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5 Tips for Vegetarians Planning an American Tour

Updated on November 21, 2017

One of the exciting aspects of traveling to any place is the opportunity to explore its local delicacies. But what if you are a vegetarian and are traveling to a country such as the US where there aren’t as many vegetarian restaurants as there are in India? Every year, several Indian families on American Tours from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi and other parts of the country, face a similar issue. Although traveling and staying vegetarian in the US might sound difficult, it’s possible, provided you do what’s required when planning your travel itinerary. Having said that, the blog post discusses five essential tips to stay vegetarian during your USA holiday without spending a fortune or losing out on the travel fun.

Search Local Restaurants

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Staying vegetarian can be a challenge while traveling in the US, especially when you are unaware of the places serving vegetarian food. When planning your travel itinerary, spend time researching local restaurants that serve vegetarian food. Pen down the vegetarian spots, quoting the exact location in a pocket notebook and keep it handy all the time. This little step can save you a lot of trouble as you wouldn’t have to go through the hassles of searching for restaurants that serve vegetarian food.

Book through a Travel Operator

Getting vegetarian food is never a problem when you book your US tour package through a reliable travel operator. Book your ticket through a premium travel operator that specializes in vegetarian food and can assist you in planning your travel itinerary that includes pre-selecting your food preference for the trip. All you need to do is let them know about your vegetarian food requirements. You can also customize the number of meals you require a day if you are planning to travel in groups.

Carry Snacks

Though booking your USA holiday package through a travel operator is an end to “vegetarian woes”, what about those random hunger pangs while you travel? To satiate those, stock up a lot of vegetarians, but non-perishable snacks. Pack roasted chickpeas, granola bars, tofu, nuts and everything rich in protein and will keep you energized during most part of your US trip. If you go out of stock for any reason, halt at one of the grocery stores and supermarkets to buy more snacks and get going again.

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Learn to Cook

Although the idea of cooking while traveling may seem daunting, it can help you stay vegetarian and develop your culinary skills at the same time. Book an accommodation that includes a personal or common kitchen area where you can cook homemade food using the local veggies, spices and condiments. Learn to cook at least a few basic dishes, or prepare basic food items such as lettuce sandwiches, rice or lentils, that can be prepared in no time. Don’t worry about the ingredients as you can find it all at the local grocery stores in the US.

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Go on a Fruit Diet

Fruits are easily available at every supermarket in the US. Fruits are not only high in nutrients but also help you stay vegetarian during your US holiday without compromising on taste. You can try a lot of them including grapes, cranberries, blueberries, avocado, mayhaw, apricot and cherries. Carry plenty of fruits in your travel bag or in a zip pouch so that can easily pop them up whenever hunger strikes. Having fruits on your trips will not only help you stay vegetarian, but it also helps you stay fit and energetic during your trip.

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Vegetarian Food For Travellers

Nutrition Chart For Vegetarian

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Food  
Calcium [mg]  
Serving Size  
Weight [g]  
percent water  
Energy [kcal]  
Protein [g]  
Cottage Creamed small curd
126
1 cup
210
79
215
26.2
English walnuts, chopped
113
1 cup
120
4
770
17.2
Custard baked
297
1 cup
265
77
305
14
Yogurt lowfat fruit added
345
1 cup
227
74
231
9.9
Kefir
350
1 cup
233
82
160
9.3
Buttermilk
285
1 cup
245
90
99
8.1
Milk - 2% Low Fat
297
1 cup
244
89
121
8.1
Cheese - Swiss
272
1 Oz
28
37
107
8

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    • KsenijaZ profile image

      Ksenija 6 months ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      Nice. Just a comment: don't confuse vegan and vegetarian. Vegans don't use anything from animals (no milk, buttermilk, ... honey, ... wool, ...). So maybe you change 'vegan' into 'vegetarian'.

      :-)

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