After eating my way across the northern hemisphere and back down to the south, I have come to realise how many hidden gems there are on this incredible planet, especially when it comes to food. I have found that it IS possible to experience grain-free travel and have a lot of fun doing it!
After catching my breath after New York City, landing in Ireland was a breath of fresh air – literally. I was in a state of peace making my way around the west of Ireland with my foodie friend Tara-Lee over at wickedwholefoods.com. She, being a native to the lush green country, escorted me around Limerick, Galway, Sligo and then over to Dublin. As two die-hard foodies, we naturally visited farmers markets and cooked some lush meals together as well as finding some cafes/restaurants in the most unexpected places which had an abundant of gluten/grain-free options.
As I have a passionate love affair with strawberries – I could not go past a roadside stall of Ireland’s most famous Wexford strawberries. This area in Ireland is famous for their climate, which suits the growth of strawberries.
However, as a grain free traveller, I am always prepared with a plan B hidden away in my suitcase. I packed a bulk bag of my coconut granola (still perfecting the recipe, coming soon), Loving Earth snacks, Pana Chocolate and assorted trail mix of organic activated almonds, walnuts, goji berries and dried apricots. As a result, I am never caught consuming the horrendous plane food. Naturally, as the Irish, English and Scottish love their bread – I was never scrambling for breakfast all thanks to my backup granola, that’s a win I say.
When I landed is Edinburgh, Scotland, my heart was immediately captured by the architecture, history and gothic like world, (I can see where JK Rowling got her inspiration). But ultimately the produce in this area is no less than spectacular and it is fair to say that many people are not aware of this hidden gold mine of gut-friendly deliciousness.
Firstly, I want to start with that Scotland is renowned for their berries and mushrooms, I say this from my very own taste buds and what the locals tell me. The mushrooms are so in demand here that they are shipped to France, Spain and other parts of Europe. Naturally, it would be a crime to not mention the seafood, seriously I try to avoid the farmed smoked salmon in Australia but the Scottish smoked salmon is a must. The scallops from the Orkney Islands and the mussels from the Shetland Islands, both in far north Scotland are like no other, and the sustainable wild fishing practices are a big tick from me!
I know that staying healthy while travelling is a must, when you feel good and full of energy, your holiday is going to be so much more fun and memorable. I always say do what you can, be prepared and surrender to the rest. It certainly does not hurt doing a little bit of research before you leave, packing some snacks and being a conscious consumer on the road! Safe travels for now!
I would love to hear about your travels and the grain free hidden gems you have found! So upload your picture to Instagram, tag me and hash tag #SuperLife #SuperFood #SuperAdventure
Peace, Love, Health
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