How To Make Your Own Smoothies While On The Road As A Digital Nomad
Love making your own smoothies? I ‘discovered’ home-made smoothies several months ago, but to be honest, it’s been a challenge to make it a habit.
Making smoothies is, of course, no problem while you’re at home, where you know exactly where to buy the perfect ingredients and where you’ll have your favorite blender on hand. But if you’re traveling the world as a digital nomad, you’re probably resorting to buying your fresh smoothies whenever you feel a hankering for one.
In some countries, this is both easy and cheap. Bali and Thailand come to mind.
In others, smoothies are neither to be found in every cafe, nor are they cheap even if you do. Germany comes to mind, to be honest. I’m currently in Aachen, and cafes that offer smoothies are few and far between.
On the other hand, Germany’s grocery stores are always well stocked on produce from all over the world. And in comparison to other European countries, groceries are actually quite cheap here; there are even discount organic brands to be found.
So I recently did some research and was surprised to find there are quite a few solutions to this conundrum.
Use a Fork
Never ideal and definitely time-consuming, there’s always the last resort of using a utensil that every accommodation all over the world keeps in their kitchen: a fork.
You’ll have to resort to the softer fruits and veggies like bananas, avocados, berries and tomatoes. But add a little liquid and a lot of elbow grease, and you’ll end up with a mushy enough pulp to pass as a chunky smoothie. I mean, hey, some people love chunky peanut butter, right?
If you’re already a minimalist packer, the fork may be your only option. However, if you have a little more space in your luggage, there may be a better solution…
Pack a Portable Blender
Yes, there is such a thing! Quite a few of them, in fact.
They’re big enough to make one smoothie - and what more do you need? - while remaining small enough to not take up half the space in your suitcase. With your own mini-me blender, you’ll have full control over your own smoothies, the ingredients and the pricing.
A disadvantage is that you’ll need to bring an adapter for it (though you’re probably carrying one for your other electronics anyway), and that it will take up at least as much space in your luggage as a pair of squished-together sneakers.
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Buy a Blender
If you have the funds, you can also simply buy a new blender in every location and leave it behind when you jet off to your next. The advantage is that it needn’t be a tiny one and that the plug will definitely fit the sockets.
The drawback for digital nomads conscious of their carbon footprint is wasting a perfectly functioning appliance. You could offset this by making sure the blender isn’t tossed in the garbage, but either used in the accommodation in which you stayed or donated to someone who will make use of it.
Travel-Smoothie Trial Run
I’m always looking to minimize my luggage with every chance I get, but I plan on loosening my iron grip on the kilograms for one of those portable blenders just to try it out. I’ll come back with a more detailed review once I’ve actually traveled with it for a while.
Until then, keep striving for an untroubled spirit and tread lightly upon this Earth.
Got any smoothie hacks of your own to add? How do you keep making your favorite breakfast drinks while traveling consistently? Let us know in the comments.