The Summer is the busiest period for travel.
This is the time when our children break up from school, college & university and we get the chance to take some time out to travel, either abroad or at home.
Whatever we decide to do, it is a great time to have fun, explore, experiment, try out new things as well as going to new places and more specifically, by having more time, trying out new recipes and dishes.
As you probably know, I just got back from a working holiday in sunny California where I had a few wonderful opportunities to ‘chef’ for 3 VIP events as well as a bigger event (catering for 70 people) which was to celebrate Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan which is a Hindu festival and means ‘bond of protection).
At all of these events, I created a vegan & gluten free menu taking into account some Macrobiotic & Raw influences, presenting a variety of fresh, local and in season fruits and vegetables to create a wonderful mix of dishes I have learnt along my journey, specifically over the past few months.
So moving around from city to city and country to country, I found it important to ensure I had the right snacks and foods ready for me and my team to enjoy en route. Planning and being prepared is so very important in keeping both the body and mind nourished and energised so that we can pay attention to tasks at hand, whether it is working, cooking or simply walking around and exploring, or chilling on the beach!
Here, I will share with you some delicious recipes that you can make in advance and enjoy on the road or at location. They are quick, simply and easy and need no messing around to put together and enjoy.
– Toasted Salty Seeds: Take a cup of sunflower seeds and a cup of pumpkin seeds and put them in a frying pan. Add 1 tbsp of soy sauce (low salt/gf – I use the brand created by Braggs which is an amino acid and has soy sauce colour and flavour yet 100% pure and natural with numerous health benefits. You can get this from Amazon). Toast the seeds until they have browned and become crunchy. Leave to one side to cool and then transfer into a glass tupperware ready to travel with you on the road. This is great sprinkled on top of soup and salad or eaten alone as a great snack to munch on.
– Granola: check out my recipe here Cinnamon Granola . Enjoy this on its own or on top of some coconut yoghurt. Great breakfast on the go and you can add some fresh berries or fruit to compliment this nutritious dish.
– Sweet potato crisps: check out the recipe here Sweet Potato Crisps
– Chia Porridge/Dessert: Great breakfast dish on the go topped with some fresh fruit and even some granola or enjoyed as a dessert or sweet snack with a drizzle of maple syrup and topped with some pureed mango and coconut cream. Check out the recipe here Chia Porridge
– Quinoa salad: this is such a versatile dish. Using quinoa as a base for a nourishing and filling salad is wonderful as you can practically add any fruit, vegetable, nuts and seeds to create a decadent satisfying meal. My most favourite and popular salad using quinoa is with black beans, red peppers topped with pomegranate seeds. You can add some pineapple and/or mango slices to create a sweet fruity salad or some fresh slices of celery, carrots, fennel & beetroot for a more substantial meal. If this salad is to be enjoyed on the go, keep the dressing separate so it does not become ‘slimy’ in time during your travels. Get the recipe here Quinoa Salad
– Marinaded Tofu: this is absolutely delicious as it is versatile and can be marinaded in many different flavours to suit your taste. This tofu bites can be added to salad, soup, enjoyed as a snack on their own, added to sandwiches, stir-fry’s plus so much more. Have a play around using different flavours and adding these bites to different dishes. Get the basic recipe here Tofu Bites
– Raw peanut butter cookies: These are totally delicious and satisfy those sweet cravings and eaten in balance, are rather good for you. Get the recipe here Raw Peanut Butter Cookies
– Raw energy balls: These are great on the go, healthy, no added fats or sugars and curb those sugar cravings. You can make them in numerous flavours to suit your taste and can make them as small or as ‘large’ as you like (in context 🙂 Get the recipe here Raw energy balls
– Rhubarb flapjack: these are now in season and can be made in advance and taken and enjoyed on the road or at location. Get the recipe here: Rhubarb Flapjack
In addition to enjoying all these delicious dishes and snacks, keeping mobile and moving is also very important to staying healthy. If you have access to a gym, then make good use of this by continuing your routine(s). If you are by the beach, what better place than to walk along the sandy beaches and get the heart racing as well as the muscles in the legs working. There is so much you can do to keep the body active and if all else fails, walk, walk, walk!
If you are travelling to hot climates remember to keep the body hydrated. On the go, I always take a glass bottle and fill it up with cool filtered water and a few slices of lemon and lime pieces to keep my water alkaline, zingy and tasty, This is a great way to enjoy drinking water. To make it fun for kids to enjoy (and for adults) add pieces of fresh berries for that additional flavour.
I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying your time and not forgetting that whilst holidays are there to be enjoyed and fun, they are also a time for relaxing and taking time to recharge and simply veg out. Make time to read that book that has been on your list for ages, make time to journal and reflect on your goals and what you want to achieve in life, make time to write that log awaited book you have wanted to do, simply make time for you! YOU is what matters after all right?
Have a great Summer and let me know if you try any of my new recipes and let me know how you get on. Pictures are always a great visual of what you get up to so please share them with me.
With love, light, health and happiness. Guilda xx