Traveling as a vegetarian means, you must plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. In a meat-eating world, it ‘s often difficult to find healthy vegetarian fare from fast-foods restaurants, vending machines, and many sit-down restaurants. It takes a little effort and some forethought, but if you plan well, you can maintain your healthy vegetarian regime when you are traveling. Here’s how.
Commit to eating vegetarian “on the road, ” and you’ll be less apt to compromise. Mentally determine to keep up your vegetarian lifestyle, despite the travel stress and despite the possible temptation to eat what’s readily available.
Carry Healthy Food with You
Your beverage choice may not be available where you are going. If you regularly drink non-carbonated mineral water or seltzer water, you may need to bring it with you, because you may not find anything but soda pop where you are going. When you pack for your trip, remember to pack some simple snacks, such as healthy granola bars, baked potato chips, fruit, celery and carrot sticks with hummus, and whole-grain toast with almond butter or peanut butter.
Get a Kitchenette
If you plan to stay at a hotel or motel, plan to get a room with a kitchenette. It will probably cost a bit more, but you will be able to prepare your own food instead of eating out. You will have your healthy food choices when you are hungry, and you will be positive that you are meeting your dietary requirements, without any hidden surprises.
If you do eat out, Oriental restaurants usually have plenty of vegetarian foods. You can order tofu, vegetables, and rice, and you can have your meal prepared without MSG. Only ask the chef to leave out oyster sauce and MSG.
Italian restaurants usually offer a few vegetarian dishes or the chef will do his or her best to provide a spaghetti or lasagna meatless entrée, if you request one.
Think Health Food Store
Vegetarian restaurants are usually listed in the yellow pages, but if you can’t locate a vegetarian restaurant, look for a local health food store instead. Health food stores often have a small health food café, deli, or juice-bar connected with the warehouse. And if nothing else, the health food store will carry several prepackaged foods that suit your vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Reduce the stress involved with taking a trip. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. Carry your own snacks, rent a room with a kitchenette, or consider eating out at an Oriental or Italian restaurant. And if all else fails, find a local health food store where you will be able to purchase foods that suit your vegetarian dietary requirements. With these tips in mind, you should be able to maintain your vegetarian regime when traveling.