Did anyone else get caught off guard by Monday? I couldn’t believe it when it was already 9:00 last night – and after all that driving, I hit the hay earllyyy! Was still a little groggy waking up this morning, but sometimes you’ve just gotta do what ou’ve gotta do, right? 😉
I opted for some tropical oats this morning, and diced up a fresh mango. Because other than mangoes, overly expensive pears, strawberries and blueberries, and the normally priced abananas and apples – there is not much in the way of fresh fruit up here right now.
- 2 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts, 3 T. Bob’s Peppy Kernels, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. PureAlmond
- 1/4 mango, diced
- trail power
- chai spice blend, drizzle maple syrup
- 1 T. chia seeds
- 1/2 T. shredded unsw. coconut
and topped this puppy with:
- flax-chia icing
- chopped mixed nuts (mostly brazil)
- Mae’s coconut butter
- and a compote of some diced mango, frozen blueberries, chopped dates and shredded coconut simmered in some almond milk and maple syrup. And chai spice blend, too.
And, as usual, enjoyed with a cup o’ joe. Flavor of the morning? French Vanilla. And another side of sunshine! With pony thoughts in my head and “ee gads, I hope I can find a nice dressage saddle without selling my soul,” I enjoyed this lovely taste of the tropics. (which, by the way – thank you all oh so very much for the congrats 🙂 your excitement made me even more excitement! I just can’t wait for him to get here…and I have NO pictures to show you guys!! I had my camera with me – but didn’t think to snap one until we got in the car to leave. And none that the seller sent me because, well – it sort of goes along with our “finding him by chance,” story.)
Sandwiched between some baby spinach to protect that heavenly seeded whole grain to keep from getting soggy. That is the last of the first half of the loaf. I guess I shouldn’t have bothered to freeze the other half – although maybe I won’t waste so much of my homemade bread after all! I guess it’s safe to say we all loved this bread!
Did anyone else know that lentils are a great source of protein? Yeah? Oh, well, I guess I’m just on the slow bus. I grabbed a caramel Oikos to pair with it anyways.
Before that, though, I had a morning snack of a honkin’ big banana. I was feelin’ like Vanna White this morning.
…and after that (well, lunch – not the banana) I had the best Larabar of all time. And it kept in tune with my tropical breakfast!
Yes, that would be the tropical tart flavor. I about died – perfect mix of coconut, pineapple, and orange. Holy yum – thanks, Katie! I haven’t seen this one in stores around here yet, so I’m so glad I got to try it 🙂 I’m hoping I can find it at Hannafords…if not I’ll just have to recreate it mself 😉
I was at a total loss as to what to make for dinner tonight. I seemed to have lost my mo-jo. I couldn’t think of a single thing, but then started thinking about how it’s been a while since I’ve had pasta. Okay, pasta.
But what to do with it? I thought back to when I made Veganomicon’s pumpkin saag, and decided to make some sort of pumpkin pasta.
I just sauteed onion, kale, and red pepper and then added in some pumpkin puree and followed by a spoonful of cottage cheese. I seasoned with salt, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I was a little too heavy-handed with the pumpkin…but otherwise it was quite good – and very filling.
If you’ve seen my mo-jo, please send it back…?
As a side note, that’s the last time you’ll see that bowl. There was just a loud bang in the kitchen. Henry dropped it.
After my last post, where I mentioned how I way over-packed for our trip, Monet asked for some advice pertaining to staying healthy while traveling. I wasn’t quite sure if she meant for the duration of the stay, or just a long travel-day like I did yesterday, but here’s a couple fun packing tips!
I will say, however – my family rarely goes on vacation. I guess we’re just homebodies! haha. Really, though – it’s difficult with all of our animals. But, regardless!
-As you know, I always pack lunches for travels – mostly to save time and money (we stopped in a couple places yesterday for stretch & facilities breaks, and I grimaced at the prices – I was tempted by a fruit salad cup, but then saw that it cost $3 next to a big bag of potato chips for $0.99. $3?!?! I passed.) but also because most of the time – I never know what kind of area I’ll wind up in! Quick sandwiches or wraps in a cooler work well, but remember the basics of sandwich packing:
- lightly toast bread before making to keep it from getting soggy – but make sure everything is completely cooled before wrapping
- “line” breads or wraps with spinach or lettuce, then pile on condiments & moist veggies
- simple salads (like yesterday’s bulgur-lentil salad) work really well because there’s less to fall out. if you’re the driver, you’re sure to appreciate this.
- tomatoes aren’t a complete no-no – but plum/roma tomatoes work best. cut them on their sides and de-seed them. another alternative is to just use some tomato paste in place of tomatoes
- it’s okay to not be 100% environmentally friendly for this time – if you’ve got parchment paper, i personally think that works best.
- stay away from oils or liquidy dressings.
-To maximize cooler space, pack a bunch of fruit that doesn’t necessarily require refrigeration. Bananas and apples are particularly hardy. And who doesn’t like bananas?! Beware of juicy fruits like plums, pears, and peaches – you might make a mess of yourself and your car and have no means to clean it up. Speaking of which, do you carry hand sanitizer in your car, too?
-We all know I love bars. Lara being my favorite. In addition, homemade lara balls are really handy and inexpensive, and would definitely work better for a large group of people traveling. I like the homemade mini-balls best because sometimes I’ll start to feel sort-of snacky, but it’s as much if not more from boredom than it is from true hunger. The mini homemade balls are just the ticket!
-I love munchies like banana chips, nuts, dried fruits, dr. krackers and pretzels, too. I actually have a jar of nuts that I keep in my car (okay, bars too – but that’s besides the point) Once again they’re great for when you’re sort of hungry, but not hangry.
-Make some baked goods beforehand. This is along the lines of bars, but if there’s a lot of you, it’d probably be most economical to make a big batch of homemade granola bars, some sort of muffin/scone/cookie rather than buying a whole bunch of bars. They add up!
-Use waterbottles as ice packs. Okay – probably well-known. But rather than have icepacks taking up cooler room, freeze a bunch of water bottles and use them. Comes in handy when you’re thirsty for some ice water!
-Veggies – cut up into bite size pieces like carrots, celery, cukes – whatever floats your boat. You could probably snag some hummus, too!
And last but not least – don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself and have fun! It’s not like you’ll be there the rest of your life, so when you do go out to eat, don’t try to limit yourself.
A lot of these foods can be unloaded into a fridge or something once you get to your location, or if you’re not going anywhere and rather just making a long day of travel, put back into your own fridge. I pretty much just love saving money when it’s this easy, which is why I often opt to do these things rather than just rely on eating out. Why spend $10+ on lunch when you can pack stuff from home?!That and, my mom and I are both sort of “get there and get it done,” people – yesterday, for instance – we wanted to get there, spend time seeing Teddy, and get home to feed our own horses. Wasting time finding a place to eat, ordering, and eating was not what either of us wanted to do.
What’s your favorite travel snack or tip?