Hawaii (Waikiki)Traveler Vegan Food Finds from Ruffage Natural Foods and Alaska Airlines

We flew to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines and we noted last time that they offer a Vegan/Vegetarian Pack which is pretty good and includes these yummy olives, hummus pack, corn chips, dark chocolate piece in a 100% recycled cardboard box pack. For a short flight this works well and costs $6 paid by CC (no cash). NOTE: Alaska Airlines does separate waste in flight for recycling and I found out they gathered enough last year for 3 more jets or plenty of upgrades which they appear to be always doing – so that’s kinda cool and a two thumbs up for their initiatives in this area.

Ruffage Natural Foods in Waikiki area offers good options for Vegans/Vegetarians – here is the Acai Banana Bowl we had for breakfast with Acai, Blueberries, Banana and Granola – we took out the honey but that is usually on this item.  Cost $6.99 for small (picture shows the small) and $8.99 for large and could share.

Pictured above is the Super Antioxidant Smoothy which was Banana, Papaya, Acai, Goji, Pomegranate, Noni and Mangosteen. It’s pretty good. We also had the Organic Peanut Butter with Banana Smoothy which is excellent for a good protein starter of the day.  Cost $5.99 and could share.

Tofu Scrambler with Toast from Ruffage which had Earth Balance Butter. Note the toast is nothing special no grains just a plain brown bread but it did the trick and we don’t eat much bread so that was different and wished they offered better bread but hey travel as Vegan is often an interesting challenge. Cost $8.99 and could share.

Ruffage sells the Kombucha Drinks with a good selection – I tried this one for the first time the Grape and Chia Kombucha – its AWESOME!

Ruffage Natural Foods offers what the Vegan / Vegetarian traveler wants. You can expect the food to be pretty good for the most part however the customer service experience is lacking from the owner and her staff. Don’t expect a big smile and warm welcome with conversation.  To be honest we have been there enough to know that we only only certain items and have low expectations from a customer service experience. They offer a health food store style with vitamins and bags of nuts, chips, assortment of drinks, chocolates, etc.  This not exclusive Vegan so know that animal products are on the menu which could pose a challenge to some.

I recommend the Smoothies, The Tofu Scramble, The Veggie Burrito and that’s about it.

All in all Hawaii can be difficult if you want more than fruit and basic salads for Vegan travelers so you do have to make some efforts to look around and ask questions (the shops offering smoothies or acai bowls are made with yogurts so DO ASK QUESTIONS) or go to the supermarket which we do and get some items that suit you. Restaurants are big on seafood and meats. Perhaps changes are slowly coming so look for it, ask for it and give feedback for it.

We didn’t starve nor did we spend alot of cash on food. We were wanting to eat well on a budget and we did with some effort and work it was all good and of course mainly we were there for beach sun fun and the food was secondary but still important.

Always have fun and make the experience a good one.

All photos by Suzanne expect for the image below which is a postcard I found.

Jem of a Juice Bar in Mexico City International Airport

Photos by Suzanne

Awesome to discover this juice bar at Mexico City International Airport. The gal in the photo was so proud to have made me the Antioxidant drink before my flight and she agreed to being in my blog for you all. If you find yourself in the International area of Mexico City Airport go grab a beautiful juice from her and support this business – vegans and non-vegans will get a kick out of this place. This is an awesome option for any body out there looking for a boost of nutrition before their flight.

Heavenly Hemp Hearts for Health

Recipe Design Set Up and Photo by Suzanne

Tonight as most in the winter months I like to whip up a cozy drink for whoever is around before bed. Although this delicious drink is not specific to evenings and can be taken anytime, great in the morning too, always yummy so take your shots of hemp hearts anytime.

My Heavenly Hemp Hearts for Health is super easy. Grind your fresh hemp hearts; add ground hemp hearts plus in this case I used Twister Power which is Cacao, Hemp & Maca ground 1 T or whatever portion for your own taste. power to almond milk. Add a few petals of Lavender. Whip it up in your magic bullet until nice and frothy.

Add to your favorite shot glasses. Perhaps dust ever so lightly with cinnamon and in this case I put in a dash of cinnamon whiskey for flavor. Ok, this is soooooooooo good you which you had made a lot more. Suddenly you realize you love Almond Milk and you must have more of it in your fridge. This is a good thing.

Variations: you can change it up with Cacao Powder and Vanilla Almond Milk you can add a little of any liquor you like (nothing with cream or milk for Vegans). Sometimes if I find some vegan chocolate nibs I will grind them up with the drink for added texture.

NOTE: this will not last long and you will want more – how fun is that 🙂