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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Southern US Raw Food Trip





We just get back from 10 days of travel to some of the southern states of the east coast. We visited western North Carolina, northern Georgia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Of course, while traveling we eat raw foods, which is not always easy, but if you plan ahead, it is possible. We brought a lot of raw foods snacks, cereals, green powders, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spring water with us. Then, as we travel from town to town, we locate a local natural foods store where we buy organic produce. Some of the natural food stores have a salad bar too. We will make a dinner from the salad bar or buy a packet of organic spinach, tomatoes, celery, avocado, and other vegetables and make our own salad in our hotel room. The avocado gives the salad great flavor and acts as a salad dressing. Our toddler son loves avocado!


In some cities and towns there are raw food restaurants or cafes. We researched there locations before the trip and print out the list of each state we are going to. A good resource is The Raw Food Restaurant Guide that is available online. HappyCow.net is also a good resource for vegetarian, vegan, and raw food stores and restaurants. Sometimes, we will actually plan our trip around the locations of raw food stores and restaurants. On this trip we enjoyed the special live food creations at Green Life natural food store in Asheville, North Carolina, R. Thomas Deluxe Grille in Atlanta-Buckhead and Café Life in Atlanta-Marietta.


Before the trip we also researched springs to restock our spring water supplies. We brought four one galloon glass bottles with us to hold our spring water. We also brought some smaller glass bottles to drink from while driving. We stopped at one spring at the town of Cave Springs, Georgia. It was the most unusual spring I have seen since the town created a whole park around the spring. And the spring gushed out like a stream from a cave and flowed into a pond, down a stream, and then filled a large natural swimming pool. No chlorine is added here. I would have loved to swim here but it was not open since it was closed for the winter. Our son loved watching the fish and geese in the pond. The spring water from here tasted great. It was very popular with the locals too.


We even brought our Blendtec blender with us and we made a fresh green smoothie every morning in the hotel rooms. If we did not have fresh greens we just used the green superfood powder called Vitamineral Green that is loaded with greens, seaweeds, probiotics, and enzymes. Vitamineral Green is great to take with you when traveling since it will supply nearly all of one’s nutritional needs and since it is in dry form, it lasts very well. Vitamineral Green is good in smoothies and juices. Also Roland gathered weeds or wild plants such as chickweed, dandelion, and wild lettuce from parks and green spaces to put in our green smoothies. Our toddler son loves to drink green smoothies every day.


During this trip, we found searching for raw foods to be fun, not so difficult, and actually gave us a keen perspective and closer relationship with the local area that provided us with a richer and more rewarding travel experience.


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