Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of a vegetarian and vegan culinary initiative. The global hotel management company decided to create 27 new menu items to serve at its restaurants and banquets in its hotels beginning on January 1, 2018. Since the company represents 540 properties across 12 countries, this decision will impact travelers throughout the world.

“We recognized a shift in the growing demand of consumers craving healthier options and it is our job to cater to the desires of our guests and meeting attendees,” said Interstate’s VP of Food & Beverage Operations, Bradley Moore. “There is a clear need to offer plant-based menu items and we are thrilled about the quality, variety and benefits our hotels will be able to provide to travelers seeking healthy alternatives while on the road.”


The company’s Food and Beverage Advisory Council worked with Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio to create the new unique, meat-free dishes. Menu items vary including: Corn Risotto, Eggplant Meatballs and Zucchini Noodles, Nashville Eggplant with Mac & Cheese and Wilted Kale, Pastrami Beets, Zucchini Squash Spaghetti with Spigarello Hazelnut Pesto, and Tuscan Avocado Toast.

Homemade Snacks to Bring When You Travel

It’s not always the case that the hotel you stay at offers plant-based meals and snacks. That’s why you should always come prepared with a few of your own homemade, vegan foods when you’re traveling. We browsed the Food Monster App to find some easy-to-make recipes to keep your full and satisfied while on the road.

Almond Butter Energy Bars

These Almond Butter Energy Bars by Gemma Gonzalez make for a great breakfast or snack during your travels. They are full of nutrients, protein, and even crunchy seeds. Add the chocolate drizzle for extra flavor!

Yogi Date Balls

Whenever you need a quick, energy-filled snack to grab on-the-go, these Yogi Date Balls by Jesse Lane Lee are a great option. Yogi Date Balls are easy to make ahead of time, store in the freezer, and then grab as you’re running out the door. These energy bites are naturally sweetened with dates and full of delicious and nutritious seeds and nuts. They are packed with protein and fiber to give you fuel throughout your practice.


Mexican Quinoa Wraps

These Mexican Quinoa Wraps by Florian Nouh are perfect for on-the-go lunches and dinners. Each gluten-free tortilla is full of veggies, beans, and cooked quinoa. This healthy and nutrient-rich portable wrap will keep you full and satisfied while you’re traveling!  

If you’re looking for even more simple, travel-friendly snack recipes, check out these 15 Vegan Snacks That Are So Good, You Won’t Want To Share With Anyone by downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Interstate Hotels & Resorts