During the school holidays the kids and I went to visit my parents in Alice Springs, my home town. It’s been a number of years since I visited and I was looking forward to seeing the outback again. I miss the openness of the land and the stars. I have yet to find a place which allows the stars to display their brilliance as they do in the Alice. I was even lucky enough to be there when Venus and Jupiter where putting on their show. How amazingly bright and close those two stars (planets) seemed to be and they even out shone all the other stars in the Alice sky, which I would never have thought possible.
As I am now eating vegetarian and high raw, going back to Alice meant that I needed to consider what I was going to eat while I was there. Fruit and veg was not going to be a problem – expensive yes, but not a problem. I wanted to eat fairly close to how I do at home, so I packed the following things:
- activated buckwheat
- chia seeds
- raw cashews
- cocoa powder (you never know when some chocolate is required)
- coconut oil
- hemp protein powder
- Tribest blender
- nut milk bag
Before leaving home for the hotel, I made a green smoothie to take with me on the plane for the following day. I don’t think I need to say too much about the food served on aeroplanes! Even one of the flight attendants commented that bringing a green smoothie on the plane was a great idea. The kids and I also enjoyed some fruit and sushi rolls while travelling to Alice.
While in Alice, my morning routine was not changed too much. I still did my ‘oil pulling‘ with coconut oil, before having breakfast. Having soaked some of the cashew nuts over night, I made some nut milk to mix with the chia seeds to make chia seed pudding. I then added the activated buckwheat, cut up some fruit and added some cinnamon to the chia seed pudding and that was breakfast. Yum!
Coconut oil is great to take travelling as it is solid when the temperature is low so there are no leaks through the luggage. I also used the coconut oil on the kids lips as their lips got a bit dry. The coconut oil also comes in handy when a hankering for chocolate hits. My Raw Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce is so easy to make and as a treat, I had told the kids that we could make some while at the hotel the night before we where to fly out and have it with the strawberries I had packed. A delicious way to pass an evening in a hotel room while watching the tv series ‘Emma’.
My daughter and I were still able to enjoy green smoothies as I had bought my Tribest blender with me. While it doesn’t have the horse power that my Vitamix has and so the green smoothies are not quite as smooth, the Tribest is transportable so it does allow me to still consume green smoothies daily. I have taken the Vitamix away once when I travelled to Queensland but found it way too cumbersome.
The rest of my meals consisted of large salads with various ingredients, an amazing vegetarian pizza – I think the best I have ever tasted would you believe and a lovely baked spud topped with cheese and salad while at the Alice Springs show.
It was great to spend time with my folks, the kids and just ‘be’. I had forgotten how much the outback and Alice can help me feel expansive and present. I truly had an amazing holiday and I was able to nourish my body not only with the energy of the outback but also with my raw food.
In good health, Vicki