At this point in my plant-powerful journey, no matter where, or how I travel (car, plane, a hike, camping, even to and from work/errands), I do my best to make sure I’m prepared by packing whole food, plant-based options before I leave the house. My tiny cooler, and the extra time it takes to pack some food is just part of the routine. Grab the purse, grab the phone, grab some food, turn off the lights and lock the door.
Making preparation a habit didn’t happen overnight. I used to be a text book case of always late and running out the door. Always eating out. I’m not perfect, but I’m getting better.
It takes many reminder post-it notes placed on the bathroom mirror, many occasions where you are stuck without clean food options, many times where that quick errand turns into an all-dayer and way too many upset stomachs, lethargy or swollen bellies caused by derailments to motivate change.
Planning is the key to achieving goals, and it simply takes practice, and most importantly, accountability. You have to be honest with yourself—you’ve chosen to eat a diet that our culture is not set up to cater to, and since you are the minority, you have to work within that culture.
Think about it, there is not a lot of money to be made if everyone is healthy and happy—not in need of medicines, chemicals to keep germs at bay, etc. Until the Standard American Diet is not the “standard,” you are responsible for thinking ahead, educating yourself and protecting yourself from the marketing and industry efforts that push dangerous food your way. We’re part of an incredible time in history where change is happening, and you can contribute to this momentum all by starting with yourself. Every purchase you make is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in. The kind of food you want to eat. Every decision you make during your day is either one that will empower your process or disempower it. It’s all up to YU and yes, like anything worthwhile, it takes work.
I’m here to help you get there faster, and in fun, creative fashion.
So, how do I prepare?
When I leave the house, I almost always have a Vega One protein shake or bar with me, and apple, some Blueberry Cherry Granola, maybe some Almond Crunch Kale Chips and/or this new Apple Pie Chia & Buckwheat Travel Cereal I came up with (for my trip to Art Camp Wandawega). This new recipe especially makes air and road travel easier. It packs well and a little goes a long way. All you need is some water and a spoon for a nutrient-rich breakfast in 5 minutes flat.
One step-at-a-time—try packing some a few times you leave the house next week. You can always find some water, a spoon and a container. Even if that container may be “weird” to others—own it. I can’t count how many times I’ve eaten that cereal on-the-go out of everything from water glasses to the plastic bag it traveled in. Even with a fork when in a pinch.
Keep some Apple Pie Chia & Buckwheat Travel Cereal in your purse, laptop bag, car or gym bag. Every day/night when you get home, fill it up. Make a routine out of planning. And definitely leave those post-its all around the house where you need reminders to do so.
Makes about 6-8 servings | This is a very nutrient dense cereal, and the chia will plumpen, so you will become full faster than you expect.
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2 diced red apples (gala, pink lady, honey crisp)
2 tsp raw honey (can substitute maple syrup or sucanat)
1 tsp zest from navel orange (or blood orange)
1 tbsp juice from navel orange (or blood orange)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
1 cup sprouted, hulled buckwheat groats*
1 1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup shredded or flaked coconut
Pinch fine ground sea salt
*You can buy already sprouted buckwheat or make your own if you have a dehydrator. Just soak and sprout, then dehydrate until 100% dry. You can also just use hulled, un-sprouted buckwheat groats (they are soft enough), just note that sprouted are best for digestion/nutrient assimilation.
Let’s get started.
For this recipe, I show you how to dehydrate your own “Apple Pie” apples. No dehydrator? Skip the apple prep/ingredients listed and buy dehydrated fruit and use about 1-2 cups, depending on how much you’d like in your cereal. Just add pre-made fruit to dry ingredients. You can also bake your “Apple Pie” bits in the oven at its lowest low temp until dry.
If preparing your own bits, core and dice your apples.
Place apples in a large bowl and toss with honey…
… zest, juice, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt.
Spread onto dehydrator screen and dehydrate at 95°F until dry—about 8-12 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment and place coconut flakes on sheet.
Toast for 3 minutes until brown. Keep an eye on these guys, they can burn up fast. Once toasty, remove from baking sheet immediately to halt cooking.
Now, place your raw almonds on the sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes.
Give them a rough chop once toasted.
Now, place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well.
Transfer to an airtight glass container and store in a cool pantry or the fridge until ready to take on-the-go.
• For every 1/4 cup of cereal, stir in 1/2-3/4 cup pure water, or one of my non-dairy milk recipes. Let the chia plumpen, and the buckwheat soften a bit for about 5 minutes, then enjoy!
• You can always add less or more liquid, at any time, if you want to change texture.
• Also note that if you’d like a sweetened cereal, add a small handful of sucanat to the finished batch of cereal. It will mix in nicely when you add liquid.
• This cereal does not have to be refrigerated when traveling (unless you add water to it).
• I keep the servings I need in a baggie or small glass container with a lid.
• When you are stuck without a bowl or cup, you can always add water straight to your baggie (if you anticipate this, just double baggie a few servings worth) and use your baggie (or small glass container) as your bowl. I always keep a spoon in my car and travel bags for convenience.
• Try adding golden raisins to your cereal.
• Add sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and/or toasted pumpkin seeds.
• Chia is loaded with beneficial Omega-3s, but if you want more essential fatty acid action, add some fresh ground flax seed and/or hemp seed to your mix. Just note that these additions are sensitive to light and heat (the fats can become toxic if heated or exposed to light)—it’s best to keep your cereal refrigerated in a dark container and away from light if you can. Try it this way if you are staying at home.
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