Have Protein, Will Travel

In a food paradise as diverse and accessible as Honolulu, it seems like a crime to even consider packing the standard “emergency” food that covers the standard range of granola bars and protein shakes. Vegan options exist almost anywhere you go, even where you’d least expect it. That’s why I was surprised by just how handy my little packets of Amazing Meal, made by powdered greens-pusher Amazing Grass, proved to be in no time at all.

Compared to my non-existent activity level at home, walking miles across town every day felt like training for the Olympics. Even with my voracious appetite for eating out, trying new restaurants, and cooking as much exotic produce I could get my hands on, I still found my energy levels dipping severely come midday. Rather than relying the standard quick fix from a cup of coffee, the Cafe Mocha superfood blend was genuinely revitalizing, and without any jitters of course. The vaguely greenish hue is the only hint of the goodness packed within each glass. Trust me, I won’t willingly drink any swampy protein powders that can only be described as tasting healthy at best, and it was no struggle to drain my cup. Head and shoulders above most dried greens blends even when mixed with only cold water, the light cocoa flavor gives way to a hint of coffee, very gently sweetened to round out the flavors. No, it’s not something you would mistake for a decadent milkshake, but it’s far tastier than most healthy powdered drinks on the market. For a quick energy infusion on the go, I’m very grateful to have these slim packets in my bag, just in case.

17 thoughts on “Have Protein, Will Travel

    1. Oh Terry, I would love to… If only I hadn’t already drank it all! I’m so sorry! If I can get down to Whole Foods before then, I’ll take a peek and see if they carry it here so I can stock back up anyway.

  1. Little energy boosters like that are always great…. It looks slightly unappealing due to the green color but that’s just me. I have the same with green smoothies… Lol. Great tip though Hannah!

  2. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  3. We will be traveling this summer, and this sounds like a great addition to my packing list! By any chance have you ever made your own protein powder? I have been looking for a homemade recipe, but haven’t been pleased with the results. Perhaps you can create a future blog with a creation of your own?

    1. Actually, it wasn’t my intention at all, but now that you mention it I suppose I did make my own protein powder on this trip too. I haven’t tried it blended up in shakes but as a savory sprinkle over meals, so I’m not sure if it qualifies. I simply took okara (the pulp leftover from making tofu) and toasted it in the oven at a low temperature (200 – 250), stirring frequently, until it was completely dry and lightly golden all over. It has a pleasantly nutty flavor thanks to all that roasting. I did make it into something else special, so I guess I need to share that recipe soon… Sorry to leave you hanging for now!

  4. I really want to get these to bring when I travel to places that aren’t as welcoming food-wise. They seem like such a great asset! I don’t like coffee, so I might have to try one of the other flavors. But so good to know about!

  5. Love the post title – reminds me of Will Travel For Vegan Food, hehe! How very convenient – I love slim packs and that’s a pretty good looking green drink! I can imagine using it during international flights and keep me hydrated and full for hours!

  6. I’ve used Amazing Grass products before and generally been a fan. Was this post paid for by Amazing Grass or was the sample sent for free to get a review from you? I think that full disclosure is pretty important.

    1. I will always explicitly state if a post has been paid for (which this has not) and I typically indicate in the text if the sample has been sent to me. I’m sorry that it was bit more ambiguous in this brief review.

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