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Eating Vegan on the Road

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I'm always getting questions about how I stay plant-based (vegan) on vacation or when I'm traveling. 

Since I adopted a plant-based diet, I've driven across the United States twice and spent an entire month backpacking across Europe. I also travel quite frequently... 

So what's my secret? patience. Not that I have a lot of that to begin with... but yes, patience is my secret. 

I have yet to travel to any place in the world where I was unable to eat. Sure not every city, airport or town has a vegan restaurant with a brightly lt Las Vegas-style sign saying "Lindsay you can eat here!" but I've always been able to find food. Always. Even in Africa. (To be fair, I was in Morocco, but still. It was Africa and there was veg food aplenty!)

Here's my advice:

1. Research ahead. Not always possible, I know, but if you can, do a little Googling before you travel. That's how I found vegan gelato in Italy! 

One caveat: Sometimes online paints a different picture from reality. For example, Whistler seemed like a rather un-veg-friendly town when I Googled, but it ended up being one of the most veg-friendly places I've ever visited! 

2. Default to Thai and Italian. Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant and you should be able to find something on the menu, or adapt a dish so it can be plant-based. Maybe you'll ask the Thai restaurant to hold the fish sauce with your vegetable dish or maybe you'll order a cheeseless pizza. You might have to get a little creative (I once asked for salsa and a plain baked potato -- not a bad combo as it turns out!) and that's where the patience comes in again.

3. Supermarkets are Plan C. Grocery stores exist most everywhere. Even if there isn;t a grocery store there should be a little store or a farmers stand that sells produce. Produce is always an option and you can usually find bread, hummus and crackers, too. Again, not glamourous but I don't go on vacation to eat. I go on vacation for the experience of that place. I eat good at home I can do without on vacation. p.s. I was shocked by the wide variety of soy based products (like soy yogurt) all over Europe. 

If you're in America -- Taco Bell, while not healthy per se, is a good place for a hungry vegan belly. I usually get a sort of taco salad -- lettuce, salsa, refried beans - that sort of thing. This website can also be handy when trying to source vegan items at Fast Food restaurants (such as during long car rides!)

Of course, bringing your own food is always awesome and highly recommended when flying, though I've been surprised by the number of vegan (and healthy!) options cropping up at major U.S. airports. 

I've also written about eating in airports (and traveling) before. Check out that blog post as well. 

New 1,200+ Calorie Meal Plan (& Update)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

Last week I released my first 1,200+ Happy Herbivore Meal Plan as a trial -- to see if it was a product you wanted. 

Based on all the positive response and feedback, I'm doing another week. You can donate and download the new plan here

I've improved the meal plan -- for one, we are using a new service (not paypal) so donating and downloading is much, much smoother. I also enhanced the plan itself! 

Here are some of the meals you can expect to eat on this weeks plan:

  • Low Cal "French" Toast
  • Banana Split Smoothie
  • Chai Oatmeal
  • "Meatloaf" & Gravy
  • Seasonal Sweet Potato Soup
  • Fajitas
  • Red Lentil Dal
  • "Omelet" and more!

"Awesome!! So far I am loving it.  Was surprised at how much food you can eat for 1200 calories. Totally satisfied and stuffed!" - Nella

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Donation?

Two reasons. 1. You're more likely to stick with something you've paid for than you got for free and 2. It's a great way to help support happyherbivore.com. It's very expensive to run this website and we pay a fee with each meal plan download. We ask for a donation as a means of supporting my endeavors and this community. 

Can I Start Any Time?

Yep! I put the meal plans up on Wednesday since most people start their week on a Sunday or Monday (and getting the plan on Wednesday gives ample prep time) but you can start at any day. All plans cover a 7-day period. A new plan is offered each week. The plans are totally unrelated so you can join in (or take a week off) whenever you like. 

Fat-Free Whole-Wheat (Vegan) Pumpkin Bread

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

After seeing so many tweets and facebook posts by Herbies saying they made (and loved!) my pumpkin bread (in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, p. 52) I decided I'd share it here on the blog.

'Tis the season!

Recipe:Pumpkin Bread

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 12 servings


If you love banana bread you're in for a real treat with this Fall favorite. A slice goes perfect with a cup of warm apple cider for breakfast or treat yourself to a piece for dessert if you opt for the frosting. From The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (p. 52)



Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or spray a standard bread pan. Whisk non-dairy milk and lemon juice together until bubbly and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, cream pumpkin, sugar, syrup and extract together. In a large bowl, whisk pumpkin pie spice, flour, baking soda and baking powder together. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until just combined. Pour into bread pan, using a spatula to evenly distribute and smooth out the top. Grab a large piece of aluminum foil and make a tent over the pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If using icing, prepare while bread is baking. Once the bread has cooled but is still slightly warm, gently remove it from the pan and on to a serving plate.