The best kind of vacation

by Christina on March 30, 2014

It’s been a silent few months as I’ve been going through a lot of big transitions, but I am back and have a bunch of exciting updates to share!  Before I get into it all, I hope you enjoy this guest post from my superwoman younger sister, Jen… (she calls me Tina in case anyone is confused by that).

Healthy Trip to Napa, by Jen

 Tina and I had the most rejuvenating trip to Napa last weekend! Rather than focusing on the wine this time, we used the opportunity to be extra healthy: we got amazingly relaxing massages, soaked up some Vitamin D sunshine and strolled around the cute town.

And of course, to feel healthy, we had to eat healthy.  Like Tina, I eat a nutrient-dense, mostly plant-based diet—with lots of raw veggies, healthy fats, and plant protein.  I absolutely hate being hungry and having only less-than-optimal options around, so I do my best to make sure that doesn’t happen.  This time, we were driving, and there was a fridge in the hotel room, so it was relatively easy.  Here are my tips for eating extra healthy on a road trip vacation. 

1. Pack some meals.  

Going out to meals is definitely fun and can be the highlight of trips. But it’s not necessary every meal.  I packed four identical meals (and since I’m prepping for a fitness model photoshoot, I weighed everything and counted calories ahead of time).  My “Napa meal,” which I happily ate for 2 lunches and 2 dinners, was seitan, chickpeas, brown rice, avocado, raw beets and raw spinach.  I put some tamari and nutritional yeast on top.  At home, I might put some almond butter sauce on top, too, and I would vary up the protein (tofu, tempeh, Edamame), the legumes (pinto, lentils), the grain (quinoa, spelt berries, sweet potato), the healthy fat (nuts, seeds, coconut), and the veggies (endless).  But I was okay sacrificing variety for ease of prepping for this short trip.  

For Tina, I brought my leftover edamame salad, based on this recipe, which she loved!  And we shared a yummy chocolate protein bar for dessert a bit later on.

Packing all this was made much easier by my super nerdy cooler, which I tend to carry with me when I am out of my apartment for more than a few hours at a time.  It’s easy to throw in the trunk of the car and stays cool all day.  I also have been known to bring it to work with me, which can lead to some teasing, but totally worth it 🙂


2.     Pack raw veggies. 

This is so important for me that it warrants its own category!  You can snack on these anytime you want to!  I ate raw red cabbage, raw cauliflower, and raw beets while driving in the car.  This adds lots of nutrition, and very few calories, while keeping you feel satisfied. 

3.     Pack some snacks. 

I also pre-made 10 (green!) protein pancakes (protein powder, oat flour, almond milk, banana, spinach, wheatgrass powder), and put them in one tupperware with a bunch of teaspoons of sunflower butter and peanut butter.  They were something like this, with spinach and wheatgrass blended in.

This was quick and easy to grab when we needed a mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or pre-bed snack.  This snack/mini-meal worked well on this trip because I had my cooler for the car and the fridge in the hotel. 

4.     Pack some more snacks. 

It’s quick any easy to throw these in a bag: nuts, flax crackers, vegan seitan jerky, fruit (e.g., oranges, apples, bananas), and some more vegetables (e.g., whole red peppers and cucumbers).  These don’t add a lot of weight, and are easy to throw in if you are driving somewhere, and some of them would also work for flights. 

5.     Choose healthy restaurants and healthy meals at restaurants. 

When you do go to restaurants, you can check out the menu ahead of time and look for healthy options, e.g., may latest favorite, steamed edamame and sushi with brown rice and veggies.  Chipotle is another good option on the road.

6.     Exercise! 

To feel extra good, we did a little jog in the sunshine, and lifted weights at the local gym.  Always fun to be the only girls in the weight room.  And the weight-lifting helped some of the extra-carbs from our breakfast-in-bed from the delicious Sweetie Pies bakery…  We picked our splurges well! 🙂

We got back feeling healthier and happier than when we left—perfect vacation.

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Chris Palmer March 31, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Let’s not forget that in addition to the health advantages of a plant-based diet, there are major benefits to climate change and animal welfare.


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