Do you know what was one of my fears of travel since I decided not to eat meat? Starving if I didn’t know what to eat on trips… And more when we travel on low-cost and avoid eating in restaurants. But if I tell you the truth, it wasn’t so difficult to eat vegetarian on the road. Eat vegetables and fruit while travelling is easier and cheapest than it seems. In one of the supermarkets we visited during our last trip for my snacks I spend 2 euros and a half: one avocado, lettuce, a tomato and an apple. For Leo were almost spend 4 euros in cooked ham and cheese (both for about 4 large sandwiches).
How to stay healthy and veggie while traveling:
1. Avoid processed food: you can carry a can of vegetarian pate or hummus… but It’s better for you try to use it just in case. Sometimes, and especially if you’re backpacking, find a supermarket with fresh food is more complicated than it may seem. On our journey through the Algarve, we decided to take a can of zucchini and tomato pate that was really good (bought at Aldi). But really, it wan’t fed me. I got two sandwiches with that can and its not cheap. We saw lot of processed vegetarian products, but prices were high and sometimes they don’t taste good. Its better to buy fresh veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, corn, or whatever.
2. Try to find big supermarkets or local market: the difference of products among supermarkets in the Centre of the cities is remarkable. They are smaller because they use to reduced fresh products, so you will end up making you a sandwich just with cheese (I am not saying that it is wrong, but you are tired). In local markets you can fin lots of veggies that taste better and sometimes more ecological.
3. Eat fruit isn’t expensive: the first day in our last trip we stopped for provisions. I really wanted to eat some tomatoes and Leo was “frightened” to see the price of a kilo. It seemed to him that I was going to spend a lot of money by taking four tomatoes, but they aren’t heavy. Which means that I spent les than 1 euro in an ingredient that I would be able to use for a couple of lunches. The same goes for fruits. We eat lots of fruit when we travel and it may seem that it will turn out very expensive. But fruit satisfies a lot and with a couple of euros you can provide you with an enormous amount for fruit.
4. Buy seasonal fruit: nearly everybody loves strawberries, and see them at the grocery store as leaves that give you many want to buy them, but… Look at the price they have right now! It isn’t a summer fruit and buying a box (which will not reach take off craving) is going to be 3 euros. For the same price you can buy half a watermelon. Or two kilos of apples, two kilos of nectarines, bananas or fruit that is in season. In addition, taste some strawberries out of season is very poor in comparison to eat in his time (may not be fooled).
BUT ALL HAVE CRAVINGS AND WE CAN GIVE US A LITTLE OF A SWEET! ALL KNOW THAT EAT A LOT FREE SUGAR AND PROCESSED FOOD IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR BODY… BUT NONETHELESS WE MUST ERADICATE THEM FROM OUR OCCASIONAL DIETS. LOGICALLY IN EVERY DAY NOT IS GOOD TO INCORPORATE IT AS ROUTINE. BUT CREAM CAKES ARE MY PORTUGUESE PERDITION AND WHETHER OR NOT AS HEALTHY AS A BUNCH OF GRAPES… IT IS NECESSARY TO TASTE THE GASTRONOMY OF THE PLACE.