Currently I am blogging from a Café Rio in Utah—I thought you should know. There’s no internet at my grandpa’s house, so we’ve had to go to various places with Wi-Fi whenever we’ve needed it. One of those times was for blogging. The things I do for you guys. 😛
Anyway, I told you I would be keeping up with my blogging, but as expected, there isn’t much to blog about! The large amounts of words and small amount of pictures on my last post is evidence of this. This is only our third full day here though, so maybe things will pick up. My meals have been ridiculously simple: an apple or orange with nuts/nut butter for breakfast; a slice of whole wheat Utah bread topped with hummus/guac and black beans with canned veggie soup for lunch; and maybe a salad with a hummus-topped veggie burger for dinner. My lunch and dinner meals have swapped a couple times, too.
What I’ve realized (and what I realize every time) is that it’s hard to eat healthy, nutritious, veggie-filled meals away from home! Goodness, there’s so much planning that has to go into it. I had to think ahead about what to snack on on the car drive, and I also had to think about what food would hold me over for our 10-day visit. This is basically what I brought:
- 2 HUGE bags of washed and sliced veggies
–This took a ton of prep work. I had to wash all the peppers, celery, snap peas, carrots and cucumbers, then dry and slice them. I hated doing it, but it was so worth it for the drive!
- 2 small containers of hummus (much more space-friendly than a big tub)
- Homemade simple guac (2 big avocadoes mashed with lime juice and salt)
- A can of black beans emptied into a tupperware + 2 other cans of beans
- Amy’s Organic Veggie Soup
- A loaf of clean whole wheat bread (Thank you, Sprouts!)
- A ton of fruit (apples, oranges, ridiculously on sale blueberries, etc.)
- The remains of my natural peanut butter jar
- Homemade trail mix (pecans, walnuts, almonds + dried berry mix)
- Pistachios (this was a special buy for the trip. I looove pistachios!)
- My protein powder + NuNaturals Stevia Packets
- A baggie of sprouted wheat
- A bag of uncooked quinoa
Then, when we got to Trader Joe’s I picked up some organic lentil veggie soup, and two TJ’s organic tofu burgers (SO good!). When we got to Utah, we picked up a few more staples: almond milk, a bag of spinach, more apples, oatmeal, and a sweet potato.
It may seem ridiculous that we had to bring so much food, but my poor grandpa—bless his heart—literally has no good food. He’s at that age where he’s stuck in his routine, and he eats the same thing every single day. The man swears by his processed cheese and crackers for lunch, and his freezer is filled to the brim with Banquet frozen meals for dinner. Don’t even get me started on his Reese’s Puffs for breakfast and the Little Debbie Swiss Rolls he eats throughout the day. Unless I want to be eating the same way, I have to bring my own food.
So yes, it does require a whole lot of planning, but it’s worth it. I feel my best when I eat the way I do, and if I have to spend a few hours prepping my food, then I will. How do you prepare for a trip? Do you pack your own food or just go with the flow?
Before I left, I had one of the best meals EVER! I got this idea from the Pure2Raw twins, and it was so awesome.
What’s in there?
Each wrap contains:
- 2 small sweet potato rounds, mashed
- A spoonful of the twins’ avocado sauce
- A spoonful of quinoa/barley mix
- And a handful of dried edamame for extra protein
The wraps were all contained in two big collard green leaves. Amazing!!
I want to re-make this meal ASAP. It was so so good and filling! It had a lot of greens, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and protein. I was also amazed at how good the avocado/sweet potato combo is. Have you ever tried it?! You must. 🙂
Anyway, I probably should go read my Psychology now. I love Psychology, don’t get me wrong, but right now I’m reading all about neurobiology. It’s not exactly the most exciting thing, and I’d rather learn about behaviors and thought processes! Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Question of the Day: What do you bring for food on trips? Is it worth it to you to stick out, or do you prefer to just eat what is available?
Question of the Day 2: How do the eating habits of your family members compare to your own? Are you the only health-conscious person, or does your family feel the same way? My little brother won’t touch anything even remotely healthy, but my mom tries to eat well. As long as it isn’t too “out there,” she’ll eat what I eat, but the planning/packing isn’t really worth it to her.
Thanks for reading!