Speaking of Love/Hate, my relationship with hotel breakfast buffets is just that. While my men snap up pancakes, bacon, and sausage like their momma never makes it for them, I have kept my fingers crossed that there is a ripe piece of fruit. While my men fit right into the all-you-can-eat rush of baseball teams, vacationing families, and a business traveler scattered here and there, I have stayed in the hotel room and asked them to bring back that ripe piece of fruit. I love that my men are happy and I hate that my banana is green.
A whole food smoothie contributes to a calm environment on the road.
There are plenty of on-the-go smoothies in a powdered form that just need to be mixed with water. I mix my own dry ingredients into a sandwich ziplock for easy transportation. That’s easy enough but dry alone is better suited for eating as a snack or post-workout boost. To make a smoothie a meal, it needs real food like fruit and leafy greens and a blender. This Hamilton Beach Personal Blender with Travel Lid is ~ $15, does the job, and is relatively compact. Pack these or purchase them on the road. You’ll also want ice and a refrigerator or cooler. An Insulated Drawstring Backpack Cooler Bag packs easily and works in a pinch.
A whole food smoothie is a nutritious and complete meal.
Speaking of meals, eating out for every meal while traveling is costly. Let’s say you decide to skip the buffet for the restaurant down the road which has a complete menu to include nutritious options. Those options will cost plenty of money. The time it takes to drive there, wait in line, order, eat, wait for the check, and drive back, will cost plenty of time.
A whole food smoothie saves time and money.
But I’m on vacation! It’s time to throw caution to the wind! No worries about nutrition, time, or money! Really? Our family has walked down that road only to have burned time in a restaurant when we would rather be at the beach. Or we’ve burned money on a mediocre meal when we would rather spend it on a cool shirt. Or we’ve earned upset stomachs and lethargy when we would rather be light and energetic on the beach wearing our cool new shirt.
How do you eat when you travel? Do you bring smoothies or other foods? How do you manage food costs while traveling? Any other tips?
Hope your day is smooth(ie) sailing ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc