Vegan Meals You Can Eat in a Hotel Room
Healthy, plant-based, high protein, travel-proof options
For YEARS of my life, my health + fitness routine only worked when I was at home. When I was traveling, my healthy habits all came screeching to a halt.
What I didn't realize, was that if your "healthy routine" is that rigid, it ain't that great. The slightest hitch or change in my routine would throw me off entirely. I would toss all habits out the window when I was on the go, and then spend weeks feeling like I was playing catch-up once I got back home.
Luckily, I've sense found fitness programs I can do without a gym (so, from anywhere) and a healthy approach to food that allows me to still be spontaneous with my food while I travel, while still working toward my goals and eating 80% healthy.
This week, I'm heading to Indy for a conference with lots of my vegan teammates and will be living out of a hotel for the week. Typically, I'm more the AirBnb type, so at first I was a little worried about the lack of kitchen. Furthermore, I'm also one week into the lean-out phase of my competition prep, meaning less calories and carbs and more diligence with tracking.
So, what the heck am I eating this week? Glad you asked - here's my menu of travel-proof, only-requiring-a-microwave-and-fridge meals and snacks that'll help me hit my protein and macro goals. I'll probably leave dinners open for eating out with my team, so I'm leaving several portions "blank" for the day and open to chance.
I'm also bringing a plastic bag of our new chocolate vegan recover + bcaa which contains 20 grams of pea protein. I'll simply mix up a scoop each day in a cup of plant milk and drink on the go when I'm in seminars and getting hangry.
I'm not a massive bar person, or so I thought, but I'm hopelessly addicted to these bad boys. They're vegan, gluten free, and loaded with protein so will be in my bag for snack needs during the day.
Snack #3: Plant-Based Deli Slices
Call me crazy but I literally love snacking on plain vegan deli slices. I'm bringing a couple packages in my carry-on lunchbox and will have them honestly just plain or with my lunch.
Snack #4 Raw Fruits and Veggies
I'm going to Trader Joe's immediately upon arrival, and maybe Whole Foods as well, and will be picking up fruits like berries, a couple apples, and a few bananas for the week. I will also grab a zucchini or cucumber to slice up and have plain or with dips.
If I hit up Whole Foods while in Indy, I'll definitely grab a few Kite Hill plain unsweetened yogurt, which I've been obsessed with lately. Extra probiotics are never a bad idea, especially while traveling.
Lunch #1: Trader Joes Pre-Made Salads
Trader Joes comes in SO clutch while traveling, and I'm definitely grabbing at least 2-3 of their pre-made salads. Check the labels to make sure they're vegan, but there are several options. If you're really watching your calories, go easy on the dressing, where most of the calories and extra fats are. If I'm feeling fancy, I may grab a container of their sauerkraut to add to my salads for extra probiotics, again, and tangy flavor.
Bonus tip: if you want to add some extra heft and protein to your salad and have a can opener, grab some plain canned chickpeas or black beans and throw some in.
Lunch #2: Rice, Tofu, and Microwaved Veggies
You could bring all this or grab from the store--I'll be doing some of both. I plan to bring with me some already cooked tofu, grab some pre-cooked pouches of rice from TJ's, as well as some veggies I can microwave, either in a pouch or just a bowl with some water. Mix together, add a dash of hot sauce or bring soy sauce pouches with you, and bam, delish, healthy, and cheap meals!
Other creative ideas: In my planning for this trip, I came across some recommendations online of making quesadillas and even panini sandwiches on your hotel room IRONING board! Just wrap in foil and iron away -- crazy right!? Canned soups are always an option too if you have a can opener, as are pre-packaged ramen and miso soup cups, or pre-cooked pasta and canned sauce. Sandwiches of course always work, and if you bring a blender, smoothies are a no-brainer!
I hope this was helpful! Do you have any travel coming up? My overall approach is to enjoy yourself, while still getting at least 1 meal per day that's "home-cooked" so you can feel your best and save some money. No one has fun on a trip if your digestion is out of whack and you're feeling bloated and miserable!
And if you're vegan, there's nothing less fun than running around town or searching desperately and not being able to find anything quick you can grab (which is why it's key to do your research ahead of time and know what restaurants you want to hit up!)
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