Idaho Falls, traveling and eating right, part 2

I love my five-mile run on the Snake River in Idaho Falls. It’s quirky. Thousands of geese of all ages, everywhere, and apparently it’s illegal to scare or chase them, Tennyson was informed. A shrine to a 16-year old girl who died three years ago. Man-made waterfalls. Saturday flea markets with people selling really weird stuff like homemade dog food.

I’ve run many times in so many places—the streets of downtown Paris, along many stretches of California and Hawaii and Florida beaches, through packs of dogs in Urubamba, Peru, last weekend along Lake Michigan. But truly the Snake is one of my all-time favorites.

When I travel, I take more stuff if it’s a road trip, and less if it’s on a plane. Lately on planes, I’ve been taking frozen pints of green smoothies and vegetable juices, packed in double Ziploc bags, and rolled up in jeans in the middle of my suitcase. It makes it to the hotel fridge before it thaws.

Here’s my road trip list, which caused us to never purchase food from a gas station, and never set foot in the hotel “Continental” breakfast. (Thank you to GSG readers who manage Le Ritz—beautiful suite overlooking the river, great value, we always stay there!)

(We did eat salads for lunch and dinner at a couple of restaurants, and once we splurged on spinach/artichoke dip and chips—I’m not promoting it, I’m just being truthful here.) So here’s what was in the cooler:

—Cooler with quarts (me) and pints (Tennyson) of green smoothie, and veggie juice from my Norwalk (beets, cukes, celery, greens, carrots)

—Gallon Ziploc bag of granola, with a pint of soaked/drained raw sunflower seeds, to add to the granola. With cups and spoons and a box of organic rice milk from Kirkland (Costco)

—a big tub of cut-up watermelon for the drive

—whole-grain crackers from Good Earth that Tennyson likes

—some maltitol-sweetened chocolate that I like (which won’t cause me to have to pay Matthew $10,000)

—apples, baggies of celery sticks, baggies of baby carrots


—dried fruit

—a cooler of alkaline water

—Ormus Greens and a shaker cup (I drink a pint of water, with greens in it, when I wake up)

Tennyson and I eat at Subway a lot when we travel. Whole-wheat bread, veggie sandwich (push them to put more, more, more spinach, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, sprouts, and cucumbers, till it’s a big fat sandwich!), no condiments except brown mustard. We both eat a 12″ sandwich! Remember Colin Campbell, PhD from Cornell discovered, to his shock, published in The China Study, that those who eat 95% plants can eat 200 calories a day more than meat-eaters, and stay lean!

In Idaho Falls, after teaching a class where people bemoaned that they have no health food store, I found Scoresby Farm’s Market, with two locations. I bought a flat of strawberries, bags of cherries, pints of blueberries to add to our granola every morning, and a watermelon.

I had them wash all the fruit for me. Unfortunately they wouldn’t cut the watermelon because the law now requires them to ACID WASH knives and cutting boards with only certified acid wash, to cut melons. I guess there was some problem with melons recently, so as with so many other food issues, our government decides to overreact with chemicals and processes that take the life from our food. (Like pasteurizing all of California’s almonds and the federal government’s goals to irradiate much of our produce.) I ended up bringing the uncut watermelon home.

I took the flat of strawberries into the dugout and the whole team ate it. It’s the first whole food I’ve ever seen in a dugout, in 14 years of being a baseball mom. Except for what my boys are eating, of course, or what I occasionally send in there for everybody. Whatever Tennyson is eating is ALWAYS a big curiosity. Usually what you see is nachos, hot dogs, sodas, Gatorade, burgers, and candy. At the end of the game, with all the strawberry tops on the ground, it looked like somebody bled to death in there.

Scoresby Farm’s Market isn’t a health food store, at all. But there’s lots of produce, much of it locally grown, and I asked the manager,

“I’m an health activist from out of town. I spoke to 250 people last night in Idaho Falls, who say there are few options to get nutrient dense food around here. Would you be responsive to my readers asking you to find things for them and stock them? Like young Thai coconuts, for example? If I wrote about you on my blog?”

“Sure,” she said. “In fact, that’s how we ended up with the kale in here that you just noticed—our customers asked for it.”

Go, GSG readers! I have a feeling you had a hand in that. Muah! I love you! Bunches of kale are only $0.69 there!

I asked about organics, and the manager was able to tell me which produce was unsprayed (not organic certified) and “minimally sprayed.”

I hope that helps. Check out Scoresby’s, my I.F. friends!

24 thoughts on “Idaho Falls, traveling and eating right, part 2

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  1. You mentioned your Norwalk juicer. I know this is quite a chunk of money to spend on a juicer, but from all of the research I have done, it appears to be the best one on the market and you get the most juice out of your products that you jucie. What thoughts do you have on it? I have been wanting one for a few years but the price keeps me at bay currently. One day though I am hopeful.

    1. Cindy, it’s a great machine. But it’s $2200 more than a Champion, Omega, etc. They have some damage to nutrients through heating, the way they grind the produce…..but it depends on whether you can afford the Cadillac AND cover the other things just as important to your health. Veg juice from a $300 juicer is still great food. I know, I’m not being very definitive here…..”IT DEPENDS!”

  2. C’mon, Idaho Falls residents!

    The Idaho Falls area does have health food stores. They don’t have whole food produce sections, but you can get your produce lots of other places.

    Here are links to two health food stores: (My favorite)

    Broulim’s grocery stores have health food sections, Fred Meyer has a large health food section, and lots of other grocery stores are getting more “healthy” products. Sam’s club’s honey in jugs (from Cox’s honey) is raw, and sells for a great price.

