Healthy Eating On The Go
The biggest budget concern for the trip was the food budget. Healthy eating while traveling can present challenges. After all you’re out of your element in a new place, but it is still possible.
Today we’re going to talk about how we managed to maintain some healthy options even while we were always on the go. There are always ways to incorporate healthy foods into the mix. Healthy food fits in the budget too. Taking the time to plan and prepare is key, especially when traveling.
Starting the Day Out Right
Rest and Recovery Days While on Vacation
This morning we are on our way to Utica. It was the first itinerary change of the trip although we made several more along the way. Our original plan was to go through Binghamton, NY and then Brattleboro, VT on our way to Bar Harbor, ME. While we were in Cleveland, our host, Zach, voted in favor of changing our route to include Burlington VT. His reasoning was sound.
The thinking was that changing the route would be a more scenic drive. We’d get to see more of the mountains and that we’d enjoy Burlington more than the stops we had originally chosen. He thought it would be more in line with the experiences we were looking for. Zach also recommended that we stop at the White Mountains on the way. After a brief conversation we figured “why not? It sounds like fun”. So we changed our plans and our stopping points then included Utica.
Because we were on the road so early, arrived in Utica in plenty of time to get all of this done. We stopped at the house to check it out and see what the situation was and headed to the store with a grocery list in hand. Food prep for the day included:
- Chicken Lo Mein
- Bento Boxes for quick, easy and on the go lunches and snacks
- Garden Salads with Chicken
These may not sound like the healthy on the go options that you’d typically think of, but hear me out. The recipes we used were healthy, and we planned and prepared food that is good cold. Well, except the spaghetti. Everything else was grab and go straight from the cooler.
The spaghetti was our dinner for the night so it we planned that too and got to eat it hot. There were some left overs, and I’m a little quirky, so cold spaghetti was on my meal plan for one day that week. This means that leftover spaghetti was also something I could grab and eat on the go in the car.
Sometimes it’s helpful to think outside the box when it comes to food. Anything that you would eat cold can be a great option. Simply store it in the cooler for a healthy meal when taking your own epic road trip. Chicken breast, quinoa salads, lettuce salads, recipes made with tuna fish, etc.
Packing to Eat on the Go
The key to being successful with all of this was the fact that we had packed appropriately and were prepared to cook. Brandee thoughtfully packed a full kitchen set in 2 small plastic totes that fit comfortably in the back of my car. The kit included:
- Stackable camping cookware set
- A travel cookware organizer filled with utensils
- An oven mitt
- Cutting board
- Two knives
- Cooking spray
- Paper towels
- Dish cloths
- Coffee cups
- Plates, bowls and forks
- Dish soap
Closing the Day with a Laugh
The day wouldn’t be complete without a good laugh. This recovery day was pretty mundane until it was time to climb into bed for the evening. The bed was on a frame that was as high as my waist with no steps to get into it. The mattress was approximately chest high.
I don’t have any pictures, or a video of me trying to get into the bed, but I wish I did because I’m sure it was a spectacle. It felt like an Olympic sport as I tried to climb into the mountain of a bed at least 4 times in different ways before I was successful. Even on travel recovery days, it’s important to tackle a challenge!
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