We didn’t want to fast for two-weeks during our vacation in Iceland, so we needed to think about food before we started our trip.
A visit to an Icelandic restaurant can easily cost 40 – 50€. Depending on the market the prices vary a little but they are definitely more expensive than in Central Europe. Why this is so becomes clear when you stand in front of a shelf in the supermarket: 99% of the available products are imported from all over the world. Iceland imports so much! Also, in the fruit and vegetable department you can find all sorts of exotic fruits. To our regret, however, fruits were mostly wrapped in plastic. We would have loved to only buy regional products – this way it would have been way more fun.
Cheap, but it must be useful
Are you maybe feeling the same? Since the flights and the car for two weeks were already relatively expensive, we wanted to somehow save on food prices, but in a good way. Maintaining a healthy diet was important for us, especially on a journey through an unknown country which can be very exciting and intense. Doing this is only possible with support from the inside. That’s why we inquired in advance for good alternatives to cheap supermarket food.
As lucky as we are, we have been kindly provided some products. When selecting the products, we placed great emphasis on the fact that their production is environmentally friendly, the product contains no artificial additives, if possible vegan, and tastes good.
We are happy to share our honest opinions and experiences with you. Each product had its advantages and disadvantages and some were better suited for a road trip than others. The basic idea of ”meal replacements” has proven to be a very good one!
Snow, rain, wind, volcanoes, and ice
Iceland is cold! In May, there are already many hours of sun, but one should not imagine the beaches of Iceland even in summer as a sunbathing location. In Iceland you can really experience all kinds of weather conditions throughout the day.
For a strong immune system
Many have prophesied before our trip that we will have a cold because of the Icelandic weather from spending every night in a car, or that we would get bladder infections. Especially we women have to fight with that more often and very quickly. Well, it was cold but our plan of keeping a healthy and nutritious diet, combined with one or two immune system boosters worked very well! We did not get sick, nor did we spend a lot of money on food.
As a basic care, we started to take 3 CAPS immu from Ringana daily one week before we left.
During our holiday, depending on my needs and feelings, I also used the CAPS hydro to prevent a cystitis.
I’m really glad that the pre-purchased antibiotics have not found use and I can really recommend this prevention!
Sufficient vitamins and fibers
The basic equipment for “liquid food” is a shaker, a shaker ball and water. It doesn’t require much more, which makes this kind of food perfect for an adventurous trip.
Another convenient product we found was the finished drinks from Mana. They are filling, taste good and the biggest advantage: they were premixed!
Since we were allowed to carry enough luggage on the plane, travelling to Iceland was no problem. The drinks contain a number of important nutrients and healthy fats derived from microalgae. In addition, Mana is one of the companies that take their responsibility to our planet seriously and therefore pay attention to sustainable production!
We especially liked to mix the Mana drinks with a PACK antiox to add a delicious berry flavour and especially fresh nutrients and vitamins to the quick breakfast.
For all those who are interested in those drinks and want to include them in their holidays, we have a discount code of -5%. Simply specify “teamfresh” at the cash desk.
We can also recommend the Shaker and powders from Bertrand. The consistency is quite different, more like oatmeal, but really tasty. Our favourite was the flavour Blueberry. Bertrand produces nutritional supplements in BIO quality with carefully selected products to make a really good meal replacement with vitamins and fibre.
For a road trip, the shake was not quite as practical as a pre-mixed drink, but it was not a problem at a short break to mix the shake. The taste was really good and filling.
Once you’re in a car, you learn to appreciate everything that’s pre-made. The shakes of Berlin Organics were not so convenient and fast to prepare while we were “on the road”.
The flavours however, I found particularly great, because there is also the flavour tomato. I really like tomato soup, tomato sauce and tomato juice and that’s why I was especially looking forward to it.
Berlin Organics attaches great importance to sustainable means of transport and the best quality of raw materials, superfoods. The meal replacement is vegan and free of any questionable additives, so ideally suited for a healthy meal. We mixed the powders with water (recommended is a milk alternative). The consistency, in combination with water, was unfortunately not our favourite because it was a bit grainy.
Depending on your taste and preference, we hope that you will find a good solution for a healthy diet during an adventurous trip!
However, we still have a product tip for you, an energy boost!
Whether you’re planning a trip all night long or on beautiful, but also exhausting, days in Iceland .. it really makes sense to have a small, but especially effective, energy booster with you.
If you do not like ginger, you will not like this energyshot. However, I like to drink it pure ;).
The certain pungent, slightly sweet, and great taste make this healthy energy drink something that you will not find anywhere else. The CHIs are also available in a 3-pack and we can only recommend you to try them and feel the effects! Compared to traditional energy drinks, this is long lasting and effective!
So much to our planning and experience of healthy eating during a road trip in Iceland. We re-buy those products at any time because they are healthy, inexpensive, sustainable, and also environmentally friendly produced. They are definitely a better option than pre-packaged and imported products at supermarkets.
If you are also interested in what our experiences in Iceland were as well as how to keep yourself clean on a road trip, check out our article “Surviving in the Camper Van”