Eating on the Road

When you leave to go on a trip from the comforts of your own home you take your time you organize and you make sure you have everything.  Last week when I headed out I was stocked with water, mixture, kind bars, a couple organic apples, squeezable applesauce, peanut butter, bread, snap peas, local honey, bags of dried fruit, bags of nuts, and some whole wheat flour tortillas.

I also packed lunch for the ride itself I am a peanut butter and jelly fan.  My preference is Bonne Mamam raspberry on whole grain bread.  Little Miss Mixture is a peanut butter, honey, and raisin fan.  This is in fact her signature sandwich which she consumes several times a week. I had some cut up broccoli and snap peas as well.

Now six days later the stash was low and we were ready to head home.  I still had a couple kind bars and my peanut butter and honey.  So as we make our way back home we travel a slightly different road.  I find it is easier to stop and get food rather than buying more bread or anything perishable that will have to endure a lengthy ride.  However in recent years I have avoided the fast food restaurants during our trip. It is not even hard to avoid as I truly have no interest or taste for what they are serving.  The last thing I want when driving is to consume an exhorbitant amount of calories from processed food and feel sluggish and full.  

Occasionally we may have Chick Fil A if in the right part of the country and one can be found.  Though not healthy, some options are better than others and this really is the only chicken nugget that Little Miss Mixture will eat.  

The trip we made today is not new to us and I feel as if I have learned how to time it so our stops are easy.

Starbucks for coffee and juice.  I may grab a banana and having our occasional non healthy breakfast when traveling makes everyone happy, so starbucks pastry or a previously picked out item for Little Miss Mixture and Mr. Mixture if he is on the trip as well.

Lunch tends to be Panera Bread, as It tends to have healthier feel good options.  Today’s journey I had the Mediterranean veggie sandwich on wheat.  I was taken back when Little Miss Mixture did not want anything but rather requested I buy her bread and make her signature sandwich.  My sandwich, her bread, and Iced Green Tea and we headed back to the car for quick assembly and continued on our travels home.

Mid afternoon refuel included water and Kind bars. Today we had dark chocolate nuts with sea salt and dark chocolate cherry cashew with antioxidants.

Home by dinner time, which on this particular day was even easier because Mr. Mixture was home and we put him in charge  of dinner.  No home cooked meal will be prepared as that is not his forte, but we all deserve a break, so no complaints.

What is your fuel for the ride?  Do you pack your own food for road trips, so as to eat healthier?

Do you have some different food rules or thoughts when traveling or away from home? 

I find it comforting in a way that even at an early age our family ways have helped mold Little Miss Mixtures choices.  I do not think she feels as if she is missing out by not having fast food.  She never asks to go to these establishments and on the rare occasion she request chick Fil A, especially when traveling we try to accommodate.  Very much like her mom she truly enjoys other items so if we are going to eat something not as good as fruits and vegetables and whole grains than bring on the pastries, cookies, and other sweets.

I hope that my journey with food will help inspire some of my readers when making every day choices for themselves and their families.  So often in our busy lives we overlook simple changes.  My trip is over, so I promise to include recipes soon. 

* photo of Mediterranean Sandwich is credited to Panera Bread Website.

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Monday Mixture – Spring Break, Travel, Pecans, & More

Spring Break is here.  What should be a relaxing no routine type of week actually started out with a busy hectic weekend.  I feel as if the school bell rang and we have been on the go nonstop.  It is all good though.  The weekend was filled with friends and family and some adventures.  Now today is the calm before the storm as I have decided to take a last minute trip with Little Miss Mixture, so there is a lot to get done and take care of before we head out for a few days.  RELAXATION will come once I get through the twelve hour drive.  I think I can I think I can….

As I look ahead to my week, I may be a little late on getting a new post each day.  Being new to the blogging world this is my first experience with kids home and technical vacation while I still want to keep up my writing and build an audience.  The other challenge writing this week is I will not be in my kitchen and as we all know when we are not at home eating habits can vary.

How do you eat differently on vacation?  Do you allow yourself to enjoy or do you try and eat as you usually do at home?

I find it depends on the situation.  I am not one to pick the “healthy” item on the menu at restaurants because it is “healthy” or “low fat,” if I eat out I eat what I want as I find myself more satisfied.  That being said I have found in the last few years I take my own food along more and more, especially on road trips.  I actually do not enjoy stopping at a fast food restaurant and find it more of a chore and truly do not enjoy it enough to justify the extra fat, salt, calories, etc. that I consume from those meals.  I also hate taking the time to stop.  Once in the car, or for that matter the day before I leave to go somewhere, I am just ready to go.

What will we eat on our road trip?  I have been known to take a variety of things in an effort to clean out the refrigerator, but Mr. Mixture will be at home so no need this time around.  I will be driving so what I can eat must be manageable since I prefer not to stop and like to eat on the go.  Hummus and veggies do not fit into the easy to eat as you drive category.  Mixture, of course, once again is healthy, easy, and very much something you can snack on as you pass those exits along I-95.  Cut up cucumber, peppers, maybe some apple slices and your trusty go to peanut butter sandwich travel nicely.

Little Miss Mixture and I will be visiting family, but I like to bring snacks for the duration of the trip to, so my cooler in the car will include bags of dried fruit, nuts, my preferred coffee, organic chocolate milk boxes, water bottles, peanut butter, and our own honey.  We probably need something sweet as well twelve hours is a long time.

1. Today is National Pecan Day.  So I whipped up a batch of these uniquely flavored pecans that Little Miss Mixture enjoys for us to take along.

Chili Lime Pecans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 heaping teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups pecans

Stir together lime juice, olive oil, paprika, salt, chili powder, and ground red pepper. Add pecans; toss. Spread in a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes or until pecans are toasted and dry, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.

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*Adapted from Southern Living Chili Lime Pecans

 

2. Cooking with Kids.  Tomorrow is a big day for Little Miss Mixture.  She enjoys cooking and for over a year, we have promised her a cooking class.  No, I am not that bad with fulfilling my promises.  In fact it is just the opposite. I have signed her up twice before at the local Whole Foods and each time she has been disappointed by the Cancellation email.  Here it is late afternoon on the day before and we have not received any emails, so it seems she will be participating in the “Around the World” cooking class.  Check back for a report on how her first formal cooking class went.

3. The Vitamix phenomenon continues.  In one of my first post, I referenced my reluctance to spend the small fortune on a Vitamix.  However after the sticker shock was subdued by the delightful easy concoctions I have continued to enjoy it day after day.  Recently I feel as if the fad continues and I have to ask myself how long will this go on?  On two different occasions this weekend the conversation revolved around the machine and how it transforms food. I am looking forward to sharing some newly created smoothie recipes.

4. A new playlist is necessary for a road trip and Little Miss Mixture has reached that age where she is starting to enjoy real music.  Spring Break, Warmer Weather, and Fun Music of course means we needed to download HAPPY.  As I was working on uploading some photos, I ran across one of my first food photos from a few years ago when I considered the whole blogging thing and then never acted upon it.  Everyone loves rice krispies treats, and who could resist one that puts a smile on your face.    

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Happy Spring Break

Happy Passover

Happy Spring