The Travel Diary

Month: August 2015

The Suitcase Series Continues…. Gluten- Free Travel Snacks Anyone?

If you’re anything like me, then selecting the right travel snacks are high on your list of priorities. However, with so many options on the market today, choosing the best item can prove to be more of a headache, than just a quick trip to the store for suitcase goodies. As a result, I’ve decided to take the guess work out for you, and share one of my newfound favorites. I present to you today, the ever delicious line of RICEWORKS Gourmet Rice Snacks (hint the word rice is meant to be an indication of the primary ingredient,) – a phenomenal alternative to potato chips. Yes, I said it, and I meant it! This line of rice chips is near and dear to my heart, as they are created by the ahh-mazing Ohio based company, Shearer’s. (Side note- If you haven’t figured out already, I’m a native of the great state of Ohio!!!) – Thus, I’m so thrilled to add this collection of rice snacks high atop my 2015 Suitcase Series, travel list.

Riceworks Line-

These yumtastic treats are so incredible that I’m unsure just where to begin. They come in 10 different flavors; Sea Salt, Black Japonica Rice, Sea Salt and Black Sesame, Sun Dried Tomato Mediterranean Herbs & Cheese, Salsa Fresca, Wasabi Soy and Ginger, Sweet Chili and new additionsRosemary Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar, Spicy Spanish Cheese Blend and Olive Oil Parmesan & Basil. How fantastic are these flavor profiles? Shearer’s has created a unique line to suit the taste of everyone. Riceworks come in a 5.5oz bag, as well as a smaller 1.75.oz size bag, which I only managed to locate during my time in Ohio, at a local Dave’s Supermarket. Both sizes fit perfectly in my tote bag, and make for the best airport and/or in-flight snack.

Ingredients –

Riceworks are made from “whole grain rice, have 0 grams of trans fat per serving, are gluten and cholesterol free, and contain no high- fructose corn syrup or preservatives.” Additionally, though some flavors contain dairy, there are milk- free options to choose from, so those particular flavors are most definitely vegan-friendly. Bravo!!! Be sure to check the ingredients on the back before purchasing.

All flavors contain “1 gram of fiber except for Sea Salt and Black Sesame flavor, which contain 3 grams.”  The Riceworks line is also a hit with the Celiac Disease Community, because as noted above, they contain no gluten. For more information, you can visit

While I thoroughly enjoyed snacking on many of the Riceworks’ line, I must say that I’ve fallen for the Sweet Chili flavor. I could literally eat a couple bags a week easily. Sometimes you just want a good ole crunchy snack for the road, and I don’t mean celery – at least not all the time!!! This Riceworks line makes my 2015 Suitcase Series cut, so be sure to pick up a few bags before your next big or small adventure. You will not be disappointed by this pick!! Visit to learn more about where you can purchase this product. Happy travels!


Sea Salt Riceworks


Sweet Chili Riceworks


Rosemary, Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar Riceworks


Shearer’s Salsa Fresca Riceworks Ingredients


Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Black Sesame and Black Japonica Rice


Wasabi, Soy & Ginger Riceworks

*I reviewed these sponsored products for Shearers. This has in no way altered my opinion of them, and I have provided readers insight, as well as my true experience with the food items. 

August Suitcase Series Pick- A Boost of Energy on-the-go; LivWell Raw Plant Protein

Greetings travel aficionados! It’s that time again, to highlight another amazing product. The first of my August Suitcase Series picks is none other than Liv Well, Raw Vegan Plant Protein (powder.) This incredible product is not only nutritious, but also delicious!!! It will help you stay on track while you travel, and will also energize you.

Let’s get started- as we review this plant based protein powder together!

Why I found it easy to travel with?
The packets are small, and fit easily into my tote bag, as well as the inside pocket of my suitcase. Size is key when you’re packing. I know I need as much as possible to fit, in as small a space as I have available for each journey. For this reason, the protein powder made for a great travel compadre because it’s so compact- about 5×2.9 inches per pouch. Just perfect!

Background Info
Liv Well offers the plant powder in two different flavors; Raw Cacao and Wild Vanilla Bean. These complete protein powders “contain all essential amino acids; the 9 essentials and all 3 branched chain amino acids, for a whopping 15, 343 mg total.” They are “100% hypoallergenic and 100% free from soy, gluten, dairy, and contain nothing artificial. The protein powder is also certified vegan by, non-GMO and USDA verified organic!” This super food plant contains “6 grams of fiber per serving and is highly digestible.” Could you ask for a better combination in a protein powder? NO!!! Additionally, Liv Well does not heat process their ingredients to avoid any alteration, and believes by keeping them in their rawest state, they will deliver the best possible benefits to all of us who indulge. LivWell even packages the protein in the perfect travel size packets that are comprised of 100% recycled material, which can be reused.

Ingredients listed on the back of the Raw Cacao packet include- yellow pea protein, sprouted brown rice protein, sacha inchi protein, hemp protein, maca root, raw cacao, vanilla bean, mesquite pod, stevia leaf, and xanthan gum (for mixing.) It also lists 17g of complete protein, 15.3g of amino acids and 28% dv iron.

I thoroughly enjoyed both flavors as I made them a part of my morning smoothies, but I must say that there was something extra special about the Wild Vanilla Bean. It truly spoke to my palate on the trip down! They both mixed well, and provided just the “kick” that my smoothies needed. I tried the vanilla bean first, with a mix of bananas, strawberries, kale, ice, and coconut milk, and was so impressed. The next day, I tried the raw cacao with a mix of bananas, strawberries, kale and almond milk, and was again quite pleased with my concoction!! Chocolate lovers will absolutely be smitten with the Raw Cacao flavor (it’s yummy,) and vanilla fans like myself, will not be disappointed by the Wild Vanilla Bean (so tasty!)

Before you venture off on your next getaway, be sure to pack LivWell Raw Plant Protein in your favorite carry-on or suitcase. Your body will thank you~ Isn’t it time to LivWell?! For more information, visit


LivWell Raw Plant Protein and two smoothie ingredients


Raw Cacao Packet Ingredients


LivWell Packets and Instructions 


Raw Plant Protein on the go- fits perfectly in tote pocket and zips with ease


Raw Plant Protein on the go- fits perfectly in suitcase pocket and zips with ease

*I reviewed these sponsored products for LivWell. This has in no way altered my opinion of them, and I have provided readers insight, as well as my true experience with the items. 

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén