Vegan Photo Food Journal: Traveling Food

Welcome to another round of What I Ate Wednesday where I document a day’s worth of healthy, vegan eats (see all my previous photo food diary posts here). This past weekend, I was a travelin’ woman as I went to the ten-year reunion of my master’s degree in business at the University of Southern California:

Tommy Trojan

It also happened to be homecoming weekend:

USC homecoming

Alan and I left our house early that morning to beat the traffic. I had to eat en route so breakfast was this holiday-themed Pecan Pie Larabar the company sent me (giveaway tomorrow!!!):Pecan Pie Larabar

Oh yes, and I also downed a mugful of tea with soy milk before leaving the house (isn’t the gargoyle cute? Alan bought it at the farmers’ market in Seattle):

Morning tea

I brought leftovers for lunch, including some of the spaghetti squash I had made the night before. Making spaghetti squash is easy, you just poke a bunch of holes in the skin and then bake it in a dish for about an hour at 375 degrees:

Baked spaghetti squash

Let it cool and then use a sharp knife to slice it open:

Baked spaghetti squash

Scoop out the seeds and then use a fork to scrape out the “spaghetti”:

Baked spaghetti squash

I made a dinner out of the squash with a tempeh marinara and a salad:

Spaghetti squash with marinara

The lunch I brought to eat on the road was pretty much the same, a salad on the bottom topped with more squash and leftover sauce (eaten quickly at a coffee shop during a pit stop):
Spaghetti squash over salad

Dessert included two Fuyu persimmons and a bag of homemade kale chips:

Kale chips and persimmon

The day’s events on campus were a lot of fun, although I didn’t get any photos to share other than this one:

Marshall Reunion

We stayed in LA for the night so we could go to the reunion picnic on Sunday. I definitely try to frequent vegan-friendly establishments when traveling (read about our recent trip to NYC), but we were both really tired after a long day and so we hit a local Whole Foods for dinner.

I generally follow the same pattern at a salad bar, starting with a mess of salad greens:

My salad greens

Then, I pile up on the raw vegetables and beans:

Fresh veggies at the salad bar

This one was new to me, watermelon radish; so pretty!:

Watermelon radish

This particular salad bar had four different types of tofu. I got some of the plain and tomato flavor:

Tofu options

My next step at a salad bar is to find something hot, whether it be grilled veggies, soup, or one of the prepared vegan hot dishes. On this trip, I found all of the above, including some potato slices (fried, so I considered it dessert). My favorite is when they have baked sweet potato chunks, but, sadly, those were not available.

Lastly, it’s time for some flava’. I am currently in love with the Health Starts Here Sesame Ginger Dressing:

Salad dressing

The final product really hit the spot:

My final plate

I should note that as a compulsive overeater, I find food buffets to be a very challenging experience. I always get too much and feel compelled to eat it, especially when at a fairly expensive place like Whole Foods Market. This visit was no exception and I just thought I would share that with you. In fact, I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting again, although not on this day, and plan to write about it more soon and how it’s helping me with not overeating. Note: If you’re currently suffering from an eating disorder, please consult your health professional. I know this is a sensitive area of discussion and my intention is to share my experience only.


I feel like I’ve gotten really good at this vegan traveling thing, despite the challenges to not overeat. Since last May, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Portland, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, NYC, and LA. Granted, these are all big, cosmopolitan cities, but it still takes some effort to figure out how to stay plant-based and reasonably healthy in the midst of so many options. I’m happy to say that I don’t have any travel plans outside the state for at least a few months, although I do have some local travel including a temporary re-location to Southern California and a Whole Foods cooking demo in Los Angeles (my first “real” one, I’m so nervous; details forthcoming).

As mentioned, I’m doing a special Larabar giveaway tomorrow. Also, I wanted to tell you that the amazing Vegucated folks are running a giveaway of my recipe app, Vegan Delish, right now. Enter here!

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  1. says

    I love Whole Foods Salad bar and we seek them out when we travel. My hubby eats at them when he has to travel weekly for work. Now that they have the Heal Starts Here products labeled it’s really easy to choose the healthier selections.

    • says

      Ohhh, you are going to love it, although I have to say that Delicata and Kabocha squashes are probably my favorites. The Spaghetti Squash is super cool, though, how it cooks into those strands. Enjoy!

  2. says

    Totally agreed on the note about compulsive overeating at the WF bar. I also a compulsive overeater, and at most “buffets” I am good, because it’s in public and whatnot.. but the WF bar I don’t do well at. I fill up the BIG container and bring it home, and I feel compelled to eat ALL of it. Even if I didn’t like something I chose, I still eat it.

    Now I just have to avoid it entirely, which is sad, because the food is so fantastic!

    • says

      Thanks for the note! I was hoping that other people might identify with my issues with food buffets, and so I decided to be honest about it. It’s a work in progress for me to moderate my eating habits, and avoiding buffets might have to be one of my strategies in the futures, as you suggested.

      • says

        I applaud you for being honest and putting it out there. I, for one, truly appreciate it. I’ve recently started eating vegan, and I really love your blog and your voice. Finding out we also have this common makes me feel even more at home (not that I would wish it on anyone!)

        In short – thank you, you’re awesome.

        • says

          Awwww, thank you for the words of support. It is always kind of nerve-wracking when I wrote a post that includes my deepest thoughts and weaknesses, but my intent has always been to be honest about my journey. I have gained so much strength from others in our community and really enjoy the connection to others like you. 🙂

  3. says

    Fun looking eats! Ha – you poke holes in spaghetti squash too! My hubby was wondering why I didn’t cut it open to cut (poking holes is way easier of course).
    I love eating at the Whole Foods Buffet – one of my favourite places to eat, there is always such good variety.
    Oh I can’t wait to hear about your cooking demo there, that is super exciting!!!
    Yay for larabar giveaway. A friend of mine saw a seasonal flavour called Snickerdoodle – it’s super good!


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