I had the pleasure this week to talk with Paula Nichols from the Canadian Olympic Committee about living life as an elite athlete and vegan. I share my favorite food travel tips as I get ready to compete this week at the NHK Trophy!
The reigning world pairs champion with partner Eric Radford has been a vegan for seven years. This week the duo is competing at the final event of the ISU Grand Prix series, NHK Trophy, in Nagano, Japan. Duhamel gave us a glimpse into her luggage.
So what does she have in there?
Nutritional yeast to sprinkle on vegetables, super seed mix (chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts) to add to cereal, granola bites for munching on the plane, pumpkin seeds, coconut water, almond milk, chia squeezable (which includes kale and spirulina for her organic greens), dried mangos and apple, quinoa granola, and homemade burritos with sweet potato, tofu and tempeh.
“I bring as much as I can and then I do my research on what type of vegan restaurants there are in the area,” said Duhamel. “I bring enough food to last me a couple of days and then if I need more meals, I have these restaurant options.”