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.


Protein Packed Smoothie

It is here Friday and the last day of school before spring break.  We made it to the end of the week, but yet I had so much to do today. I knew today would be one of those days where I would not have time to stop and eat between breakfast and sometime mid afternoon.  This is not that unusual and being a mixture girl there is no need to worry.  I am not one to go hungry as I rarely leave the house without tossing a bag of mixture in my purse.  Often times I hit the jackpot and have the remnants of multiple bags in the bottom of my purse or in the car and I can mix them together.. .even better.  

Oh Please STOP thinking gross or how strange.  

As if you have never eaten the leftovers of your child’s snack or snuck a sip of water from their water bottle when out and about. We all are guilty of it at one time or another.  Besides mixtures don’t go bad for a very long time.  Again making them one of Life’s Perfect Foods.

Anyway I had my mixture in my bag. I was dressed and ready to take on the craziness of my day.  All I needed was something to get me started.  Well in actuality that is not true.  I needed nutrition and something wholesome.  I had already gotten started because I NEED COFFEE and generally have a cup in hand within 20 minutes of waking up, if it even takes that long. The vitamix was already out from Little Miss Mixture’s breakfast, so I decided perfect.  Quick, Easy, and it will provide sustenance for the day.

I think when you assess smoothies there are different types.  Some people like cold and icy and others prefer more creamy.  I like creamy which makes perfect sense as I love milkshakes in any form or fashion and have been a milkshake girl for years.  In my opinion a milkshake, similar to a smoothie but has been around far longer, has always been a meal for me.  I used to pick up milkshakes randomly for meals in my teens and 20’s.  Okay truth is I still would and in our house we can be caught having a liquid lunch at times. The only difference is I try and make them so whether smoothie or milkshake they have some nutritional value.

 Yes I hear the rumblings ” what a dietitian and she eats that way”  Here is what you need to know about a dietitian. We have been to school and passed an exam and we know what you should eat, but we are people, just like celebrities we do normal things.  We eat foods that may not be the healthiest choice.  Difference is we know the choice we are making and most of us know how to be okay with that and make it a balance.  Ironically this was trending on twitter today 


Protein Packed Smoothie

1/2 cup Milk

4 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

1 Banana

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Add all items in order into blender or similar type appliance.  Blend until creamy and enjoy.


I am so glad I started my day the way I did because had I not I probably would have found myself much more irritable due to hunger and allowed some things to bother me more than they should have.  I am learning to let some things go and realizing everyone has a different view of things, but I get aggravated by how some things are carried out these days.

Now time to relax and enjoy the weekend and week ahead without the nuisance of alarm clocks and homework.  

Happy Spring Break!