Contributing Monkie Omid
Published on May 14, 2010
You’re keeping your nutritional needs met in good shape at home now that you’ve worked out a diet that includes all the elements required for good health. You’ve also found the best stores and online sites where you can find them, and you’ve become pretty expert at preparing them, even the sprouts that play such an important role in balancing your nutritional requirements. However, you’re hitting the road now, and you don’t want to waver from your raw-foods diet. Also, you don’t want to jeopardize your health because you might not be able to obtain the nutritional elements your body needs. Following are ten foods to take with you so you can be sure to stay healthy.
1. Bee Pollen: Bee pollen packs a load of nutrition in a small package. Pollen can provide the following nutritional support when you’re traveling:
If you’ve never eaten bee pollen before, test it out for sensitivity. If you’re extremely sensitive to bee stings, you may have a reaction when it gets into your system. Try just a small amount and be prepared to take an antihistamine in case you do get a strong reaction and go to the emergency room if you find yourself in respiratory distress. If you don’t have a reaction, try a little more the next day, increasing how much you’re getting up to a teaspoonful. If you haven’t reacted after five days, you are probably not going to have a problem with it.
2. Fresh Vegetables: At least for the first few days, you would be well-served to include some fresh vegetables such as carrot and celery sticks and broccoli and cauliflower florets. Fresh vegetables provide so many of the vital nutrients you need every day to keep you going that it’s best not to go any longer than necessary without getting some of them into your system. These are the best source for vitamins, for example, and for the fiber your gastrointestinal system needs to function properly. Being constipated on a trip is not a good thing; neither is diarrhea.
3. Dehydrated Vegetables: These are important because you can get most of the nutritional benefits that come from fresh vegetables, but they will last much longer on the road. For example, dried sweet potato packs a hefty portion of your daily requirement of potassium as well as Vitamin A. Dried white potato is even more potent in potassium and Vitamin C. Any of the vegetables you can prepare in your dehydrator before you leave home will be ideal for a trip.
4. Fresh Fruits: Again, you can pack a few fresh ones for your first day or days on the road. Maybe the most important reason to take along fresh fruits is their ability to leave you satisfied. Bananas won’t keep for very long, but they’re important because of the nutritional punch they provide; they’re excellent for carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C. Kiwifruit, which is excellent for Vitamin C, is also a good one, and it will keep longer. Apples keep well and provide a bundle of nutrition, including Vitamins A and C.
5. Dried Fruits: They contain more sugar and more calories, but they can be safely stored for a long time and are not as bulky as fresh fruit. These two factors make them ideal for the traveler. You’re probably going to find yourself in a situation where you can’t obtain fresh fruit, and these are an excellent alternative. For example, dates are a good source for iron.
6. Raw Cookies and Snack Bars: You can make these ahead of time. They will keep well and will provide a lot of nutrition. You can also purchase them online or in a health foods or organic foods store. Look at this website: shop.deliciousorganics.com.
7. Raw Crackers: You can also make these ahead of time. They will keep even longer than raw cookies. You can also find these online. A good website for both raw cookies and raw crackers: www.rawguru.com.
8. Raw Granola: Make a hefty batch of this ahead of time. It fills in a lot of the cracks in your dietary needs on a trip. It can be breakfast, it can be a snack, and it can also be dessert. Take plenty of this one along. Look at this website for a recipe: www.recipezaar.com.
9. Almond Milk: This can be packaged in amber glass bottle and will keep for a long time. It can certainly make a good breakfast along with your granola.
10. Nuts: These are perfect for traveling. They’re easy to pack, they don’t take a lot of space, and they pack a hefty punch when it comes to nutrition. Be sure to include almonds in your selection; however, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts are also very good choices.