Do you find it difficult to keep healthy eating habits on holidays? Honestly, I find it much easier to eat healthfully in a tropical country than in my home country Germany. Most of the local ‘temptations’ in Tenerife are deep-fried things, bread stuff and fish. Luckily these unhealthy foods don’t appeal to me anymore. The REAL temptations for me were the following: LOCAL papayas, LOCAL bananas and other cheap fruits such as cherimoyas, apricots, donut peaches, and figs.
1 week in Tenerife
My holiday was split into 2 parts:
- Wednesday till Sunday at the Airbnb with 3 friends (1 who lived in Tenerife)
- Sunday till Wednesday at a friend’s house in El Medano (Claudia)
Breakfast at the Airbnb
While my friends were in Tenerife with me, we stayed in a nice flat near Costa del Silencio. We had a pool and spend two of our mornings there. After taking a swim, I prepared breakfast for my friends and me. Since we had rented a car, we were able to visit a Lidl and buy enough food until Sunday. I bought healthy vegan food for myself and they bought food for the two of them (they are an omnivore couple).
For breakfast, I always cooked oatmeal in half plant milk half water and added 2-3 mashed bananas.
I always cooked 300-500g dry oatmeal and took the leftovers on the trip to eat later in the day. We always stayed out until 9 or 10 pm, so I would have starved if I didn’t have another portion of oatmeal with me. Oatmeal is so tasty, I could eat it three times a day. 😀
Luckily we drove by a fruit stand every day and my friends (basically all humans) love fruit too, so we bought plenty of fruit for the day.
I also had a knife and spoons in the car so I could cut open and eat papayas on the road.
You can never eat too much fruit because it is the food we humans are designed to eat. No other food in the world is digested more easily and no other food offers more optimal nutrition for humans.
Dinner at the Airbnb
For dinner, I always made a salad because
- salads are tasty.
- they don’t require cooking.
- raw fruits (tomatoes, avocados, and cucumbers are actually fruits) and dark leafy greens offer optimal nutrition.
- salads are easily digestible.
- they make you feel energized, focussed, happy and awake.
This is what my salads usually looked like:
- 200g leafy greens
- 2-3 tomatoes
- 1 cucumber
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 small avocado
- 1 Tbsp spicy mustard
- the juice of 1/2 lemon
- mixed herbs
I also had a few slices of bread with hummus, mustard, and olives after my salad when I was still hungry. It really depended on how much fruit I ate during the day – those days we walked a lot and burned a lot of calories I was hungrier than when we spent most of our time in the car or at the beach.
What I ate in El Medano
When I arrived in El Medano, Claudia gave me a quick city tour. She showed me a fruit shop I immediately fell in love with – they had all the fruits I loved: papayas, apricots, peaches, bananas and so on. The papayas there were so sweet and ripe that I ate just papayas for breakfast/lunch for the rest of the time on the island. On the last day we went to a fruit market where I discovered extremely smelly organic papayas. They were the tastiest papayas I’ve ever tried, so I even took a few of them home to Germany in my hand luggage.
And then I coincidentally discovered a vegan place in San Isidro (very close to El Medano)
At Madre Tierra they sell vegan burgers, pastries, cakes, omelets and VEGAN ICE CREAM! The café even has a built in health food store. So practical!
From everything I’ve tried, the spinach pastry and the omelet were my favourites. They also have a few non-vegan options but the owner explained it to me like this: Other restaurants have a full non-vegan menu with a small number of vegan options, this is a fully vegan restaurant with a couple of non-vegan options. I LOVE THIS CONCEPT!
For dinner, I ate out twice. Once I had a salad with avocado in El Medano – they served it with lemon juice instead of their regular oil & vinegar dressing which was so nice of them! And much tastier than the oily dressing I reckon 🙂
The second time we went to a food court that also had a couple of vegan options. I ate rice noodles with vegetables and coconut curry sauce there. My first and last cooked dinner on Tenerife!
And as a matter of course, I diligently took my liquid B12 every day, even on holidays. You can’t get B12 from plant food (anymore) so you should always supplement it on a vegan diet. It’s better to take care of a regular intake than to risk a deficiency.
I hope you guys liked this little “What I eat in a day” diary. Would you like to read more of these kinds of blog posts in the future? Let me know! 🙂