How To Eat On The Go
This article is adapted from Raw Food: The Answers by myself and my dear friend Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo. Raw Food: The Answers is a PDF and MP3 combination that answers 100’s of raw food questions.
A big challenge that comes up for healthy eaters and raw fooders is eating on the go.
There’s on the go when you’re at home in your own environment, whether you are running errands all day, or at work, and there’s on the go when you’re traveling.
When I get on an airplane, I like to carry a few things with me that I can eat. You can take food on an airplane, you just can’t take secret food that they can’t tell what it is, like in a wrapped up package, unless it’s been purchased in the terminal. Some terminals actually have some healthy eating choices, but even with an internet search beforehand, it’s not always possible to be able to pick up a healthy to go meal before boarding your flight.
You cannot bring liquid from home on board. This means anything that is like a liquid. I learned the hard way once when trying to bring an unopened jar of almond butter on board. Other no-no’s are: hummus, guacamole and nut butters because they are considered a gel and you can apparently potentially make a bomb or hide a bomb in it. According to the rules, under 3 ounces of things like hummus are OK, so I have learned to stock up on packets of nut butters and things like that.
But I think that under 3 ounces is counted along with your teeny bottle of shampoo etc…so that little bag is filled. I put the packets of almond butter in my purse or carry on. So far; so good with that.
My friend Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo has gone on airplanes with a large Tupperware bowl filled with salad and topped with guacamole, she says then it’s considered salad dressing and it’s allowed. I haven’t tried that one yet, as I usually travel solo and don’t need a lot of food, let alone carry around a big bowl.
I’ve learned that sugar snap peas and green beans last a couple of days in my purse! Who knew? But they do. I’ve also brought on a whole Romaine lettuce and some dates. Dates wrapped in romaine are amazingly tasty.
There’s also some handy store bought items that travel well: flax based crackers, nut and dried fruit mixtures and kale ships (even if they do cost $64 a pound). I have dear friends, a young couple, who bring on board lots of whole fruits like avocados, oranges, apples and bananas. Sometimes the people sitting near them want that too, but unfortunately most airplanes do not stock perishable items.
Then there was my friend Dena, who was a contributor to my first What Do Raw Fooders eat book, (http://WhatDoRawFoodersEat.com ). She dehydrated the left over pulp from juicing: carrot, greens, etc., then she also dehydrated chopped onions, parsley anything that she found flavorful. Then she would make up little baggies of the powders and on board when asked if she wanted coffee, she just asked for a cup and hot water; put in her powder, stirred it up for awhile and enjoyed a tasty soup. People who sat near her would ask if the steward(ess) could bring them some of that too.
I find traveling by car and eating well to be a lot easier. First, buy a nice cooler, the kind that you don’t put ice in, it’s like a mini refrigerator but actually larger, and it plugs in to your car plug or your car cigarette lighter (do they still have them in cars?), and it also plugs into a wall plug at a hotel.
I’ve lost enough food in hotel mini fridges to never want to use them again. Either they are not cold enough and everything goes limp and spoils or they freeze all my nice greens. I purchased a Coleman brand plug in cooler (it also has a warming function but I’ve never tried it) over 15 years ago and it still runs very well.
With your cooler on hand, traveling by car can be really awesome. If you have young children and are going on a road trip, put the following in your cooler: cut up veggies, almond butter, guacamole and hummus. Great meals or snacks are celery with almond butter and raisins on top (bumps on a log) or spread hummus or guacamole on cucumber or zucchini rounds. You can make up smoothies in advance, put them in quart or pint mason jars and freeze some for the next day and drink smoothies throughout the trip.
Dehydrated goodies are perfect for road trips too. Cookies, crackers, fruit roll ups, sea weed roll up, flavored nuts and seeds, granola’s, etc.. all can be made at home or store bought. Here’s a good source for all things raw including snacks:
Eating Well While Staying at Hotel or Resort
Whether it’s for business or pleasure, sooner or later many people find themselves staying for days or a week or more in hotels with fine dining and would like to know how to stay for the most part on their ‘at home’ healthy regime.