Eating Healthy on Vacation

Eating is something that we do every day…several times a day…and it can be the central focus of your day if you are trying to eat and stay healthy.  For some reason many people believe that when they are on vacation (or out shopping or anywhere away from their home) they can’t eat healthy.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people splurging a bit on vacation and enjoying themselves, but you can also remain quilt free and extremely happy trying new health foods.

I just got back from a quick few days in Savannah Georgia, which I highly recommend to anyone who has never been.  It is a city with TONS of history, incredibly beautiful scenery, and wonderful shops and restaurants.  Oh, and did I mention that it is listed as the most haunted city in the U.S.?

Any time I am going away from home and my food comfort zone the first thing I do is google vegan restaurants.  I always get great advice, reviews, and suggestions for places to visit and then I map out the locations of the places I want to visit and check out their menus.

The Kayak Kafe is a wonderful restaurant in Savannah that has the most flavorful and amazing food.  Check out their menu at eatkayak.com.  You can even bring the whole family as they have mac and cheese for the little ones and meat items for the carnivores 🙂

Kayak Kafe

Their menu is quite large and full of yummy items…I could just eat there for weeks.  It includes items like:

Breakfast (small sample of items offered)

Avocado Toast
seven grain toasted wheat, poached egg, grape tomato, cucumber, arugula, kalamata olives, herb vinaigrette, and of course avocado

All Natural Granola, Greek Yogurt & Daily Fresh Berries

Black-eyed Pea Cake & Sunny Side Up
house made patty, sunny side up egg, avocado, pico-de-gallo, organic greens, red pepper aioli

Moroccan Poached Eggs
poached eggs, spiced tomato sauce, hummus, warm pita, cucumber salad

Lunch (very small sample of items offered)

Black-eyed Pea Burger
served on a toasted Brioche Bun with organic greens, red onion, avocado, sprouts and a super tasty Roasted Red Pepper Aioli with organic greens side salad

Black Bean, Spinach And Mushroom Tacos
with melted jack cheese, pico-de-galo, latin slaw and guacamole

Seared Tiger Tofu Tacos
sweet & spicy garlic ginger marinade served with sliced avocado, latin slaw, cilantro sour cream, pico-de-gallo & organic greens. choose fresh flour or corn tortillas

Roasted Lime Chicken Burrito
with black beans, pico-de-gallo, sliced avocado & melted pepperjack

Tofu & Vegetable Quesidilla
seared tofu, roasted eggplant, squash, zucchini, mushrooms & peppers with wilted spinach & melted mozzarella

Spinach & Wild Shrimp Salad
sautéed wild Georgia shrimp, artichoke hearts, Roma tomatoes, pepperoncinis & feta cheese

Vegetarian or Vegan Salad
homemade hummus and tebbouleh, kalamata olives, Roma tomatoes & cucumbers on organic greens. choice of tofu or feta

West Indian Trader Salad
curried chicken salad, walnuts, mixed fresh fruit, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers & a slice of homemade banana bread on organic greens

Superfood Side Salad
Farro, Quinoa, Cous Cous, Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Fresh Herbs

The list goes on and on….so many delicious items, so little time!

Check out my vegan salad and husbands black-eyed pea burger.

Kayak Kafe

Kayak salad

I also found a great natural food market and deli and the end of Forsyth Park in Savannah.  BrighterDayFoods.com.

The organic deli offers fresh made organic sandwiches, organic juices and smoothies, shots of organic wheat grass, and a variety of organic dishes.
The cooks at the deli work tirelessly creating dishes for your diverse palates. They maintain a wide range of options, from meats to vegan…many of which are made with local ingredients.

They offer main dishes, side dishes, salads, and in-house made cakes, with a vegan option. They are also offering gluten-free sandwiches.  They uphold organic standards, support local farmers, seek ways to lessen our carbon footprint, and make all their food with love!

Here I am after a nice morning walk with a green juice and protein filled green smoothie 🙂

Green drinks

Did I sample a bite of a southern praline in Savannah, you bet.  Did I enjoy a cold grapefruit beer on a very hot afternoon with my husband, you bet.  But overall, I maintained my healthy eating from breakfast through dinner.

Other great places we ate at included the Savannah Coffee Roasters SavannahCoffee.com  which not only had amazing coffee with almond milk and stevia 🙂 but great homemade granola and fruit.  They have a wonderful selection of breakfast items and cafe lunch menu all in a fabulous, cozy, modern setting.

Out on Tybee Island we ate at the 80 gastropub restaurant. 80EastGastroPub.com  They are a very clean, modern restaurant with lots of televisions for all the sports enthusists (GO U.S.A…we watched the women’s soccer game while there) and they are building a large outdoor seating area.  The restaurant is very popular because their food is out of this world.  The wait was absolutely worth it.  I had an incredible veggie flatbread with a wheat crust, arugula, basil pesto, caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella (yes I ate cheese…just this once), and a balsamic drizzle…Mmmmm I want more!  So even at a more pub type setting I can still find delicious things to eat.

Don’t be shy and speak up when eating out in restaurants.  I have found that the majority are very accomodating.  For example, you can ask for no cheese, no meat, and no dressing on salads and use substitutions.  I have them bring balsamic vinegar and add avocado, olives, or some nuts.  I even have restaurants that serve veggie burgers put one on top of a salad for me rather than chicken or fish.  Look at the whole menu, even the meat or fried options to see what they serve on the side and pick items from all over the menu to create your own meal.  I do it often with no objections.

Eat healthy, travel often, and enjoy life!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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