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Traveling and Eating

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Recently my husband and I went on a road trip to visit his mom. I knew we would be on the road for most of the day and I had no clue what I was going to eat. In the past, we would have stopped by a drive-thru, eaten out with his mom once we got there, and then stopped by another drive-thru on the ride home.

I knew I did not want to do that, since I have been eating a lot cleaner. Sitting in a car for a long trip coupled with eating pure junk was simply not going to make me feel very good. So I decided to be proactive about it and I made my battle plan.

I ate a small, but filling breakfast right before we left (ok, so my breakfast wasn’t clean, but VitaMuffins are so yummy and filling!)

And then I chopped up the veggies for a hummus wrap. My favorite veggies to mix with hummus are diced broccoli, cucumber, and radishes. For the picture I left the broccoli whole since it makes kind of a mess! But I diced it at as well.

I mix about a cup’s worth of diced veggies with a quarter cup of hummus. Just enough for great flavor, but not too much or the sodium is killer!

I didn’t want my wrap to get soggy so I packaged everything up separately. I had my hummus mixture in one container, romaine lettuce in another, and my wrap in its own. I also had a side of Food Should Taste Good potato chips.

My only problem with doing it this way was that the veggies were not very crunchy by the time I ate. The hummus had softened them up so the texture was a bit off. But otherwise, I did fairly well balancing everything in my lap to assemble and then eat.

I ate right before we arrived so there wasn’t any need to go out to eat. We had a nice long chat with his mom and then he set out to fix her computer while she and I talked some more.

When it was time to head back, it was also just about time for me to eat again. I had brought the fantastically yummy apple chips with me:

And in case I was still hungry (and for some protein) I brought a Kashi Go Lean Roll. Not exactly 100% clean, but very filling and tasty. I have the hardest problem giving up snacks of mine that have been staples for SO long. I just haven’t found substitutes that taste as good and are actually filling. But I really should cut these out, mostly because they use whey protein as one of the ingredients which my body doesn’t digest well. For some reason it just doesn’t like whey!

So instead of having them as often as I was, I have been trying to have only one or two a week. I have tried making my own protein bars/granola bars at home, but like I said, I just can’t seem to find a recipe I like that is also filling. Same with high-fiber muffins! I can make some okay tasting ones, but none as low calorie or as incredibly filling as VitaMuffins.

So was it a perfect day? No. But I think I did a lot better than usual. No eating total junk for me! And we even made it to the gym! Which was desperately needed after sitting all day.

Do you travel often? Or do you do it rarely and just eat what you can?

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  • no profile photo CD1338628
    Way to pre plan!
    3754 days ago
    the hummus wrap looks tasty. with time you will be less drawn to processed foods. give yourself a chance emoticon emoticon
    3755 days ago
    Nice job! I love the look of the hummus wrap, I'll have to try it!
    3755 days ago
    WOW! That hummus wrap looks yummy yummy yummy. Maybe if you put the hummus and veggies in the tupperware but didn't MIX it til you were about to eat it, maybe that would help it from getting soggy?

    I usually end up doing fast food when traveling, but only at places I can count calories. That is the ONLY time I am counting calories-- eating out. McD's southwest salad is terrific. Sometimes I'll just stop at a Walmart and buy fruit and PB!
    3755 days ago
  • RAINDROP2000
    Wow! Amazing how planning ahead can make such a big difference. Horray for you!!
    3755 days ago
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