Cruise Adventures and Being Vegan

IMG_20150327_085715So I went on a cruise… And the Vegan part, lets just say it was way easier than I expected.

I used to flip through magazines and say “oh hey look there is a vegan cruise! But it’s 9x the cost of a regular cruise” and then not go on a cruise.  This time, I said, “The heck with it” and took my chances with the run of the mill budget cruise.

So it was a Carnival cruise… and first of all, the fruit selection was AMAZING.  The fact that there are options at any hour of the day/night for the duration of the cruise is also AMAZING.  Additionally, on Carnival, the room service was free, so even when the only thing that was open was the pizza place and the ice cream parlor at 1 am, I could order free fresh fruit and oatmeal delivered right to my room!  I mean, I didn’t even have to walk to get my vegan fix, how great is that?

Also on cruises, the BF and I try and jump start our healthy lifestyle choices.  I would say this is my favorite part.  So healthy fruits, fresh raw options, and some jogging with a side of salsa dancing?  I’ll take it.  We went jogging on the track, swimming in the pools, dancing in the clubs, and even visited the gym to check it out.  Overall, cruises make me happy 😀

Oh, and if you go to the service desk when you first get on the boat, and tell them you have special dietary requirements – they tell the kitchen! And at your dinner time, since you have the same wait staff every night, they come up to you and alert you that they were told about your food preferences.  I was offered to select an entirely vegan cooked meal not on the menu for every single night.  The only caveat was that I had to let them know the night before, but they usually gave me two or three choices to pick from.

Needless to say, I will be cruisin’ more often for vacations!  Less work for food prep, and fresh fruit around the clock! Sign me up!

 

Snacks Snacks and More Snacks!

It seems like I eat a lot of snacks 🙂  I have to make sure throughout the day that I am getting enough calories.  So between meals I have little fruit salads, or veggie platters, or hummus plates.   I’m wondering how everyone else makes sure they get enough calories and what kind of snacks they eat?

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I am going Bananas!!

I have a love hate relationship with bananas.  I like bananas whole as a snack, but when I blend them into things and mix them with other foods there is something about the taste or smell that puts me off.  I am trying to overcome that.  I am trying to be inspired by people like Freelee the banana girl and Fully Raw Kristina who just love bananas!  They are so good for you – and I want to eat more of them!

So.. A recommendation from so many instagrammers, as well as fromIMG_20150118_185839 my cousin, was the banana ice cream!  All you have to do is freeze a ripe banana, and when you are ready for ice cream, you blend it with your other vegan ingredients to whatever flavor you want.

I tried a chocolate one.  I used 1 frozen banana, a splash of soy milk for easier blending, and 1 spoon of cocoa powder.  It came out surprisingly well, barely tasting like bananas.  I am looking forward to adding more types of strong flavored fruits to see if I can have a less banana taste and other flavors as well!