Adventures and Travel-Juicing


Yesterday I embarked on a mini-adventure. I’ve been a Flight Attendant for about 4 years and have traveled quite a bit in that time. I’d been feeling a little (ok, a lot) over the airplane thing and put a ban on all unnecessary flight time for about 6 months and I’m happy to say my wanderlust has returned. Something I’ve wanted to do for awhile was to show up at the airport…with no destination in mind…and take the next flight out. So at about 9 A.M. I found myself in Sacramento for the day 🙂

Traveling unplanned made for quite a day- I got to the airport and sat down with my first of many herbal teas. While walking about, I discovered that the only way to have access to bathrooms or WIFI was to make a purchase. I was well hydrated 😉

Much wandering occurred, I’d never been to Sacramento so exploring the downtown and old town areas was all new and exciting. Unfortunately I was rained on for almost the entire day- apparently even Seattle saw more sunshine than I did!

My go-to’s when I’m in a new city tend to be: the local health food store, thrift shops (I’m a sucker for The Buffalo Exchange!), and hiking trails. Though I didn’t make it to all of these in the short time I was there, I did manage to scout out the Sacramento Co-op to buy veggie deliciousness for dinner 🙂 I aimed to try local, new-to-me items that would keep it fun and indulgent but still clean and detox-friendly. As it turns out, Sacramento has the most amazing local salsa that I poured into a bag of chopped kale salad with chunks of Mt. Sterling Raw Goat Cheddar (which I’ve had before but can’t find in Seattle). It was also the first time I’d seen this Dark Cacao Love Cup, which was actually made in Sedona and probably the best raw chocolate I’ve ever had (I’m usually not crazy about the raw brands.)!

As the day was ending I considered hopping on a plane to another destination (I almost had to after I got lost and thought I’d miss the last flight back to Seattle!) but ultimately decided I’d rather spend the rest of the night at home with my lady. I flew home and we spent the evening catching up on Glee. Britney also enjoyed a Peanut Butter Creamie from Sacramento’s Sugar Plum Vegan Bakery. I hear it was delicious 😉

Traveling as much as I do, I can pretty easily integrate my daily healthy-living habits no matter what my schedule looks like or where I’m at in the world. I never compromise daily vegetable juicing (I honestly can’t recall the last day I went without one). It’s incredibly important to stay alkaline and hydrated when you travel, especially by plane. If you juice until lunch or dinner- it’s pretty much impossible to go without it and there are so many ways to make it happen:

1. Juice at home ahead of time and store your juices in the freezer until it’s go-time. They store well in a cooler or a hotel fridge. No, they aren’t as fresh (juice should really be drunk immediately after being prepared) but it’s infinitely better than just forgoing it entirely. I’ve been known to have 4-5 frozen juices in my suitcase at a time!

2. Google the area and see if there are any juice bars near where you’ll be. Even Jamba Juice has fresh carrot and wheatgrass juice and they are all over the place these days.

3. Bring your juicer with you. A hassle? Yes. Obsessive? It might appear to be but it feels incredibly normal to me at this point. I’ve spent weeks at a time in a hotel room, mini-fridge stuffed to the gills with produce, cleaning my juicer out in the bathroom sink and flushing the pulp down the toilet 😉

If juicing is a part of your lifestyle, do you bother with it when you’re traveling? What do you find to be easiest way to make it a part of your day?

In uniform and exhausted at the Sacramento airport. Adventure complete.

P.S. Sarah, the amazing blogger over at Queer Vegan Food invited me to do a guest post this week, you can see it (along with my recipe for vegan “Bacon” wrapped Sweet Potatoes) here!

P.S.S. You may have noticed the header above- I’m considering changing blog names! For the Love of Veggies is at the top of my list at the moment and I’m feeling it out. Other ideas welcome 🙂

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11 responses to “Adventures and Travel-Juicing

  1. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, I want a Dark Chocolate L.O.V.E. Cup!!!! I would love to go on a sporadic adventure like that!! xo

  2. I suggest exploring San Jose, Ca for the day. Its a wonderful little city and easy to reach from the airport, just a free bus ride to the tram and you’re in the city in minutes for about $2 bucks. On another note, i’d love to see you make something with eggplant. I has become one of my favorite foods in here in China.

    • Rande

      That’s so good to know, thank you! San Jose was actually on the list, when I got to the airport and looked at the boards, I narrowed it down to the earliest three flights and Sacramento beat San Jose by about 30 minutes and happened to have seats available. I’ll definitely go explore there sometime.

      I’m completely in love with eggplants too, this is one of my favorite things I’ve done with them: http://thevegetablecentrickitchen.com/2011/11/07/goazzarella-caprese-mini-pizzas/. I’ve been brainstorming a dessert pizza with an eggplant crust as well 🙂

  3. Adventure just the way it is supposed to be! You are a hero for traveling with a juicer! I usually look for a juice place once I get to my destination and take some green/kelp powder:)

    • Rande

      I did used to travel with a baggie of spirulina as a juice substitute but it never seemed to satisfy me or give me any sort of boost the way fresh juice did. So now I bring my juice and spirulina as a “side dish” just ’cause it’s tasty 😉

  4. I love the new title! It’s a good reflection of your voice that shines through in your writing. 🙂

  5. Look like a fabulous trip….:))) peanut butter creamie looks like heaven…. Yummmmie …
    Ps we have had to make our blog private… Please could u send me your email addy… If you still want to read it that is… And I will send you an invite.
    kiki_lala1504[at]yahoo.com
    Pps have added you on fb…. Found you thru the whatwegandidnext page xx

  6. I wish I could find some of that Dark Cacao Love here! Sounds amazing.

    I’m the queen of googling for food before I go anywhere… not as easy to go when you’re adventure-traveling like you. 🙂 That sounds like SO much fun!

  7. I am madly passionate about traveling but so nice to have a break here and there too!
    I think I’ve missed one day of juicing in about 5 years now….and I still managed tons of lemon and lime water. Go the juicing!
    Love your blog Rande…so busy these days I don’t get to read it as regularly as I like but I always catch up! Thank you 🙂

  8. Pingback: Strategies to Turn Any Trip Into a Health Retreat! | Spinach and Yoga

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