Question: Where can I find vegetarian food on a road trip?
Answer: With a little foresight and planning, staying vegetarian or even vegan on long road trips is easier than you might think! These quick tips will help you find plenty of vegetarian food, no matter where the road may lead you. The key is to plan in advance, so you'll never be stranded with nothing and nowhere to eat. Of course, if all else fails, you can still grab a veggie meal from a fast food chain.
- Find out where you can get vegetarian food from fast food and chain restaurants before your trip. If you know what's available before you go, it will help in making decisions along the way. Print out these lists and take them with you.
- Before you leave, look for vegetarian restaurants and natural foods stores in cities and towns along your route. You may be surprised to find vegetarian restaurants in places you never expected! Print out directions or a map showing how to get to the location from the highway you will be on.
- You don't have to eat at a restaurant! Most natural foods stores have a deli where you can buy ready-made meals, side dishes, sandwiches and more. Stock up on snacks in the grocery section after you grab a bite at the deli counter.
- Call Whole Foods or Wild Oats. Their operators can tell you if there is a location near where you are and can even help you with directions. Both stores have deli counters and extensive salad bars where you can find everything from Indian curries to vegan potato salad. Put their numbers in your cell phone or make sure you have them handy.
- If you can't find a natural foods store or a restaurant, here's a few filling snack ideas that can be found in just about any grocery store: hummus and veggies, chips with bean dip, pre-cut fruit salad, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Many larger grocery stores also have a salad bar and a deli where you can find some pre-made vegetarian food.
- Carry silverware, plastic containers, napkins and a can opener and a cooler with you, if possible. If you do have to get creative and make your own meals, it will be much easier.
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