is a good insurance to give to your body just in case you don’t get enough on road trips or whatever
- Spectrum Vegetarian DHA of about 200-300 mg/day
- Whole foods Chlorella and Super Foods Spirulina. These can be a bit expensive and they’re sort of nasty so I only take a half serving a day. A full serving of each is 6 pills so a half serving does me just fine. Just gulp them down. These two things are key to great health and making you feel great.
- Super foods bee pollen. I take this for allergy improvement so perhaps you wouldn’t want to get this.
- Along with this, I usually bring honey around with me
- Carrots, apples, bananas keep well. Small tomatoes sort of tend to keep well
- Dried fruit also keeps super well. My favorite is dried apricots. I also like dates or figs. Great potassium content as well along with fiber.
- Sweet Potato chips are a great carb/blood sugar balancer and awesome delicious.
- Popcorn is just a good snack as well. Like a low normal salt, low sugar option. Something with Himalayan salt, sea salt, avocado or coconut oil
- Kind healthy grains have great trail mix sort of things.
- I carry an olive oil with me
- I like to carry superfoods with me as well to mix with things when I get the opportunity. These superfoods entail cocoa nibs, maca powder, dark chocolate, blueberries, goji berries
- For example, when I can while I’m on the road I usually carry an EdenSoy fortified soy milk with me (awesome protein content and clean soy). I’ll put into a glass most or all of these ingredients in the form of frozen blueberries, 2 servings of gluten free muesli (like an awesome cereal thing), cocoa nibs, maca powder, honey, seeds, turmeric. I mix it all up and wait at least 5 minutes. I usually have this in my normal mornings.
- You can also carry a magic bullet with you which are little awesome, easy to carry blenders if you have access to some power or really if you get an outlet for your car. A great smoothie recipe that I eat most often is half banana, water or green juice, half date, quarter to half an avocado, half cup of spinach or other greens, 2 or 3 little stalks of broccoli, bit of protein powder, and optional are blueberries, honey, beets.
Eating these things will largely keep you feeling good but it’s also good to know that only eating these things will veer you in the direction of being acidic (except for the fruit and veggies which are alkaline producing). Whenever possible try to offset this by buying juices, smoothies (try to always keep it more veggie based), and salads whenever you can. I plan my stops on the road with where I can get these. If nothing else Starbucks usually at least one of these things. It’ll def get a bit old eating a lot of these, especially if you’re on a long trip but just remember that the counter to this is eating whatever you come across on the road which will be guaranteed to make you feel like shit and nutritionally depleted/malnourished, thus making it so you can’t enjoy yourself to the maximum possible level. We all know how easy it is to go that route. Never again!