Phew! I just got home from a whirlwind road trip to Montana! I packed up my kids and hit the road for one of my best friend’s wedding. Just me and two kids… for 13 hours… one way. It was as fun as it sounds.
In terms of food, mommy kept it clean. I hadn’t planned to blog about this, but now that I’m home I thought some of you might like to hear about how this went.
Just like in everyday life, there is no such thing as Paleo fast food. You have to do the cooking to keep yourself on track. The day before I left, I dedicated a couple hours to food prep. Here’s what I made:
- a dozen hard-boiled eggs
- 6 grilled Italian sausages
- 4 grilled burgers with sun-dried tomato, garlic and feta
- a salad of leftover grill-roasted chicken with grilled eggplant
- mashed sweet potatoes with grass-fed butter and maple syrup topped with caramelized cinnamon apples and walnuts. (It was a lot like this recipe but with maple syrup.)
- apple slices with almond butter
- red bell pepper slices, broccoli florets and carrot sticks
- bulletproof coffee (the morning of)
I used to plan my stops according to where Starbucks was along the way. This time I decided to use rest stops not restaurants. I brought a soccer ball, jump ropes and plenty of picnic fixings. Even a breakfast picnic is a great way to recharge; take in a view, some fresh air, a good meal and then hit the road again. I enjoyed some bulletproof coffee, mashed maple sweet potatoes with cinnamon apples and a hard-boiled egg when we made our first morning stop. It was a treat to watch the sunrise and count the big trucks in the parking lot while enjoying a hot breakfast.
To make things a little easier, I adopt an 80/20 policy while en route. If there are certain foods that you don’t have to stick to, then give yourself some breathing room. For example, I usually don’t eat dairy, but when I’m traveling I will add some whole milk to an iced coffee when I make a coffee-slash-fuel stop.
In terms of hotels, I made sure to stay places that had a fridge and a microwave. When I didn’t have to eat out, I was able to eat what I brought with me. Reheated grilled Italian sausages with a hard-boiled egg and some fruit from the hotel buffet made for a great breakfast. Also, warming up a grilled burger and nibbling on some veggies was a perfect lunch and snack. The mashed maple sweet potatoes with cinnamon apples doubled as dessert.
On the way back, I swung by a grocery store instead of relying on fast food joints. An easy snack was a bottle of grape chia kombucha, fruit and some prosciutto to wrap around pre-cut veggies. Chia seeds are a natural energy booster and the prosciutto gave me my salt fix for the trip. Just what I needed. Bottom line is that it only takes a few minutes to stop in somewhere to get what you need to stay on track. It may take a little bit more time and effort, but it’s totally worth it.