Every health expert out there these days seems to be saying that the best thing for you is to eat TONS of veggies in order to stay healthy and energized.

But seriously, folks….ten servings of veggies a day when you might be in a place that only serves iceberg lettuce?

100% organic when you could be traveling in a country where Montezuma’s Revenge or something similar is just par for the course?

greens on the roadI’ll admit it, even when I am HOME, I can’t down 5 pounds of organic, locally-raised spinach, even if I put it all in a smoothie.

But getting at least a little bit of green in every day when you are traveling is probably a good idea. So how exactly do you do that when you are shuttling yourself from airport to taxi to hotel? Just how do you get your greens in on the road?

I’m NOT talking about broccoli road kill here…

Actually, with a little planning, a little self-forgiveness and a little “go-with-the-flow” attitude (that is good for traveling no matter where you are going), its actually pretty easy.

First of all, when we are traveling, we are NOT looking for veggie perfection here. We are just looking to get the

Don't be an angry bird when you are traveling! Get your greens in for energy and endurance and to keep things moving!

Don’t be an angry bird when you are traveling! Get your greens in for energy and endurance and to keep things moving!

minimum amount of green stuff in to stay energetic, balanced and (how do I say this) regular. You know what I mean. A constipated traveler is not a happy traveler.

You can think of this way…

Let’s say that when you are in your hometown, all snug in your house with a Whole Foods (or at least a decent grocery store) right down the street, veggies in the frig, your blender or juicer on the counter and access to a salad bar just down the street from where you work, you can say that you are at pretty much at 100% “veggie compliance.”

Well, don’t try for 100% when you are traveling (unless you happen to be going to a fancy healing retreat somewhere, then your set). Instead try for 70% “veggie compliance;” if you can do that, you’re doin’ pretty darn good!

Here are three tips that can help you get to your 70%:

1 Use a powder: Go for the no-sugar/probiotics-added variety. I know, some of ‘em might taste kind of bad but just gulp it down or mix it in with protein powder and stevia. My favorite is Amazing Grass, Garden of Eden or Green Vibrance. Bring along some protein powder to mix together for a drink that will keep you going. Here’s a tip: if you have digestive sensitivity, try pea protein; its the mildest form there is. Also, invest in a blender bottle! This one featured below (and in the ad at the bottom) comes with a couple of handy attachable containers and a wire whisk for frothing up your favorite drink on the go (I also use this BPA-free bottle for frothing my morning Bullet Coffee!)

blender bottle protein powder greens2 Go for freeze-dried veggie snacks or, if you can, a bag of (preferably organic) carrots or celery instead of a bag of chips as road food. My fav is the freeze-dried nacho cheese and tahini-flavor kale chips at Trader Joe’s.

3 And finally, when dining out, choose a side salad to go with either lunch or dinner, or make a salad your meal for one of them (unless you don’t think it is safe to eat greens where you are, then do steamed veggies or stick with the powder).

If you are like me, food is a big part of the travel experience. When I reflect back on Shane and I’s wonderful tour of Redwood country last summer, what comes to mind first NOT the majesty of the tallest trees in the world towering

Kale chips are great, but they can be expensive to buy prepackages. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, I have found that they are the cheapest around.

Kale chips are great, but they can be expensive to buy prepackages. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I have found that they are the cheapest around.

down on me. Oh no. I’m thinking fondly of that clam chowder bread bowl that Shane and I wolfed down in Crescent City one evening with ice cold Pacificos and the best gosh darned fried cod I have ever had (P.S. that was at the Fisherman’s Restaurant and Lounge in Crescent City, California, by the way).

And in a couple of weeks, I am going to be in New York City. You bet, come hell or high water, I’m going to try a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen! However, I‘m going to try like the dickens to get that green drink in somewhere, probably as I am rushing with the rest of the human tide to catch a subway….

I’m just gonna do my best. When you are traveling, “going with the flow” is the name of the game and “your best” is all you can really do. Interesting how travel kind of mimics life, huh?.

Before too long, as you travel along where ever you are going on your adventure,  will KNOW that you are succeeding at the “70% rule” if everything is moving smoothly along with you. You have energy, you are not immersed in a bout of brain fog as you tour the Louvre and you don’t have a sudden sensation to jump off your camel and go to the bathroom every five minutes. Most of all, you will be having a travel experience that you can actually ENJOY.

 

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How do you get your greens in on the road? Let us know in the COMMENTS section below!