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Drinking and driving: ideas on traveling

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Nov 05, 2012

We flew into Columbus, Ohio. We then drove through the beautiful foliage in Michigan, Canada, New York, Massachussetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

In each of 10 cities, we grabbed whatever was left of the gallons of green smoothie we served our audiences. After the lecture, we’d put them in the fridge in our hotel rooms. Sometimes just leave them in the car when we didn’t have a fridge in our hotel room. Or we fill a trash can with ice in the hotel room, and tossed the gallon in there.

(Other times when I travel, I take frozen pints of green smoothie, bagged and wrapped in my jeans, in my suitcase. Those will last a few days at the most, carefully managed, if you have a fridge where you’re going. Warning: defrosted green smoothies don’t have a good texture!)

Kristin snapped this photo of me “drinking and driving” in Michigan.

Green smoothies are just one way I keep my energy high on a trip. I saw a woman with a green smoothie in the New York City subway. She told me where she bought it, but I forgot. The point is, look around where you are, and you can find good stuff. (We went to Pure Food and Wine in New York City once, too, on this trip—my favorite raw restaurant on the planet.)

Kristin and I are constantly finding the closest Whole Foods Market on our travels. They virtually always have a great salad bar. We load up, and it is our ONE big meal, in a day, along with an herbal tea or kombucha, and a treat (made with no sugar, and only whole foods).

Then we find a Starbucks for the WiFi and find comfy chairs. I prop up my iPad, Kristin opens her laptop, and we work all day till our class starts. A guy walked past me, with my Whole Foods Market box-o-salad, which I confess cost me $13, and said, “We call that Whole Paycheck Market.”

Maybe. But I’m pretty sure his latte just set him back $4. And for what gain?

The rest of the day, on the run in our travels, we have green smoothies, flax crackers we brought from home, dried plums or apricots (favorites of mine). The point is, drive-thrus aren’t inevitable, even if they’ve been your “normal” up till now.

We also look for Sweet Tomatoes or Soup Plantation nearby. We pull up all the restaurants in the area on the Garmin GPS we travel with, and we scroll through them until we find a place with great vegetarian options, and good salads—salad bars being our favorite.

In my hometown of Springfield, Virginia, near our last lecture in the tour, I went to find the house I grew up in, and took this picture. The lovely woman who has owned the home for 20 years asked me if I wanted a tour and of course I said yes.

What a flood of memories to walk through the home I spent many years of my life in. The spot in the basement I’d make out with my boyfriend after my parents went to sleep. The forest behind the house where I’d run to escape my six brothers. The tiny bedroom where I did countless hours of homework.

And just a few miles away is a 25-year old Whole Foods Market with a teeny little salad bar. In high school, I bought nachos at the 7-11 across the street, instead. (It’s still there, too.) Now, I am smarter. I make better choices. I think about the future and the things I want to accomplish and which fuels will send me the right direction.



Posted in: Green Smoothies, Nutrition

15 thoughts on “Drinking and driving: ideas on traveling”

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  1. Carol says:

    Buy one get one free?? Or buy two get one free?

  2. Sandy says:

    So….looking at the picture of your “travel bag” – how do you get away with bringing containers that big filled with liquid on a plane?

  3. Maxie says:

    How do I get “undefined” on my blog posts? There are 3 undefined words right below the title of my blog post. How do I get rid of it?.

  4. I haven’t tried traveling with smoothies, but I’m thinking it should be fun gonna fuel me properly 🙂

  5. Veronica says:

    I’m excited about your new red, green and chocolate drinks. I hope my kids will love them and I can take them on our upcoming trip.

  6. Veronica says:

    p.s. Anyway your deal could include a way to try all 3 at the buy 2 get one free rate? I’d really like to try each of them.

  7. Catalina says:

    This is great!! My friends and I are running the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay this weekend and we’re leaving tomorrow morning so I was just making a list of travel foods and my options weren’t looking so good (crackers, bagels, pb&j, nuts, more crackers?) Thanks!

  8. Marilee says:

    2013 will see a lot of travel for me. I’ve been noticing more and more places offering fruit smoothies and many without any processed sugar added. Do you think packing one of these new products and mixing a scoopful in would sufficiently turn a fruit smoothie green?

  9. Kathleen says:

    Do you have guidance on what greens/raw foods help stimulate the thyroid? I have hypothyroid and take medication to keep it in normal range, however, I recently discovered I should not have kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts or spinach….. 🙁 all my faves for my green smoothie.
    Thank you!

  10. Veronica says:

    Thanks Kristin! I’m ordering now!!!

  11. april says:

    How much will they be at the classes and will they be for sale ?

  12. Susan says:

    I grew up in springfield, va too! That house looks like one in our neighborhood near our house on Etta and Sydenstricker rd!

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