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How To Travel with Green Smoothies

11.2.2015


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Why We Blend When We Travel

We love to travel, and we do it a lot. We get questions all the time about traveling and green smoothies. Like us, we know you don’t want give up your daily green smoothie when you travel, so we are here to give you our best tips and tricks for traveling with a blender because you don’t have to give it up! It may or may not be as convenient as it is at home depending on the destination and nature of travel, but we do it anyway. We just can’t quit our green smoothies!

More than being a habit, drinking a green smoothie when you travel can help keep you on track with healthy eating. Not that we don’t love to indulge in a few less-than-healthy meals when we’re traveling – hello, New York pizza! But we also like knowing we’ve given our bodies at least one healthy dose of fruits and veggies to keep us going. It can also help you recover from jet leg by refueling and hydrating your body, and help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

 

Two things to do before you leave

#1: INVESTIGATE WHERE YOU’LL BE STAYING

We know there are hundreds of travel destinations around the world and not every place is going to be equipped for your green smoothie needs. If you’re staying in a hotel, check to see if your room has a fridge or freezer, clean water, etc. If you’re renting a house or condo, ask the owner about things like cutting boards, knives, fridge and freezer, and if they own a quality, working blender. (Then you don’t have to pack your own!)

Check maps online to see if there are grocery stores nearby where you’ll be staying and transportation options if you don’t plan on renting a car. You may not be able to anticipate everything, but it never hurts to ask a few questions and go prepared.

 

#2: DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED TO PACK

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There are no hard and fast rules about what you have to pack, but here are some things we find helpful to pack:

 

Packing a Blender

How To Pack Your Blender

The type of blender you pack is up to you—personal blenders can be lighter and easier to bring along, but we often pack our big blenders. If you travel a lot, it may be worth investing in a personal blender. Otherwise, a full-size blender works just fine. Another option is to take an immersion blender

The TSA recommends packing blenders in checked luggage, but we have had success packing them in our carry-on bags. If you have a blender, like a Blendtec, that doesn’t have a sharp blade, you’ll probably be fine. Otherwise, it’s worth playing it safe and packing it in your checked luggage. Or remove the blade and place it in the checked luggage and keep the rest of the blender with you. (Vitamix users will need a special tool to remove the blade from the pitcher.) Either way, make sure to pack it in such a way to prevent the blender from being damaged. We like to pack all of our smoothie supplies with the blender so it’s ready to go. Tuck a dishtowel, or even a t-shirt to help pad the blender and jar.

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Try using a backpack or small suitcase because they are easy to carry or roll around—those blenders can be kinda heavy! Pack the jar or bottle inside the blender jar, using a dishtowel or t-shirt to help pad it. Fit it into the bag and pack around it so it doesn’t move around too much.

 

Tips for buying produce when you arrive

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Once you arrive at your destination, it will be time to hunt down some leafy greens and fruit!

Where do we shop for produce? The answer is simple: wherever you can find it! If you’re traveling somewhere with a Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or a standard grocery store, you’ll have no problems. If you are going somewhere more remote, it can be tougher. Roadside farm stands will be your friend. Sometimes you’ll have access to cheaper local fruit than you’d find at a grocery store. Traveling to cold destinations where the growing season has ended, you’ll have to rely on what you can find in grocery stores.

Don’t be afraid to try something new —we refer back to our smoothie formula (2 cups greens, 2 cups liquid, 3 cups fruit/veggies) and then buy what’s available. Exotic ingredients can create some really interesting smoothie blends!

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Taking a road trip?

Blending smoothies ahead of time and freezing them is a fantastic option for shorter trips where a cooler can be used to transport and/or store smoothies. Simply blend a bunch of green smoothies the night before leaving and store them in the freezer. Toss the now frozen green smoothies into your cooler (best to add ice to the cooler), and you’re ready to hit the road!

Try adding lemon juice to each smoothie to help keep it fresh, or even blending in bananas—they’ll last longer and taste better.

 

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Drinking green smoothies while traveling is one of the best ways to keep fueling your body with good food—all it takes is a little bit of planning!

 

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  1. Leah says:

    How do you go about blending on a road trip? Do you have some kind of outlet for your car or do you just try to find one at your destination?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Usually I pack my blender with me if I can! That way I can make my own delicious smoothies once I get to my hotel or wherever I am staying at. 🙂

  2. Rachel says:

    I froze smoothies in my deep freezer a couple days before travel. Put them in a cooler with ice while traveling to destination. I put them in a mini fridge at the hotel the night before to eat at breakfast. Still frozen solid after 8+ hours in fridge. Next, time I will put them in a cooler with no ice no give more time to thaw.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Oh goodness! At least they were frozen + still good to go! You can always try placing them on the counter for a little bit to really get a good thaw before you’re ready to enjoy. But I know that doesn’t help when you have a smoothie craving and yours is frozen solid!

