My Trip to Miami and Costa Rica: What I’ll Be Eating and Traveling With

Written by Max Goldberg on February 16, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Today I leave for a 10-day trip to Miami and then to Costa Rica, where I will be reporting on an amazing non-profit in that country. (Stay tuned for posts and videos.)

When I told many of my friends that I would be traveling out of the country, the question “What are you going to eat?” was the first thing that immediately popped out of their mouths.

They know how committed to organic I am, and they were perplexed about how I would survive without my local organic markets and restaurants.

Below is my travel schedule, what my eating plans are, and what my concerns are.

FLYING TO MIAMI

Not a big deal at all. It is only a three hour flight, and I’ll make sure that I’ll bring organic fruit and crackers. I also bought a bag of Sol Simple’s organic sun dried bananas that I am going to take with me.

As soon as I land, I’ll probably go to Whole Foods for dinner.

STAYING IN MIAMI

Again, not a concern. I lived in Miami for three years and ate organic there without a problem.

When in Miami, I will definitely be going to LifeFood Gourmet and the market on Saturday in Coconut Grove hosted by Glaser Organic Farms, my absolute favorite farmers market in the country. Blog posts will definitely be coming about these two stops.

Plus, there is a new organic restaurant in Coral Gables that I want to check out.

FLYING TO COSTA RICA

Similar to what I did for my flight to Miami, I’ll be stocking up on organic fruit, flax crackers, nuts, and energy bars. I’ll make sure that I have juiced and eaten well the day of the flight.

STAYING IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is a very tropical country, the fruit is incredibly fresh, and I know people who move there because the land is so preserved and the soil so pure.

Let’s not forget that the U.S. uses more GMOs and more pesticides than anyone. So, when we leave the country, we are already at an advantage.

The people that I am traveling with are all concerned about what they eat as well, and I am sure that while the food we are going to eat may not all be certified organic, it will probably be very “clean”.

At the end of the day, I am going to eat the best that I can and not worry about it. After all, I will be in a foreign country and am not packing/sending in advance each meal for the entire week.

That being said, I will pack chia seedspalm sugar, coconut oil, and goji berries. Therefore, all I would need is bottled water to have a nutritious breakfast wherever I am at.

FLYING TO MIAMI/NEW YORK

This is the only part of the entire trip that causes me slight concern.

I’ll do my best to buy as much good food in advance down there and I will make sure to have saved some chia seeds and goji berries for the flight.

Yet, I have a few hour layover in the Miami airport and I know what the food is like there – not so great. Hopefully, there are some new organic options that I don’t know about.

This day may not be so easy, in terms of food. We’ll see, but I will prepare the best that I can.

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Overall, I am super-excited for Miami and Costa Rica and look forward to sharing with you what I find in both places.

Plus, I could definitely use the Vitamin D as I have gotten very little sun exposure in New York City this winter.

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10 Comments

  1. Hello Max,

    Very exciting! BTW I love the Sol Simple’s organic
    bananas!

    All the best,
    stephanie

    Written by stephanie haughey on February 16, 2012 @ 12:19 pm
  2. Thanks for sharing…I always think about this when the traveling come up. Are we allowed to take food with us,on the plain ? I thought they check everything. I wanted to take my Greek yogurt last time I flew to Cancun,they took all my snacks away :(

    Written by eli on February 16, 2012 @ 12:58 pm
  3. Great post Max… you totally make me smile. We take the same things on trips… have you tried the individual sized travel packs of chia seeds? I have them available on my shop. Also – I think you’d love these posts I wrote last summer about eating organic on the road… You probably already know all these tips… regardless here they are…http://foodbabe.com/2011/04/18/food-babe-travel-essentials/ and http://foodbabe.com/2011/06/28/organic-trip-tricks-vacation-turks-caicos/
    and this one about surviving plane rides…. http://foodbabe.com/2011/08/23/no-reason-to-panic-on-the-plane/

    Have a rocking time and very safe trip! See you in March :)

    Written by Food Babe on February 16, 2012 @ 11:00 pm
  4. My Uncle and his girlfriend just bought a house in Costa Rica and she came home last week with the most amazing coconut oil from the locals. She literally filled all her old 3 oz empty shampoo bottles to bring it home. Yum!!

    Written by Jessica on February 17, 2012 @ 1:40 am
  5. Hi Jessica,

    Great to hear! I’ll be on the lookout for the coconut oil there.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 17, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
  6. Hi Vani,

    Thanks, I will check them out! Hope you’re great and see you soon at Expo!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 17, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
  7. Hi Eli,

    I have never had a problem taking food with me on the plane. However, it does go through the x-ray machine, not a good thing.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 17, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
  8. Thanks Stephanie!! Yes, I love Sol Simple’s bananas too!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 17, 2012 @ 1:06 pm
  9. Good news Max! The food in Costa Rica is fabulous. We went there for a week a few years ago and were amazed by the taste of everything we ate. REAL food! Nothing like what you find here in the States. We could actually feel the difference in our health and energy levels in the week we were there. It’s amazing what good nutrition can do for you.

    I also travel with my own food. I like to stock up on the organic raw snacks at Whole Foods for my trips. I have no trouble having enough for the ride home as well. My only challenge then is fresh produce. If you have something in the morning before you leave, and you can take some on the plane with you, you just can’t bring it into the country. So it’s only the short window of your layover in Miami and on the flight home that is an issue.

    Have a great time! You are going to love Costa Rica!

    Written by Mary Ann MacKay on February 18, 2012 @ 9:51 am
  10. Hi Mary Ann,

    It sounds like we are on the exact same eating plan!!

    I have been to Costa Rica twice and am very much looking forward to going back again. It is wonderful to hear that you had such a great time there. Posts from that country will be coming soon!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 18, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

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