Menu for December 18-24 & Holiday Travel

This is it! Our last menu for 2011! We leave on Wednesday for the holidays so it’s only a half week plus travel food. The travel food has been a bit of a struggle for us… most people would just eat along the way but we have eliminated junk and ‘on the road’ food is almost entirely junk. Is it even possible to be away from our home and remain healthy? Definitely!!

We are going into this trip with a game plan…5 kids, 1 night in a hotel, and 12 hours on the road. Our plan is to have an early lunch (leftovers…to get the fridge cleaned out) so that no one is hungry the second we pull out of the driveway (yes, this happens frequently). We know that healthy options on the road aren’t a guarantee so we have planned snacks. Lots of snacks. Things that are easy to pass to the back of the vehicle…individual muffins, dried fruit, beef jerky,.. and lots of water! Also, avocados for me…it’s survival food.

Supper seemed to pose a bigger challenge. We very rarely eat out because a) it’s expensive, b) sitting in a restaurant with 5 kids is a nightmare, and c) we can count on 90% of the menu NOT being options for us. Eating in a restaurant requires a plan as well; which one will we go to? Do they have a menu online? Can we figure out what we’ll have before we go in? I know that there is a Denny’s near our hotel so I have checked out the menu online. I have scoped out a few different options and I can choose what I want once I get there.

We decided, in the early stages of planning this trip, that we would prepare Thursday’s breakfast ahead of time and pack it in a cooler. We will make a gigantic pancake (in a cookie sheet) and cut it into strips. This way the kids can eat them without needing plates or utensils. We are also bringing pre-cooking farmer’s sausages, hard boiled eggs, and fruit.

Thursday’s lunch will be whatever we find at a grocery store on our last stop. The grocery store that’s right beside Tim Hortons, Wendy’s, and Burger King… Yes, it would be a lot easier to eat at one of these places but I have promised myself a healthy holiday. A holiday where I am not doubled over in pain because I thought just a ‘little’ bit of gluten or sugar would be okay. A holiday where my kids are not jacked up on junk. A holiday where we eat food that will not leave us full of regrets.

If you are travelling this holiday season, make a plan! There is no reason to find yourself eating gas station garbage because you didn’t plan in advance!

Our menu for December 18th-24th:

Menu for December 18-24 (.doc format)

Menu for December 18-24 (.pdf format)

Links to easy travel foods: (please feel free to add your own in the comments!)

Almond Choco-Chip Bites

Grain-Free Almond Butter Cookies 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Carrot Raisin Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Chocolate Coconut Muffins

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Cashew Energy Bars

Flourless Fudgy Brownie Bites (Paleo Parents)

Mini Egg Pizzas (Paleo Parents)

Ginger Tamari Beef Jerky (Paleo Parents)

Caveman Crunch (Civilized Caveman Cooking)

Holiday Lara Bar (Civilized Caveman Cooking)

CocoChocoDamia Cookie Balls (Civilized Caveman Cooking)

Candied Caveman Walnuts (Civilized Caveman Cooking)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate)

Deviled Eggs (The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate)

Grain-Free Graham Crackers (Simply Living Healthy)

Grain-Free Scones (Fallon’s Cucina)

Paleo Spiced Nuts (Elana’s Pantry) 

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing (Jan’s Sushi Bar) with raw veggies

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One Response to Menu for December 18-24 & Holiday Travel

  1. Stacy says:

    Fantastic post, Tara! We’ve got a couple travel posts, too. Couldn’t agree more!

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