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03 Dec Adventures with Ami: Happy Herbivore Abroad!

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As a huge fan of Lindsay’s Happy Herbivore cookbooks and a traveler myself – currently in Kansas City, I was really excited to be part of her third blog tour.  Lindsay’s recipes are always easy, delicious and make a great addition to your plant-based menus.

Her third book is a great read.  It’s the most personal of her books and the photos are amazing.  The selection of recipes are fantastic.  There really is something here that everyone will love, even if they haven’t ventured into the plant-based landscape.  For foodies and travelers, this book makes a great gift for yourself or for someone on your holiday list!  I have given several copies of Happy Herbivore cookbooks as gifts over the past couple of years and they are always well received. Know someone new to plant-based living – give the trio of books to help get them started on their plant-based adventure!

Thanks go out to Lindsay for answering my questions and sharing so much with us!  Plant Based Adventures is giving away a copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad to one lucky reader.  To be entered to win, reply to this blog with a comment about your own experiences with plant-based eating on the road. A winner will be randomly chosen from all entries on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 9pm CST.  Good luck!
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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • gpteach
    Posted at 10:02h, 03 December

    I am getting ready to start E2 and have bought 2 of the Happy Herbivore’s books so I can start cooking healthy. I have heard wonderful things about her books and saw some of the recipes for the Happy Herbivore Abroad in the E2extra website and they look fantastic. Thanks for all the support on these sights. I have a 3 month old and I want to give her a good example to follow for a healthy and long life.

  • Shawna Nielsen
    Posted at 11:30h, 03 December

    I often take food with me and HH books give such good ideas. I am plant based 9 months now, have lost 45 lbs and am doing well. Always good to have new ideas. I hope i win!!!

  • Jean D.
    Posted at 11:46h, 03 December

    I used to load up on junk foods to eat in the car on road trips. Most recently, I ate from a bag of carrot sticks, fresh cauliflower, and celery sticks. Yay for the plant-based world!

  • Debbie K.
    Posted at 11:48h, 03 December

    I just switched to a plant based diet in May/12 and as of yet have not had much experience ‘on the road’ except for one camping trip in July. Cooking at camp wasn’t a problem but meals were not all that interesting (as they often aren’t when camping); but at restaurants was another story. It’s amazing that I never noticed before that practically every item on most menus contains some sort of meat! I got by on oatmeal, veggie burgers & pasta dishes but I am sure I was still having butter & oil in some cases. I did find one restaurant that had the best Black Bean Burger ever! It was the first time I had tried one and I was instantly in love 🙂
    I am planning a family vacation in the new year and would love some tips on how to eat plant-based ‘on the road’!

  • Sheila
    Posted at 12:04h, 03 December

    I tend to make poor choices when outside of my house. It’s one thing I really need to confront. I think having a plan before I leave the house and taking food with me is something I need to do. Figuring out a way to eat the right foods when I’m starving never works for me. I have to have a plan before the hunger beast takes over.

  • Heidi P.
    Posted at 12:05h, 03 December

    I have found it very difficult to eat plant-based whilst on the road. I used to just try to order the best meal on the menu that seemed to being closest to plant-strong, but now I do research (i.e. searching for plant-based restaurants or restaurants that offer meals I can have) beforehand when finding food. It is difficult, but not impossible! 🙂

  • mairead
    Posted at 12:20h, 03 December

    Travelling by car is one thing, as you can bring a cooler [and I always use a couple of Nalgene bottles as ice packs, so it’s easy to replace with fresh ice so I can get additional days of good food]. But travelling farther afield is more difficult, that’s when you have to stick to basics and be prepared to do your best.

  • Eric
    Posted at 12:56h, 03 December

    I was hungry the other day before a 3 hour drive home. Didn’t want to spend a lot of time looking for a restaurant. There was a Wendy’s right next to the gas station where I was fueling up so I figured I’d see what might be possible. I grabbed a salad & a baked potato (without the cr*p on top) and that held me over just fine for the drive. The challenge for me was to stay focused on finding the healthy items and not yielding to temptation to eat junk food.

  • Tracy
    Posted at 12:56h, 03 December

    I like to bring basic snacks and water with me for the car. As for restaurants I use the internet to scope out Whole Foods or other natural food stores that offer fresh deli food. I have had amazing meals on the road and the workers at natural foods stores are used to helping people with special dietary needs.

  • Sheri Page
    Posted at 15:33h, 03 December

    I went Vegan 2 months ago and have lost 35 lbs. I feel so much better and will never go back! My son plays hockey and has practice twice a week. I don’t go to the concession stand I take my bottle water (or 2), a apple, cashews or other nuts. Now my kids are on board with the life style change, still working on my husband, but I have made some good receipes he enjoys.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:03h, 03 December

    I like to take rice milk and dry cereal and fruit to make breakfast in my room.

  • JenO
    Posted at 16:35h, 03 December

    I have successfully traveled with Rips big bowl for my breakfast. Packing a few zip lock bags for the days I’ll be gone is not a big deal at all. I have to search for soy or almond milk, but it’s not too much of a hassel as I travel to destinations that are close to grocery stores. Lunch and dinners have been successful as well.. I search for veggie & avacado sandwich on WW bread or baked potato with broccli, side of salsa & fresh fruit salad. In Texas a lot of Mexican restauants have veggie fajitas – that was a real treat when I found that on the menu!! If you go with the “vegan” mindset of what you can have versus what you can’t have, then you’ll be more successful!

  • FrankP
    Posted at 17:38h, 03 December

    Just started a plant based diet and living it!

  • Susan H
    Posted at 19:28h, 03 December

    I try to research where I’m going to be traveling to ahead of time to look up restaurant menus online. It really helps to have a plan and stick to it on the road. I’m not afraid to ask questions about their dishes before I place my order so I don’t get sidetracked.

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