When planning my vacation I first research markets and restaurants which serve organic food and are close to my hotel and sites I want to visit. I use Google search and Happycow to do this research. With these tools you can source an abundance of good quality restaurants and markets. I also make make sure I drink an abundance of water before, during and after a flight. While travelling over-seas in the EU I make sure I have key words memorized such as Vegetarian, Fruit, Vegetables and Clean Water in the local language. I usually eat a large variety of fruits, vegetarian bean salads, wraps, salads, flat breads, and other likely safe and healthy foods. Most cultures outside of North America have a wide range of options from Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low Fat to clean whole foods. While travelling in North America the organic markets and healthier restaurants get lost in a sea of fast and unhealthy food but believe me you can find them!
In the EU it is very easy to avoid GMO’s and eat whole foods but in rural towns in North America this can be a challenge. My first stop once landing is to the nearest stop and shop or cafe which serves fresh fruit or smoothies although it may not be organic it beats fries or a processed sandwiches any day! Personally I make sure I bring a package of Certified Organic Dates (dried fruit is permitted on almost all flights and boarder crossings). I also make sure I have Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake and RAW Organic Meal packages on hand at all times. These products are GMO free, Vegan and use Certified organic and whole food ingredients. If I am doing an abundance of physical activities I make sure I also carry Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator. I do advocate for a whole foods diet relying very little on packaged goods, however I can honestly say that without having these on hand I would have gone hungry on many flights, bus rides and prolonged vacations.
For older children I would recommend bringing freeze dried fruit such as Strawberries and Blueberries as well as dried fruit such as Bananas, Apricots, Raisins, Dates and Prunes on airplanes and while travelling. Although the nutrients are lower in these foods we can at least ensure the quality by looking for items without added refined sugar, oils and sulphates. If you don’t think your your child would like these foods read “Winning the Food Fight: How to Introduce Variety into Your Child’s Diet“.
Once landing in any city in North America get to the closest fruit vendor and stock up. Another snack I would suggest for both patents and older children are Raw Bars. Being that these bars can be high in fat I would not recommend consuming several a day but again better than any fast food you can find.
More to come from Missy Right the Holistic Nutritionist on GMOFreeBaby.com…
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