Traveller Spotlight - Sara Millikin

 
When she’s not out travelling the world and swimming in the ocean - Sara Millikin (left) works as a Nutritionist, runs healthy cooking classes and also has her own range of spice mixes. Pictured here with her business partner Simone.

When she’s not out travelling the world and swimming in the ocean - Sara Millikin (left) works as a Nutritionist, runs healthy cooking classes and also has her own range of spice mixes. Pictured here with her business partner Simone.

We’re excited to share our very first Traveller Spotlight with you. Every couple of months we’ll introduce you to someone in our network who inspires us with their passion for life, food and travel. It’s good to get a different perspective on travel and life. You may be surprised to read about some new travel destinations you hadn’t thought of before, or pick up a few travel tips to make your next journey a little bit easier.

Our first guest is Sara Millikin, a Nutritionist from A Healthy View and co-owner of Spicy Nutrition, who has a passion for ocean swimming, travelling and a special interest in sports nutrition.  

We thought we’d start by asking Sara a little about her recent travels and share a few healthy eating tips with you to help you make the most out of winter. Sara also shares with us her favourite go-to recipe for road trips, plus details of a few upcoming cooking classes.

How do you know Travel Architects?  

I have a long association with Chris - she was my personal trainer and saw me through my fitness regime pre and post having children.

We know that you’re a keen traveller – where was your last trip? What other trips have you got planned?  

Nutrition and exercise are my passions and I love to visit places where I can experience the food culture as well as swim.  I love to swim in the ocean but if that is not possible, I always search out swimming pool facilities where ever I go. I go on SWIMTREK holidays every couple of years, my last 2 trips being in Croatia and Montenegro.  My 2018 trip was to Budapest, where I experienced the local markets, known for their paprika! I also swam in the Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium on Margaret Island, where the Hungarian Olympic Swimming Team trains.

What’s on your travel bucket list and why?

More SWIMTREK holidays overseas. Swimming is what I love and I get to experience the culture, food, people in other countries.  Swimmers attend these holidays from all over the world. It’s great fun and feeling fit and healthy on a holiday is important to me.  The Galapagos Islands is another destination I am keen to experience. I love animals!

Adventure Swimming Holidays with SWIMTREK

Adventure Swimming Holidays with SWIMTREK

Sara, you’re a keen water sports person - participating in ocean swimming, surfing and sailing.  How does a week-long Surf & Yoga Retreat on a small tropical island sound?

Absolute heaven! Firstly, I love anything to do with being in the water.   Yoga would encapsulate everything you need to be centred, create a calm destress for the mind, body and spirit.   Healthy eating is a must on holidays to support your activities, feel good, and return home with renewed vigour, energies and motivation.

Running your own business, looking after your family, travelling the world – how do you juggle the planning and booking of travel?  What helps you most in planning and booking your travel?

I sometimes use travel agents, on line, as they take the guess-work out of travel organisation.  I do have admit that my husband is brilliant at booking travel, as he has been travelling all over the world for many years now.

Can you give us a few ideas on how to maintain a healthy diet when you’re travelling? 

Here are my go to rules when away:-

  1. I always travel with my protein powder and a shaker and well as protein bars.  These are a perfect substitute for a meal when on the road and you don’t have access to a healthy snack.

  2. I try to get to a market or local shop pretty quickly and stock up on snacks eg nuts, seeds, fruit, veg.  When I am out and about I always take snacks with me through the day.

  3. When being the tourist, I stick to 2 meals a day, generally breakfast and dinner.  I find starting off with a good breakfast lasts me most of the day. My lunch is usually the snacks I have purchased or a protein shake on water.

  4. If I am training or on a SwimTrek trip I need 3 meals a day.  Swim Trek provide it all! Otherwise as always I make sure I have snacks with me if I don’t have access to healthy choices.

Do you have a favourite snack that you take with you on road trips or flights?  Can you share the recipe?

My favourite snacks for a long plane trip are nuts and seeds, protein bar, protein shake (I have the powder ready to go in a shaker, just need to add water), a piece of fruit (eg. apple )and a zip lock bag of raw vegetables (eg. cucumber, carrots, celery).  That way I don’t need to eat much of the food on the plane.

If I am on a road trip in Australia for instance, I will always have something yummy to snack on, bliss balls, home made banana bread and a salad.  The Cranberry Banana Bread is my favourite at the moment!

Sara Millikin (right) and her business partner Simone Kopkas, from A Healthy View & Spicy Nutrition.

Sara Millikin (right) and her business partner Simone Kopkas, from A Healthy View & Spicy Nutrition.

For more details:

A Healthy View - Sara Millikin, Nutritionist

Winter Wholefood Cooking Class - June 14 or June 15, 2019.

No Fuss Gluten Free Baking Cooking Class - August 9 or August 10, 2019.

Spicy Nutrition - Hand-made, nutritious, super tasty & easy spice rub mixes, protein packed cake mixes, bliss ball mixes, pancake mixes, chia pudding mixes, dahl mixes & salad dressings. Gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, vegan, nothing artificial.