eating healthy while traveling

I’m back from a fun trip down south for a baseball tournament in the sun.   I tried a tip from a woman who attended my nutrition class the night before I left–to use coconut oil instead of sunscreen.   She says it works.   (It seems rather counterintuitive–isn’t coconut oil in tanning lotions used to accelerate tanning?   But I’d read that same advice somewhere else, so it seemed worth a try.)

Well, I got a little burned anyway.   Maybe I shouldn’t have sat out with my coconut-oiled face, for THREE HOURS from 11:00 to 2:00?!   But it’s been a long winter, and I was looking forward to some sun.

So I can’t tell you coconut oil is  a miracle sunscreen.   But I was so busy, I had to fly out the door with my two sons, without doing any food prep like I usually do for a trip.   We grabbed a bag of sprouted teriyaki almonds I’d made for the nutrition class, a bag of those sweet-potato spears from Costco, and that’s ALL.   It was an adventure in finding decent nutrition on the road without the advantage of advance planning.

I found a place called Jimmy John’s (a sandwich franchise) down there.   They have a 7-grain bread and a veggie sandwich featuring alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and a homemade avocado sauce. Not too bad, and pretty filling.

Subway is our standby as “fast food” on trips. Here’s what you do: get the “wheat” bread and order a Veggie Delite.   Tell the teenaged employee to put on LOTS of cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and shredded carrots.   If you’re lucky, they’ll have spinach, though I didn’t see any at the Subways we visited on this trip.   Skip the iceburg and load up on the nutrient-dense veggies.   For a sauce, we just do brown mustard.

Then, your sandwich lies there, open, looking a little skimpy.   The “sandwich artist” awaits further orders.   Do not, in the interest of being polite, leave with that skimpy sandwich.   You say, can I have a bunch more tomatoes?   Thanks!   And how about a lot more cucumbers?   (Go through the whole vegetable lineup again if necessary.   Smile and use ALL your chatty charisma so as to not completely annoy them.)   When your sandwich is piled high with veggies, they manage to squeeze it shut and package it up for you, and you get a rather nutritious meal—though I recommend the 12-inch to make it filling enough!

 I stopped at a grocery store and got Grape Nuts (actually the store brand, because it was cheaper and didn’t contain soy lecithin).   We also got a couple boxes of Rice Dream, some bananas to put on top, and plastic bowls and spoons.   That was breakfast for four days.   I got a bag of apples for snacks.

I still wish I’d made two blenderfuls of GS and put it in a cooler like I’d planned (you can always use the hotel’s ice if your room doesn’t have a mini-fridge).   But we did okay!

Next up, I’m off to fill plastic Easter eggs with carob raisins, and hide them,  for the kids.   Happy Easter to y’all!