Posts filed under ‘Traveling’

California = Farmer’s Market Fun

The San Luis Obispo farmer’s market is a fabulous, bustling mecca of food and deliciousness. The trees downtown are HUGE and beautiful and it was so fun to peruse the goods.

Heirloom tomato heaven. Can you just taste how sweet they are!!? Amazing.

Dry farmed watermelons. Have I told you lately how much I love watermelon? Probably not. Love love love.

Reunited with my sweet pineapple guava. Oh how I love them. Remember when I tried them last year? Well, I’ve been dreaming of them ever since. And they are in season again while we’re here. I like to spend Thursday nights eating myself into a guava induced blissful state. Ahhhhhh…

What kind of yummy have you found at your local farmer’s market lately?

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October 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm 7 comments

Carry Chia!

We stayed at a hotel with my parents recently…and I knew the only thing I would want to eat at their restaurant would be fruit. So I kicked it up a notch and brought a little baggie of chia with me. I asked the waiter for a glass of water without ice, dumped in the chia seeds, stirred and waited. In about 10 minutes, I had a nutritious breakfast packed with vitamins and goodness. I dumped it into a bowl, added some fruit and honey to the top and I was a happy girl!!

Don’t get discouraged when you’re traveling…CARRY CHIA!

*That little baggie behind my chia is my baggie of tea…a girl has GOT to have good tea on the road! Yum.

Amazon is the best place I’ve found to buy chia. It’s from Raw Food World, but shipped through Amazon. If you have a Prime account, it’s free to ship. This is CHEAP!! I’ve seen it in the grocery store for $18/lb. This is TWO lbs. for $10.95.

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April 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm 19 comments

Green Wrap


I’ve been eating a lot of this lately. I’ve talked about it before…but it’s worth repeating. It’s so easy to make…and it’s filling and raw! The raw diet does not have to be fancy or gourmet. It needs to be easy and something you will do willingly and joyfully. This makes me happy every time I eat it.

It’s also something that is very easy to take with you if you have a busy schedule (take the components of it in separate containers and assemble at work or in the car). If you are traveling and you need a healthy option for a meal, you could just run into a grocery store and grab some romaine, an avocado, and sprouts, and you’d be good to go. I would suggest carrying a little container of sea salt or dulse flakes in your bag so that you’re prepared at all times!

My favorite (more complex) combo is:

Romaine leaf or butter lettuce leaf
Untoasted nori
Cucumber strips
Green onions (the green part)
Mashed avocado + lime + sea salt
Sprouts
Cilantro or basil
Homemade salsa (if I have it on hand)

Enjoy!

March 9, 2010 at 1:50 am 15 comments

Happy Janssens Blog!


I am VERY excited to announce that our new blog is officially LAUNCHED!! Woooo hoooo!

Come join us at Happy Janssens!

There are 23 blogs already posted for your reading pleasure and TONS of new photos (including lots of new listings at my Etsy store). I’ve been blogging all of our travels from the time we bought the RV, but the dates aren’t exactly right because I blogged them all at once :) Now that I’m caught up, the posts will be in “real time”. We love love love comments…so don’t be shy!

You will see there that we are currently taking bookings for photography sessions, veggie oil conversions, and custom RV remodels.  Please contact us right away if you’re interested in hiring us for these services when we are in your area. We are basing our route on our booked jobs.

Spread the word…and put one of little blog “buttons” on your site!
Have a wonderful weekend…see you over at Happy Janssens!


February 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

Traveling Eats…That’s How We Roll

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When you switch to eating primarily living/raw foods, it’s more than just a switch in your diet. It’s affects your entire lifestyle. You can no longer just “drive through” on your way to a meeting and grab a burger and fries. You can’t just hope that there will be something for you to eat at your neighbor’s potluck. No, it requires a bit more planning. However…that doesn’t mean that it has to be difficult or hard to “maintain”. It just means you have to think ahead a bit. It’s not a “burden” for me to plan in this way…because I know that I’m taking an active role in the health of my family. I am definitely not perfect and no, I don’t bring food EVERYWHERE we go…but I do the best I can with the resources I have.

In the photo above you can see my “set up”. If I know that I’m going to be at the park all day, or even out running errands for awhile…I will pack up this lovely rolling cooler. I put in the frozen gel packs to keep everything cold, and then I load it with pre-made salads and a little jar of dressing on the side, watermelon chunks, fruit, trail mix, etc. I also have a smaller rectangular soft sided cooler for shorter trips or for Bella to take on outings. Most of the food rides in my stainless steel To-Go Ware and my water is carried in my Klean Kanteen. Oh, and those little baby toes are for nibbling on too. 🙂

This cooler also works well if you are flying (carry on) and want to have food at your hotel when you arrive. You can also take your Vita-Mix with you when you travel…even though it’s large, it’s so worth it. I wouldn’t be caught without it! (A Magic Bullet or a TriBest work well if you want something smaller). When we are at a hotel, I usually head to Whole Foods or another good grocery store and stock up on greens, etc. (it’s smart to seek out a hotel with a mini fridge, but ice in the sink works too). If you aren’t able to do any of that, bring along some Vitamineral Green. In fact, bring it anyway because it’s good!

On a related note, when you are invited to someone’s home for dinner…you need to make a decision as to how freaky you want to be 🙂 This goes for vegetarians, vegans, and raw vegans. No matter what, you will usually need to let the host/hostess know that you like to avoid certain foods. For me, the easiest solution is just to bring whatever food I want to eat…and usually it’s a big communal salad. That way, everyone else can partake with you. If you are one of those types of people who “doesn’t want to offend” by telling them you eat differently than most people…it’s just a choice you have to make. In our family, Matt and Bella usually eat whatever is made (as long as it’s vegetarian) and I will bring something or ask for something vegan. It’s also fun to bring a dish that is raw, but doesn’t scream “RAW!” (desserts, etc).

I’m really blessed in that I have lots of friends and family who are amazing at cooking vegan food! For the most part, people are super gracious and want to accommodate you…and turns out they usually have a lot of questions about eating healthy too. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend that you spout off the benefits of a raw diet while they are cutting up their steak. A more neutral food setting is better 😉

So, as you can see…it’s really easy to eat healthy while on the road or while dining with those who don’t eat the same way as you do. In the beginning as you transition your routines, it can seem like food is taking over your life 🙂 But eventually, it’s just second nature and you don’t think about it at all. Bottom line: Plan ahead and your body will be happy!

Photo credit: Deea Paul (thanks friend!)

August 5, 2009 at 9:27 pm 13 comments







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Words to Eat By

"It is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet." -Margaret Mead

"I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives." - Dean Ornish, MD

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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