Eating consciously while travelling...and consciously enjoying your food!

Homemade pizza and salad - we really piled the veggies on this pizza!

Homemade pizza and salad - we really piled the veggies on this pizza!

While living in France, I’ve been fortunate to do lots of travelling. Our most recent trip was to Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy. (It was incredibly beautiful, and I would highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area!)

While there, we had the pleasure of tasting lots of delicious foods, many of which were inspired by the cuisines of Italy, France, or a combination of the two! Of course, while travelling and eating abroad, it can be easy to go a little overboard. So, here are my tips for eating consciously while travelling…while consciously enjoying your food!

·      Don’t hesitate to try local specialities. In my opinion, this is one of the best parts of travelling and experiencing new cultures! We tried sanglier (wild boar), brocciu (a Corsican AOC cheese, which was a little strong, even for our newly-acquired “French” tastes), Italian thin crust pizza, and local Corsican wine. We also bought some Corsican AOP honey, and homemade vanilla-apricot jam to take home!

Italian thin crust pizza overlooking the Mediterranean in Corsica!

Italian thin crust pizza overlooking the Mediterranean in Corsica!

·      Eat breakfast in. When we stay at AirBnBs, we almost always eat breakfast in. This saves money on coffee (a latte a day can really dip into your travel budget!), helps ensure we get some calcium while travelling (think: milk and cereal), and means we have at least one meal a day that’s not unnecessarily loaded with sodium or saturated/trans fats (French croissants are great, but not every day!).

·      Visit the grocery store or local markets. This is a fun way to check out local brands, buy fresh produce, and get less overpriced (food) souvenirs to bring home. It can also lead to some funny discoveries, like these chips…

Cheeseburger chips? No thanks, France.

Cheeseburger chips? No thanks, France.

·      Stay somewhere you can cook. If you’ve rented a place or are staying in a hostel or hotel with a kitchenette, try to cook at least once or twice during your stay. This will not only save money, but will allow you to try preparing some of the local products you’ve picked up! Our AirBnB in Corsica was a house on a hill with a beautiful view of the sea and mountains. It also had an old-school, charcoal BBQ, so we fired it up (which took longer than you might think, as well as some brush from the forest…) and had some great BBQ dinners. This was super relaxing after a long day in the sun, and meant we could get our veggies in (barbecued sweet potato was a hit!) while enjoying a delicious meal and sipping Corsican wine overlooking the sea. Earlier in the week, we made a really tasty Moroccan chicken tagine at an AirBnB in Paris that was particularly well stocked with spices. Yum!

Prepping some healthy turkey kabobs at OUR AIRBNB

Prepping some healthy turkey kabobs at OUR AIRBNB

Waiting for those turkey kabobs...BBQ dinner overlooking the sea!

Waiting for those turkey kabobs...BBQ dinner overlooking the sea!

·      Don’t be afraid to indulge once in a while. Before and after Corsica, we spent a couple of days in Paris, where we enjoyed the local food scene (which always includes a drink or two on a terrasse while doing some great people watching!). We also indulged ourselves one night…in some Canadian comfort food! We were super excited to find a Canadian bar/restaurant in Paris (menu items included Montreal smoked meat poutine, macaroni and cheese, and burritos, which are all hard to come by in France!).

·      Don’t forget your fruits and veggies! Many hotels offer fruit at breakfast, so snag some extra to snack on during the day, or pick some up at a local market stand (you might just find something you’ve never had before!). Personally, I've discovered that I absolutely love fresh apricots, which were in season when we were travelling. When at a restaurant, don’t hesitate to order an appetizer if it means you get a salad with your meal, and if, like many people, you can’t resist French fries, see if the restaurant will do half salad/half fries – many of them will!

Most importantly, take the time to consciously enjoy your food, which will really help to open your eyes to a new place and its culture.

xox

Sam

Stunning Corsica!

Stunning Corsica!

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