My company just had their annual conference, which means I was running around a hotel for 12-ish hours a day like a maniac. I knew the first day of setting up and testing would be hard, because I didn’t have my room yet, which means no fridge and thus no food. I figured out a nifty way to bump up any ol’ salad with tons of fiber and protein that you can keep in your purse/bag:
Brown rice and edamame! This mix has mild flavors that can go with anything, plus it’s incredibly filling. I’ve been eating this for breakfast with peanut sauce and it keeps me full for HOURS. The “hack” here is that you can use frozen edamame, mix it into cooked brown rice, and it will keep cool in your purse, bag or car until you need it.
I used a snack size baggie to get a perfect portion of this mixed with peanuts and sesame oil, stored it in my purse until we finally broke for lunch, and then added this to one of the only things I could eat at the hotel restaurant: a salad.
The salad came with a lemon Dijon vinaigrette that paired with the brown rice and edamame perfectly. I added avocado to the meal, and it kept me full well into the night, right up until I was able to go grab a late dinner.
This is a great thing to have on-hand for traveling, or even just for situations where you know it will be hard to find something satisfying to eat (think, business lunches or meals with the vegan unfriendlies).
What’s your favorite travel tip?