Nourished Travels

I’ve been on the road for almost two weeks, living out of suitcases, spending lots of time in the car, exploring, working, learning…and of course, eating!

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard from others that when traveling, fast food is the only option. People often ask me how I keep up with my lifestyle while traveling—how I maintain eating both high raw & organic without compromise. Though fast food may be your most convenient option, I want to do my best to inspire you to see that it’s not your only choice. With a little preparation and creativity, you can make your own fast travel foods.

I’ve traveled quite a bit throughout this past year, both by car and plane. In every case, I’ve found a way to make it work in an enjoyable way. Is it more work? YES—but worth every extra minute. The best salad I have ever tasted was whipped up on a picnic table at the Grand Canyon. No joke.

Traveling is an easy time for your immune system to become compromised and for your digestion to get out of whack. Keeping up with your healthy eating habits is a great way to help your body stay on track, giving you the energy to enjoy your experiences.

My favorite nourished travel tips:

1. Pack a cooler! I travel with raw hummus, cut veggies, green smoothies & pre-washed salad mixes. (Obviously this doesn’t quite work when you’re traveling by plane).

2. Invest in a mini blender! I have a super light, tiny blender that I picked up for under $20 and it has gotten a ton of use. I get to enjoy green smoothies every morning, even while traveling! It’s nothing compared to my vitamix, but gets the job done. My favorite travel green smoothie = 1 cup water + 2 TB nut butter + 1 banana, + 1 scoop vanilla protein powder + as much spinach as you can fit in the blender. I also love to make chia pudding. Check out this video recipe for my traveler’s chia pudding that I filmed in Sedona last summer.

3. Pack fruit! Bananas, apples, oranges, avocado—they don’t even need refrigeration! This is nature’s fast food. I love fruit for plane rides which are so dehydrating. If I’m traveling international, it’s a rare time when I’ll break my super strict organic policy just to get some bananas and juicy oranges from the airport that are approved for the plane.

4. Special order! Traveling this way is fun because I let myself buy snacks that I normally don’t invest in! I order seasoned nuts, nut butters, raw bars, chocolates, crackers—things that make traveling on a special diet easier and more delicious.

5. Shop along the way! I’ve found organic salad mixes in some of the smallest, least suspecting grocery stores in the deep South. You just have to look around sometimes!

6. Make a kitchen travel kit! I have a salad bowl, flatware set, paring knife and mini cutting board in mine. I also love to bring a a couple of spice blends and some himalayan salt to spice up my simple salads.

7. Supplement! I love to give my body some extra love throughout my travels with probiotics, green powders, chlorella tablets and immune supporting supplements.

It’s my hope that with these tips, you can make a conscious decision about how you choose to eat while traveling & enjoy every bite!

How do you stay nourished while traveling? Share in the comments!

Here’s a great recipe for your cooler!

Chipotle Hummus

makes 3 cups

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 11⁄2 cups raw sunflower seeds, soaked for 4-6 hours
  • 1⁄2 cup raw sesame tahini
  • 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Place the garlic cloves in the food processor fit with the s-blade. Process to chop finely. Add all remaining ingredients and process until smooth. It may take several minutes to achieve a nice, smooth consistency. Scrape into a bowl with a cover and take it to go!

Natalia is a shamanic practitioner and pure food chef working holistically to guide clients towards thriving health and unwavering happiness. She is currently living & loving in Santa Cruz, CA where she maintains her Shamanic Healing practice and hosts monthly Sacred Food & Ceremony gatherings. Learn more at


8 Responses to “Nourished Travels”

  1. Loved these tips! Pretty much what I follow as well. Oh and hey, I have my ebook Travelling in the Raw giveaway on my facebook right now for a few more hours, you should check it out here

  2. Lou says:

    Oh, great tips, thanks Natalia…. the hummus sounds incredible too.

    I think a little organisation goes a long way when it comes to travelling… my partner always teases me for packing more food than luggage, but you can bet your socks, he’ll be crawling over sheepishly a few hours into the journey asking for a snack!

  3. Thank you for so many great tips! Your hummus looks amazing (it’s by far one of my most favorite spreads in the entire world!) also! It is so inspirational to see how you are able to maintain such body and health awareness while traveling. I think that the idea of only being able to eat fast food is a common myth that people too often fall into when they are traveling but in fact isn’t true at all! I’m so glad that you brought that up in your post!

  4. Monique says:

    Thanks for the tips. It really helps. Does your book include tips for plane travel?

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