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7 Healthy Vegan Travel Tips + 5 Smoothie Detox Recipes

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

It's summertime, and that means we're all running around to kids' sporting events and activities, jet-setting, road-tripping, and doing anything but eating a nutritious, home-cooked meal. Am I right?!

Dusty and I just got back from Hawaii, and it was a breeze to eat clean there--vegan restaurants, smoothie shacks, and juice shops galore, and there was no shortage of fresh tropical fruit stands! But what about when we road trip to a family member's wedding in small-town Nebraska? Or vacation somewhere that's not-so-plant-eater-friendly?! 

Over the years, Dusty and I have learned how to navigate it all (without any embarrassment, guilt, or shame), because where there's a will, there's a way--and if your will is to be happy and healthy, 24/7, 365, then you better believe there's a way to do it!

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7 Healthy Vegan Travel Tips

1. Keep Calm + Carry-on

  • Bring washed and fresh-cut fruits and veggies with you no matter where you go! TSA will allow you to bring whatever fresh produce you would like onto an airplane, as long as it's clearly visible what it is. Our friend Robby, @mindfuldiabeticrobby even brings an entire box of produce as his carry-on--now that's commitment!
  • Dusty and I love to bring our wide-mouth ball mason jars and fill them with berries, and then bring a container filled with greens to munch on, like romaine leaves, celery stalks, and cucumber spears. Whether we're road-tripping to Grandma and Grandpa's or out running errands, we don't leave home without our 'fast fruit' ...or, should I say, 'weapons of mass nutrition.' 
  • It may sound funny, but I've been known to 'carry-on' a whole or half watermelon with me wherever I go in the summertime! It's the perfect hydrating, warm weather snack!

 

2. Mix It Up

  • Make a trail mix! If you're on a longer flight, fresh produce may not cut it--and that's where nuts, seeds, grains, and dried fruit come in handy! We love to mix up a bag full of walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, dried goji berries, dried mulberries, and pitted dates. These foods are more calorie-dense, and will keep much longer!
  • Sometimes we make enough trail mix to last us through our entire trip. Another option is to buy a box of cereal, mixed nuts, and dried fruit when you get to your destination, and make trail mix that way!
  • Our favorite option, of course, is our Raw Vegan Granola recipe!

 

3. Pick Sides

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  • Now this one's going against something we've all been told not to do growing up--but we want you to pick sides! When you're out to dinner on vacation, or you're at a small-town steakhouse with your grandparents, the panic sets in. The menu reads: beef on pork on chicken on cheddar on eggs on bacon with a generous helping of oil and grease--yikes! Have no fear--look for the sides; you're bound to find some steamed veggies, wild rice, maybe even a baked potato! If you order those 3 sides, you've got yourself a nutritious and delicious, plant-powered meal!
  • Don't forget about the salads! Ask your waiter for a fresh salad with the dressing on the side--or better yet--request lemon wedges or balsamic for your 'dressing!'
  • Don't care to belly up at the bar--that's okay, who needs the extra calories and the hangover anyway? If everyone around me is drinking, I order a club soda with lime--it looks like a cocktail, it's exciting to the tastebuds, and nobody will hassle you if it's got fizz and a lime wedge on the rim! ;)

4. Don’t Worry—Be Happy

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  • This one's a two-for-one! First, use the HappyCow app or website to find veg-friendly, vegetarian, and vegan restaurants nearby! Dusty and I even found success using this app in Italy! On one occasion, we stumbled upon a vegan restaurant that wasn't on the app, so I took the liberty of snapping some foodie photos and added it! Feel free to do the same if you stumble upon a hidden gem--it's a great way to benefit your plant-powered community!
  • The second part to this tip, is to remind yourself that perfection is overrated! Maybe you go to dinner and order some rice and veggies, but the whole dish is slathered in oil. Instead of beating yourself up, just remind yourself that you're doing your best, and that you're on vacation! Travel, adventure, and exploration is meant to push you outside of our comfort zone, so be comfortable with being a bit uncomfortable, and the trip will go much more smoothly! Don't worry--be happy! ;)

5. Stock Up

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  • When you arrive at your final destination, get on Google Maps and find the nearest grocery store or farmers' market and stock up! Get yourself some pre-cut fruits and veggies, and fruits that are easy to throw in a beach bag or backpack, like bananas, apples, and oranges! Other great grocery store items to keep on hand are whole grain crackers, hummus, and microwavable veggie steam bags.
  • Another insider tip is to check out AirBnB. Dusty and I love staying at residences instead of hotels, because you can usually get more bang for your buck, and you'll most likely get a full kitchen! We prefer to have a full-size refrigerator and stovetop so we can buy the typical grocery items we'd buy at home, and cook for ourselves! We were even crazy enough to bring our mini NutriBullet blender with us to Italy and Hawaii, and enjoyed fresh smoothies every morning on vacation--not to mention, it saved us money!