  3. Hi I’m in Australia and when I’m travelling have also discovered Subway but they make a salad bowl here and you ask for no meat no cheese. Depending on who makes it they do tend to load it up with iceberg lettuce ( why don’t we have sprouts and spinach? ) but it also has tomato, cucumber, onion, capsicum, black olives, grated carrot and I get 3 scoops of avocado ( plain avo?) with some sweet chilli sauce for the dressing. Fruit, nuts, seeds and chia seed make a quick pudding plus green powder first thing in the morning is great if you have no power eg when I was free camping in my campervan for a couple of months this year travelling around the east coast- missed green smoothies so much I had to stop!! I also ate lots of grated veges rolled up in lettuce with quick tahina mixed with lemon juice dressing and nut butters on rice cakes with mashed banana.

  4. Thanks for the menu ideas for travelling. I am trying to go raw, have been vegan/vegetarian for several years, have taught the green smoothie concept to friends and church women’s groups. What I struggle with is what to do when you are eating at church functions or family gatherings, where you offend people if you don’t try the dish they made and brought. Or worse, when you are dining at family or friends’ homes in a small and more obvious situation. I am already considered weird (eating habits), getting weirder is a huge challenge. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Lola

  5. I stopped eating Bread about four months ago so have not had any as bread and me do not get along very well. I have tried many different types of bread, so have not had any for months. I do not miss it. It is funny though I get funny looks when I say I do not eat bread or any products like pasta and I do not miss it.

  6. Don’t know if you have them near you but we like the salad bar at Jason’s Deli. They have good variety & a lot of organic options & it’s the healthiest alternative we have found. Obviously if you douse the salad with dressing or have the chocolate fluff stuff they have-it’s just as bad as anything else. It’s so funny when we are there it never fails people come up & exclaim how they can’t believe kids,especially our 2 boys, are eating VEGETABLES so enthusiastically- we have 5 kids ages 3 1/2-15.

  7. I actually find eating like this not that hard. All I need is a cutting board, a knife, and something like a Nutri Bullet. Easy to travel not hard at all. I can go to anywhere I am going and prepare foods. As I do not need a stove, but would be nice to have a small fridge. Not the end of the world if I did not have one though. Take a bags that can be kept cool with cold packs this way you can keep things cool. So not impossible to eat like this at all. I think it is actually easier to do it when one travels.

  8. Oops, It didn’t post the first time, so I wrote it again… lol 🙂 Yeah… might as well stay away from meat unless it’s an organic restaurant…

  9. I used to eat Subway… until I found out all the bread they use has high fructose GMO corn syrup, and GMO soy in it. Also, some of the veggies are doused in chemicals to keep them preserved. It made me so mad! WHY do they have to ruin healthy food by adding things they really don’t need to add to them or by not using healthy ingredients!!! I miss having at least one place while I travel to be able to eat at… I guess I could still eat it, it’s not as bad as most places. But knowing what I know now about it, it’s hard to stomach it.

  10. I used to eat subway until I found out that they put high fructose corn syrup and soy in their bread and the chemicals they use to preserve their peppers and stuff is bad also. I can’t believe how something that seems so healthy can be hiding such terrible things inside of it. WHY do they have to put all that nasty stuff inside of things???… Not to mention the chicken is pretty much NOT CHICKEN! (I used to love getting either a veggie sandwich or a grilled chicken sub)

    1. Ugh, the bread is the weak point, to be sure. I am not that surprised about soy and corn syrup, frustrating. The question is, when you’re on the road, WHAT’S BETTER? (p.s. About chicken, don’t eat it anywhere–it’s trucked in from Cisco or wherever and it’s always going to be nasty, processed, full of chemicals. Ditto “krab” and all meat, actually, in fast food and even regular restaurants.)

  11. Thank you sooo much for all your information! I am changing over to whole foods and you answered a lot of my questions in your books. Thanks for all your work and research. I feel such a change in my health and energy and I’m so excited for all of the things I am learning.

  12. The Scoresby Market is owned by my uncle. They have been farmers all my life and his father, my uncle a farmer. They have been a great supplier there for whole foods. I grew up in Iona there and I know there is a need for more whole foods markets there, but really the key to nutrition isn’t in a supplement they can’t find at the grocery store. It is in the organic, whole foods that you can buy all over, including in Idaho Falls. I am glad you got to check them out. They are wonderful people who work really hard to make it so we can buy such wonderful food.

  13. I’m so glad you came to Idaho Falls. I learned about the green smoothies several months ago but didn’t really know about the rest of the program. After class, I bought everything on your table-practically- and am doing the program on speed drive. Most of the things i am already doing, like the probiotics, growing a garden, etc. but it’s nice to have the additional info to tweak my progress. A year and a half ago I weighed 287 pounds and was a prisoner in my body. Now I am halfway to goal weight and can run two miles. All because of this wonderful lifestyle change. Thank you Robyn for pointing the way to better health.

    1. Carla, I love overachievers! I remember you telling me how you run two meals, that’s so great. Next year, run the Snake with me, five miles! 🙂 You’re awesome.

  14. Off the topic, kind of…you said you use the Norwalk juicer…do you have thoughts on which juicer to purchase? I’ve been looking at a Breville.

  15. Thank you for posting this! We’re not new to whole foods, but sometimes I struggle to figure out what to bring on trips. This gives me some new ideas!

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