Its sometimes hard to eat healthy all the time when travelling.  Often we just run out of ideas (or is that just me!) on what to eat to stay healthy.  Of course we indulge in less healthy alternatives, but keeping up good habits allows us to enjoy cakes, bickies and arvo drinks.  Smoothies are a great habit to get into as they are often quick to prepare, have great antioxidant and health benefits and you are able to take advantage of local produce as you travel. So, if you have never thought of smoothies as a great breakfast or snack alternative or you miss those great green smoothies you used to make at home, I’m here to give you my best tips + tricks for taking smoothies on the road, whether you’re going on a day trip, going off the grid for a while or are able to stay hooked up to power for longer stays in your favourite camping spot. 
DAY TRIPS Heading out for the day? Simply blend your smoothie before you go and pop it in any travel-friendly cup. If you plan on drinking it in the car, I recommend using a lid with a straw hole. If want to enjoy it as an afternoon snack, simply store your smoothie in your portable fridge. Make sure it’s stored in an airtight container and be sure to give your smoothie a good shake before consuming!

Off the grid for a few days doesn’t mean you have to miss out. You have a couple of options here to ensure you can keep enjoying your favourite smoothie.

You can blend up a batch of smoothies the night before you leave (while you have the power and maybe a 240 volt blender) and store them in airtight containers*. Stick the jars in the freezer and freeze overnight. Before you head out, transfer your frozen smoothies to the portable fridge. They may not stay completely frozen, but they should stay cold! If you are running both a 12V fridge and freezer you have it made! And of course—be sure to shake that smoothie before drinking.

*PRO TIP: One thing you should know when pre-making smoothies is that not all smoothie ingredients are great for blending in advance. When pre-making my smoothies, I tend to stick to recipes that use water as a base and contain spinach, peaches, mango, strawberry, and/or pineapple, with a little citrus added in—either lime, orange, or lemon—to help preserve flavour. Some ingredients that are a definite no-no for blending in advance are blueberries, raspberries, avocado, chia seeds, flax seed, almond milk, and bananas.

The other option is to make your smoothies as you need them. You can get small blenders that are rechargeable from a USB port (we have a couple of ports fitted in our van) or you can blend manually. I have this great little manual mixer from Tupperware# that I use to make smoothies (as well as other stuff like scrambled eggs)

# Just a note: I have no affiliate with Tupperware, Im just sharing my experience and tips with you.
If you’re planning on making smoothies part of your travels here are some of my tips: 1) Decide which recipes you want to blend in advance. For ease, I recommend sticking to recipes without a ton of ingredients. Look for recipes with 4-5 ingredients. 2) Pack a couple of airtight containers and any superfoods/protein powder you need (I always have some protein powder when I travel with). 3) Try and take advantage of local produce where you are staying, not only will it be more cost effective but your smoothies will be superfresh and tasty. Sometimes that is not always possible, so frozen fruit will still be a great choice.

Pineapple, Peach & Pear

(Serves 2)

  • 1/2 small pineapple (peeled and halved)
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 pears

You can also used canned fruit for this.

Lean & Green

Get a great boost of vitamin C from this tasty green smoothie (2 serves)

  • ½ cup pineapple
  • ½ cup mango
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ spinach
  • ½ cup water

 Use frozen fruit for a ice cold treat.

Top O’ the Morning

Start you day simple and sweet (2 serves)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • 1cup vanilla almond milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop protein powder