6. Pit Stop Quickies

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  • If you're on a road trip and nobody else wants to stop where you want to stop, and they're in a hurry to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible *cough* Dusty on the annual Canada fishing trip with my dad, G-pa, and uncles *cough,* then you've got to think quick! Gas stations almost always have fresh bananas, apples, and oranges, and if not, your next best bet is to opt for nuts and/or pretzels--that is, if you haven't equipped yourself with our Raw Vegan Granola! ;)
  • If you're lucky enough to be traveling with the ladies, they'll probably want to stop for coffee, and/or a nicer restroom facility--hello Starbucks! If you make a pitstop at a coffee shop, opt for herbal tea, instead of something caffeinated, which contributes to jet lag. If you're hungry, try the oatmeal, some pre-cut fruit or veggies, or a bag of nuts!
  • Annnd, if you're extra lucky, your pit stop might sell fresh-cracked coconuts to sip on! ;)

 

7. Ask And You Shall Receive

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  • This one's a biggie! When Dusty and I flew to Italy last year, we asked the flight attendant if they had a vegan dinner option, and they actually did! They brought us an entire vegan Indian meal--our favorite! She did go on to warn us, though, that it was rare to get that lucky, and she advised us to always specify under 'dietary preferences, restrictions, and/or allergies' when booking your plane tickets, and to call ahead to the airline to see if they can accommodate.
  • Finally, when you go out to dinner on vacation, simply ask and you shall receive! This one's easier said than done. For the longest time, Dusty and I both felt extremely uncomfortable placing our 'special orders' in front of our family and friends, but to our surprise, most of the time, they end up asking what we got and say something like, 'I wish I would have gotten that, too!' Now, both of our moms simply let us order and then they say, 'I'll have what they're having!' You've got to be bold, be brave, walk the walk, and fearlessly lead by example! You will gain respect, and what's more, you'll get exactly what you wanted to eat, and your body will thank you for it!
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Bonus EatMoveRest
 

Whether you're about to go on holiday, or you're just getting home, a detox is always a good idea, in order to look and feel your very best!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that I recently teamed up with Omega, the popular juicer brand, to develop 5 Detox Smoothie Recipes--yes--smoothies! Omega also has an amazing lineup of blenders, that in my humble opinion, blend nice cream and smoothies better than none other! While they are an investment, their pricing is far more reasonable than some of their competitors'.

Here is the blender I've been using and recommend!

**If you're interested in a more intense detox option, try my Juice Feast below!

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Remember Tomorrow

Two words that have helped me to make the best possible choices for my health and happiness are, Remember TomorrowIf you're battling temptation, think about how you will feel tomorrow. On the same token, if you don't make the best decision, remember that tomorrow is a new day to start fresh and be a better you!

Whether you've got a trip planned, or you're keeping busy close to home this summer, be sure to #EatMoveRest Your Best! Use the hashtag on Instagram and share you're experiences with us!

One last thing--be sure to check out our upcoming March 2019 7-Day Costa Rica Retreat for the ultimate healthy vegan getaway!

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Erin

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Three Raw Vegan 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings

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A Taste of the Tropics

Nicer weather is right around the corner, and whether you're lucky enough to be going on a spring break vacation somewhere beach-y and warm, or not, these 3 salad dressings will get you in the mood! 

Some of the most common questions I get are,

What kind of dressing do you put on your salads?
How can I make my salads more interesting and enjoyable?

If you know me, then you know I love raw foods and I love color--and the two just so happen to go hand-in-hand!

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SOS: Raw Foods To The Rescue

Store-bought dressings are typically loaded with SOS--salt, oil, and sugar--all of which can lead to inflammation, weight gain, high blood sugar, and more. All that you really need to add a burst of flavor, healthy fats, and color to your salad are a few raw foods you might already have at home!

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Three Tropical 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings

Raw fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds are living foods--because they are unprocessed and have not been exposed to heat, they retain all of their beneficial enzymes and nutrients, meaning more bang for your buck, and better overall health! These 3 raw dressings are bold, bright, delicious, and nutritious; try them drizzled on your favorite leafy greens, as a dip with fruits and/or veggies, or as a sauce on your dinnertime meal.

raw vegan, gluten-free, tropical, vibrant & delicious

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | THREE RAW VEGAN 3-INGREDIENT SALAD DRESSINGS

Tropical Mango Hemp

This dressing is sweet, creamy, and smooth, and is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, and protein! I enjoy using this dressing on my Mexican-inspired Rainbow Fiesta Salad, and it also serves well as a fruit dip or a pudding, all by itself!

ingredients:

  • 1 ripe, juicy mango (or 1.5c frozen, thawed)
  • juice of 1.5 limes
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
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Hot Pink Lemon Tahini

If you're craving a tangy, salty-flavored dressing, this one is my go-to! Tahini and lemon whipped together, create a thick and smooth dressing for a more savory salad, and a touch of pitaya (dragon fruit) powder adds the perfect pop of tropical color. This dressing is amazing atop a Mediterranean-inspired salad, and also goes great on top of baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

ingredients:

  • 2tbsp raw tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp pitaya powder (or small chunk of red beet or beet root powder--for color)

method:

  • Place all ingredients into a dish and whisk until smooth. Add a touch of water if dressing becomes too thick for your liking. If using raw beet, use a blender instead of whipping.
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Sunny Pineapple Carrot Ginger

This dressing is another bold bright, that's zesty, sweet, and slightly spicy, with a touch of texture. Ginger and pineapple are fantastic at fighting inflammation, and this recipes also boasts a healthy does of vitamins A & C.  I enjoy eating this one on an Asian-inspired salad, or by itself--almost like an applesauce, or fruit pureé! Because this one is fat-free, you may opt to include a nut or seed like slivered almonds or walnuts to your salad!

ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2c pineapple, chopped
  • 1tsp ginger root, minced

method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
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A Healthy Dose Of Sunshine

I don't know where you're at, but here in Nebraska we've had a long, cold winter with plenty of snow. If you're feeling a little blue, these dressings should brighten your bowl, spice up your salads, and bring some sunshine into your life! 

I'm looking forward to bringing you more colorfully delicious recipes soon, but until next time, EatMoveRest Your Best!

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Erin

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