Hello friends. I am doing a quick blog post from my phone, I hope all of the technology works out.
I wanted to share a few examples of healthy travel tips. We left Thursday morning for a little four night getaway to Michigan Technological University, my alma mater in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is an eight hour drive from where we live, so we packed plenty of healthy food for the journey. I had my overnight oats with banana, cinnamon, soy milk, and soy yogurt for breakfast Thursday morning. I make a huge bowl that lasts two days, so I ate one serving and packed up one for the cooler.
We stopped for lunch at a little rest area in Seney. It had picnic tables and we dined al fresco in the sunshine. No need to eat in the car if you can take a few minutes and find a nice spot. We also have our dog, Riley, with us on this trip, so we let him get out and have a sniff around. I packed falafel sandwiches with hummus and tahini sauce. The recipe will be in my May newsletter (Go to www.jennifer-parsley.com to sign up if you haven't already), which I will send out tomorrow from a nice little pub with wifi where I can work from my laptop. It's pretty easy to find ways to work on the road these days with a little bit of technological help.
1. Rent a house or hotel suite with a kitchen whenever possible. This allows you to cook your own meals and stay away from non-stop restaurant meals loaded with sugar, fat, and salt.
2. Look for grocery stores wherever you go, not restaurants. Shift your thinking. You can always find fruits, veggies, hummus, oats, and all sorts of quick healthy foods in any little grocery store in America. Restaurants are usually a minefield of unhealthy and unsatisfying options.
So, following the above tips, we arrived at our cute little cottage right on the Portage Lake. Gorgeous, the picture below is the view from our breakfast table. It is off season up here, so this cottage rental was cheaper than a hotel room, only $100 per night. We have a 2 bedroom house with a full bath and full kitchen. We had a side salad with balsamic vinegar, roasted potatoes and mushroom gravy for dinner the night we arrived. Delicious and healthy.
The picture at the top of this post is our refrigerator at the cottage, full of healthy vegan meals. I am making overnight oats for myself for breakfast, Simon is having toast. We brought our favorite teas. Tomorrow is my birthday, so we are doing a big hearty potato 'fry-up' (no oil) for brunch with onions, mushrooms, and veggies. I roasted two pans of potatoes before we left home and threw them in Ziploc bags. I used up two bags of potatoes that were starting to sprout a bit and we have the basis of multiple healthy meals.
I packed taco salad fixings, we had that for lunch yesterday. We went to the local Jim's Foodmart in Houghton yesterday and bought ingredients for two quick & easy recipes. This little local student grocery store had everything we needed. We made a big batch of quinoa 'fried rice' (sautéed with veggies and Asian seasoning) for dinner last night which gives us leftovers for another meal.
We are meeting family at a restaurant for lunch today. We checked out the menu ahead of time and they have quinoa veggie burgers, salads, and a portobello sandwich which we can easily order with no cheese. We will enjoy ourselves and have one fairly healthy restaurant meal. Then make a delicious vegan Pad Thai back at the cottage for our dinner tonight.
It is so nice to know we are nourishing ourselves and not eating unhealthy foods while traveling. I hope you gleaned a few tips that you can apply from this post. I am sitting on this sunny deck by the lake, so time to get back to vacation and relaxing. 😃