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Nutrition, Education, and Motivation that remind us why Plants-Rule.  Supporting a plant-based, whole-foods diet with scientific evidence.  A chef's passion for ingredients with the realistic practicality of a home cook.  These articles offer insight into the benefits of a vegan diet with the humor to support a balanced healthy lifestyle. 

The Salad That Traveled the World: A 10-Minute Healthy Solution for a Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo Diet while Traveling

Meet the Salad that has Traveled the World: 

Take Anywhere Healthy Oil-Free Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Salad

Take Anywhere Healthy Oil-Free Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Salad

This salad has been with me from the markets of Peru to the Patagonia peaks in Chile to the Iguazu Falls in Argentina and even through the castles of Germany.  

This is my Make-Anywhere, Take-Anywhere Salad

It works for any diet: plant-based, vegan, oil-free, Paleo, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free

The directions are simple:

  1. Go to the nearest farmers market (or grocery store) and pick the freshest choice of tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumber.  

  2. Add in a can (or two!) of beans or lentils.  

  3. Toss on some olives, capers, or artichokes.  

  4. A good dose of balsamic or red wine vinegar

  5. Some fresh basil or parsley, if you can find it.

  6. Shake it up and go!

You can add more crunch with Romaine lettuce.  

Or some peppery spice with chopped radish.  

Or hey, even some Chanterelle Mushrooms...they were soooo gorgeous in Stuttgart's Markthalle.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

Chanterelle Mushrooms

Take Anywhere Salad in Germany, with Chanterelle Mushrooms

Take Anywhere Salad in Germany, with Chanterelle Mushrooms


It Gets Even Better the Next Day

This is one of my favorite salads when I hike.  

I'll make a big batch the morning of a big hike.  I start out on the trail early in the morning.

By the time, I get to the top, there is something amazing going on...the tomatoes are juicy, the vinegar is macerating the bell peppers.  There is the perfect delicious blend of crunchy, juicy, salty, sweetness.  

Lunchtime on the top of the peak...the other hikers get jealous.

It sure beats granola.

Sunrise in El Chalten, Argentina:  Perfect Setting for Salad-Making

Sunrise in El Chalten, Argentina:  Perfect Setting for Salad-Making

Guanaco in Chile - Jealous of my Salad

Guanaco in Chile - Jealous of my Salad


Adjust to Fit the Local Flavors

In Iguazu Falls, near the border of Argentina and Brazil, I found an incredible little market with buckets of olives.  I didn't expect such a strong presence of the European heritage in the food.  Brined olives, pickled gherkins, marinated peppers...I felt like I was in some Mediterranean bistro rather than a tiny Spanish-speaking rain forest city

Olives Galore

Olives Galore

Take Anywhere Salad at Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Take Anywhere Salad at Iguazu Falls in Argentina


When Traveling, Keep Your Sanity...and Your Health

My good friend and Chicago Personal Trainer, Sarah Carousa provides some sensible advice for staying fit while traveling.  She has a "You can squat anywhere" approach.  I prefer the..."You can Push-Up Anywhere"...even on the Incan Trail in Peru


Sarah Carusona: You can Squat Anywhere, even at the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Sarah Carusona: You can Squat Anywhere, even at the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Read Sarah's

How to Stay Healthy on Vacation at 20to80.com


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About the Author:

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons


Chef Katie Simmons

Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago.  She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue.  Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry, and a blogger for Kuli Kuli Foods.  For fun, she loves to travel, with her favorite trips including 4-days on the Incan Trail, 10 days of hiking in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, 5 months backpacking in New Zealand, and recently exploring the Bavarian pretzels, beer, and wine of Germany.