It's pretty easy to pick foods for vegan travel in hot climates, when fresh fruit and vegetables are abundant and help cool you down from the hot sun.
When you travel to cooler climates, or get to fall or winter even in milder climates you really need to get some warmth from your food. This is true regardless of whether you're traveling or at home, but there are some foods that are just too tough to find and/or make during vegan travel.
Pasta is easily found pretty much everywhere, and is often the food of choice for vegan travel. The problem is, it is usually white pasta which is not the healthiest and can leave your body craving more since it's missing nutrients.
The same goes for white bread. They are fine to have occasionally, but read on for 5 foods that are much better choices for how to travel and be vegan in a healthy way.
1 - Lentils. Most beans and legumes take a long time to cook, and it can be difficult to find whole grains in many countries. Lentils are the perfect vegan travel food because they cook in only 30 minutes, and are full of complex carbohydrates, protein and lots of nutrients. They can be used in stews, soups, or added to salads.
2 - Potatoes. Although you don't want to overdo potatoes, they can make the perfect addition to a meal and are easy to find in most countries. You can do lots of different things with them - latkes, mashed, boiled then seasoned, added to a fresh salad, cooked into a stew, the list goes on. They are an incredibly versatile food for vegan travel, and like any food need to be kept in balance in your diet, but are very filling and warming.
3 - Olives and Avocados. These are potentially the most elusive foods for vegan travel, unless you are on the Mediterranean, but are the perfect source of fresh and healthy fats. It is easy to overeat fats, since they pack twice as many calories for their weight than carbs or protein, but the best source of fat is whole foods like olives and avocados. When you aren't carrying oil, they are an excellent addition to a meal to make it more filling, warming and delicious.
4 - Beets and other root vegetables. Root vegetables are full of complex carbohydrates which give you the energy to go out and explore on your vegan travel adventure. Cooking some root vegetables for your meal are immediately warming and filling. Try beets, carrots, parsnips and any other root vegetable you find.
5 - Nuts and Seeds. Nuts and seeds are also a great source of healthy fats, and are easier to find than olives and avocados. They also have some protein in them, and are a very concentrated source of nutrients, so they are a good choice to pack along on vegan travel.
If you've worried about how to travel and be vegan while staying healthy, keep an eye out for these 5 foods in stores. They are easy to prepare, can be worked into a variety of different vegan travel meals and help keep you warm and full when you're on the road.