What did we pack/eat in Europe . . . part 1 of 2
I saw a request by a blogger while I was gone for even more detail in the question I’m always asked: what do you eat? This blogger asked, what EXACTLY did you eat, where were you when you ate it, how much time did it take in the kitchen? I think she wants to know–do you live the crazy, on-the-run life I do? (And therefore, GreenSmoothieGirl, can I really believe what you say?) I had to laugh because I had just logged all the soccer games and practices for this week, at 4 a.m. having woken up early due to my weird jetlagging. Every single day this week, Monday through Saturday, we’ll be running around to games and practices! (And that’s just soccer–obviously our life consists of more than that.)
I’ll work on that blog in the near future, thanks for the request.
Europe was a tricky trip and I want share how we went and ate well (5-10 raw vegs/fruits daily) without hassle or excessive expense. We had NO green smoothies because you don’t go to little European hotels with an appliance, nor will an appliance company cover your warranty if you blow it out with the weird plugs in various countries. Plus, we had flights from Venice to Barcelona, and Barcelona to Paris, with strict weight requirements. A turbo blender is just too much weight.
We packed these things in our suitcases to take with us:
- Powdered greens. This saved us, nutritionally, in the absence of GS! I’d stir a spoonful into a glass of water for everyone, morning and night. Learn from my mistake and double-bag just the powder in freezer bags so it doesn’t break on the return trip. (This will save space, versus taking the whole bottle, anyway).
- Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, Costco Granola, and Rice Dream. Double bag the rice milk in gallon Ziploc bags–two fit perfectly in one bag. Remove the Grape Nuts from their boxes (we bought the big Costco ones) and add another layer of protection with a gallon freezer bag. You don’t want these things exploding in your suitcases. Taking these whole-grain packaged cereals lets you avoid being at the mercy of “continental breakfast,” which is never, in any country, an option that will give you sustained energy for the day. Even restaurant breakfasts (which take time from your touring and are expensive) are pretty much never nutritious. We bought bananas in the market, upon arrival, to add to our cereal.
- Paper bowls and plastic spoons (for breakfasts).
- Snacks from Whole Food Farmacy. All of their many snack foods are delicious, and they just changed their business model (away from multi-level marketing, thank goodness, to simple direct sales) and were therefore able to lower prices across the board! That’s rare nowadays with food prices just going UP, so jump on it.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about lunch and dinner.