the dry-erase board outside my cubicle :)
We are taking a bus to and from that has one brief stop at a gas station that houses a McDonalds & Subway. So the cleanest food sources are not available for the journey. Then once we got here I had to ensure I had enough snacks to keep me satiated and energized for all the walking we have been doing. So I packed A LOT of food. Better to have too much than too little, right?
This is what I brought with me, as snapped from my iPhone the morning I left for Chi-town.
1 >> Hard boiled eggs are easy fuel sources. They're very portable and contain lots of protein, so they'll keep you full for a long time. The downside? Peeling them!
2 >> Larabars! They have a high sugar count, so they shouldn't be eaten in mass quantities, but they're a great snack for when you're out and don't have the time or locale to secure fresh foods. I don't feel too bad about them because most varieties only contain a few ingredients.
3 >> Dates are my new jam. I pop one or two of the Medjool variety when I'm craving something sweet. They have a candy-like consistency.
4 >> Almond butter is great for spreading on fruit and vegetables. These little packets by Justin's are handy and easily transportable.
5 >> Have you tried Kombucha yet? It's a fermented tea. There are loads of debates about whether or not it's paleo, due to the fermentation process, but I'm not splitting hairs here. I like it. It has lots of nutrients and only 2 grams of sugar per serving (neither of those grams are added), and it's fizzy and tasty and curbs any cravings for soda that I encounter.
6 >> I packed cashews, almonds and pumpkin seeds. What can I say? I like variety!
7 >> Cucumbers are my favorite vegetable. I could eat them every day. I just break them apart, roll them up in plastic wrap, and toss them in my bag.
8 >> Celery travels really well and tastes fantastic when topped with almond butter.
9 >> Salad dressings are traps for all sorts of things like sugar, dairy, high fructose corn syrup, etc. To prevent wrecking my diet, I packed my own salad dressing. I just picked up a travel bottle that is food safe from the toiletries section at the supermarket and filled it with a Paleo-safe dressing. The packaging assures me it is leak-proof, and so far, so good!
10 >> I try to avoid meat that has been processed, but when i need a quick protein-packed snack, I'll cut up a link of all-natural Applegate sausage. I'll also keep a pack in the fridge for nights when I'm short on time and need to whip up a quick dinner.
11 >> Apples are pretty self-explanatory. Yum.
12 >> Red peppers.
13 >> Bananas are quick energy, full of potassium, and another great accompaniment to the almond butter :)
Hopefully this helped with some ideas for your next trip or vacation. Even if you don't follow the paleo diet, I hope this aids you in coming up with some healthy alternatives to greasy fast food and gas station fare. Safe (and healthy) travels, my friends!