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Four keys to staying vegetarian/vegan abroad

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Dinner served on Iberia Airlines. Photo by me.

Hello everyone! It has been a while since my last entry. Surprise… I am blogging from Salamanca, Spain. I began my study abroad here on June 23. Over the course of my travel I have learned a lot. I am staying with a host family and I am provided three meals a day through my program.

#1 Request vegetarian/vegan food during your flight.

I took a group flight to Madrid, Spain. My friend Maria, a fellow vegetarian, developed the brilliant idea of calling ahead to ask for vegetarian meals to be served to us. During the course of our 11 hour flight, we received two vegetarian meals and several snacks.  According to Iberia Airlines, you must call at least 24 hours ahead of your flight to receive vegetarian options.

#2 Learn local terms for animal products.

For example here in Spain, milk is leche, jamón is ham and meat is carne. Learning the language can be easy with foreign language apps and language dictionaries.

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First meal with host family. Photo by me.

#3 Eat your protein! 
During my first few days in Spain I felt very sick. I endured migraines and stomachaches. My vegetarian meals on the airplane lacked protein. In addition, my first meal at my homestay was iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and french fries. Obviously that was not enough. I had to nurse myself back to health with protein and hours of sleep. My favorite forms of protein are beans, quinoa and green peas. There are a plethora of  protein options to help you while traveling.

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Veggie sandwich at Madrid Airport. Photo by me. 

#4 Don’t be discouraged.

No matter your destination – you are not the only herbivore! Be aware of your surroundings. After just two days in Salamanca, I found two farmer’s markets and a small store that sells organic goods and A LOT of tofu! In addition, there are many tools available online that will help you find vegetarian/vegan food no matter where you are.

Overall, enjoy your trip. Travel is powered by exploration. Go out there and find the foods that work for you. It is a very exciting time! I recently found one of the best veggie burgers at at a location near my university here in Spain.

P.S. I can’t wait to share my vegetarian finds with each and every one of you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Earth Day: Embrace nature and go vegan

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How does someone celebrate something they have known all their lives? Do you throw an earth themed party? Do you plant a tree? This year I chose to celebrate this beautiful world with food and exercise.

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View from Steep Canyon Trailhead. Photo by me. 

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Four reasons why vegan restaurants should not scare you

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Veggie Grill’s Buffalo wings, vegan ranch dressing and celery sticks. Photo taken by me.

1. Yes, there is food that you will actually want.

At first sight, vegan cuisine can be intimidating. You look at the menu and see photographs of what appears to be meat and yet it is not meat at all.

However, take a closer look. There is usually an “about” section of the menu that explains the food. If not, there are nutrition facts, for example dairy free, antibiotic free and hormone free. You will not be disappointed.

Tuesday night I visited Veggie Grill in Pasadena, California. I am no stranger to their delectable carrot cake, and I have indulged in their crab-free crab cake. So, as a new vegan I decided to try their Buffalo wings, and let me tell you – there is nothing to be afraid of. Read the rest of this entry