Saturday, May 31, 2008

How does a health conscious mom handle a weekend getaway?











For Memorial Day weekend Zack, Mikey, and I went to Dillon Beach (our view) a cold, windy, and beautiful Northern California beach. When I go out-of-town with my son and husband, we keep up with our healthy eating. If everyone is charged up on junk food, there is sure to be behavior problems. I've seen the behavior change in Mikey with my own eyes. He is a great control group.

So, I keep everyone balanced by feeding them real food. Vacation isn't an excuse for me to feed Mikey processed yogurt sticks, gold fish, or sugary cereals. That means no special treats because special treats can really be over done. And why can't a special treat be a beautiful red strawberry? Here is how I do it.

Instead of buying everything new from the grocery store on the way to the beach, I packed what I already have in the kitchen into a cooler and three canvas bags. The only two items that I made ahead of time were granola bars and a casserole.

After packing the pantry and the refrigerator, I only had to buy milk, eggs, meat and drinks at the grocery store. This means that most of the food that we ate this weekend is on the weekly food budget not the vacation budget. And it didn't go bad while we were away.

Here's a list of what I pulled from my pantry and refrigerator:

Snack Food
Homemade Granola Bars
Corn Kernels
Canola Oil
Raisins
Dates

Lunch
Peanut Butter
Honey
Bread
Cottage Cheese
Ricotta Cheese (Mikey packed this one not sure if we'll use it. See pic.)
Cheese
Tortillas

Breakfast
Oatmeal
Granola
Flour
Syrup
Tea
Coffee

Dinner
Pasta
Homemade Pesto for pasta dinner
Radishes
Turnips
Homemade Rice Casserole

We had enough to eat and more.

Here is One Day of Meals

Spelt crepes for breakfast.
Rice casserole and Sausages for lunch.
Cottage cheese, Mikey bars, and watermelon for snack.
Steak, Hog Island oysters, homemade potato fries for dinner.

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