Festival Survival Tips
It’s festival time! Now that my cookbook is on the shelves, I’m allowing myself to enjoy my freedom this summer, which means: party! I love the festival atmosphere. In my opinion, festival grounds are the place to spot new trends, check out new music and feel as free as a bird! I love it! The only thing that is often absent during a weekend of partying is healthy food. It might sound dull, but my healthy lifestyle is very important to me and I try to keep it up even during the summer party season. Of course I indulge in some fries or a fatty slice of pizza from time to time, but I enjoy fueling my body with powerfood. Since keeping a car with a trunk full of fresh vegetables and a slow juicer stationed in the Lowlands parking lot seems a bit over the top, I generally just hope that there are some food stands to choose from that serve food that’s a bit healthier than the usual saté, fries and shawarma. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to realize that healthy food is not only important, but also tasty and easy to make, so it’s getting easier to find organic and whole foods at festivals and campgrounds. But I admit it, especially after a drink or two, it’s tough to stick to your principles. Here are a few of my survival tips to keep your festival season at least somewhat healthy.
Water with lemon
You’re standing in the blazing sun all day, the alcohol is abundant and you’re losing a lot of fluid because you’re dancing all day. Festival survival tip number one: make sure you drink enough water! It’s even better to give your liver a boost by squeezing a lemon into your water, since lemon juice stimulates detoxification. Camping at a festival for three days? Bring three 1½ liter bottles of water and three fresh lemons with you in your bag. Starting your day with lemon water will flush out toxins and leave you feeling fit instantly.
Choose fresh and grilled food on festival grounds, instead of fried or deep-fried food. Think roasted corn on the cob, grilled zucchini, chicken, fish or a fresh fruit salad. Avoid processed meats like hotdogs, croquettes and sausages or meatballs. Choose sauces made with olive oil, herbs and spices instead of ketchup, barbecue sauce and globs of mayo.
Bring your own snacks along, like a bag of healthy nuts, apples or nutritious bars that you can buy at organic stores. Sneak away from the revelry for a moment to treat yourself to a bar and half a liter of water from your tent. In any case, it’s good to take a moment of rest every so often and then you’ll be ready to dance again!
In the days leading up to the festival, make sure that you eat healthy and eat enough. Go for tasty, satisfying quinoa salads, green smoothies and a good, solid, healthy breakfast before you leave. It will be easier to resist being tempted by the delicious smells of all those fatty snacks. On top of that, your body will be better prepared for a slightly less-than-healthy weekend.
You’ll make it through the festival season with these tips! And if you do give in and order those fries? Enjoy them to the fullest!
Have a happy festival summer!