11.03.2011

traveling paleo

the dry-erase board outside my cubicle :)

I'm gonna expand a little on my recent paleo post and share some ideas I've had about packing not just paleo foods on a trip, but healthy foods. I'm currently in Chicago for work. While it's a super exciting assignment, I was a bit apprehensive about the whole thing. How was I going to go to a city known for their amazing food—more specifically pizza—and not indulge? The answer is simple; lots of planning.

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!

9 comments:

  1. your healthy snacks all look delicious! I've seen that almond butter in the grocery store and wondered about it... I'll have to give it a try.

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  2. Oh, also.. I love Kombucha, and I helped out with their website redesign at my old job. (I'm in one of the rotating photos on the site, hah!)

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  3. I'll admit, the packaging on the Justin's Almond Butter is what initially sold me! However, once they got me to try it, I became a fan. They have some really interesting flavors, too, like Maple Almond & Chocolate Hazelnut.

    Kombucha is my new jam! SO good! Nice work on the website, too :)

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  4. you gave me a lot of ideas here! whenever I go for a trekking or a day trip, I prepare usual stuff: sandwiches+bananas...
    I love how you packed them and I love the variety!
    cheers xo

    http://balladofseasons.blogspot.com/

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  5. glad i could be of assistance!

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  6. Love it and it looks a lot like what I take with me when I leave the house. Just have a few comments. Kombucha does unfortunately have added sugar before the fermentation process :( BUT it is completely eaten up during the fermentation process by the "mother" :) Yay! After spending $4+ on each botle for the last 9 months or so I decided to buy to regular flaved ones and make my own.

    Also just wanted to point out the Lara bars dont have added sugars, they are high in "sugar/carbs" because they are made from a Date and apple base. So having dates with your Larabars and Apples is just giving you more sugar. I would suggest if you are worried about the sugar trade one for an Avocado, bell peppers or grape tomoatoes instead? :)

    I love your dressing idea, a lot more portable then my mason jar I have been lugging around :-p

    Great read, new follower!

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  7. Thanks for the advice, Mrs. Fortune! I learned more about the fermentation process of Kombucha after I wrote this. I had to stop drinking it on a regular basis, however, because it seriously upsets my stomach. which is sad! But I still love it and recommend it!

    There actually are a handful of Larabar varieties that have added sugar (Brownie & Cherry Torte). They're the ones with chocolate chips added. I have them around to keep me from losing my grip when everyone I'm with is digging into Chocolate Lava Cake! I tend to eat these in serious moderation. I should have pointed out that I have a lot of high carb/high sugar items in this bag because I was going to be doing nearly 9 hours of walking a day on this trip. I wouldn't typically eat apples, dates, larabars and bananas all in one day! goodness, I'd be over-sugared :) This was also a three day trip, so I ate these over a period of time, AND had a ton of leftovers.

    Thanks for reading and pointing that stuff out. Sometimes we need people to keep us accountable!

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  8. With kombucha, you should start with a very small amount (1 oz or less) and slowly work your way up. Kombucha is a powerful natural probiotic and can cause stomach distress because of leaky gut issues, yeast overgrowth, or a number of other issues that you may not be aware of. Start slow and work your way up. That stomach issue is actually a sign that you need more probiotics!

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