I spent most of my time on the road; travelling from yoga retreat to yoga teacher training and from one volunteer project to another. Mostly my food is cooked for me. If not, I go low budget. In both cases I love having good smoothies. Getting nice fruit is almost always possible, getting nice smoothies isn’t. I played with the idea of bringing a little immersion blender, but then my good friend Alexandra suggested just to take a little travel blender with me, like she always does. So I did and I’m deeply in love with it.
I’m teaching in India at this moment. Assisting on four yoga teacher training courses in a row. I think I have one or two days in between them. Food is served: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only on Sunday I have to get my own. I mean I can always go and eat somewhere else, but it’s nicer to stay with the group. Most questions are asked over dinner or lunch. Next to that I’m working at Sampoorna yoga and food is good. Really good.
Having all my meals being prepared for me, it also gives me time to spent more hours on my own practice. I love teaching, but I started yoga for myself, for my own growth. I love taking classes, but I love my own practice as well. At this moment I’m focusing a lot on body awareness and getting a bit more power and who knows finally some abs to help my lower back.
Eating vegetarian (all the food at Sampoorna is; often even vegan) I like to get some more protein in. So I brought a lot of different protein powders with me to try out. The fruit in India is incredible. Papaya, watermelon, custard apples, coconuts, apples, you name it. Yesterday I started with a very rich and creamy papaya – lime – avocado shake. I had it as dinner and it filled me up for sure. I added a bit of Sacha Inchi protein powder to it.
The travel blender I have with me is a tiny Philips, HR2872. It weighs a bit more than one and a halve kilo. Looking for it I found a lot of brands making small blenders. I just took this one, because I know Philips makes good stuff. It came with a small blender jug and a take away bottle. I left the jug at home and have just the bottle with me. It works easy. Only has one button to press and blends really well. Even the ginger becomes smooth in it.
So if you’re off for a longer journey and/or like to save money on your smoothies, pack one. It doesn’t take up lot of room. (Especially if you feel the bottle up. I had my probiotics in it for instance.) And you have just the smoothie you want at the moment you want it.