Decades ago, we decided to invite more compassion into our lives by eliminating meat from our diet. We’ve enjoyed increased health and vitality while making a positive impact on the planet. Despite the many benefits, one quandary has persisted: How can we get enough protein to fuel our active, on-the-go lifestyle?
We knew the solution should be simple. We rolled up our sleeves and headed to the kitchen to create a variety of high-protein add-ins that combine harmoniously with any meal, anywhere.
Life is a journey—a path marked by lively adventures and joyful connection. On that journey, you’ll want to pack plenty of convenient Vegetarian Traveler®; your conscious, vegan protein solution.
Thank you for including Vegetarian Traveler® in your life.
We are Christy and Chuck; children of the sixties, Trekkies, peace-lovers, social activists and compassionate living enthusiasts. We have raised our family governed by the principles of compassion, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship and have passed these values along to our children and grandchildren.
Over the years we have embraced an active vegetarian lifestyle; exploring, connecting and celebrating with friends and family, yet we have always found ourselves faced with the challenge of getting enough healthy protein in our diet - especially when we’re away from home. After years of compromise or just opting out, we decided to make another commitment: to develop a way for vegetarians to eat a meal anywhere– and have their protein too.
The Vegetarian Traveler® approach is based on a belief that life is a journey fueled with compassion. We believe that a steady and thoughtful commitment to education and outreach are the best way to move society forward. Small steps in a better direction can, indeed, trigger a mighty sea change.
Food and diet choices are intensely personal and most often based on a host of factors including lifestyle choices, condition-specific medical needs, health benefits, ethics, and environmental concerns. Here is an overview of some of the growing food communities and their choices:
Vegetarianism often starts with an ethical decision based on compassion for all living beings and for the huge benefits to our environment. As food communities go, it has one of the larger bodies of research behind it with several significant studies showing vegetarians to have significantly lower blood pressure and a lower lifetime risk of heart disease. On the downside, Nutritionists say it can be challenging for vegetarians to get enough protein, iron, B12 and DHA/EPA found in fatty fish.
Like vegetarians, vegans often begin their dietary commitment with an ethical decision to avoid animal products altogether based on compassion for all living beings and for the huge benefits to our environment. In addition to eliminating meat, poultry and seafood, vegans also opt-out of other animal products including dairy products, honey and eggs. Benefits may include an increased intake of wholesome foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans and pulses), seeds and whole grains rich with antioxidants, dietary fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Downsides may include a general inconvenience factor and difficulty eating out in particular. Carrying vegan foods and snacks to make eating out easier is often recommended.
Flexitarian is a term used to describe people who describe themselves as semi-vegetarian. The people in this food tribe minimize meat without excluding it altogether. Benefits of a flexitarian approach may include better health and lower risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes while providing more flexibility in food choices, and of course the huge benefits to our environment as well as compassion for other living beings. Some downsides may include nutritional deficiencies for people who are not experienced in cooking with legumes (beans and pulses) and high protein seeds and grains, or who don’t have guidance for making up for the loss of protein in their diets.