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July 9, 2010

4 Essential Must-Haves for Eating Raw On the Road

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Raw foodists are known to be insanely creative, so get ready to take your own food adventure on the road. But first, do you have the necessary tools to help you eat raw while traveling?

1. Food prep equipment

There’s a famous pic of Jason Mraz (Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/vegan raw foodist) in Speedo swimwear holding a knife that got some people interested in eating raw. He said he was in the middle of doing food prep when he took the photo to show off how good his body looked after he started eating raw. Jason does a lot of touring and relies on a lot of cutlery and blenders to make his own meals. He likes to stock powdered food from Sunrider/Healthforce Nutritionals, do a lot of juicing and has a ‘Movable Feast’ kit-type thing (equipment + food supplies) he checks-in at  airports.

For your own kit: consider bringing a travel-blender, plastic funnel, steel grater, wood board, a good knife,  and steel bottle (for drinking water and smoothies).

2. Supplies

Dehydrated food and food powders are essential (very handy when you get stuck in a place where you can’t buy anything fresh). While on the road, stock up on:

- honey (in a leak-proof container – there’s a heart-ache in discovering your
favorite camera is now pickled in gooey mess…)

- vegetables (dehydrated and fresh)

- fruits (dehydrated and fresh)

- snack bars (pre-packaged raw snack bars from well-known brands)

- hemp protein powder – only of you are traveling in-country.  Some customs
officials, especially those in far away countries with funny uniforms, might not
appreciate the intricacies of raw food cuisine…

3. Storage

Zip lock bags and vacuum containers can make supplies last longer.  And so save you more time produce shopping!

4. A Rawfood recipe book

For those times you don’t feel like a salad, a simple recipe book can be a life saver. You don’t even have to wait – there’s no cooking time required!

5. Food hazards list

Animal raw food is usually not a good idea when traveling as they are prone to parasites and bacteria. You should also learn how to detect molds and fungus. Keep a list of foods unsafe for raw eating. Some of these include: raw milk, parsnips, kidney bean sprouts and some poisonous plants like Alfalfa sprouts  and raw rhubarb. Keep your unsafe food list handy at all times. Don’t forget to bring water free hand sanitizers to keep food prep safe.

If you’re new to eating raw, you may be having some doubts sticking to your food preference, especially when traveling. Just keep reminding yourself that you’re doing this to be healthier and to feel more alive. It’s a habit worth keeping wherever you go.

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