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Ask the Chef - Superfood Essentials for Travel

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Aug 29, 2014 12:30:20 AM

Q: How can I maintain a superfood lifestyle while traveling?

A: You know how it goes - just a few days on the road and suddenly even just the healthiest of intentions go out the window, replaced with readily available processed snacks, local indulgent eats, and comfort foods. We've ALL been there! The worst part of it is, the more our diet becomes less-than-optimal, the more our energy begins to get zapped too … making for a less than pleasant travel experience as a whole. While most of us don't attempt to cook on the road (although I do know some people who travel with a mini-blender for on-the-go smoothies… not such a bad idea if you have the suitcase space), there are some superfood staples that can really help to save the day when it comes to traveling in a more healthy style. So whether you're packing up for business or for pleasure, here's few superfood essentials to bring along, ensuring you have a truly optimal trip:

Green Powder - Green vegetables should be a part of our everyday diet for broad-spectrum energy and vitality. Yet while eating salads or packing in a handful of greens into a smoothie at home is no big deal, sometimes getting your greens while eating out (or traveling to new areas) can present a challenge. To ensure you get in a good “dose†of greens everyday, bring along a bag of green powder, which is composed of dried and milled nutrient-dense greens that can easily be spooned into a little water or juice at any time of the day. This way, regardless of your luck in finding fresh vegetables, at least you've had SOME highly condensed green nutrition. I always bring Wheatgrass Powder, as it has a very mild flavor, is extremely condensed (one serving is ¼ teaspoon!), and contains over 70 vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin C - Don't let a compromised immune system while traveling get the best of you! Many people travel with vitamin C pills to ward away illness, but too much of the isolated/synthetic form of vitamin can be difficult for the body to digest. Instead, try camu powder, which is among nature's very best sources of vitamin C, in a whole food form (it's just composed of milled camu berries … nothing more). Spoon a pinch or quarter teaspoon into a bottle of juice and shake well to instantly give your body a boost of immunity.

Goji Berries - Talk about a survival snack! Goji berries are one of the most complete foods on the planet, containing all the major macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat), fiber, and over 20 vitamins and minerals. They also contain stores of antioxidants, and are well renowned for supporting the immune system, boosting mood and increasing energy. I think everyone should travel with a bag of goji berries in their suitcase - they are the perfect handful to grab whenever you need a hit of energy or can't find a healthy bite right away.

Superfood Snacks - Whether you're talking road trip or jet setting, having a bag or two of extra-healthy snacks for when you can't find anything good to eat is a must. One of my favorites is the Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks, which include superfruits and nuts, as well as chia seeds - which, aside from being delicious, are surprisingly filling! The Navitas Superfood+ line of snacks is great too, which takes the “boring†out of plain nuts and seeds, and instead super-charges them with flavor and nutrition via various superfoods.

Stay healthy and bon voyage!

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