Photo Essay: Re-connecting to Nature in my Summer Vegan Food Travels

This summer, I’ve made more of a concerted effort to disconnect from the digital world and spend more time re-connecting to the things I love – travelling more locally, enjoying the warm weather and eating delicious, vegan meals.

As a result, I’ve welcomed the nurturing power that nature can provide me. By being closer to nature, I’ve re-fuelled my body with plant-based meals while clearing my head with soothing doses of fresh air and sunshine. Eating vegan meals also allows me to re-connect with nature, especially when it – sometimes – involves raw food dishes garnished with edible blooms.

As I look out my window now, I can see heavy clouds gathering and a storm is about to hit; my days of this summer are slowly dwindling. A stormy day indoors is giving me a special time in grateful reflection. My travels revealed new places to walk through and new places to eat at this summer. These are the meals I cherished along the way. And, they’ve nourished me.

The ever-colourful and nourishing Macro Bowl at Power Plant Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria.

The ever-colourful and nourishing Macro Bowl at Power Plant Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria.

A little dessert time! A matcha green tea raw cake afterwards. Thank you, Power Plant Cafe! 

A little dessert time! A matcha green tea raw cake afterwards. Thank you, Power Plant Cafe! 

Travelling for mashed avocado with almond "fetta" at Wholefood Merchants in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. A pot of peppermint tea on the side is recommended!

Travelling for mashed avocado with almond "fetta" at Wholefood Merchants in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. A pot of peppermint tea on the side is recommended!

Breaking injera bread with good friends over a vegan banquet at Saba's Ethiopian Restaurant in Fitzroy, Victoria.

Breaking injera bread with good friends over a vegan banquet at Saba's Ethiopian Restaurant in Fitzroy, Victoria.

The morning after. A post-hike breakfast at Straight Up Coffee + Food in Hobart, Tasmania. Smashed banana with popped amaranth, pear and soy "ricotta". Don't leave without a take-away cookie from the front counter. 

The morning after. A post-hike breakfast at Straight Up Coffee + Food in Hobart, Tasmania. Smashed banana with popped amaranth, pear and soy "ricotta". Don't leave without a take-away cookie from the front counter. 

How have you discovered cherished food moments when you’ve re-connected to nature this summer? Is there one experience in particular that you are truly grateful for?

This post was inspired by the stunning and fresh apple cinnamon chia pudding recipe found in the January/February issue 12 of Vegan Life Magazine.

Disclaimer: I was supplied with a beautiful, free digital copy of Issue 12 of Vegan Life Magazine