  3. Mary says:

    Hi Jen,
    We are thinking of buying Hamilton Beach Personal Blender based on this recommendation.
    https://onebagger.com/drink-delicious-smoothies-while-traveling-with-this-portable-blender/
    Do you think it will be good fit for trips?
    Thanks
    Mary H

  4. Jen says:

    Hi there,

    I’m planning a 7 day trip to Disney and the prices of their grocery store is outrageous. I have a Vitamix at home, but travel with my magic bullet for short/ weekend trips. This will be my first trip with no access to a grocery store so I was planning to make “smoothie bags”, freeze them, add to a collapsible cooler with ice and check it in with my luggage. Should I blend all the ingredients ahead of time to make less room or should I blend the day of? I also don’t want to lose nutrients and afraid if I blend ahead of time that I will be losing the “green smoothie effect”. What do you suggest?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jen,

      You can definitely blend ahead. Frozen smoothies will keep for up to two months. And yes, you may loose some of the nutrients, but don’t worry…most of them will be there! And your body + wallet will both be reaping the benefits!

      If you decide to freeze your smoothies. I’d do a quick test at home. As some people love frozen smoothies, while others would rather pass. We simply suggest thawing in the refrigerator the night before you’re ready to enjoy. And then give a quick shake in the morning! That shake is because our smoothies don’t have any yucky additives or preservatives, so separation is completely natural.

  5. Niki Vogt says:

    Any ideas about how to make green smoothies while backpacking and rafting? Is it feasible to use freeze dried greens? I do have a battery operated blender, ok for boating but too heavy to backpack. Any thoughts welcome!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Niki,

      We’ve actually heard a lot from our community that they bring their green smoothie’s camping. They blend their smoothies the night before, freeze them, and allow them to thaw while they’re out hiking. You could probably do the same while rafting!

      Hope this helps!

  6. louise says:

    hi, can I bring more than 10 liters of smoothie in airplane? thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Louise,

      That would be something you’d need to check with your individual airport. In the US, you can’t travel with liquids greater than 3.4oz. For that reason, I pack my carry on with healthy snacks like fresh fruit, nuts, and Jen’s coconut trail mix from Fresh Start 21, then pick up a green juice after going through before taking off.

      Safe travels!

  7. Bobbi says:

    When traveling by car, I pre make smoothies and store in mason jars. Freeze them and then put in cooler with ice! Most times when I arrive where I am going they are still frozen, if not they last several days thawed! Purchased the lid for mason jars from Mason Bar Co and love it! Def need my smoothies when I’m away, I noticed I feel bad without them at least some of my days away. Helps to balance the bad eating we may do on vacation!

  8. Melissa says:

    I love the idea of traveling during the summer and making smoothies along the way. I have had a few weird looks at my smoothies but I don’t care because they are so delicious and good for me. I would much rather make my own smoothie and know what goes into it because I put it there. A side note about one of the pictured items that you take along on trips; Organifi green juice. It has a lot of wonderful ingredients listed but the side of the bottle states this: Warning this product may contain a chemical known to the state of CA to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Learn More (in bold): organifi.com/prop65. Information obtained from Amazon.com
    I just thought that it was important that you knew of these dangers. Thank you for all your hard work and delicious smoothie recipes!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Melissa!

      Thank you so much for reaching out + for sharing! We did a little research and found this comment on Amazon. Could be worth reaching out to Organifi Green Juice for more information :).

      “Thanks for your question on the Organifi Green Juice, and we’d love to give you more insight into the Prop 65 labeling on the side of the package. Our Prop 65 warning is because our product contains ingredients that come directly from the earth. Any product that comes straight from the earth has chances of containing metals. Chances that is.

      In the state of California, we have to send this out because it is a state law.

      For more information, visit: http://www.organifi.com/prop65/

      We’ll be happy to address any concerns you have personally, please e-mail us at contact@thegroupdeal.com and we’ll get in touch with you asap.”

      –Lea
      Customer Service

  9. Jen says:

    Hi — I am two weeks in to my smoothie experience and love how I’m feeling. However I am incredibly concerned I’m using too much fruit and not enough veggies. I’ve been using kale and carrots in every smoothie, and then adding in a variety of fruits. Any suggestions?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jen!

      Thanks so much for reaching out! Next time you blend, feel free to flip our normal 3 cups fruit : 2 cups leafy greens ratio, and try using 3 cups leafy greens + 2 cups fruit instead :). You can also try using a different variety of greens like swiss chard, baby bok choy, cilantro, or beet greens (just to name a few!).

      And if you’re craving a really veggie-heavy smoothie, our Veggie Cocktail recipe is delish!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/veggie-cocktail

  10. Ann says:

    You have mentioned the formula for making smoothies; 2 cups greens, 2 cups liquid and 3 cups of fruit (and I’m sure it is not written in stone 🙂 but I have noticed some recipes calls for 2 cups of greens and 1 cup of liquid. Why is that!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Ann,

      Great question! Some recipes call for less liquid base because the fruits we’re blending with like citrus or grapes have a high water content which makes up for the missing liquid in our ingredients. Ever find your green smoothie too thick? No worries, simply add a little more liquid base to smooth everything out! Our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T.

      Cheers!

  11. Nayna says:

    Wonderful, wonderful article, thanks!!!

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